NPC Maker

Non player Characters (NPC) are one of the main pillars for any RPG game. They can help your world come to life, and bring interesting role play opportunities for your players.

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How to use NPC's

NPCs should never be the main focus of the game. The main characters of the game should always be the players.

That being said, NPCs are essential to inject some life into the game by giving the party someone they can interact with.

Here are a couple of ways you can use them:

Creating an Atmosphere

The way NPCs act is a great way to set the tone of a place.

If you want to convey a feeling of a peaceful village, you can make the villagers act in a friendly manner. If you want to convey that something is wrong with a village, you can make the NPCs there act in a weird and unsettling manner.

NPC’s are also a great tool for worldbuilding.

The way they act and the information they give is also a great way to build the world and to answer some of the player’s questions.

Giving Quests

NPCs are also a great way to give quests to players.

Perhaps they offer a high pay, or they have a personal connection with the players, or maybe they simply need help. Either way, NPCs provide excellent objectives for players to interact with.

Having an extra Companion

It is very common for characters to ‘adopt’ NPCs throughout the game. This can be useful for giving the party an extra helping hand during combats and also enriching the narrative and world. However, make sure they don’t steal the spotlight from the players, and almost always make the companion weaker than the rest of the party. Remember, this is the party’s story as well, not only yours.

When using a Companion, it is recommended that you use a monster sheet that is at least 1 Tier lower (minimum Tier 0) than the players and with Challenge Points equal to or lower than the level of one of the characters. So, if you have a party of Level 5 (Tier 3) characters, you could use a Tier 2 monster with 5 or fewer Challenge Points as a companion to keep combat somewhat balanced. 

In case you have very few players, you can add a Companion with the same Tier as the other players. Just be extra careful not to steal the spotlight from players when you do so!

Having Villains

Villains are a great force in storytelling. They can help give a clear objective to the players and drive the story forward. Creating a couple of NPCs that act as villains is a great way to oppose the party.

Make sure to give a cool motivation for the villain. If you want a simple villain, you can just make them do evil things for the sake of being evil, but if you want a truly compelling story, try giving them an interesting reason behind their actions. Maybe they had a tragic past and were cursed, or maybe they are acting for the sake of a greater good.

There are hundreds of different ways to build a villain, but if you want to go above and beyond, you can also give a personal reason why the party would fight them. Maybe they are involved in a character’s background, or maybe they ruined the party’s reputation by sabotaging them.

Tips for running NPC's

Here are some tips for running NPC’s:

NPC’s are like Onions

Just like an onion, the NPC have multiple layers. When you first use them, you only need the first superficial layer, which is the way they act and their initial impressions. You don’t need to overthink the NPC.

If the party starts interacting with that NPC more and more, you can start exploring the other deeper layers of that NPC, and you can then start thinking about their past, their motivation, their beliefs and so on.

If you start to give deep layers to all NPC that the party meets in your game, you will probably go insane. Just give them a first superficial impression and as the game progresses, you will have time to develop them.

Don’t be afraid to Improvise

You can use funny voices, act in a weird way, or anything that pops into your mind when you create an NPC. As long as you stick with it, the NPC will become more interesting and entertaining.

Remember, it is your world and your characters, so you can do anything you want with them

Creating NPC's

Here are 2 simple ways you can use to create NPC:

Background Creation

If you want to create a more detailed NPC, you can roll a background for them, just like you would for another player.

This can add complexity and depth to the character, but it will also require more time and preparation.

Quick Creation

As a GM, you sometimes have to quickly prepare NPCs for players to interact with. With this method, you can create an NPC in less than 1 minute.

You only really need 2 things to make an NPC:

  • NPC Personality: Their main emotion or strongest characteristic.

  • NPC Quirks: Some trait that makes them unique.

You can choose or roll their Personality and Quirks in the 1d00 tables below.

