I defined this adventure scheme for the city of Nightport, where my Lady Blackbird party will soon arrive. The scheme was meant to be filled with the help of the Vornheim city kit NPC generation tables:
[A random PC] once worked with NPC A who now works for the powerful NPC B. The heroes want to contact A because they think that he could help them get in touch with Lady Blackbird’s once secret lover, the pirate king Uriah Flint. NPC B has a specific relation with NPC C: how will this interfere with the plans of the heroes.
The PC I rolled was Cyrus Vance (the captain of the Owl skyship).
These are the NPCs I rolled using Vornheim [my additions in square brackets]:
A. Ashen: a [goblin] lunatic. He is an amateur doctor and takes scholarly interest in any disease. [In the past he worked as a mercenary for an Imperial corporation and he met Cyrus Vance at that time]
B. An oligarch: Jorga of Nexis. She believes that Nightport is a living entity hostile to her, but is afraid to leave. She controls much of the trade in illicit substances in the city [I can see why she has an amateur doctor at her service and she might well be in touch with the pirates]. Jorga has protruding eyes, greenish veins, eerie. Jorga blackmails…
C. Mazlowe Gon Grolsh, the [richly remunerated] official composer of the Free Worlds Federation. Mazlowe believes that much of the oligarchs of Nightport are in thrall to a creature from the lower depths [the serendipitous appearance of the “lower depths” gave me an instant of pure joy]. Mazlowe is bow-legged, slow, talkative. [I guess that Mazlowe helps his creative efforts with some of Jorga’s stuff and she is trying to make all the money she can out of the rich old man].
The final result is:
Cyrus Vance once worked with Ashen, a goblin who now works for the Nightport oligarch Jorga of Nexis, officially as one of her body guards but actually helping her sell drugs in Nightport. The heroes want to contact Ashen because they think that he and Jorga could help them get in touch with Lady Blackbird’s once secret lover, the pirate king Uriah Flint. Jorga blackmails Mazlowe Gon Grolsh, the rich and esteemed official composer of the Free Worlds Federation: how will this interfere with the plans of the heroes?