The 30

The 30: The thirty miscellaneous people who are part of some group. These are drop and play personalities for a given group.

MoonHunter

The 30 is an exercise in character creation. Each member is part of a group or organization or professional archetype.

Each of these characters is basically the same (in terms of skills and mechanics) with some minor differences

. They are provided here as a quick grab for a group member's personality and chrome.

Okay, you can do all the people in a given place at a given time. What is important is that they are basic characters to fill out a place and have some dramatic connections between them and dramatic hooks for the players to latch on to.

Each character will be listed by its archetype or personality hook (in bold), and one to three lines of description. See the submissions in this group for examples.

Note: If the profession is a lonely one, i.e. there will only be one or such in a given place, then listing individual types is appropriate. Kings and Barkeeps are examples of these.

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Article Codex

30 Villians and Fiends By: Scrasamax
NPCs • Major • Combative

Yet another list of 30, this time fiendish foes, vile villians, and and dastardly do-badders.

30 Henchmen By: Scrasamax
NPCs • Extras • Domestic/ Craft

The definition of a Henchman: a man who really knows his away around a hench.

30 Musicians By: Dragonlordmax
NPCs • Extras • Artistic/Performance

30 musicians to entertain at balls, taverns, and other social gatherings.

30 of the Arcade District By: MoonHunter
NPCs • Extras • Artistic/Performance

The Arcade is a long narrow entertainment district built upon the dried up Arcadey creek. This jurisdictional no mans land has become a vibrant section of the city.

30 Prostitutes By: Scrasamax
NPCs • Extras • Artistic/Performance

30 painted ladies of the oldest profession. Reader discretion is advised.

30 Firefighters By: Cheka Man
NPCs • Extras • Combative

Who ya gonna call when the flames are burning?

30 Peasants By: Michael Jotne Slayer
NPCs • Extras • Agricultural

Come hither peasant!

Yet Another 30 Princesses By: Cheka Man
NPCs • Extras • Political

Thirty more princesses, this time with an insect/small creature theme.

30 Hammers By: Kassy
Items • Melee Weapons • Non-Magical

Here is a selection of 30 different hammers, used by those who enjoy hearing the sound of bone being crushed.

30 Mecha Pilots By: Scrasamax
NPCs • Scenario Based • Combative

No high school teens who turn out to be wonder-pilots here.

30 Guards By: Cheka Man
NPCs • Extras-Horde • Combative

30 Guards, who in peacetime patrol the Palace and in wartime are the Royal Bodyguards and the King's last defence.

30 Entertainers By: Cheka Man
NPCs • Minor • Artistic/Performance

30 entertainers to make even the miserable forget their troubles and be happy again, if only for a short time before their sorrows close in again.

30 Vampires By: Cheka Man
Lifeforms • Intelligent Species • Any

30 various vampiric varieties

30 Rangers By: Cheka Man
NPCs • Extras • Natural

Here are the thirty Rangers of the Bushland National Park-the good the bad, the clean and the dirty.

30 Necromancers By: Scrasamax
NPCs • Extras-Horde • Mystical

A cold and cadavorous collection of nefarious necromancers.

30 Princesses By: Scrasamax
NPCs • Extras-Horde • Political

A parcel of pretty princesses

30 Members Of The Players Cult By: Dossta
NPCs • Extras • Religious

30 cult members, of varying levels of sanity and skill. Divided into Guilds for convenience and clarity. Could potentially be used as 30 gang members, depending on your needs.

30 More Gladiators By: Dossta
NPCs • Extras • Combative

30 Warriors -- Freemen and Captives -- to populate your arenas.

30 Judges By: Cheka Man
NPCs • Scenario Based • Political

A lot of what adventurers do is illegal, from fighting and carrying weapons in towns, to robbery and tomb raiding. Sooner or later, many of them are going to be arrested and find themselves up before a judge.

