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Kid Cannibal
February 18, 2013
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Votes: 5 / 3.600000
Griven Smartstaff, Scholar of Small Proportions    NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)

  The gnome hefts the giant tome situated on his back and then pushes his round spectacles up his protruding nose. He rubs the tip of his nose, knowing that he should really stop studying with his face so close to the books. The skin would sometimes rub off the tip during long hours of recording and study. Specks were  moving on down the road, and he produces a spyglass from a loop on his hip. Through the lens, he spots a group of adventurers. He grins from ear-to-ear and gives a hoot, almost losing his balance due to the weight of the book on his back.

   "These fellows look like they have purpose! It's time to find out what they're up to!"

Ted
April 20, 2011
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Votes: 8 / 3.812500
Parietal    NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)

Found in the ruins of a battle long commenced, Parietal is sure to leave players flabbergasted.

Pieh
July 29, 2010
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Comments: 6
Ideas: 0
Votes: 5 / 4.400000
The Crystal Scholar    NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)

The Crystal Scholar is a feminine Quasi-Soul with a passion for knowledge.

Age of Fable
April 30, 2010
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Comments: 3
Ideas: 0
Votes: 3 / 2.500000
Teleleli: Forewords by the Authors    NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)

Forewords to the supplement I'm working on: Teleleli. Or, The City Never Dies; It Just Smells That Way.

Pieh
April 8, 2009
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Comments: 11
Ideas: 0
Votes: 10 / 3.250000
Wakazashi the Ooze Hunter    NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)

Your Ultimate Source for all your Ooze Problems!

Silveressa
December 21, 2008
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Comments: 6
Ideas: 0
Votes: 5 / 3.200000
Master Kenji , disiple of a million masters    NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)

"To truly be wise, one must learn from all life."

(A sage and wise man for any oriental fantasy or modern day campaign)

Ouroboros
January 4, 2008
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Comments: 9
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 4.500000
Artemius Coil, Physician    NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)

An unsavoury character, yet immensely useful to know if you are in need of urgent medical attention, but want to avoid the eyes of the authorities….

CaptainPenguin
December 2, 2007
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Comments: 15
Ideas: 0
Votes: 9 / 4.666667
Aher Wolfhound    NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)

Aher Wolfhound, called Wolfhound The Historian, a man crushed by the weight of the world’s cruelty

Ria Hawk
September 15, 2007
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Comments: 15
Ideas: 0
Votes: 10 / 4.200000
Ran, the Sorrow of Curiosity    NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)

"Whatcha doin?  What for?  How you gonna do it?  I just wanna know.  I wonder about a lot of things.  Don’t you wonder about stuff?  You do?  I can help you, if you want me to.  That way we can both know."

Wulfhere
October 28, 2006
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Ideas: 0
Votes: 8 / 4.812500
Doctor Mirabilis    NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)

In a shadowed alley near Bassage Market, the secretive master of the city's "resurrection men" studies mysteries of life and death.

MoonHunter
October 15, 2006
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Comments: 9
Ideas: 0
Votes: 5 / 4.100000
Dr Mike Silverman MD PHD    NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)

This is fascinating. Scary, really scary, but fascinating.

Murometz
March 4, 2006
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Comments: 9
Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 4.166667
Kaboo, Gladdys, and their Dim-Witted Nephew    NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)

Before there was the National Enquirer, there was Kaboo.

MoonHunter
December 31, 2005
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Comments: 4
Ideas: 0
Votes: 3 / 4.166667
Grisus    NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)

The Magistrate has something of a reputation for Solomonic wisdom and the determining of past events.  While the magistrate is not a stupid man by any stretch of the imagination, his reputation stems from his assistant rather than his innate abilities.  Grisus is that assistant.

MoonHunter
December 4, 2005
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Comments: 4
Ideas: 0
Votes: 3 / 4.000000
Tobias "Toby the Fan" Chaucer    NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)

Fanboy turned expert, Toby is a unlikely contact, but one you want to have.

MoonHunter
November 15, 2005
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Comments: 3
Ideas: 0
Votes: 2 / 3.250000
Statlerus and Waldorus    NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)

Two cynical and witty old pentioners watching the world go by and commenting on it.

Wogden
July 27, 2005
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Comments: 8
Ideas: 0
Votes: 9 / 4.444444
Me'fiante Delagouttie're    NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)

Life as a street urchin is a pathetic existence indeed - and Me’fiante has it worse than most. In a back-alley underworld filled with trickery and subversion, the ability to sense lies is often more of a curse than a blessing.

Wogden
July 26, 2005
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Comments: 6
Ideas: 0
Votes: 10 / 4.700000
Phineas Rowcome    NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)

When one has missed the chance for adventure, one finds it very difficult to get along with one’s heroic peers. Phineas Rowcome, the renowned Halfling scholar, nurses a deep jealousy for those whose lives are filled with excitement…

Scrasamax
December 29, 2004
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Comments: 6
Ideas: 0
Votes: 9 / 4.611111
Kanel Rull    NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)

With her gray hair in a grandmotherly bun, and wont to wear grey dresses with lace and floral brocade, few would suspect the kindly Mistress of the bakery and part time apothecary of being a child of dark magic…

Shadoweagle
November 17, 2004
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Comments: 4
Ideas: 1
Votes: 6 / 4.166667
Animus    NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)

A pale comparison of a former man. Obviously someone who has a terrible past.

Alec_Shadowkin
October 14, 2004
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Ideas: 0
Votes: 6 / 2.416667
Alastor Greyson    NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)

A young man, disowned by his family, traveling the world in an attempt to redeem himself with his musical talent and his prowess with a sword.

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Corpse Herders

       By: Murometz

The Jiangsi was the name of an undead being in Chinese folklore and mythology. Usually translated as zombie or vampire for Western palates, the Jiangsi was really neither. They appeared as simply risen, fresh corpses. They moved (peculiarly!) by hopping rather than walking, and sought out the living to suck the Qilife force from their victims.

Perhaps significantly more interesting than the Jiangsi itself, was the lore surrounding them. "Zombie wranglers", or "Corpse Herders", usually Daoist priests, were men tasked with delivering these undead beings back to their respective home towns. Tradition in China placed great importance and emphasis on the return of the dead to their homes and families, and thus the corpse herders came to be. By using magick words and talismans they would animate the dead, and by placing specially inscribed parchments of paper over the Jiangsi heads and faces, the corpse herders would be able to control the hopping corpses. Then like pied pipers, they would lead processions of subdued undead, across many miles, rhythmically chanting and ringing tiny bells.

Special inns were built across China to house these undead caravans, as the zombies could only travel by evening and night, the sun anathema to them. Rows of doors opening to barely a closet-space, lined the walls of these special establishments. Behind these doors, the corpses would be stored upright while the corpse herders rested in rooms.

The Jiangsi under the control of a corpse herder were quite harmless, merely hopping after him, silently and without complaint, for weeks and months. If however, the magicked parchment would somehow be removed from their faces, the creatures would immediately seek living humans to kill. Their thirst for Qi was unquenchable.

The job of a corpse herder was an interesting one to say the least.

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