« Last post by Strolen on June 15, 2015, 07:33:30 PM »
Allow the spirit animal to spy on the PCs and then whisper "nonsensical" things in Zackhar's ear in which he may mumble aloud within earshot of the characters. These nonsensical things either deepen the mystery the PCs are dealing with, allude to something in their future that they realize Zachhar has predicted or maybe the spirit animal wants to help these PCs for some selfish reason and bugs the hell out of Zackhar till he gruffly gives the PCs something they need (directions, an item, a contact's name) and then tells them to leave him alone. Just odd, off the wall comments. Then when the PCs beseech him for more he gets more and more pissed at them. PCs have no idea why he is helpful but then pissed when they acknowledge it.
Trying to figure out the Gippli relationship in it. I see Gippli as the kind of nice old woman (i know it is "male") but provides a "Zackhar, now don't be so rude" type thing. The Good Cop to his Bad Cop. If Zackhar refuses any compensation or thanks, Gippli always implies a drink would be welcome and leads them to a House of Ill Repute and tries to score another kiss. The PCs can usually find them again if they need to in one of those houses. Zackhar is so crabby and unhappy that maybe he doesn't care where he goes, it is all crap. Perhaps he becomes an unwilling protector of some of the Houses too. Through Gippli's interactions with the women, missteps with other clients and Zackhar's grumpyness that it is easier to sve Gipplie, protect the women and satisfy the sentient voice in his ear than to refuse.
Zackhar needs some motivation though that matches with Gippli I think. Why are they traveling? What purpose binds them. Zachar might be after revenge from a womanizer of some type (just happens to be a womanizer, not the reason he is after him) which allows him to not like ruffians, would have a little interest in protecting the girls and a reason for them to travel together.
Anyway, just a few random thoughts. Sound fun!