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The Rest of the Cast - Extras and Minor Characters


This is the place for minor characters and extras. These are just personalities and some minor skills ready to be thrown into your campaign. They are not highly detailed becaue they are just extrasn in the game. They are useful to have a stack of just “hanging around” should you need them.  So use um all, we will make more.

This codex is mostly a reminder for some of us to keep making these characters. It is easy to forget to make “extras” and “minor” characters. However, if you link this to your favorite’s list, you will always remember to plug one in when you are here.

For a reminder -Our definitions:

Extra: These are members of the background that fill the world behind the player characters. They are needed to give versimilitude and life to the game world the players are passing through. Any Extra character would be either a typical character or a nearly typical (just different to stand out slightly) character. The players might have a line or two of dialog with them. If the extra is interesting, there might be more interaction with them, and the extra becomes the springboard for minor subplots in the game.

Extra-Horde: These are groups where a single character sheet and description defines (nearly) every member of the group. This would be for dockside bandits, Ninjas, pitchfork and torch wielding peasants, BlackMoor Barbarians Riders, or some other loose group of near identical people.  Hordes are almost always antagonistic.

Minor Character: These are characters that are of minor importance in this chapter of the character’s existance. They are either minor villians (important minions, lieutenants, monsters of some note), minor allies (supporting characters), or Color characters (the local headman, a healer, soothsayer, the troll beneith the bridge) The line between Minor Color Characters and Extras is a little fuzzy. It all depends upon the character’s presentation to the players.

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Voted manfred
November 30, 2005, 10:04
A great Idea Scroll from the forums... you can simply cut these small characters and paste them into your game.
July 6, 2006, 10:08
This could be a great codex/scroll for minor characters. Why not make it an actual codex?
July 6, 2006, 10:17
Because of the sheer number of minor NPCs - the page would be unbearably long and hard to read. This way you have them all nicely in one place, with short descriptions along.
Voted valadaar
October 30, 2007, 15:06
Hmm, this is somewhat superceded by the plethora of '30's. Though now I need to go through my NPCs to see if any qualify.
October 30, 2007, 16:15
Indeed, this ought to be updated with more examples which we surely have around.
Siren no Orakio
October 30, 2007, 22:39
We have a whole category marked 'Minor characters'. We need to make it a quest, critically, with a word count limit. One of my most useful characters as NPC in a game has the total notes of 'O'Shea's thug. New York-Irish. Tacturn, silent menace. Gestures a lot. Physical adept - speed & skill. Tonfa.' And really, that's all I need to know to make him a working cog in the backdrop to the players "heroism". That's what these are about. They're cogs to make the heroes heroes. Most of all, these are what DMs need.

And these guys don't need a codex. They're an entire category. Just click on NPC and click on 'minor' at the side. Or 'Extra'. Or whatever.

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       By: Raptyr

Nine times out of ten, it’s the undead that do the running.

Not strictly animal or vegetable, the Corpse bud is a peculiar individual that shares characteristics from multiple kingdoms and species. In appearance, all corpse buds bear a shape of a large rounded top bud divided into four lateral segments, and a much longer, narrower bottom bud, also divided into four segments. Between the two halves are a set of four radial limbs, rounded on top and flat on the bottom, covered with tiny serrated hooks facing towards the body. In overall size, it’s limbs reach as wide as a spread hand, with the body being as thick as a fist. It is as long as a human hand from top to bottom.

Internally, the top bud of the corpse bud contains a bacteria filled membrane that produces the hydrogen that the corpse bud uses to stay aloft, and a series of fungal gills for the dispersal of spores for reproduction. The lower half of the bud contains a number of fine filaments, as well as a sharp barbed stinger containing a powerful local anaesthesia.

The Corpse Bud mobilizes by inflating its top bud, and steers by rotating its arms rapidly about its body. The corpse bud ordinarily drifts with the wind, orienting towards the scent of recent decay and death. It preys on the recently dead, burrowing the lower bud into the victim, using the anaesthesia in case the victim is dying, and not truly deceased. Once embedded, it releases its filaments into the body, replacing the current nervous system. This gives it full animation of the body, and allows the corpse bud to direct it.

Corpse buds are not a malevolent species, being primarily concerned with breaking down the host body for food, and infecting the reproductive cycle with spores in order to mate with other corpse-bud bodies. To preserve the corpse for this purpose, Corpse buds will seek out dry locations to prevent bacteria from destroying the corpses. This often causes a large number of corpse buds to gather in a single location.

In culture, Corpse buds are used to repair broken spines or degenerative diseases, as the sentient mind will easily overcome the mind of the non-sentient corpse bud. Once infected by a corpse bud, however, removal is usually fatal, and the infected individual cannot reproduce, or risk infecting another. Thus, it is a technique often reserved for the elderly, or a last resort.

Necromancers and other dark sorcerers will often preserve the corpses of their victims magically, and infect them with corpse buds, creating traditional undead as well, so as to seed their lairs with undead both offensive and non, in order to throw their enemies off balance. They will also enslave the rudimentary minds of the corpse buds, and transform the docile things into a plague. There have also been accounts of magically transformed corpse buds with stronger minds and a taste for living flesh, but thus far all accounts are unproven rumors.

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