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Below is a filled out palette for an NPC in the evil campaign I started running in 2009. This particular NPC was already dead by the time our campaign began, but our first session was a prelude that showed key scenes from the PCs' earlier days. When I first sketched out Gulyas I knew many things about him, and I used those elements to make a lasting impression. For the rest of our campaign, the PCs referred to "Uncle Gulyas" and remembered him on their own terms. They also dealt with some of the repercussions of his less savory acts, many years after his death.

Please note that Gulyas is not a good man or a healthy character; he is in fact a moral leper created for a mature campaign. If you are sensitive, you might not want to read about him. If you choose to read the example, take note that not all of the categories are filled out, and a few things, like some of his secrets, I didn't know until I sat down to write this just now.


Gulyas Valgon


Thay, Eltabbar, 1307-1364







Darker skinned, heavy belly, lavishly dressed

Knew that his charisma would fill in for his filled out figure

Gluttony and lust were always his key sins

Looked down on a bit for his skin and weight, but was safer because of it


Fine wardrobe, instruments, jewels, slaves

Stuck to portable goods and didn't strive for more

Enjoyed finery but didn't want so much as to be deemed a target

Raised in luxury and despised anything else


Traveled when younger, spent most of his later days in Eltabbar

Being jovial and respectful got him an in with many people

Preferred women to men by far, for nearly everything

Got into trouble for his encounters with women and girls


Lived in the family estate at Eltabbar

Everything important in Thay was bound to come through Eltabbar

Didn't care to get dirty in the world outside; wanted to be pampered for minimal effort

Couldn't get as much in other places

Skills & Function

A good enough bard for private gain, but not a bard for the stage

Charming and manipulating were better than studying and hating

Being a bard wouldn't make his siblings look on him as a serious rival

A favorite uncle's image and escapades inspired him

Secrets & Mysteries

Molested his niece Othila and later her daughter Nauthira, amongst several other family members during his lifetime

Didn't think he would be punished, even if he was discovered

Kept his secrets more out of excitement than fear

Was molested himself by several people over his childhood, though he didn't think of it that way or resent it


Guessed that his brother was dealing with demons but was okay with it

Never had anything against demons, as a rule

Kept it under tight wraps for fear that Boris would kill him

Knew many stories about demons and their ways


Kept in contact with Berach, who fled the family

More news of the outside world could be handy

Did it because Boris wouldn't or couldn't



Only kept his son because the mother's family didn't want him

Loathed his son almost as much as his son loathed him

Knew that a son would get the family off his back for good

His illegitimate children were sent away, would never count


Blackmailed Ivistra about her affair

Actually liked Ivistra and pitied her

Blackmailed Ivistra as a warning that she could be caught

Nearly got in trouble, himself, due to an affair


The life of the party, soft and silly and harmless, enjoyable despite any faux pas





Stuck to the decisions his brother Boris made

Politics in Thay would lead to death and worse




Belonged to the hidden goddess Samora, though he didn't know it

Pleasure was the greatest good anyone could know

Selfishness, but mindful of those with more power

Found most religions in Thay dull or distasteful


Being a sexual predator became his second nature early

Genuinely believed slaves were inferior, as he was taught

Fear of crossing his older siblings haunted all his days

Never understood that he was damaged


Kept his victims appeased with gifts, spells, drugs

Didn't care for Nauthira as she grew mean and would not be appeased

Making people love, need, or disregard him kept them from killing him

Avoided too much contact with his siblings, save Vadalma

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