Urban Dressing: Dwarven Town

Tired of your towns and cities being boring, bland places in which your PCs show little or no interest? Want to bring them alive with cool, interesting minor features of note? Then Urban Dressing is for you! Each instalment in the line focuses on a different kind of town and gives harried GMs the tools to bring such locales to life with interesting and noteworthy features.

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This instalment of Urban Dressing presents loads of great details to customise the dwarven holds in your campaign. Designed to be used both during preparation or actual play, Urban Dressing: Dwarven Town is an invaluable addition to any GM’s armoury!

Urban Dressing: Dwarven Town presents the following information:

  • One table (100 entries) presenting the sights and sounds of the town.
  • One table (100 entries) presenting sample business found in the town.
  • One table (100 entries) presenting sample folk found in the town.
  • One table (20 entries) presenting hooks, complications and opportunities.


Use the two tables below – extracts from Urban Dressing: Dwarven Town by Josh Vogt – to breathe life into your adventures.

Sights & Sounds

  1. A set of massive stone and iron gates rear above the street, guarded by squads of armed dwarves.
  2. A long string of mining carts trundle by, wheels squeaking, heavily laden with ore.
  3. A trio of dwarves saunter passed, pickaxes and shovels slung over their shoulders.
  4. Coarse laughter comes from a nearby tavern, which is crowded with rowdy dwarves.
  5. A statue of the hold’s mayor looms over nearby buildings from its position in the central square.
  6. A series of cavernous openings lead into deeper tunnels beneath the hold.
  7. Huge, ornate murals detailing the hold’s history cover the rock wall.
  8. Heat blazes from the open mouth of an active forge opening onto the street.
  9. Thick, oily smoke roils out of half-a-dozen chimneystacks, filling the air with a gloomy haze.
  10. Herds of pack goats clop by, guided by a lone dwarf wielding a leather whip.
  11. Molten lava oozes through a stone channel cutting down the middle of the hold.
  12. The hold’s enormous stone walls block out any sight of the area surrounding the settlement.
  13. A heavily armed and armoured dwarven patrol tromps around the corner, alert for trouble.
  14. A scattering of smashed tankards litter the street, suggesting a recent brawl.
  15. A blonde, effeminate elf stands arguing with a surly dwarf who keeps making rude gestures.
  16. A dwarf strolls past with what has to be the most elaborately braided beard in the whole hold.
  17. A gaggle of dwarven children scamper past, swinging wooden swords.
  18. Dwarves cluster around a set of maps, muttering as they point out various landmarks and notes.
  19. A dwarven bard passes by, strumming on a lyre as he hums to himself.
  20. Huge rats scurry through the area, glancing at the party with beady red eyes.

Hooks, Complications & Opportunities

  1. The party hear reports of a band of miners lost in the tunnels beneath the hold—and a reward is offered for anyone willing to determine their fate.
  2. A pocket of underground gas has exploded, rocking a major section of the hold, collapsing buildings and killing dozens. The screams of the dying echo through the hold.
  3. A swarm of giant spiders has overrun a section of the hold, and the local commander is sending in recruits to eliminate them.
  4. Hairless, blind rats have invaded and ravaged the hold’s main food stores. The infestation is thought to be unnatural and to possibly be the work of the dwarves’ hated enemies.
  5. A voracious species of tunnelling worms have infested the hold, eating straight through the rock—as well as devouring anyone they encounter.
  6. Rumours abound the hold has been built on top of an ancient dragon hoard, but no one has ever recovered the cursed treasure.

Praise for Urban Dressing: Dwarven Town

“Now racial settlements tend to be a difficult topic, mainly because you have to cater to a race’s iconic stereotypes, while still providing a distinct sense of identity. This manages to do just that – in a glorious fashion indeed.”

–Endzeitgeist (five stars + seal of approval)

A Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Compatible GM’s Resource by Josh Vogt

Released 12 March 2015; Pages 10

PDF ($2.45) d20pfsrd, DriveThruRPG, Paizo, RPGNow, Warehouse 23

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