Starting campaign, have idea, need further ideas/feedback

Paluka

Mongoose
So I'm going to start running a Conan game and we are scheduling our first session for January. I have 5 players and they are going to start at first level. They are a Hyrkanian Nomad, a Zamoran thief, a Zingaran soldier, a Bossonian borderer, and a scholar from Khitai.
My current idea is to have them meet in a outpost town in the Border Kingdoms that is run by a Nemedian noble who outlasted his welcome in his homeland. The town normally is just a stopping point for caravans, smugglers and wanderers but for a brief time every summer the town swells with visitors for some sort of festival. Things get rather rowdy, and the Nemedian running things jails whoever he sees fit without much reason, he just wants it to look like he is doing justice but doesn't want to put any effort into making sure he has the right people. Three of the PCs have been jailed this way: the soldier, the thief and the nomad. The scholar, who has been travelling companion to the nomad on their journey westward, has met a couple interesting people in the 2 days he has spent trying to get his friend out of jail. The first person is our PC Borderer, who has been working as part of the town's expanded police force but has grown to dislike the town and the people who run it. The second is a stranger in very rich but tattered, dirty clothing who claims to need help. He claims to be a wealthy merchant whose caravan was ambushed by one of his business rivals. His bodyguards survived long enough to allow himself and his pregnant wife to flee, but he fears this rival is still out in the countryside looking for him to finish off the job. To make matters worse, his wife is pregnant and due any day. He has hidden her in a cave a short journey from town, but he needs help if he is to get back home with his wife safely. He offers not only gold upon his arrival back home, but also claims to have a collection of books that are no use to him but the scholar may find some use of. They are rumored to be the former possessions of a sorceror, but the merchant doesn't believe such nonsense. He would gladly turn them over to anyone who helped him get his family home. The merchant's tale is half-true. He and his wife are on the run, and she is pregnant. But they are running from his wife's noble father and a former priest of Mitra turned witchhunter. The creature in his wife's belly is not human, but is in fact a demonspawn that the merchant and his sorcerer partner have plotted to bring into this world in exchange for vast power...
I'm looking for critiques and ideas on how to expand this.
 
What would a Mitra withhunter look like?

As a protagonist it seems like something you would have to construct pretty carefully.

Ditto for the kid, a demon spawn as a baby doesn't seem to threatening unless the real papa shows up to whisk it away in the final act.
 

Paluka

Mongoose
dr. strangemonkey said:
What would a Mitra withhunter look like?

As a protagonist it seems like something you would have to construct pretty carefully.

Ditto for the kid, a demon spawn as a baby doesn't seem to threatening unless the real papa shows up to whisk it away in the final act.


I'm not even sure I'd call the witchhunter a protagonist at this point. I have an idea of what he is going to appear to be in the player's eyes at first, but I dont' have a real solid idea of what his character sheet would look like as a PC. In general, I don't really think it is necessary to be really detailed about NPCs numbers. I see no reason to think that NPCs follow the same rules as PCs, so I'm going to sorta make up his exact stats/abilities as I need to and as the story creates itself.

Is a witchhunter type character even appropriate for the setting? I thought this character might have a Solomon Kane type flavor to him.

The demon spawn I plan on having a very short childhood. The kind where the woman goes into labor, and 5 minutes later she is torn in half in an explosion of blood as a 4 foot creature tears itself from her. Five minutes later it might be an 6 foot creature. The birthing will more be an event governed by sorcery than biology.

I appreciate the comments.
 
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