Village Backdrop: Suurin

Suurin was supposed to be a halfling utopia, a return to the times before strife and prejudice; halfling burrows furnished in rich mahogany, cool streams and cobblestone bridges, green fields alive with laughing children. Unfortunately, these same green fields grow prodigious quantities of blue daffodil, a flower easily synthesized into the mind-numbing drug skez. Now, Suurin languishes under the control of drug racketeers who have transformed this haven into the skez capital of the realm. The roads are kept safe, not by city guards or peaceful inclinations, but by the iron first of a crime lord who knows chaos is bad for business.

By Maciej Zagorski

By Maciej Zagorski


Notable Locations

Most of the village comprises halfling burrows. A few locations, however, are of interest to adventurers:

  1. Blue Daffodil Fields: Fields of dark blue flowers provide both natural beauty and the raw ingredients for skez production.
  2. The Factory: Within the cramped factory, eight alchemists work in shifts to ensure skez production never stops.
  3. Brookshire Residence: Devia runs all operations from her ancestral burrow (where she also stores her skez).
  4. The Barracks: The hobgoblins’ barracks is an orderly, foul-smelling enlarged burrow.
  5. Main Street: Skez-heads stumble across the main street or sleep face-down in the mud beside the cobblestones.
  6. Greenleaf Residence: Albrich Greenleaf considers himself the last bastion of decency in a corrupted village, and imagines his residence to be the last vestige of Suurin’s glory days.
  7. Willowbreeze Bar: A dark silence pervades this outdoor beer garden where skez is washed down with bitter beer.

Notable Folk

Most of the population are nothing more than drugged up peasants. A few, however, are of interest to adventurers:

  • Akarak and Bekarak (location 3; LE male hobgoblin fighter 3) Akarak and Bekarak are Devia’s two gruff, taciturn and violent bodyguards. They lead a dozen other hobgoblin.
  • Albrich Greenleaf (location 5; N old male halfling commoner 2) Albrich Greenleaf is one of the few not addicted to skez. He watched the addiction and death of all three of his sons and now does what little he can to subvert the drug trade.
  • Devia Brookshire (location 3; LE female halfling bard 2/expert 1) Devia Brookshire is the source of Suurin’s wealth and woes. She rules Suurin; a crime lord prodigy hopped up on skez and without a shred of moral conscience.
  • Leylan Brookshire (location 7; N male halfling commoner 1) A close friend of Devia he was the first to become addicted to skez. For some time, he acted as her second in command. Now, he’s just another skez-head starving on the street.
  • Ragran (location 2; LN female half-orc expert 3) Ragran is a hard working alchemist. She cares little for politics, and keeps her head down. After she accidentally blew up her last employer’s laboratory, she’s just happy to have a job.


(Note, the statistics above are drawn from the Pathfinder edition of this product; check out the free samples below for edition specific statistics).

Praise for Village Backdrop: Suurin

“Jeff Gomez takes us on a trip to an utopia broken by greed, to a pastoral idyll firmly in the grip of the horror of industrialized drug production. The stark contrast between the \”good old days\” and the tainted reality is intriguing and the fact that even enforcers and the mastermind can be considered to be victims adds another layer of complexity to it. The inclusion of proper rules-representations of the drugs is just a nice icing on the cake.”

–Endzeitgeist (five stars)


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