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April 8, 2006, 11:52 am

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Simeon the Caretaker


A little snug for me, but you…a perfect fit.

Simeon is an unkempt man, his blonde hair is greasy looking and clings together in long matted plaits. He favors a long dark coat, and fashions himself to be a gentile man by wearing a twenty-year out of date hat. Pale as a ghost, Simeon seldom sees the light of day, preferring to do his work at night, away from visitors and prying eyes.

Simeon’s father was a grave-digger, like his father before him, and so on. It was only natural that Simeon take up the family trade, cleaning up the bodies, making sure they were good enough to look at for the funerals. He, like his father and father before, made sure that the dead were unburdoned of those things that the dead dont need. Jewelry, finery, and anything worth a silver or two found its way into his pocket.

Simeon is not a clean man, much like Norbert the Creepy Simeon has had his way with the better looking women who have come across his slab. This was how he managed to go from being the gravedigger in the township to sitting on the town council.

Murder she Wrote
Lord Westmore of the Township had a penchant for buggery and on occassion knocked his mistress off. Seeing that dead whores would be bad for his image as a righteous and upstanding noble, he would find places to dispose of them. It was Simeon who would find them later, but in his time with the dead, he had learned a bit of what it took to kill people. He realized that these women had been murdered, and he instictively knew by who. A little blackmail and coercion later, Simeon was set.

By no means a noble, he has a house that doesnt leak in the rain, and can wear out of date and dirty fashionable clothes rather than rags. He has a seat on the township council and is has to rights and privelages that go with it. He recieves a yearly stipend from the tax coffers, and can arbitrate disputes of lower nature. He does this rarely since few people want his sort of attention.

Roleplaying Notes
Simeon rubs his hands together frequently, and licks his lips. Due to poor nutrition growing up, he is gaunt and missing a few teeth. He is also a toucher, and will touch anything, sometimes in personal manner. Not saying he is a crotch grabber, but he has not compuction about touching someones face while talking to them. He is unsettling and radiates unwholesomeness. He also is not evil per se. He isnt malicious, just opportunistic. If given a choice between good and evil, he will generally take the former.

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Voted MoonHunter
April 8, 2006, 13:26
This is the kind of post I like. Nothing big or earth shattering, but a good solid description to embed into you game. There is lots of potential for this minor character, even if the scenario does not revolve around him.
Voted Murometz
April 8, 2006, 14:29
Love detailed minor npc's!! They make the world a better place :D
Voted Cheka Man
April 8, 2006, 22:25
A good carecter.I wonder why the noble has not tired to have him murdered?
April 9, 2006, 7:55
That is a good question Cheka. I would say that one of the provisions of the blackmailing, which I did leave really vague would be a life insurance policy. One of those 'If I die so-and-so is going to recieve alot of incriminating evidence' things. THere could also be an agreement that so long as Simeon gets his stipend he will make sure that the lords indiscretions go unnoticed into the pauper's unmarked graves.
Voted Ria Hawk
April 10, 2006, 18:27
Because everyone needs the creepy, necrophiliac gravedigger with few morals. I like. Of course, I have to wonder what would happen if his lordship turned his particular brand of attention to the wrong woman, and someone actually missed her. I can easily see Simeon trying to thwart an investigation, because if they find out about the lord's guilt, he loses his power.
Voted klauston
April 12, 2009, 18:40
This guy could be useful as well as a creepy encounter, especially in a graveyard.
Voted valadaar
April 12, 2009, 19:44
A very solid, though nasty, NPC. Perfect for what he is.
Voted axlerowes
April 13, 2009, 13:59
The roleplaying notes add quite a bit to it. This man could slip in anywhere.
January 21, 2015, 21:07
"...Simeon has had his way with the better looking women who have come across his slab. This was how he managed to go from being the gravedigger in the township to sitting on the town council."

nice one,

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       By: Monument

When the characters approach a clearing in the forest, they will see 4 ogres who are guarding, and preventing from escape, 4 human males, and 3 human females. The ogres will see the party and leap to attack. The females will scream "OUR SAVIORS!!" and run screaming straight across the currently forming battlefield, in between ogres and party members, to hide behind the rearmost party members. They will be safe there. The males will try to skirt the battle to the north side to join the women.

To the south, giants will be hiding in the thick underbrush until the party has engaged the ogres and then attack the most opportune target EXCEPT the ones that the females are next to.

It should be noted that the female commoners are not female commoners at all, nor are the male commoners actually male commoners. The female commoners are the hags, who have polymorphed themselves as the commoners in their stewpot to escape detection. The males skirting the battle are actually MORE ogres, the hags were in the process of polymorphing ALL the ogres into regular humans for ambush purposes. The REAL commoners are already dead, having found their way into the coven's cauldron for dinner.

The hags (the women) will position themselves near to any spellcasters in the rear first, and then near anyone else in the back of the fight. The ogres (the men) will wait until the hags shift form, and then attack first the rear folks, then shift into the melee.

It is possible that the characters, as they approach the ogres, will notice the giants in the bush, and be able to warn the others of the ambush.

GAME NOTES: If you sell the screaming women correctly, they will not even be suspected until it is too late. Therein lay the problem. This encounter is ESPECIALLY deadly to the rear eschelon of the party. It is entirely possible that the hags will finish off half the party before they even realize they have been duped. Caution is required if the game master wishes to avoid a TPK(total party kill).

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