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ZEITGEIST Player's Guide: NPC Roster
Because of the large number of NPCs the party will meet, each ZEITGEIST adventure will include two hand-outs to help you and your GM keep track of their various statuses, mannerisms, and role in the adventure. The GM’s handout lists keywords and traits to help in portraying the NPCs, while a player handout will help the players keep track of whom they’ve met.
Each adventure will also include more detailed entries detailing the NPCs when they first appear.
Here’s an example of the players’ handout from Adventure One, The Island at the Axis of the World.
Assistant Chief Inspector Stover DelftA local Flinter in his early 40s, Delft is your direct superior. Generally good-natured to his subordinates, he has a penchant for grousing about people behind their backs. A much better manager than investigator, Delft has advanced this far in the Constabulary by finding good agents, supporting the on difficult missions, and sharing the accolades from their successes.
Delft chews tobacco, and thinks he looks charming if he grins while sucking on tobacco juices. He walks with a cane because a mimic tore a chunk out of his leg fifteen years ago. He has a habit of poking inanimate objects with the cane before he gets too close to them, and spitting on them when he wants to be extra sure.
Principal Minister Harkover LeePerhaps the most powerful mage in Risur, Lee acts as King Aodhan’s bodyguard and chief of staff.
Straight-backed and virile despite being in his 60s, Lee has a slight Ber-tinged accent, and was said to be quite the ladykiller in his youth. He always dresses in reds and golds and carries a solid gold wizard’s orb tucked into his robes. He never eats or drinks in public.
Geoff MassardeA 40-something tiefling with an airy voice and a fondness for wine that outmatches his ability to handle his alcohol, Massarde is one of a handful of Danoran tieflings working for the Risuri military to help construct warships and other weapons. He has few kind words for his homeland. He is fascinated with ice, and carries a wand which can chill small objects with a touch. Mostly he just uses it as a novelty to cool beverages.
Captain Rutger SmithCaptain of the R.N.S. Impossible, one of the RHC’s vessels. Smith earned his first command five years ago. Now 37, he has never led his ship into battle. That, combined with his fondness for the Malice-era philosophical writings of the pacifist monk William Miller, has made him the target of mockery by more established naval officers.
Duchess Ethelyn of ShaleThe king’s sister, Duchess Ethelyn was a commoner before earning her title in the Third Yerasol War. She dislikes industry and leads a coalition of powerful individuals with strong ties to the Unseen Court. She wears extravagant diamond cluster earrings – representing the stars of the night sky – to show her allegiance to the old ways. Accounts tell of her possessing many different types of magic, though many of these could be exaggerated.
Flint City Governor Roland StanfieldStanfield witnessed the fall of the eladrin goddess Srasama five hundred years ago and died soon thereafter in the chaos of Elfaivar’s fall. But he reincarnated, and has for centuries served as Flint’s governor.
King AodhanNow in his 70s, the current king of Risur looks rather unassuming, and was a common warrior before the previous king chose him as a successor after the Third Yerasol War. He prefers to resolve disputes by being coolheaded and rationally persuading those who will listen to his side.
Despite all this, though, he trains regularly to keep his stamina and swordplay robust, and the rites of rulership grant him daunting magical powers.
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