Arvkin Glitterheart

Dark curly hair frames this dusty halfling’s handsome face. A smile plays over the man’s lips as if he is enjoying some private joke.

Arvkin Glitterheart (CE male halfling rogue 2) smiles constantly, as if enjoying some private joke; in reality, he is planning—hypothetically—how to murder almost everyone he meets. He is not (yet) a practising homicidal maniac as such, but merely enjoys thinking about murder and death.

Personality: Arvkin has a massive chip on his shoulder about his height. He is not stupid enough to fight everyone who makes a height-related joke, but he does revel in having his revenge—poisoning his tormenter’s drinks, stealing a prized possession and so on. Arvkin is brave and fights well in battle, but is more than happy to sacrifice others to attain his goals—wealth and comfort for himself.

Mannerisms: Abused and beaten repeatedly as a child, Arvkin is never without his favoured weapon—a much-used handaxe— for personal defence. His hand is ever caressing its well-worn haft.

Hook: A perceptive PC noticed Arvkin slip something—a natural laxative purchased from a local apothecary—into someone else’s drink. If challenges, he claims the whole thing is a “hilarious” practical joke but notes the PC for later reprisal.

 

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Dulannis Nunirae

Blond haired and blue-eyed, this tall, thin elf wears studded leather armour and a slender longsword on his left hip. He cradles a stuffed blue lizard against his chest. 

Dulannis Nunirae (CG male elf fighter 1/wizard 1) purports to believe his beloved stuffed blue lizard is a slumbering god in disguise. Needless to say, most people think the elf is mad. Others declare it is all a trick—although none profess to know why he would pretend so.

Personality: Wild and unpredictable, Dulannis is brave and watches out for his companions. However, he is slightly crazed—his strange belief in the lumbering divinity within his stuff blue lizard means many adventurers give the young elf a wide berth. Dulannis is fun-loving and enjoys a good fight.

Mannerisms: Dulannis strokes his stuffed lizard and often has conversations with what is—essentially—a battered child’s toy.

Hook: Dulannis approaches the party to tell them about his divine patron. Perceptive PCs may notice he doesn’t really believe what he is saying—what his game is, though, is anyone’s guess. A fellow elf might get him to confide what he is up to—trying to get as many stupid, short-lived humans to believe in his made-up patron as possible.

 

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Antero Ihalempi

Face pockmarked with acne, and with short cropped black hair, this slender man looks both ill and menacing at the same time.

Antero Ihalempi (CN male human fighter 3) dreams of a wife and family but is too wild and unpredictable to settle down. (At  least, he hasn’t found anyone willing to put up with him yet). Seemingly ill, but actually in fine fettle, Antero is an accomplished swordsman who favours speed over brute strength.

Personality: With a quick temper, and quicker sword arm, Antero is a hothead given to acting before thinking. He loves music and is an accomplished dancer. A native of the city, Antero has a reputation as a fighting man and often accompanies adventuring party on their expeditions. He rarely stays with one party for long. Antero rarely plans anything—preferring to deal with situations as they present themselves.

Mannerisms: Rarely still, nervous energy consumes Antero. He is often tapping or fondling his sword’s pommel. 

Hook: Antero is running out of money and needs to replenish his purse. Initially, he offers to school an interested PC in fencing but could join the party for an adventure or two. 

 

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Tuomo Kalpio

Intricate tattoos cover this man’s calves. With a thick, grey beard and straggly, unkempt hair he is dishevelled, but intelligence shines in his blue-grey eyes.

Tuomo Kalpio (LG old male human paladin 4) dreams of one more glorious adventure and a glorious death battling evil. An adventurer, holy warrior and wandering preacher, Tuomo has travelled extensively but has come home, ostensibly to retire. However, the mysteries of Gloamhold, and the evil lurking within, yet call to him.

Personality: A stereotypical holy warrior, Tuomo is kind, just and patient. An implacable foe of evil, his dreams make him reckless, and his companions could find themselves in danger trying to save the hoary old warrior. 

Mannerisms: Tuomo frequently uses his once strong hands to comb his hair—to no discernible effect.

Hook: If the party includes any Darlen worshippers—preferably clerics or paladins—Tuomo approaches them and offers his services. Anyone of the faith has heard of him—he has served the church for almost five decades. If the PCs are not Darlen worshippers, he merely joins them for a drink and quickly falls to reminiscing about old times.

 

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Marke Äiniö

As skinny as a waif this young woman has a child’s frame. Blond hair surmounts her cheery, smiling face. She wears a commoner’s street clothes.

Marke Äiniö  (NE female human rogue 2) acts tough but is really frightened most of the time. A small-time pickpocket and cutpurse, Marke hangs around other adventurers but isn’t brave enough to join an expedition out of the city. Her knowledge of the alleys and lanes of the Shambles and Fishshambles is almost unparalleled. 

