Places of Interest in Fellhold



As I've mentioned in a few previous posts, I am in the process of pretty extensively overhauling my homebrew setting Fellhold. As a part of that, I've been drafting some tables to help with stocking the place, which is an enormous, largely ruined city where the dungeon and the urban run together pretty fluidly. Below are the tables for "Places of Interest", which are the handful of places within a district likely worth looking into in more detail, also usable to detail out something that catches the players' attention in play.

The debt owed to Yoon-Suin, Vornheim, and others like it should be pretty darn clear, but there will be a more extensive bibliography forthcoming.

Place of Interest Generation
These tables serve two primary purposes: stocking new districts as part of preparation before play, and creating interesting locations on the fly during play. They are not intended to represent every single building or place within Fellhold, but instead, only the interesting ones. As always, you may use as few or as many columns as needed in a given situation. For example, you might only roll on the column for type of business/housing if your players burst into a random building and wonder what type it is. Note that the results are tilted more towards “interesting and weird” than “verisimilitudinous” - if you desire random buildings of a more mundane sort, I direct you to the great many previous supplements that have covered this, including the author’s own hack of Middenheim.

When interpreting the results on these tables, as always, consider their physical context. What is the surrounding district? How does this place fit into that? How does it interact with any factions active there, if at all? 

Type
Places of interest come in three types. Numbers are provided to randomize if you know you need “a place of interest”, but not what sort of place. You may wish to reverse the chances of Lair and Business & Housing results in a ruined district.

1-2: Lair - something more dangerous than the average inhabitant lives here, and probably has treasure and defenses of some sort. 
3-5: Business & Housing - relatively “normal” buildings of the city, but with something to make them of interest to adventurers.
6: Landmark - An especially noteworthy place or thing by which inhabitants navigate their district.

Lairs
Lair inhabitants may be tied to a faction if desired, but generally represent more of a “wild card” outside of normal social context, or perhaps a faction of their own. Some will suggest ties to existing factions more than others (criminals, fleshcrafters), while others will stand out as candidates to be factions in their own right (Master Wizards, Bog Mummies). If a random faction is desired, use the same procedure as for any other NPC. For the number appearing, treasure, and other details, refer to the relevant entry in the bestiary. As always, it is left to the enterprising referee to ignore or reconcile any seemingly contradictory or nonsensical results in whichever way best serves their game.

Roll
Inhabitant(s)
Physical Space
Spice
Relationship with Surrounding District
1
Human Criminals
Hidden within an unremarkable mundane building (roll on the “nature/purpose” column of the Business and Housing table)
Addict of some kind
Feared and appeased
2
Ratmen Criminals
Beneath a mundane building (basement, sewer, lower level of ruins, etc.)
Actually kindly and well-meaning
Hidden and unknown
3
Crabmen Criminals
Above a mundane building (attic, higher level of a tower, closer to ground level, etc.)
Desperately wants something a random faction has
Accepted as part of the district’s “character"
4
Half Dwarf Criminals
Gaudy and obviously self-constructed dwelling
Ambitious and expansive, desires agents in the wider city
Actively loved or worshipped
5
Minor Demon
Opulent Home
Has a random job it wants accomplished
Hemmed in and oppressed by
6
Major Demon
A fortified compound
Actually crazy - different personality and goals every time visited
Pleased by the inhabitants
7
Troll
A storefront, with an accurate sign
Is also a sage in a very narrow field, in addition to anything else
Wants to clear out “the rabble"
8
Solitary Witch
A mobile home of some kind, temporarily stopped here (vardo, tents, etc)
Is also a fence for a highly specific good
An unsatisfactory temporary base
9
Three Witches
On stilts above boggy, brackish water
In the middle of performing a weeks-long ritual, to mysterious ends
Believes it has such potential, if only. . .
10
Vampire
A Library
Collects a highly specific good, and will pay well for examples of it
Despises their own dependence on it
11
Bog Mummy
A nest built from found objects, especially shiny ones
Has strange sexual proclivities, and will pay to satisfy them
Wants to make all of it more like their home
12
Wizard
A damp and mossy tunnel
Secretly not at all what they seem - roll again on table of your choice for real identity
Wants to make their home more like it
13
Master Wizard
Hasty camp every night, moves around, 1/6 chance of changing districts every week
Secretly an agent of a random faction
Actively hunted by
14
Beast
Hole burrowed into surrounding material
Terribly lonely - really just wants to talk to someone for awhile (but may still want to eat them after)
Somehow preys on
15
Ratmen Fleshcrafters
A ruined building
Requires subjects for bizarre experiments or decadent games
Demands payment for protection from other threats
16
Cell of a Conspiracy
A series of platforms suspended by ropes
Possesses a highly accurate map of surrounding districts, allowing movement at twice normal speed through this district and all connected to it
Fascinated by their strange behavior
17
Ghouls
The former shrine of a dead god
Always, always hungry
Spies on them and collects secrets
18
Freedmen Zombies
A cramped apartment
Believes in a radical political philosophy (may be part of an existing faction if one fits the bill)
Wants to make them all more like itself
19
Dangerous Fungus
Between the walls of local housing
Believe themselves to be a rising god, deserving worship
Wants to maintain the status quo
20
Dangerous Addicts
A shanty in an alley
Hoards something worthless and gross, the place is full of whatever it is
Wants to take as much as possible from them and move on