NPC Personality

1d100 Personality 1d100 Personality
1
Addict
2
Adorable
3
Aggressive
4
Agitated
5
Ambitious
6
Angry
7
Annoying
8
Anxious
9
Argumentative
10
Attentive
11
Brash
12
Brave
13
Bold
14
Calm
15
Careless
16
Clingy
17
Chaotic
18
Charming
19
Cheerful
20
Chilled
21
Cold
22
Confused
23
Control Freak
24
Courageous
25
Crazy
26
Creative
27
Cynical
28
Daydreamer
29
Delusional
30
Depressed
31
Desperate
32
Disgusting
33
Drunk
34
Dork
35
Emotional
36
Empathetic
37
Envious
38
Evil
39
Excited!
40
Extrovert
41
Fancy
42
Flamboyant
43
Foolish
44
Friendly
45
Funny
46
Generous
47
Greedy
48
Good Hearted
49
Gossiper
50
Hasty
51
Happy
52
Honest
53
Hyperactive
54
Impatient
55
Insane
56
Insecure
57
Intelligent
58
Introvert
59
Joyful
60
Lazy
61
Lonely
62
Lovable
63
Loyal
64
Mad
65
Maniac
66
Melodramatic
67
Mischievous
68
Motivated
69
Naive
70
Narcissist
71
Nervous
72
Neurotic
73
Numb
74
Obnoxious
75
Obsessive
76
Optimist
77
Overconfident
78
Paranoid
79
Perfectionist
80
Pessimist
81
Polite
82
Punk
83
Relaxed
84
Religious
85
Resentful
86
Romantic
87
Rude
88
Sad
89
Sarcastic
90
Sassy
91
Scared
92
Shy
93
Stubborn
94
Stupid
95
Suspicious
96
Tense
97
Trickster
98
Trustworthy
99
Sweet
100
Wise