Personality: Selfish, and out only for herself, Marke’s early years have proved to her she can only rely on herself. She lusts after wealth and comfort but isn’t brave enough to seize most opportunities. Although a coward, she has killed before—normally when a drunken mark awakens from his slumber to discover her robbing him. She doesn’t like killing but will do so again if she must.

Mannerisms: Marke makes herself as small and non-threatening as possible in most social situations.

Hook: Marke follows the PCs on their latest carouse; if a chance presents itself she tries to steal one of their money pouches. If caught, she acts the helpless waif and flees as quickly as possible.

 

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Esko Lemmikki

With grey, sickly skin and a scraggly beard that nearly covers several angry-looking pustules, this near-bald man appears decidedly unwell. 

Esko Lemmikki (CE old male human wizard 4) delved too deeply into certain ancient, blasphemous tomes describing the Twilight City’s hideous, ancient past. What he read awoke an atavistic lust to harness the elder power yet lurking in the ruin. 

Personality: Reticent—partly because he wants to keep his knowledge to himself and partly because he dares not speak what he knows—Esko totters about the city obsessively hunting for other objects and manuscripts pertaining to the “Ancient Days of Dark Glory,” as he calls them. 

Mannerisms: Esko’s pustules irritate him—they itch horribly—and he is always scratching them; often, they burst at inopportune moments. 

Hook: Esko has heard the party possess a certain object which he desires greatly. He is not an idiot—force will likely fail—and so first offers to buy them for a fair price. If this fails, he might hire street toughs or thieves to retrieve that which he desires. (Of course, the PCs might not actually possess the item—this could be a case of mistaken identity.)

 

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This NPC is part of The Daily NPC—a series of daily posts in February which each presents a flavoursome, detailed System Neutral NPC ready for use in virtually any GM’s campaign. This month’s theme is “Adventurers about Town”. Every member of Raging Swan Press’s Patreon campaign will get a free and exclusive compilation PDF in early March comprising all the NPCs released in February.

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Sohvi Niera

Leading a sleek, rangy wolfhound on a short leash this athletic and muscular woman looks every inch the warrior. Thick muscles and a pantherish stride to her step mark her as a predator. Her grey-green eyes seem to miss nothing. 

Sohvi Niera (NG female human ranger 3) stalks the streets looking for the idiots who lured her young son, Jussi, away to a life of danger and adventure. She knows he was seen in the city a week ago, but does not know where the group—the Company of the Golden Lion—are now. 

Personality: Direct and to the point, Sohvi has no time to waste. She is brave and fierce in battle or if angered. She loves nature and hates the city. Consumed with worry for her son—she well knows how dangerous adventuring is—she thinks of little else.

Mannerisms: Sohvi flares are nostrils when angry and has a direct, almost confrontational, stare. 

Hook: Sohvi approaches the PCs and asks for word of her son. She is clearly both angry with him and desperate for news. If they have any morsel or nugget of information, she interrogates them mercilessly for any details they may have forgotten. 

 

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This NPC is part of The Daily NPC—a series of daily posts in February which each presents a flavoursome, detailed System Neutral NPC ready for use in virtually any GM’s campaign. This month’s theme is “Adventurers about Town”. Every member of Raging Swan Press’s Patreon campaign will get a free and exclusive compilation PDF in early March comprising all the NPCs released in February.

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Lyyti Jurva

Clad in fine clothes, embroidered with esoteric symbols about the sleeves and hem, this bookish-looking, blond-haired, blue-eyed woman seems oblivious to the world around her. 

Lyyti Jurva (N female human wizard 1) cares really only for knowledge, and is somewhat baffled by the intricacies of social interaction. Lost in her own thoughts most of the time she is often unaware of the world around her. 

Personality: Lyyti is pleasant, if a little distant. She loves books and reading and goes to great lengths to increase her knowledge. She fantasises about become a wise and learned sage and being the one heroes come to when they need help deciphering an ancient script, interpreting a cryptic prophecy or solving a tricky riddle. 

Mannerisms: Lyyti blinks often and quickly. She is not particularly talkative and is a little shy; she rarely makes eye contact.

Hook: Lyyti comes from a well-off family and knows little of the desperation of the poor and downtrodden. The PCs encounter her standing in the street lost in a parchment she is reading. Nearby, several street toughs watch her with the intensity of mountain lions stalking their prey.

 

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This NPC is part of The Daily NPC—a series of daily posts in February which each presents a flavoursome, detailed System Neutral NPC ready for use in virtually any GM’s campaign. This month’s theme is “Adventurers about Town”. Every member of Raging Swan Press’s Patreon campaign will get a free and exclusive compilation PDF in early March comprising all the NPCs released in February.

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