Downtime in SettlementsOnce a party reaches a settlement (village, town, or city), they receive two opportunities as a whole to interact with the settlement outside of buying dungeoneering supplies and selling off loot. Rather than two opportunities per character, it is the party who has these opportunities. A party may choose to spend a week at a settlement to receive a number of opportunities equal to 2+ the number of player characters within the party. Spending this week within a settlement requires each character to spend a sum of silver for housing, upkeep, and food. The amount of silver spent this way determines which events may occur to that character during the week of their residing in the settlement. Any Hirelings, Retainers, and Companions who accompany the party pay their own way.
|Art by Ken Fairclough|
|Author's Note: These mechanics came around because most of my players spent a great deal of time just hanging around town and I had a great deal of difficulty producing content for each day or hour of their time in a settlement. Instead I made a way to produce content at a weekly rate.|
The options available to a party within a settlement are as follows.
Researching information about traveling away from civilization is very important. A character doing this is able to ask a single question about how far away another settlement is (in terms of days of travel), about what kind of menaces lie in what direction (both monster and terrain), or even about the location of a dungeon filled with treasures.
1. Discover What Lies Past (This Settlement)
A character who chooses to go out and make friends has the opportunity to attempt toroll under Charisma and if successful obtain retainers and has a further 25% chance to meet a friendly NPC.
2. Make Friends
3. CarousingBy spending at minimum of 100 silver (or another arbitrary value choice by the Referee), a character gains an equivalent amount of XP for going out and socializing/drinking and must roll under Charisma to avoid a mishap.
4. Find RumorsA character receives 1 + their Charisma Modifier in rumors
5. Sight-see/RelaxA character choosing to relax or sight-see reduces gains an extra 1HP until the end of the next combat, and gets to have the Referee describe some part of the settlement/surrounding area to him and likely give him some lore about the area.
6. Go ShoppingA character choosing to go shopping may either purchase location unique items (such as a barrel of gunpowder) or spend silver on frivolous things (such as an obnoxious hat) in a manner similar to carousing at a rate of 2 silver spent for 1 XP recieved.
By choosing to engage in recovery a character gains an extra 1HP per level until the end of the next combat, further they are allowed a new save against any condition or disease that they have with no penalty for failing the save.
7. Rest and Recover
8. Research/Find a ScholarBy successfully rolling under a third of their Intelligence, a character is able to ask the Referee a single yes or no question (which is to be answered truthfully as the knowledge would be known in setting). Alternatively they may spend 100 silver to simply consult a scholar a single yes or no question.
Weekly Expenses and Their Consequences
The following are different levels for weekly expenses in a settlement.
Destitute: 15 Silver (This is barely a step above homelessness)
Middling: 25 Silver
Comfortable: 50 Silver
Prosperous: 100 Silver
Flush: 200 Silver
Villages are able to suppport weekly expenses up to Comfortable.
Towns are able to suppport weekly expenses up to Prosperous.
Cities are able to suppport weekly expenses up to Flush.
A character may purchase a home for the price of weekly expenses times 30 for any level except for Destitute. They then no longer have to spend that weekly expense at that settlement.
Every week spent in a settlement roll a 1d8. On a roll of 7 or 8 nothing of note occurs; however, for any other value rolled consult the Weekly Event Table relating to that level of weekly expense.
|Art by William Henry Pine|
Destitute Expenses Weekly Event Table
|1||Find Lost Money|
The character finds 1d6 silver that someone lost here.
|2||Misunderstanding Escalating into a Violence|
The character must save or suffer the effects of a 1d10 severity roll.
The character must save or contract a disease taking 1d3 points of damage
The character is taken away and cannot interact with the settlement.
|5||Wandering Monster Encounter|
The character has a solo encounter with something awful.
The character must save or contract a random curse.
Middling Expenses Weekly Event Table
The character gains 1 random rumor.
The character receives a ration from a friend.
|3||Misunderstanding Escalating into a Vicious Brawl|
The character must save or lose 1d12 hp and gain notoriety.
The character must save or contract a disease taking 1 point of damage.
The character must pay 3d10 silver to the authorities.
The character must save or lose 1d2 random items.
Comfortable Expenses Weekly Event Table
The character befriends a shop keeper and is able to buy a random item for half price.
|2||Misunderstanding of Received Letters/Parcels|
The character receives something meant for someone else.
The character gains an additional point of HP until the next combat.
|4||Misunderstanding Escalating into a Remembered Insult|
The character must save or gain a foe and a -2 penalty to carousing.
The character must save or lose 3d20 silver.
The character is involved in a building burning in some way.
Prosperous Expenses Weekly Event Table
|1||An Exclusive Offer|
The character is approached by a merchant selling a rare item.
Someone becomes enamored with the character.
A patron reaches out to the character requesting a Quest Item with promise of reward.
The character sees a good omen granting a +1 to their saves until they fail one.
|5||Misunderstanding Escalating into a Future Vengeance|
The character must save or become hounded by an assassin.
The character must save or erroneously invest 1d100 silver to a conman.
Flush Expenses Weekly Event Table
|1||Invitation to Banquet|
Receive 200 XP for carousing at banquets of the rich.
The character gains an NPC as a friend and possible companion.
The character receives a gift worth 1d20 silver from someone
Offer of InitiationThe character receives an invitation to a secret society of some kind.
A hireling wishes to join the character at no upkeep cost.
|6||Marked for Robbery|
The character must save or become hounded by a band of brigands.
Between these options available to characters and the events which fall upon each character, a variety of events are sure to occur to the players. Further the usage of dreadful foreboding mechanics means there are at least three dynamic aspects to a settlement each week.