30 Tieflings and the Gifts they bestow By: EchoMirage
NPCs • Extras • Criminal/Espionage

For your pleasure and entertainment, here we present, thirty fiendlings seasoned with a whiff of brimstone, teasingly clad in shadow, accompanied by tunes played on pipes of angel-bone; likewise do we tell of the gifts they might bestow upon one in their favor.

So get them before Hell freezes over!

Talon Trails By: Strolen
Locations • TransWorld • Any

As long as any can remember, these certain paths allowed one to travel up to and over 20 extra miles a day by using them. One moment one was deep along a small trail, the next he would find himself 20 or more miles farther down the path without realizing it. All was fine until recently. Reports returned talking of the failure of these areas which revealed miles of ancient paths. The protection hiding them has finally failed. Will it release monsters of ages past or reveal magic of unknown worth?

30 Barkeepers By: Scrasamax
NPCs • Extras • Mercantile

Herein are listed 30 Barkeeps, Bartenders, or proprietary owners of the drinking and sleeping establishments so frequented by adventurers and their loyal henchmen.

30+ Kings By: Dozus
NPCs • Extras • Political

A minor mess of magnates for myriad monarchies.

Now with Scroll functions! Add your own!

30 Priests By: Dozus
NPCs • Extras • Religious

Forsooth! A fair flock of faithful friars, from fanciful to factual.

30 Police Officers By: MoonHunter
NPCs • Extras-Horde • Criminal/Espionage

Some times you just need a horde of police officers...

30 Mages By: Scrasamax
NPCs • Extras-Horde • Mystical

30 slingers of spells, vendors of enchantment, and bizarrement.

30 Wizards By: Cheka Man
NPCs • Extras • Mystical

Thirty Mages for every kind of magical world out there.

30 Knights By: MoonHunter
NPCs • Extras • Combative

There is a tournament and now the town is flooded with Knights. OR there is a huge group of nights the characters are interacting with. Now you have to fill out those personalities. Here is 30 of them.

30 Criminals By: necromancer
NPCs • Extras-Horde • Criminal/Espionage

The are 30 thieves, killers and other criminals that ought to be behind bars.

30 Flesh Peddlers By: Murometz
NPCs • Extras • Mercantile

NC-17

30 Temple Priests By: MoonHunter
NPCs • Extras • Religious

It is a good sized temple with all the appropriate attendents. Who is in the temple running it?

30 People in a Crowded Dockside Tavern By: MoonHunter
NPCs • Extras-Horde • Travelers

You step in from the fog swirled street. It is not as dark as you expected, but it is just as loud and smelly. There is about 30 people in this dockside bar.

30 People in a Tavern Crowd By: MoonHunter
NPCs • Extras • Domestic/ Craft

So, you walk in the tavern. It is a fairly average place, good sized ceiling, a roaring fire, lots of tables. There is a crowd of about 30 people....

30 Sailors By: Cheka Man
NPCs • Extras • Travelers

The Crew of the 'New Hope', a fine, and not so fine, bunch of seafaring men.

30 Courtiers By: MoonHunter
NPCs • Extras-Horde • Political

You find yourself brought to the Great Lord's Court after completing your assignment. Thanks are given. You are invited to the festivities later that day. Court is adjourned and you are now trapped in a room with numerous courtiers ....

30 Pirates By: Scrasamax
NPCs • Extras-Horde • Criminal/Espionage

Barnacles and bilge rats, a pernicious package of perfidious pirates!

30 More Princesses By: Scrasamax
NPCs • Extras-Horde • Political

Courtly contessas, contributed and collaborated upon by Citadelians!

30 Vagrants By: Scrasamax
NPCs • Extras-Horde • Travelers

Vagrants, vagabonds, gaberlunzies, gypsies, thieves, beggars and more, presenting a list of 30 of the downtrodden and desperate.

