Wednesday, February 6, 2013

[Korgothursday] Notorious NPC: Gog-Magog, Baron of Thieves

6th Level Pure Human
STR: 9 --- INT: 19
DEX: 13 --- WIL: 17
CON: 14 --- CHA: 7
HPs: 60 --- AC: 7
Mutations: none

The self-proclaimed "Baron of Thieves," Gog-Magog is a hedonistic collector of Bygone artifacts from "The Fourth Age." Gog-Magog is around 4 feet tall, overweight, and bald (with the exception of a small soul-patch beard and stringy ponytail). He wears a small loincloth and sheer golden robes that leave little to the imagination. As a collector of rare jewelry and trinkets, he usually sports several necklaces and rings, as well as a pair of golden earrings. Gog-Magog is not afraid to flaunt his ill-acquired wealth.

Although he is not very strong or agile, he has a near-encyclopedic knowledge of the human body, which allows him to deliver more damage when fighting in combat. Gog-Magog gets a +2 damage bonus when fighting hand-to-hand. His genius-level intelligence and study of Bygone artifacts gives him a +20% Technology Roll modifier when inspecting trinkets from the past.

From his hidden cavern lair, Gog-Magog commands a small army of mercenaries, bandits, and lackies to carry out his nefarious schemes. Gog-Magog is involved in all manner of immoral and illegal activities: theft, human trafficking, smuggling, extortion, etc. If there's a profit to be made, the Baron of Thieves has his hand in it -- unless he's running it outright. Gog-Magog delights in collecting Bygone artifacts, however. If he discovers someone has an item he covets, he will use guile and deception to acquire it. In the pilot, Gog-Magog wanted to possess the Golden Goblin held by the wizard Specules. Knowing it was a suicide quest, he poisoned Korgoth with a deadly parasite, offering him the antidote only if he returned with the Goblin.

Gog-Magog is ruthless, evil, and cunning. He holds no value for human life, as it's just another commodity for him to buy and sell. But he will pay handsomely for rare antiques and items from the times before the world ended. But do not think to double-cross him for he is diabolical when it comes to revenge. Gog-Magog could be an adventure hook for the PCs if he "hires" them to retrieve an artifact for him. He could also be a recurring villain if the deal they've made with him goes sour.

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