Business & Housing
Note that it is not required, or necessarily desirable, to give this full treatment to every single place of business or housing the players interact with. These tables are more appropriate when preparing a new district’s pre-defined places of interest, if a location is needed for a job, rumor, or conspiracy, when complications arise from the urbancrawl action, or a place is otherwise intended to be a source of ongoing adventure fuel. That being said, if the players are just poking around and have no clear aims in mind, these places can be starting points, suggesting further contacts, jobs, and factional intrigues. 

NPCs
Generally you will want to generate the owner/proprietor, or a major inhabitant for any place generated. If other NPCs become relevant, assume a number of people in the site consistent with its purpose and the time of day (a bar might have very few people in the middle of the afternoon and very many late at night, while a warehouse would be the opposite). If not obvious, assume 2d6 inhabitants/customers at any given time. If specific detail is needed, generate using the table for new contacts, but assume their career is tied to the place, unless it makes sense to have all sorts of careers there (like in a bar). 

Treasure
Location will have treasure in keeping with the owner/proprietor, multiplied by the appropriate wealth level. Some locations will suggest further treasure (like a bank) and should be stocked accordingly.

Roll
Nature/Purpose
Wealth Level
Spice
Faction Ties
1
Tenement/Apartments (run by a generic NPC)
Significantly Poorer than District
Unhappy about the protection money they pay the district’s controlling faction
Loyal to the faction whose turf this district is
2
Slaughterhouse (run by a Merchant)
Significantly Poorer than District
Actually a front for a criminal activity of some kind (run by a patron or fence instead of the usual type)
Loyal to the faction whose turf this district is
3
Tattoo Shop (run by a Sage)
Significantly Poorer than District
Employer, home, or gathering place of an underground fighting ring - everyone here likes to rumble and is good at it
Loyal to the faction whose turf this district is
4
Cunning Man/Woman (run by a Sage)
Significantly Poorer than District
Inhabitant/proprietor having an affair with a member of a rival faction
Loyal to the faction whose turf this district is
5
Tavern (run by 1-3 a Merchant, 4-6 a patron)
Poorer than District
Unusually good place to pick up rumors - roll an extra time on any rumor table when seeking rumors here
Loyal to the faction whose turf this district is
6
Inn (run by a Merchant)
Poorer than District
In addition to anything else, also a landmark
Member of a faction hostile to this district’s controlling faction
7
Warehouse (run by a Merchant)
Poorer than District
In addition to anything else, also a lair
Member of a faction hostile to this district’s controlling faction
8
Pawn Shop (run by a Fence)
Poorer than District
Inhabitants/proprietor know the location of a mighty treasure or evidence of a valuable secret, but not what it is or who owns it
Member of a faction hostile to this district’s controlling faction
9
Townhouse
(run by a random NPC type)
Consistent with District
Remarkably friendly inhabitants/proprietor - offer help/service above and beyond what you’d expect
Member of a faction hostile to this district’s controlling faction
10
Marketplace (run by a Merchant)
Consistent with District
Remarkably antagonistic inhabitants/proprietor - will actively hinder player characters as much as possible, regardless of faction allegiance
Member of a faction hostile to this district’s controlling faction
11
Weapons Shop (1-2 Blades, 3-5 Mining Weapons, 6 Firearms) (run by a Merchant)
Consistent with District
Actually a front for a conspiracy of some kind (run by a patron rather than the usual type)
Random faction
12
Armorer (1-3 Cloth, 4-5 Leather, 6 Metal) (run by a Merchant)
Consistent with District
Inhabitants/proprietor extremely lonely - eager for extended social contact with new people
Random faction
13
Tobacconist (run by a Merchant)
Wealthier than District
Inhabitants/proprietor know the description of a mighty treasure or evidence of a valuable secret, but not where to find it or who owns it
Random faction
14
General Store (run by a Merchant)
Wealthier than District
Whatever is done here is extraordinarily flammable and/or explosive, and this place is entirely made of wood
Random faction
15
Artist’s Studio (run by a Sage)
Wealthier than District
Inhabitants/proprietor know the owner of a mighty treasure or evidence of a valuable secret, but not where or what it is
Random faction
16
Coffee House (run by 1-3 a Sage, 4-6 a patron)
Wealthier than District
Building is of an exotic type for the surrounding district
Surprisingly Neutral
17
Bookstore (generate as a library, but books are for sale) (run by a Sage)
Significantly Wealthier than District
Inhabitant/Proprietor is of an exotic type for the surrounding district (e.g. crabman in a ratman district, troll anywhere, etc)
Surprisingly Neutral
18
Library (run by a Sage)
Significantly Wealthier than District
Secret access to a method of easy movement to another district (tunnels, walkways, portals, etc)
Surprisingly Neutral
19
Brothel (run by a Patron)
Significantly Wealthier than District
Actually the exact opposite of apparent wealth level. If “average”, secretly wealthy.
Surprisingly Neutral
20
Bank (run by a Merchant)
Significantly Wealthier than District
Inhabitant/Proprietor owes a favor to a powerful patron, doesn’t especially want to pay it back
Surprisingly Neutral