NPC Quirks

1d100 Quirk 1d100 Quirk
1
Made pacts with Devils and has hidden Infernal Marks across their body.
2
Secretly hates everyone.
3
Is missing a limb.
4
Has split personality disorder (create a second NPC for the other personality).
5
Talks ... really ... slowly...
6
Has sudden panic attacks.
7
Is Blind.
8
Is Deaf.
9
Is Mute.
10
Only speaks in rhymes, vague riddles or omens. Often laughs when they finish speaking.
11
Loves Adrenaline rushes. They are prone on doing EXTREME things.
12
Very old and possibly senile.
13
Witnessed true despair. Is still living with this trauma.
14
Has vivid hallucinations. Possibly cursed or just mad.
15
Is plotting a revolution of some sorts. They have a strong desire to change the world.
16
Has a harsh temper. Gets grumpy or offended easily.
17
Is a coward. Will avoid any kind of risks if possible.
18
Is a compulsive liar. Will try to deceive other even if it is unnecessary.
19
Very gullible. Will believe in anything, even if it is an obvious lie.
20
Is extremely unlucky.
21
Is extremely lucky.
22
Is extremely flashy. Likes being the center of attention.
23
Is a Kleptomaniac. Will try to steal anything from anyone, even if it is unnecessary.
24
Is extremely cautious. Will always try to plan ahead before acting.
25
Has a Divine Blessing. They may have a Divine Feat or another great boon.
26
Is incredibly motivated, and full of energy. Wants to achieve something great with their life.
27
Eyes are burning with passion. They are clearly engaged with something they love.
28
Has dead fish eyes. They are clearly bored or depressed.
29
Is afflicted by a terrible Curse. This Curse can transform them into a werewolf, could attract multiple fiends, or any other terrible effect.
30
Loves fighting. Will never run away from any combat, no matter how dangerous it might be.
31
Is filled with rage and angst. Believes the world is unfair and blames everyone for it, even the innocent.
32
Has a Death wish. Is prone on doing reckless things as they don't care about their own life.
33
Is extremely prone to herd mentality. Needs to follow a leader at all times...
34
Lacks any personality of their own. Will only mimic the personality of those around it.
35
Is an eldritch being in disguise. Is trying to learn more about mortals, but lacks any common sense.
36
Is being haunted by ghosts.
37
Is being followed by strange figures (or so they think...)
38
Is an elegant charmer. Acts nice and gentle to everyone around them.
39
TALKS REALLY LOUD.
40
Is always laughing, even when they shouldn't.
41
Has no clue what personal space is.
42
Is missing some fingers. This is common among small thieves that got caught and were punished.
43
Is wearing heavy armor and has some big weapons. Looks proud of this equipment
44
Very dirty. They are wearing ragged cloths.
45
Very Pale. Probably doesn't go outside that much (or maybe a vampire?).
46
Has Murderous tendencies. Is very dangerous.
47
Very skinny, looks like they're starving...
48
Looks awfully sick. Is slowly turning into an Undead.
49
Has nervous compulsions, like pulling their own hair or chewing their fingernails.
50
Is awfully entitled. Demands a lot of things and treats everyone very badly.
51
Has an awfully good and altruistic heart, but people end up taking advantage of this.
52
Is desperate for the approval of others.
53
Is really bad in conversations. Cannot even do eye contact properly.
54
Is a true idealist. Will always try to do good, even when it is not possible.
55
A true believer of gods. Will preach and try to convert anyone they meet.
56
Is always rumbling about the past and how thing used to be better.
57
Is connected with the criminal underworld. Is a very dangerous person.
58
Is connected with the local authorities. Wants to make sure that the law is being followed.
59
Is connected with a nobility of some sorts. Has some really powerful influence...
60
Is a self claimed musician, but their music sucks.
61
Talks more than they should.
62
Is an outsider of some sorts. They wear very different clothes and they stand out from the rest of the people.
63
Their brain was switched with another creature. The way they act does not match with their looks...
64
Is actively trying to help people in need. Is engaged in social activities and does voluntary work.
65
Looks very Intimidating, but is a sweetheart.
66
Is very eccentric. Probably has a strange collection of objects or very weird behavior.
67
Has amnesia. Remembers almost nothing from their past and is currently lost.
68
Is incredibly afraid of something harmless.
69
Cries very easily.
70
Is currently posing as someone else.
71
Is a Pyromaniac. Becomes overly excited when they see fire.
72
Talks with their own hand like a lunatic.
73
Is completely shameless. Will talk about subjects they don't understand with complete confidence.
74
Is a contrarian. May just be fiercely independent, or they may simply like doing the opposite of everyone.
75
Acts like a wild creature.
76
Has sleep problems. Is always tired or could just fall asleep in a middle of a conversation.
77
Believes in crazy conspiracy theories, and tries to prove them to everyone.
78
Loves pranks, even if they bring problems.
79
Cares only for their friends and family. The rest of the world can just burn.
80
Likes gold. Will do anything for money.
81
All talk and no action.
82
Acts stoic most of the time, but will explode with strong emotions in rare occasions.
83
Has severe brain damage.
84
Is incredibly polite and educated.
85
Wants to sound smart, but ends up making a fool out of themselves.
86
Is out of touch with reality. May say absurd things, or may have spent to much time alone.
87
Tries to emotionally manipulate others.
88
Brutally honest. Cannot lie even if their their life depends on it.
89
Will never admit that their wrong.
90
Has Mysophobia. Is constantly cleaning and afraid of getting sick.
91
Has Plutophobia. Distrust anyone that is wealthy and sabotages their own potential to avoid wealth.
92
Has Xanthophobia. Will have a panic attack when seeing the color yellow.
93
Has Ablutophobia. Is always dirty and will avoid water at all costs.
94
Is part of a religious cult. The cult may be secret.
95
Is a secret assassin.
96
Is a spy in disguise.
97
Holds a terrible secret. A really terrible secret.
98
Is a really rich and smug merchant.
99
Is mad with power. Carries a powerful item, or is simply a very strong individual.
100
Is an actual dragon in disguise.

