Today’s Game Master Toolbox Week Pick is from Azukail Games, one of several companies that publish lots of books intended specifically to make the GM’s life easier and their campaigns more interesting. 100 NPCs You Might Meet at the Tavern is exactly what it says – a set of one-hundred interesting and distinct people a hero might encounter, drink with, get information from, or wind up in a proper brawl with at a place of drink and revelry.
Characters will often spend a substantial amount of time in taverns, whether following up leads, meeting contacts, resting or looking for clues and information. Some of the people met may be important for whatever quest the characters are currently undertaking. But what about the others?
Taverns and inns are not frequented just by people who are immediately needed. They will have other customers and staff as well. Rather than simply glossing over these individuals, this supplement provides a detailed list of 100 different people to flesh out a tavern. Each is given a name and described. Some of them may have skills and knowledge that characters find useful and others could be a potential source of adventure hooks.
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Arian Nightsbridge: A big man with the crooked nose and sunken knuckles of a lifetime brawler, Arian claims to be a hedge squire. He can list every lord he’s fought for, and every master he’s served, though only those with a knowledge of the most obscure branches of noble family trees will recognize the names. Dressed in a roughspun tunic, he looks the furthest thing from a knight… except for the battle-tested sword at his side. Touchy about his word and his honour, what he lacks in courtly manners he more than makes up for in a willingness to stand and fight when it’s asked of him.
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