Welcome to the second day of the week, Tuesday and with it brings some revelations, insights and a general meet and greet with NPCs that are inhabiting the world that our party finds themselves within.
Tonight we will explore the mysterious boy that has been tasked with watching the party, part of the Lotus branch of the red fleet and reports to Kyoko, amongst others but that’s for a different time. I also want to touch on something that I truly struggle with, NPC names and especially ones that haven’t been used before repeatedly. So let’s kick it off and dive right in!
Swift feet, steady hands
Climbing was easy for Takeo due to his ability to twist use his toes and grip onto objects and surfaces in the same manner his hands could. As he hung from a tree just outside of town he used some of the magic he was taught as part of his training to join the Lotus and altered how his eyes perceived the world. Blinking a few times to acclimatise his eyes he looked across the town at the market place where the group of adventurers he had been tailing to firstly confirm that they were not responsible for their current predicament and then to monitor them since the magic talisman had been slipped into their belongings. So far his suspicions had been confirmed, there is a creature that is responsible for the appearances in the people of Daye’s houses and the loss of their items. He was waiting for word to come back from his teacher about what the the creature could be, what was the best method to deal with it and its connection to magic items.
What puzzles Takeo was that the creature had not visited any of the Red Fleet ships which added to the cause of concern and suspicion from the guard and the people of the town. As he watched the adventurers moving, sluggishly after several nights of no sleep it seems, he couldn’t notice anyone following them, watching them or acting suspicious at all. Even some of the guards seemed cheerful and happy to have them in the town which surely meant that they had revealed the true nature of the thefts of items. Surely…
Releasing his grip on the wood he summersaulted and landed on is hands and feet crouching down as he continued to watch the group move bout the stalls and buildings as they made their way towards the Red Fleet ships moored at the pier. Slipping on his shoes once again and adjusting his mask back on to hide his face he surged the altering magic through his body again and sprung into the air as he took on the shape of a hawk – flying towards the ships and to report back to Kyoko on his findings. Who knows, maybe his teacher had sent word already and he could begin to devise a plan to confront this creature.
So I struggle with names and the reason is that my players generally ask the name of people I didn’t have a plan for them to meet, a burden of running near-sandbox adventures. To counter this for this particular adventure, and the curiosity of moving into the Red Fleets ships and their stalls I will provide a few names for both male and females who could be merchants, sailors of potentially even other members of the Lotus organisation.
A few of those you may recognise from Anime (kudos to you for fine tastes in anime) but they do suit the genre and feel I want for this part of the adventure and since these, for me, are uncommon names to encounter in my day to day life (except a few mind you…) I find that I struggle with coming up with these names in a pinch. Also, full disclosure, these names (most of them) can be found on page 187 of Xanathar’s guide to everything, certainly a useful book to have.
Bonus – Character portrait of Kyoko
Well that’s it for me tonight, I hope you enjoyed the content and can make use of what was put up. Don’t forget to let me know if you have any feedback or suggestions and I hope to see Brazen Wolfe Tabletop expand this year into something bigger and better!
And, as always, don’t forget to roll with advantage,
The Brazen Wolfe