There is more to come, this is just the start!
During a brief discussion over at the OSR Google + Community, someone had mentioned that modules & retro clones are all fine and dandy, but what they would like to see is a detailed town, and its inhabitants. Rather than create a town with a map, I decided it would be best to just have a list of NPC’s, what they do, what their motivations are, race/class if any. In this way a DM can use these personalities in their own town, without having to be bound by map placement, town industries, world, etc. The following is the best that I can come up with. I hope you enjoy it.
A few town assumptions…..
- First and foremost, as I said, place this town anywhere, create your own map, feel free to delete, revise, have fun!
- Obviously the town needs to be “Ran/Ruled” by someone. I’ve decided that there is a council of 3, that are elected by the towns folk
- as far as races are concerned, just to add some color, this town includes humans, half elves and halflings. Once again, throw that away if you’d like.
- Industry - there needs to be some, how does this town make money? what draws people to it? In this instance, I’ve decided there is a iron mine & a mill near a river. Once again, throw it away, or change it.
The Council Of 3
Walril Shortcloak - (Male Halfling) Reckless with a dark past. Walril came from a far off village of halflings, in a previous life he was a thief. He was voted onto the council because of his high Charisma and speechcraft. However things haven’t been looking good for him lately, he makes decisions too quickly, doesn’t think things thru, which has made some town’s folk upset with him.
Ravasaadi Fiedlerson (nee - Duskwalker) - (Female Half-Elf) Daughter of an Elf Warrior and a common human maiden from the town, Ravasaadi grew up poor and hungry. Her father felt the call of the Elves and left early in her childhood to be with his own people. Ravasaadi is quick witted and smart. Her husband Walhorn Fiedlerson lives with her and her two children in a small house. She is also runs a butcher shop for the local farmers.
Zangeon Hammertoe - (Human Male) - Zangeon is fairly old (about 75) he has seen the town grow from just a few farmsteads and an Inn to quite a busy little trading centre. He is very suspicious of other peoples motives, and doesn’t mind saying so. He is considered the “Voice of reason” in town, and is also suspected of being a magic user, although its never been proved. He lives on the edge of town in a squat house.
Merchants & Dignitaries
Nerisdiana Urthadar the Armorer - (Female Half Elf) - She owns the “Blackened Thongs” Armorer & Blacksmith Shoppe. Legend states that Nerisdiana was taught by Dwarf’s to smith armour when she was young. Of course, this could also just be hearsay, and excellent marketing techniques. She is reasonable with her prices, and her quality of work is outstanding. She is married to a local and has 1 child.
Gurlyassa Trannyth - (Female Human Cleric) Gurlyassa is priest at the local temple. Among her many duties she oversees the festival’s for harvest, and marriages & deaths, and of course blessings. She is a learned scribe, spending much of her free time pouring over old forgotten tomes (which she will pay for). Humble & selfless for the most part is how to describe her personality. She is single & beautiful.
Norhand Wolfswift (Human Male) - is the Barkeep/Innkeeper/Owner of the “Stinkin Minotaur” Inn & Tavern. Norhand is shrewd! he doesn’t like when the Inn is busy, nor when it is slow. When someone asks for a drink he will take his time getting it, and grumble about. Don’t even think of asking for anything to eat! Its said that he hoards a pile of gold locked in his cellar. You can’t take it with you can you? He is a direct relation to the Wolfswift family, although he tends to not meddle in their affairs & feuds.
Norice Waveharp (Human male) - owns a merchant stand that specializes in everyday items, and foodstuffs. He makes a regular pilgrimage to bigger cities every few months to re fill his supply. Norice is irritable, and almost always itchy. During negotiations for product, he will scratch at these itches with ferocity, sometimes even to the point of bloodshed.
Walhorn Fiedlerson - (Male Human) - Husband to Ravasaadi Duskwalker, Farmer. Walhorn is very cautious, and doesn’t like to create a stir or commontion. He advises his wife to be prudent and passive when dealing with the council of 3.
Riclannan Shortankard - (Male Halfing Thief) - Riclannan is a thief, and most of the town knows it! However he has never been caught. Riclannan can be found in farmers fields, or just off the road apparently “looking for something he’s lost”. More often than not, he’s stealing food. An industrious fellow, he will often travel away for long periods of time (selling stolen merchandise) and return with grand tales and sacks of gold.
Wilril Fletcher (Human Male) - Wilril has been down on his luck ever since he was born. He lives & sleeps where he can, and is often found begging for food. An oldtimer with a lot of stories, he will gladly tell enormous fictitious tales to anyone who will listen. He will sometimes find work sweeping out barns, and is not strong enough anymore to work in fields or mines.
Hollylyassa Dawntracker - (Female Half Elf) this lighthearted lady plans to be a great songwriter & singer of wondrous tales some day. Unfortunately her singing voice is not up to par! She can usually be found on her duff outside of the Inn, having just been thrown out for gleefully singing at the top of her lungs. She has an adventurous spirit and may accompany heroes on a quest, (anything for a tune!).
The Wolfswift Family - (Human) Quikain Wolfswift (Mother) Willannan Wolfswift (Father) Adoward Wolfswift (Grandfather) Norroar Wolfswift (Uncle) all live in a small shack in town. This human family are a group of miners. Along time ago a feud was started between the Wolfswift family & the Hawklight family, it has been ongoing for centuries. One family kills off another, which is followed by more deaths. At the present there hasn’t been an uprising in the last few years. Lore says that one of the great grandfathers of the Hawklight family stole a pig from the Wolfswifts. Quikain & Willannan have 7 children.
Hawklight Family - (Human) A hardy lot if there ever was one, apparent descendants of barbarians, the Hawklight family are now farmers, living off the land. Shadak (Father) Oolaella (Mother) Xanhorn (Grandfather) Ravakahn (Grandmother) Zinnaerris (Aunt) Thoroar (Uncle) all live on a farm close to town. Shadak & Oolaella are parents to 9 children.
Gurvyre Strifelaugher (Female Halfling) - Gurvyre is extremely tardy, so much so that friends and relatives will send invitations to her a year and a half in advance of any celebration! She spends her days sewing clothes & hemming pants.
Victalove Milltall - (Female Halfing) Victalove is married to Gerge, they live in a house in town. They are devout worshippers at the temple. Victalove is a messenger often leaving home for long periods of time. She has a wealth of information about the lands surrounding the town and far off lands as well. She is very polite, so much so that it can become slightly irritating having a conversations with her, between all her “pleases and thankyous”.
Gerge Milltall - (Male halfling) married to Victalove. Gerge is a farmer, he is very meek & quiet, preferring to let his wife do most of the speaking. A devout follower of the temple.