Landmarks
Landmarks provide the baseline for navigation within a district. They are known and obvious to anyone who spends any amount of time in or near the district. Assume that all landmarks are known by all Fellhold residents unless the district is especially far underground and out of contact with the city near the surface. When crawling within a district, landmarks should be placed on the map, or at least their direction indicated as known points of reference. If a landmark is the target of intentional movement (for example “meet me at the Statue of Akatziroi’s ascension to lichdom”) then there is no chance of getting lost (but still check for encounters as usual). There’s usually one to three per district, but not every district necessarily has landmarks.

Roll
Type
Why is it Noteworthy?
How is it Regarded by the District?
1
Business
Remarkably intricate and beautiful architecture or carving
A sort of emblem or mascot
2
Housing
Especially well-preserved example of dwarven pre-invasion style
Something to boast about and feel ownership of
3
Fountain or Well
It unusual or unexpected for it to be located where it is
Feared and hated
4
Bridge
Remarkably shoddy and unstable
A perverse sense of pride
5
Plinth or Column
Conveys a detailed history of the reign of a Famous Witch King
The source of their prosperity (or lack thereof)
6
Statue
Its enormous size
Slight embarrassment for being associated with it
7
Canal or Dock
Popular destination for tourists from other districts
A necessary source of annoyance
8
Shrine
Kept in immaculate condition by unknown benefactors
Kind of creepy, but probably harmless
9
Rare Uncarved Rock
A folk hero of a random faction was killed here
Useful for navigation, that’s all
10
Original Growth Tree
Is the locus of a powerful demon
Neutral ground for important meetings
11
Intersection
It is physically impossible not to pass it if you go any distance in the district
The cultural and spiritual center of not only their district, but all of Fellhold
12
Mural
An especially tasteful example of crabman style
A kind of sanctuary, won’t prosecute violence there
13
Frieze
Noteworthy example of pre-invasion Witch Kingdom style
Kitschy and tasteless, but with a certain charm
14
Stairway
Surprisingly tiny for what it is
Superstitious - requires ritual every time passed
15
Open Space
A random faction regards it as their territory, posts guards
Shunned and avoided as much as possible
16
Marketplace
Plays host to an exotic gathering once a month
A source of trouble and a bad influence on the youth
17
Grafitti
A breathtakingly modern expression of daring style
An eyesore, better gotten rid of, but no one is willing to
18
Park
On top of or beneath a building or chamber
A bizarre fluke
19
Sign Board or Post
The most ancient thing known in the district
Source of unwanted responsibility or stewardship
20
Alley
No one can tell who or what made it, bizarre and alien
Almost definitely cursed somehow