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Hunters & Highwaymen: 30 NPCs + Story Hooks for Taverns, Highways, and the Deep, Dark Woods


HUNTERS & HIGHWAYMEN is a system-agnostic collection of 30 characters (NPCs) you might meet along a lonely highway through a dark forest, or in the warm firelight of a country tavern along just such a road. These motley folk are suitable for any RPG settings that evoke late medieval or early modern European society. Each character encounter will add color and flavor to such a setting – enlivening the places that usually just lead to the adventure sites – but many of these encounters offer adventure story hooks in their own right.

Here's one example (see the product preview for many more!):

1.6. SCHOLAR: this roughly 30-year-old natural philosopher has come to this district to find a Dragon Rose, which blooms briefly, only once each century, atop arcane ruins. He has been crisscrossing the region’s roads and woods for several weeks.

On the highway: this agitated young man has just found and harvested a Dragon Rose in full bloom an hour’s hike off the main road. He knows he has only five days of bloom left to get the flower to a Stasis Glass at the Royal Academy – seven days’ journey away. His entire career hangs in the balance! The scholar will accost any competent-looking party, offering to pay them 1,000 gp each if they will help him hijack a fast coach and get him home on time (back home, he is easily good for the money).

At a Tavern: if encountered indoors, the scholar has not yet been so lucky. Weary, obviously bored with tavern society, and low on traveling-funds, the scholar will approach any party of obvious adventurers and offer to sell the location of remote ruins he has found within a day’s journey into the woods.

The product is a 16-page .pdf (full-color cover, front matter, 1-page ad, and 11 pages of gaming content). 

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Marja E July 23, 2021 3:44 am UTC
Hi, is this written for any one system?
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Ryan W August 31, 2021 4:40 pm UTC
Hi there! I'm sorry for the delayed answer; I don't think I got a notification about your question, and just now happened to see it.

"Hunters & Highwaymen" is written to be system agnostic/neutral. Here and there you might see something like 'level 1 Fighter' (as I feel this is a pretty common way to think of NPC levels in many systems), but the NPCs don't come with stats. This means you do need to stat up NPCs for your own games, but the product focuses on colorful, interesting hooks that could apply to almost any system.

A partial preview file is available above, showing what the entries are like.

If you have more questions, just ask! Thanks for your interest.
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December 30, 2020
This title was added to our catalog on January 05, 2021.
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