The Daily NPC

This page presents the NPCs posted as part of the Daily NPC. NPCs are presented in chronological order; the most recent NPC appears at the bottom of the list. While designed for use in Languard and the Duchy of Ashlar, the System Neutral NPCs presented below are designed to be easily inserted into virtually any GM’s campaign.

Use each NPCs along with its hook as a starting point to craft an interesting, memorable encounter. Modify, change or ignore any details to better fit the game.


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These NPCs are part of The Daily NPC—a series of week day posts which each presents a flavoursome, detailed System Neutral NPC ready for use in virtually any GM’s campaign. Every member of Raging Swan Press’s Patreon campaign will get a free and exclusive compilation PDF in early March featuring all the NPCs below and eight bonus NPCs! 

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The NPC Archive


March’s NPCs

March’s theme is Travellers on the Road. I’ll be experimenting with a slightly different format this month; let me know what you think, in the comments below:

  • Arumric and Lunderee: The halfling pedlars Arumric (N male halfling) and Lunderee Isskep (NG female halfling) are in the midst of a good-natured argument, when they encounter the PCs. Meet Arumric and Lunderee.
  • Home of the Ihalempi: Just visible from the trail, the moss-covered shingle roof of a dilapidated old building peaks over a stand of thickly growing trees filling a small dell. A thin wisp of smoke drifts from the building’s chimney, betraying the presence of inhabitants. Once the home of a charcoal burner, the current occupiers, the Ihalempi family, make a living as hunters and trappers. The family earns a little extra coin letting travellers sleeping their barn; some of the travellers never leave the farmstead again. Visit the Ihalempi.
  • Patrolling Men-at-Arms: The local lord sends patrols of soldiers up and down the road to keep it safe for travelling merchants and the like. (Robbed or murdered merchants tend to pay fewer taxes than unmolested ones). Meet the men-at-arms.
  • Timo Hopea (N middle-aged male human cleric [Behron] 3) wanders the trails of Ashlar communing with his god and spreading word of the Farwanderer. Meet Timo.
  • Family Ehatro: Matias Ehtaro is a master stonemason, much in demand among the nobility and the wealthy. Matias goes where the work is, and when the PCs encounter him, he is on the way to another job. Meet the Ehatros.
  • Wandering Mercenaries: A quartet of mercenaries seeks work in a nearby town. Recently having finished an easy job with a local merchant they want another such post. Meet the four.
  • Wandering Sellswords: Ostensibly sellswords in search of an employer these two warriors are in reality scouts for a local bandit gang watching for easy pickings on the road. Meet the dastardly duo.
  • Riderless Horse: Chestnut (N female horse) trots down the road having just escaped a nasty encounter; her rider was not so fortunate. Meet Chestnut.
  • Iisak Vartia (CG male human ranger 1) has nowhere to go and all day to get there. Meet Iisak.
  • Joosef Kupias (N male human fighter 2) pitifully begs by the side of the road. His deeply cowled hood and the bell hanging around his neck alerts all nearby that Joosef is a leper. Meet Joosef.
  • Heta Tapo (LN female human fighter 1) hurtles down the road on a fleet horse, intent on delivering the message with which she has been entrusted. (Briefly) meet Heta.
  • Esteri Sotijalo (AL female human) loves her dog—Patch—who is the only family she has left. Meet Esteri.
  • Ambro Tiera (N middle-aged male human) travels to live with his brother after being kicked out of the family home by his wife who has found a younger, more dynamic, partner. Meet Ambro.
  • Feradul Aralivar (N male half-elf bard 2) claims to be related to the legendary bard and pirate captain Vilimzair Aralivar and constantly tells tales of his heroic progenitor’s exploits. Meet Feradul.
  • Albin Ihamuoto (NE middle-aged male human rogue 1/wizard 1) works as a rag and bone man, wandering between Ashlar’s settlements collecting broken, unwanted things—rags, broken furniture, bones and the like. Meet Albin.
  • Aleksi Kuutamo and his Angels: Aleksi Kuutamo (N old male human cleric 3) makes what many consider to be mad prophesies which are little more the ravings of a lunatic. Meet Aleksi and his angels.

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8 thoughts on “The Daily NPC

  1. when you say “slightly different format” do you mean that sometimes we are now getting a duo, group, or animal? i think it’s perfectly fair, and makes a lot of sense. at first i was comparing a random earlier character to a random character here so i was a bit confused since the format seemed the same. but now that a couple weeks have gone by it’s finally “clicked” i think.

    i certainly prefer what you are doing here to the alternative of dragging out a single family of demented and sadistic peasants over five days, lol.

    while you are thinking about this format i encourage you to consider this might be the kind of place where you could invent imaginative fantasy flora or fauna that wouldn’t necessarily make it into a monster manual, but would still be interesting outside of combat. i’ve heard podcasts where DMs speculate their worlds are vastly populated with exotic herbs, animals, insects, trees, and fungi, that wouldn’t be much of a threat even to low-level PCs but would still add to the wonder and strangeness of their campaign worlds. rare spell components or nuisance pests or fey brambles might make it into some of these lists?

  2. man, i can’t thank you enough for your enthusiasm and expansion of this project, Creighton. the organization you put into the combined PDF is a real treat. extremely valuable to me and my game from start to finish. you are the best, sir!

    • This is a lot of what I was thinking. I was also thinking NPCs of the armed forces, not just solders but the support staff as well. Some ancient armies had camp followers, it would be great to detail these guys too.

  3. I would love to see a series based on people that you never think of, though they must be there. For example, the sewer cleaner, the grave digger, the underground doctor/surgeon, the chimney sweep, etc. Basically a fantasy equivalent to all those people that have jobs none of us would want to do. 🙂

  4. HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019!
    Oh man what a wonderfully useful tool for DMs who are World Building Homebrewing thank you I will use this immediately