Does your campaign need some pizzazz? How about a tiefling who runs a special courier service? Or a dwarf who can make anything? Or a Shadow Slayer who's been tossed out of his organization for being too much of a loose cannon? Take a look at these downloadable NPCs developed for the Urban ArcanaCampaign Setting by designer Eric Cagle.
Preview the Characters
If you absolutely, positively have to have something delivered by yesterday, then call the Messenger. Though he can operate just about any land vehicle expertly, he usually shows up in his trademark cherry-red 1967 Camaro with the oversized engine and killer flame paint job.
The Messenger is atiefling with a leadfoot and a well-deserved reputation for speedy deliveries. Unlike others of his kind, the Messenger is neither evil nor malicious -- he is a truly neutral mercenary who prefers to trade in information and goods rather than violence. The Messenger will ferry any message, package, item, or person anywhere that he is able to go -- no questions asked. His services don't come cheaply, however, and he prefers to deal in a combination of cash, information, magic items, and favors.
The Messenger accepts work from anyone who has not previously betrayed his trust or set him up for disaster. Anyone so foolish always comes to regret it, since the Messenger has no compunctions about using his extensive contacts to seek revenge on the perpetrator.
As befits his nature, the Messenger is likely to run when the going gets tough. He prefers to use his own car, but he is willing to drive or pilot any vehicle provided for him. The messenger is only truly happy when he's blazing down the road -- his occasional passengers describe him as quiet and moody outside his car and irritatingly chatty and upbeat while behind the wheel.
It is up to the GM to decide when, if, and how the heroes can call upon the Messenger, but he could show up anywhere and anytime in a campaign. His picture appears on page 197 of the Urban Arcana Campaign Setting.
About the Author
Eric Cagle is a freelance game designer who also works for Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Recent credits include theD&D Arms and Equipment Guide, Fiend Folio, the Ultimate Alien Anthology for the Star Wars Roleplaying Game, and theUrban ArcanaCampaign Setting forthed20Modern Roleplaying Game. The next book that bears his name, the d20Modern Menace Manual, is scheduled for release in September 2003. He's a frequent contributor to both Dragon Magazine and theWizards of the Coast website.