30 Brigands By: Scrasamax
NPCs • Extras-Horde • Combative

‘That’s a nice tunic you’ve got there, I think I’ll take it…’

Marv, the Brigand

30 Prisoners By: Cheka Man
NPCs • Extras • Criminal/Espionage

Some of the inhabitants of Pier Point Prison-the bad, mad and the downright sad.

30 Men of Nyir By: Scrasamax
NPCs • Extras-Horde • Combative

The grim and often belligerent denizens of the Grand Duchy of Nyir

30 of The Horde By: MoonHunter
NPCs • Extras-Horde • Combative

You find yourself captured by Goblins. (We won't ask, we know it is embarassing.) Looking for your escape, you begin to watch the Goblins. Suprisingly, they are a fairly complex bunch.

30 Imps By: Scrasamax
NPCs • Minor • Mystical

30 mystical imps to perch upon your wizard's shoulder and whisper the secrets of magic and the universe.

30 Mercenaries By: Scrasamax
NPCs • Minor • Combative

Mercenaries and bounty hunters? We don't need the help of scum like that.

Vice-Admiral Koszcu

30 Merchants By: valadaar
NPCs • Extras-Horde • Mercantile

30 Mostly Maddening Merchants

30 Druids By: Scrasamax
Organizations • Natural • Area

30 Druids of the Teufel-Grün Forest

? Responses (33)

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This is an excellent idea. Great reference when you need fillers in a scenario.

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What can I say? I love the 30s. It's a great resource for whenever you need a variety of some background character. Fun to write, too. Great idea, Moon.

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Perfect additions...

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What can I say. I dont love the 30's. :D

However, I am starting to enjoy checking the latest additions, and I will admit that this could be a valuable resource for any GM. So, Kudos to Moon for the idea, Kudos to Scras for the original 30 barkeeps, and Kudos overall!

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I assume the goal is 30 30's?


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No, but it is a worthy goal.

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Great idea!

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Okay, I feel the need to justify my 5/5 score for this codex. While most capstone codexes like these tend to score low, or not be voted on at all, Moonhunter's use of the 30 NPC challenge that I started produced 8 new lists of 30. Thats 240 new NPCs that can be fleshed out, dropped into a scenario, or what have you. To MoonHunter, I say thank you.

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Updated: updated for emphasis

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Updated some main text...

So why haven't we had more of these? Was this just a fad? Inquiring minds want to know (or want you to post 30 more people)

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As a whole, it is an excellent set of lists, and an idea that has really taken off. And don't worry, fads do come back around here - unless they are overshadowed by newer fads.

The day is not far when there will be thirty lists of thirty, and then... then will the world end, or something. ;)

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WOOT! 6 more 30's and we have 30 of them!

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4 more 30's make 30 30's.


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Does anyone have 4 more 30 ideas?


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Val has 30 Merchants on deck... It'll be ready soon.


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I have 30 Ryders soon on deck.

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Cheka Man's 30 Guards needed to be added to the Codex...

I'll leave it to Moonhunter whether my 30 Stalwart Bands falls within the Codex's purview...


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The Guards were added a bit ago. Your 30 bands do not meet the criteria as it is 30 individuals in a group. You do get the very worthy 30 freetext, which has some other lists of 30 related items.

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A lot goes into this codex, from many contributors, but I really do think this codex is the bedrock of the Citadel. I've mined it early and often, not least for the concept that it's so much easier to bring even mooks to vivid life if you only have a personality trait or two to ascribe to them. A very worthy '5.'


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Mwahahahaha

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One of the best codex's in the Citadel, hands down. I have used several of these lists in actual games, and have been delighted with their consistent standard of quality.

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If Scras were added as co-author, I would vote this one golden.

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4.0/5

The 30's are a brilliant part of the Citadel, one that I'm sure we've all found a way to use.

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as a group the '30's are my fav sub group here ,so amny of them andso many ideas to grow with. I've been working on a 30 for about 3 weeks(which as most of you realize is a VERY long time for me) can't get enuf 30s 5/5