Sunday, March 19, 2017

Villagers Who are More Than They Appear - The Lock-Picking Shopkeeper

I am working on a system-neutral roleplaying game supplement containing several NPC villagers that are more than they appear to be. Each one can be used to add some variety to the commoners that are usually encountered in a village, and each one provides a few adventure and plot hooks.

This is a rough draft of one villager. When creating a system-neutral project, it can be hard to differentiate between "easily adaptable" and "too vague". For example, I have tried not to be too specific and have left his appearance and a few other things for the GM to decide. I'm not sure if I should add those details - and other more specific information - or leave it open. Feedback is greatly appreciated.

The proprietor of the general store is a former thief who betrayed his partners or guild. He traveled as far as he could, evading his pursuers, and eventually settled in the village. He used some of his loot to buy land and construct a small general store, and buried the rest in the nearby wilderness. He has taken great care to change his appearance as much as possible, and he has managed to hide from his enemies for several years. 

His days of thieving are well behind him.  He has taken a wife, fathered a son, and is a respected member of the community. He is regarded as a hard working and friendly man, personable and cheerful.  He is not violent by nature, but he has killed men in the past and would do so again to protect his family and his new life. 

If the PCs befriend him, he might let it slip that he has a talent for picking locks, This information might also be obtained through rumors at whatever tavern or inn the locals frequent. In any case, he will pick locks for a reasonable fee. He will also buy stolen goods, appraise items, and attempt to find any sort of rare or illicit items that the PCs desire.

No matter how how friendly he becomes with the PCs, he will never talk about his true past. If asked  he will say that he is from a far away town where he worked as a merchant with his father. He will not accompany the PCs on any sort of adventure, scouting mission, or heist. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bronze, Iron, and Steel

By Takkk (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0
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I've been doing some research for my Iron and Chaos setting regarding bronze, iron, and steel.In the world of Iron and Chaos, there are cultures with differing technology levels, so I need to read up a bit more on the subject and then "game-ify" it so that - for example - the difference between a bronze sword and a steel sword has an in-game effect.

If you are interested in the subject, here are a few links I've been checking out. I will be happy to post any additional information and sites that I find if anyone is interested



And here's a little something on sword construction and blood grooves, just because.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying - NPC "Septon Garet"


Septon Garet was once a soldier. He fought during Robert’s Rebellion for the Targaryens and, having seen enough bloodshed and atrocities, embraced The Seven and became a septon when the war was over. He serves House Gartner in their sept, performing religious services and maintaining the family crypts.

This is the NPC record for House Gartner's Septon. Feel free to download, modify, utilize, and horribly murder him in your own games.

You can grab him right here: Septon Garet

Thursday, August 25, 2016

A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying - NPC "Keyel Rivers"


Originally from The Riverlands, Keyel Rivers is the bastard of a riverboat captain and an unknown farmer’s daughter. Growing up aboard his father’s ship, he learned the skills necessary to navigate through treacherous rivers and sea routes. His father, Gorid Rivers, helped House Gartner during Robert’s Rebellion but died shortly after in a storm. Keyel’s knowledge of ships and natural leadership ability soon gained him appointment as House Gartner’s Master of Ships. Although his travels sometimes take him to sea, his main responsibility is the Greenblood river.

This is the NPC record for House Gartner's Master of Ships. Feel free to download, modify, utilize, and horribly murder him in your own games.

You can grab him right here: Keyel Rivers

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying - NPC "Ser Garet Bryke"


Ser Garet Bryke is a longtime household knight of House Gartner, a veteran of many battles, and Ser Willar’s uncle. His younger brother, Ser Herek, was slain during the early days of Robert’s Rebellion, and Ser Garet lost an eye to a Stark arrow during The Battle of The Trident. He now serves as House Gartner’s Castellan, overseeing its defenses and garrisons.

This is the NPC record for House Gartner's Castellan. Feel free to download, modify, utilize, and horribly murder him in your own games.

You can grab him right here: Ser Garet Bryke

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying - NPC "Maester Burgess"

NPC - Maester Burgess

House Gartner, Wardens of the Middle Greenblood, are a Dornish house, sworn bannermen and personal friends to House Martell, House Gatrner are a powerful and influential house, thus requiring the service of a skilled Maester of The Citadel.

This is the NPC record for House Gartner's Maester. Feel free to download, modify, utilize, and horribly murder him in your own games.

You can grab him right here:  Maester Burgess

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Roleplaying Links

Hello, all!

I have added some pages to my blog that I am steadily filling with useful and interesting links.

I will be adding to these pages periodically. I am going through my RSS feed, my bookmarks, and assorted links I have saved over the past several years. Having everything organized and in one place will be a big help for me, and by sharing everything with the public I hope to introduce people to new games, sites, and blogs that they might otherwise have missed.

Please stop by and take a look at what I have so far. If you have any suggestions for links to add, please let me know.

Thanks!
- Adapt