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The 30


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

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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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.

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30 Aristocrats By: Ria Hawk ( NPCs ) Extras - Political

A list of thirty aristocrats, ready to be dropped in the king’s court, the ball, or what have you.

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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.

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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

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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 ....

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

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

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30 Druids By: Scrasamax ( Society/ Organizations ) Natural - Area

30 Druids of the Teufel-Grün Forest

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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.

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30 Firefighters By: Cheka Man ( NPCs ) Extras - Combative

Who ya gonna call when the flames are burning?

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30 Flesh Peddlers By: Murometz ( NPCs ) Extras - Mercantile


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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.

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30 Henchmen By: Scrasamax ( NPCs ) Extras - Domestic/ Craft

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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30 Mages By: Scrasamax ( NPCs ) Extras-Horde - Mystical

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

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30 Mecha Pilots By: Scrasamax ( NPCs ) Scenario Based - Combative

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

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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.

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

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

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30 Mercenaries By: Scrasamax ( NPCs ) Minor - Combative

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

Vice-Admiral Koszcu

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30 Merchants By: valadaar ( NPCs ) Extras-Horde - Mercantile

30 Mostly Maddening Merchants

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30 More Gladiators By: Dossta ( NPCs ) Extras - Combative

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

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30 More Princesses By: Scrasamax ( NPCs ) Extras-Horde - Political

Courtly contessas, contributed and collaborated upon by Citadelians!

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30 Musicians By: Dragonlordmax ( NPCs ) Extras - Artistic/Performance

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

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30 Necromancers By: Scrasamax ( NPCs ) Extras-Horde - Mystical

A cold and cadavorous collection of nefarious necromancers.

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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.

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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.

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30 Peasants By: Michael Jotne Slayer ( NPCs ) Extras - Agricultural

Come hither peasant!

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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.

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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….

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

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

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

Some times you just need a horde of police officers…

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30 Priests By: Dozus ( NPCs ) Extras - Religious

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

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30 Princes By: Ria Hawk ( NPCs ) Minor - Political

Thirty princes.  Sons of kings, rescuers of princesses.  Or something like that.

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30 Princesses By: Scrasamax ( NPCs ) Extras-Horde - Political

A parcel of pretty princesses

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30 Prisoners By: Cheka Man ( NPCs ) Extras - Criminal/Espionage

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

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30 Prostitutes By: Scrasamax ( NPCs ) Extras - Artistic/Performance

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

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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.

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30 Sailors By: Cheka Man ( NPCs ) Extras - Travelers

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

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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?

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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!

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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.

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30 Vampires By: Cheka Man ( Lifeforms ) Intelligent Species - Any

30 various vampiric varieties

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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.

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30 Wizards By: Cheka Man ( NPCs ) Extras - Mystical

Thirty Mages for every kind of magical world out there.

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30+ Kings By: Dozus ( NPCs ) Extras - Political

A minor mess of magnates for myriad monarchies.

Now with Scroll functions!  Add your own!

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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?

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Yet Another 30 Princesses By: Cheka Man ( NPCs ) Extras - Political

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

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Voted B9anders
August 20, 2006, 9:12
This is an excellent idea. Great reference when you need fillers in a scenario.
Voted valadaar
August 22, 2006, 20:18
Only voted
Voted Dozus
August 22, 2006, 21:22
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.
Voted Mourngrymn
August 23, 2006, 15:15
Perfect additions...
Voted Murometz
August 23, 2006, 15:35
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!
August 25, 2006, 0:01
I assume the goal is 30 30's?
October 19, 2006, 11:44
No, but it is a worthy goal.
Voted Strolen
August 25, 2006, 8:27
Great idea!
Voted Scrasamax
August 25, 2006, 9:45
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.
Barbarian Horde
August 26, 2006, 4:14
The wildly diverging grades on the "30 subs" show how illogical and broken the vote system is.
Can there really be a 2.0 gap between nearly identical lists?

Cheka Man
August 26, 2006, 11:33
It's because of the personalties of the 30, BH-that is what is being voted on.
August 26, 2006, 14:17
I think the comment 'nearly identical' just shows that you do not read each of the listings. 30 Criminals went into 30 criminal professions, rather than 30 potential NPCs, whereas 30 Kings and 30 Mages actual delved into historical resources. So the difference in score is justified.
Ancient Gamer
August 26, 2006, 15:45
No, I have not read each listing. I have read some though, and it is mostly the same 4.0-ish stuff. I am havign issues with the voting around here, and from your comment and earlier comments I sense that you disagree. That is your choice, but please keep a civil tone. We can be friends though our opinions differ.
August 26, 2006, 13:44
Updated: updated for emphasis
Voted Eclipse
December 13, 2006, 8:54
Only voted
March 16, 2007, 2:39
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)
Voted manfred
March 16, 2007, 4:21
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. ;)
March 23, 2007, 20:36
WOOT! 6 more 30's and we have 30 of them!
April 13, 2007, 15:39
4 more 30's make 30 30's.
Cheka Man
April 13, 2007, 16:01
Does anyone have 4 more 30 ideas?
Barbarian Horde
April 13, 2007, 16:35
yes...30 lycanthropes, I have 25 at the moment. In fact, I've had 25 of them for 3 months now :)
April 13, 2007, 18:46
Val has 30 Merchants on deck... It'll be ready soon.
April 13, 2007, 19:18
I have 30 Ryders soon on deck.
Voted Wulfhere
April 13, 2007, 19:40
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...
April 27, 2007, 0:39
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.
Ria Hawk
July 9, 2007, 6:07
Do you know (I could be wrong), I believe we've hit 31 "Thirty's".
July 9, 2007, 9:45
aaaaaaaaaaaaactually we have 38 lists of 30, of which 31 happen to be NPCs. There are a few malingerers such as 30 manuscripts, 30 natural disasters, and the like that are plots, items, and the like.
July 9, 2007, 14:43
Because we have over thirty of those thirties (and the world didn't end), a little HoH shall be awarded to this submission.

This idea was definitely a success. Kudos for MoonHunter!
July 9, 2007, 18:07
Again I have to toss in an aaaaaaaaaaaaaaactually.

Moonhunter made the Codex, but I started the 30 meme in the previous version of the Citadel, afterwhich only Cheka followed suit. Bartenders and Park Rangers predate the rest of these submission.
July 10, 2007, 15:04

In that case, kudos for you for starting the whole thing! Three cheers for Scrasamax!
Voted RGTraynor
April 13, 2011, 6:17

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.'

April 13, 2011, 9:20
Voted Dossta
March 21, 2013, 13:44
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.
April 5, 2013, 9:30
If Scras were added as co-author, I would vote this one golden.
Voted Kassy
June 5, 2013, 8:55

The 30's are a brilliant part of the Citadel, one that I'm sure we've all found a way to use.
Voted Aramax
March 2, 2015, 14:13
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

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