The Ruined City, is an excellent campaign and a great source of adventures, both randomly encountered and planned, however there are far more to the The Runed Age and the Grand City of Middelburg than just one campaign. And so we will be giving you Quest Giver Fridays, where we take one of the many factions in Middelburg and adjust the Adventure Generator in the Runed Age Corebook to them to give you more varied and unique missions and jobs to do in the city.
Up this week are the organisations that deal with exploration and learning! That’s right, life in the dark streets of Middelburg is not just all about killing and dying, or about who has the biggest rifle or sharpest blade. No, sometimes there is a lot to be learned on the streets of Middelburg, that is, if you know where to look.
There is a simple rule in Middelburg: eventually, everyone needs a criminal. Whether it is, as we’ve seen in the past few weeks, the temples, the constables or even the university and museum, eventually everyone needs to do something that may not be 100% legal, moral or ethical, or they simply want to make sure no one hears about it. So when that day comes, even the most noble, the most educated among the city’s population will turn to footmen to get the job done.
That is not to say that you will be getting the same kind of jobs from these vaunted institutions as you would from, say, the Merchant League. The sort of jobs you’ll get from these organisations of exploration and learning are far tamer than the dangerous streets of Middelburg and may simply just involve sending you out to explore some ruins, chart a new map somewhere or even deliver a priceless antique. But while the jobs may appear safer, remember that for scholars, the pursuit of knowledge is its own reward and that means you may end up poorer at the end of a mission than when you started.
The four coat of arms are (from left to right): The Alfresian Guild of Gentlemanly Explorers, The University of Middelburg, The Most Noble Order of Knights of the Seal Lion, and the Alfresian Museum of Natural History. If you want to know more about them, all of these factions are described and discussed in The Runed Age Corebook and The Ruined Adventure Books that you can get from DriveThruRPG.