NPC Names

All NPCs should have a name to make them memorable. However, sometimes it can be difficult to come up with a name, so we’ve created these tables to assist you.

You can either roll a dice or choose a name from the Masculine or Feminine name tables below. Then, you can also choose or roll for a surname from the Surname Table.

Masculine Names

1d100 Masculine Names 1d100 Masculine Names
1
Abacus
2
Acios
3
Adoneus
4
Aegis
5
Aeneus
6
Ajax
7
Alexandre
8
Alexus
9
Alpheus
10
Amilos
11
Anastas
12
Andreas
13
Andronos
14
Archimedes
15
Argo
16
Aristedes
17
Artemas
18
Atreus
19
Atticus
20
Augustus
21
Azarius
22
Balthazar
23
Baros
24
Bartolomeu
25
Basil
26
Bastian
27
Cadmus
28
Calistus
29
Calix
30
Calos
31
Calypso
32
Castrus
33
Cleon
34
Cletus
35
Colin
36
Cyril
37
Cyprian
38
Daedalus
39
Damian
40
Darius
41
Deacon
42
Deloriam
43
Demetrius
44
Dorian
45
Draco
46
Dyion
47
Elias
48
Endymion
49
Erasmus
50
Ermeus
51
Eros
52
Eryx
53
Ezio
54
Galeus
55
Giulio
56
Gregor
57
Hector
58
Halcyon
59
Halus
60
Hermeus
61
Hesperos
62
Hefesto
63
Icarus
64
Ignus
65
Isidrus
66
Isateus
67
Kostas
68
Kromos
69
Leandro
70
Leonidas
71
Leos
72
Levistus
73
Linux
74
Lucas
75
Lysander
76
Maximos
77
Mateus
78
Nathalius
79
Oedipus
80
Orestes
81
Orokratus
82
Oromeu
83
Osias
84
Pericles
85
Philo
86
Phobos
87
Plateus
88
Porfirio
89
Sartelo
90
Socrates
91
Tadeu
92
Temerius
93
Theon
94
Theseus
95
Theodorus
96
Timodorio
97
Titos
98
Tramadeus
99
Trotus
100
Zephyros

Feminine Names

1d100 Feminine Names 1d100 Feminine Names
1
Agatha
2
Agnes
3
Alexandra
4
Alexia
5
Althea
6
Amara
7
Anastasia
8
Andromeda
9
Angela
10
Annis
11
Aria
12
Arisia
13
Artemia
14
Atlanta
15
Beatrix
16
Calantha
17
Calliope
18
Calypso
19
Cassandra
20
Cassia
21
Catherine
22
Chloe
23
Cindra
24
Clio
25
Cora
26
Corinna
27
Cynthia
28
Damaris
29
Daria
30
Delia
31
Desdemona
32
Diamanta
33
Diandra
34
Dora
35
Elara
36
Electra
37
Elena
38
Eliana
39
Epiphany
40
Eustacia
41
Fia
42
Filomena
43
Harmonia
44
Hebe
45
Helaria
46
Hermia
47
Hermione
48
Iliana
49
Iphigenia
50
Irene
51
Irina
52
Iris
53
Isadora
54
Julia
55
Kallista
56
Larissa
57
Lea
58
Leora
59
Lydia
60
Lyra
61
Malenia
62
Malva
63
Magdalena
64
Maya
65
Megera
66
Melissa
67
Melora
68
Myra
69
Nera
70
Ophelia
71
Parthenia
72
Penelope
73
Persis
74
Petala
75
Petra
76
Philippa
77
Phoebe
78
Plegia
79
Ranni
80
Rhea
81
Sapphira
82
Selene
83
Sirena
84
Sophie
85
Stasia
86
Temara
87
Tessa
88
Thais
89
Thalia
90
Thea
91
Theresa
92
Thetis
93
Tina
94
Titania
95
Typhaine
96
Urania
97
Ursula
98
Zelena
99
Zephra
100
Zephyrine

