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Castle Kaukenn
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MysticMoon's comment on 2015-02-02 05:26 PM
Update: Ok, this has been sitting unmodified in my in-work for nearly 3 years. As much as I'd like to turn it into what it *could* be, I think I need to let it go and get to work on other things. Go to Comment
Mark Greaves, Assassin Hobo
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Travelers)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-02-03 12:11 AM
The fey angle doesn't need much more coverage than it already has, a fairie curse is a fairie curse, just like a deal with the devil is a deal with the devil. If you can already use a fae crossed assassin in your setting, you can already fill in the details, and as mentioned above, they aren't really needed for running the NPC in a game.

Solid character, useful and useable, and the fey angle is interesting because it gives the DM leeway to do things he shouldn't otherwise do, and can hand wave it as part of the fey curse. Go to Comment
Mark Greaves, Assassin Hobo
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Murometz's comment on 2015-02-03 05:02 PM
Creepy good!! It reeks of the "real" because this guy is scarier than ten fancy, flowery assassins put together.

I picture his mind ravaged over time. Maybe he slowly turns from assassin to wanton murderer. He shares a train with some other destitute hobo, and just kills him, because he can. And enjoys himself. Dumps the body from the train. Never makes the police reports. No one cares about a dead hobo on the side of the tracks. Mark moves on to the next town.

Well done, Myst! Go to Comment
Mark Greaves, Assassin Hobo
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Travelers)
Murometz's comment on 2015-02-03 05:06 PM


Hmm one more thought. This guy is scarier without the "fey" angle to me. Why can't he just be a true human monster, like hh holmes or gacy or someone like that. Maybe he was just a curse-less hobo.



Great character.

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Mark Greaves, Assassin Hobo
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Travelers)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-02-03 01:18 PM
I think rather highly of this one.

Did you ever see Amos Perros, with the street urchin hit man with all the stray dogs? He was the best part of an overly ponderous movie about dogs.


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Mark Greaves, Assassin Hobo
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Travelers)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-02-03 01:38 PM
As stew on this one more, I grow more fond of it.

The idea of a cheap and effective assassin is so ripe with story telling potential. Imagine if while in a bad mood you run across this guy. For a coke and a bag of chips this guy will go kill the object of your aggression. But once you calm down, how do you take it back? He is homeless after all you can't just call him up or wait outside his house. Do you even take this homeless guy seriously when he says
"I will kill the guy the guys that took your parking space."?

The devil could not ask for better servant than one that empowers or lowest instincts.

Imagine if this guy had the power to off those that offended you on the internet?

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Mark Greaves, Assassin Hobo
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Travelers)
valadaar's comment on 2015-02-12 08:22 AM
Lots of potential with this one - so long as he keeps a low profile, and homeless is good at that.

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Mark Greaves, Assassin Hobo
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Silveressa's comment on 2015-02-03 05:13 AM
A fun assassin, and one most players will completely overlook as just filler by the GM and gravely underestimate. Perfect for shadowrun, I can see him being a useful distraction as well for a group that needs their enemies attention elsewhere dealing with an unexpected problem. Go to Comment
Mark Greaves, Assassin Hobo
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Aramax's comment on 2015-02-02 03:17 PM
oH I get to go first! I think what would fix. this a lot is maybe a short paragraph more abou the fey encounter, Its a little too important to gloss over, you could take some of the word count out of the intro, as it is its ok but not anything very special. You Drosus and I have all made the same mistake w/ these. We over focused to much on one aspect(all of us did this different) Go to Comment
Mark Greaves, Assassin Hobo
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Travelers)
Aramax's comment on 2015-02-02 03:56 PM
If you've got magic in your modern setting the fey details become very important ,along w/ the nature of the curse Go to Comment
Mark Greaves, Assassin Hobo
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Moonlake's comment on 2015-02-04 01:43 AM
A fairly good setup on how one becomes an unwilling assassin and I like the bit about how the curse seems to make him run into future clients. Go to Comment
Mark Greaves, Assassin Hobo
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Travelers)
MysticMoon's comment on 2015-02-02 03:29 PM

Do you feel the Fey details are important to the use of the NPC in a game? I thought about including it, along with some other details (like his transition from unlucky homeless to assassin hobo) but I left those details out because it didn't feel immediately useful. So, I get what you're saying, but I don't know that I'm convinced it's utterly critical to the nature of the piece (I'm willing to be convinced otherwise, though...).

I hate to cannibalize from the intro because it is the hook (well, that and the name) for getting eyeballs to read the sub.

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Mark Greaves, Assassin Hobo
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MysticMoon's comment on 2015-02-03 02:09 PM

That movie doesn't sound at all familiar.

The truth is that I based this on a real guy I met last week while walking in the wee hours of the morning. He was pretty much everything I used to describe this guy, except that he never murdered me nor offered any murdering services. I also don't think he ever worked in sales or was cursed by Fey, although you never really can tell with those things. But of course, an amiable hobo is not as interesting as a cold-blooded killer, so...

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Mark Greaves, Assassin Hobo
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MysticMoon's comment on 2015-02-03 02:09 PM
I like the way you think, axle Go to Comment
Mark Greaves, Assassin Hobo
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MysticMoon's comment on 2015-02-03 05:20 PM

But at that point isn't he just another PC?

jk. That actually makes him way scarier. Love it.


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The Holy Hovercraft of The Ice Bears
Society/ Organizations  (Religious)   (World Wide)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-01-09 11:33 AM
Definitely get a Warhammer 40k vibe off of these guys, somewhere between the Imperium troops and the Space Marines, but closer to the mundane ground pounders. I like their religious angle, and the Holy Hovercraft. Go to Comment
The Holy Hovercraft of The Ice Bears
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Dragonlordmax's comment on 2015-01-09 09:25 PM
There is some great visual appeal to this post, and I think that there is a good idea here, too, but it's bit difficult to parse.

I think that a list of plot hooks or something might fit nicely. There are plenty of places to go with this, but it could stand to be a bit more clearly stated. Go to Comment
The Holy Hovercraft of The Ice Bears
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Murometz's comment on 2015-01-09 12:47 PM
Fun! space-faring polar bear mercenaries. Somehow it makes sense. Who is their leader? Enemies of note? Go to Comment
The Holy Hovercraft of The Ice Bears
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Moonlake's comment on 2015-01-09 05:10 PM
I see that this is the stub you were referring to in the chat the other day. The historical context here is intriguing to me but I am satisfied already by what was already put down. The title was a bit of a mismatch to actual content but then I'm fine with it as it is since it is the historical context section that is the sole interest for me (you know how I'm not a sci-fi person but what you put down under the actual crafts I can handle, any more and my brain would unravel :P) . Besides, I still don't know how changing title name with it being included in the permanent link really works.

Like Muro, I can well see that once you get down into the nitty-gritty of how this sect manages to hold this planet against all the others who want access to the mines and personages of note within the sect, you will have a full sub on your hands that this was just the beginning of. I don't see straight away how this sect is likely to be changed by their military control of this planet and the subsequent conflicts that arise (I always find evolution within a society more interesting than just the history of how it all started but that's personal taste). You might or might not wish to delve into this aspect. Go to Comment
The Holy Hovercraft of The Ice Bears
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Moonlake's comment on 2015-01-09 05:29 PM
Glad to be of service :P Go to Comment
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