That is a possible option: making him target of a few 'accidents', or outright assasination attempts, and let him hire the PC's for protection. And later, when it is finally clear someone is after him, but it is not clear why, comes the letter.
The letter might be only used in case they can't find out (but have enough of other clues).
Now that I think of it, there sure wouldn't be words "Go and kill him.". There might be anything from "visit my husband" to some sort of a code. But innocent words or not, a letter containing such a wealth will be suspicious. Is a clue, I hope. Go to Comment
Thank you all for the compliments. Keep doing them. :)
Now, a child could complicate things indeed, making a good reason why the young man wants to survive, and adding yet more drama to the plot - but also mix it up even more. The wetnurse could turn out to be one killer; the child might be kidnapped; or some particularly cruel/deranged murderer could just decide to kill the child as well (though it of course isn't in the contract).
Should Malen die, and baby survive, the PCs will be responsible for it. Given it's large inheritance, there will be more plot hooks attached. Go to Comment
Geeze, there was a time when I've actually written up a few of those NPCs!
Brisson, the Red-Handed - was already hanged for several murders
Kadun, the Psychotic Minstrel - sneaks into the favor of people, then kills them (usually with poison), and sings an eulogy at the funeral as their friend
Odkuas the Weird - arranges three "accidents", then leaves if the target survives
Kalko - the very inept and greedy son of a known assassin Kaldo (daddy might be still angry if someone kills him)
Hartman - actually twin brothers, they act as one to confuse the victim and get an alibi; experienced contract killers, like to use the sword
Gamlar - a spellcaster, uses magic for approach and escape, usually kills with a knife; may impersonate somebody to get close
Other NPCs and red herrings:
- Adam the butler, and Horoskop the gardener, both innocent, but could be impersonated by some of the killers
- Tobias the lawyer - has some pieces of the puzzle, but is not willing to cooperate
- Pol, the delivery boy - has partial information (2-3 addresses), threats of cash will help him to remember Go to Comment
I might make the change that Malen, himself, doesn't know why people are trying to kill him. He then becomes a deranged paranoid looking to the adventurers for protection...until they see one of his assailants.
It's like a 1930's Film Noir movie with fantasy adventurers standing in for Humphrey Bogart. I love it and I will be using it. Thank you! Go to Comment