Neutral Names

1d100 Neutral Names 1d100 Neutral Names
1
Acteon
2
Aeon
3
Aether
4
Agrippa
5
Alcide
6
Alexis
7
Amilcare
8
Ammon
9
Anax
10
Antipatris
11
Arion
12
Arisha
13
Argus
14
Ashur
15
Aster
16
Batrun
17
Belisama
18
Beros
19
Berut
20
Caelus
21
Chabrias
22
Cratais
23
Cyrene
24
Danae
25
Dion
26
Eana
27
Echo
28
Elyon
29
Enki
30
Eresh
31
Eris
32
Ettu
33
Eudoxus
34
Hamilcar
35
Haemon
36
Herodion
37
Hiram
38
Idyia
39
Idris
40
Ilus
41
Ionia
42
Isagoras
43
Isidoros
44
Kapys
45
Kaenas
46
Kastor
47
Kleon
48
Krateros
49
Kuri
50
Kylian
51
Kyra
52
Kyros
53
Lapis
54
Leto
55
Linos
56
Lysanor
57
Lysias
58
Maelon
59
Marduk
60
Maia
61
Melinos
62
Melite
63
Metis
64
Meton
65
Miletus
66
Myron
67
Myrto
68
Nisus
69
Nutesh
70
Orion
71
Peteos
72
Podes
73
Phlegon
74
Philon
75
Pylades
76
Pyr
77
Pythias
78
Sable
79
Sakarbaal
80
Sargon
81
Shamash
82
Sisa
83
Solon
84
Sylas
85
Tanni
86
Telephus
87
Terah
88
Themis
89
Themisto
90
Taso
91
Thesios
92
Tyche
93
Tyro
94
Ubar
95
Uppulu
96
Zakiti
97
Zelotes
98
Zenas
99
Kylonis
100
Lyrion

Surnames

1d100 Surnames 1d100 Surnames
1
Adamos
2
Aetós
3
Agathangelou
4
Alexopoulos
5
Andino
6
Andrianakis
7
Angelopoulos
8
Angelos
9
Ariti
10
Artino
11
Athanasiou
12
Bakirtzis
13
Calimeris
14
Chloros
15
Christodoulopoulos
16
Christoforou
17
Chronis
18
Christoyannopoulos
19
Cirillo
20
Danielopoulos
21
Diakos
22
Diamandis
23
Dougenis
24
Doukas
25
Drakos
26
Economos
27
Filo
28
Fran
29
Franopoulos
30
Galanis
31
Gataki
32
Ganas
33
Geroulous
34
Giorgaina
35
Hasapis
36
Hatzi
37
Herolus
38
Iordanou
39
Iraklidis
40
Karras
41
Kalogeropoulos
42
Katopodis
43
Katsaros
44
Kazan
45
Kokkinos
46
Kalogeras
47
Karagiannis
48
Kouris
49
Kyriaku
50
Laskaris
51
Leos
52
Levidis
53
Loukanis
54
Lykaios
55
Mandrapilias
56
Manikas
57
Markopoulos
58
Masalis
59
Matsouka
60
Matthiou
61
Metaxas
62
Moralis
63
Nephus
64
Nikolaou
65
Nomikos
66
Onasis
67
Othonos
68
Pachis
69
Pachristus
70
Panagos
71
Pantazis
72
Paparius
73
Papatonis
74
Papazoglou
75
Pappas
76
Pavlides
77
Persopoulos
78
Petrakis
79
Remis
80
Rosi
81
Rousopoulos
82
Samaras
83
Sarris
84
Savas
85
Scala
86
Selinofoto
87
Servopoulos
88
Sideris
89
Stefanopoulos
90
Than
91
Theopoulos
92
Tsaoussis
93
Tsitak
94
Vasilakis
95
Voulgaropoulos
96
Vouvali
97
Xiphias
98
Yiannopo
99
Zafeiriou
100
Zikas