Sunday, January 27, 2019

Mother Stole the Background Kits #1

Peter Klijn
Part 1 of 12 of starter character kits for Mother Stole Fire. These were written with Knave in mind, but could be applied to just about anything.

Table 1: Basic Kits

1. Red Hat Hobo

Have sword, will travel.
  • Sword (d8, 2s)
  • Gambeson and cloak (12ac, 1s)
  • Shield  (+1ac, 1s)
  • Lantern

2. White Hat Hobo

The brains of the operation.
  • Shortsword (d8, 2s)
  • Gambeson and Cloak (12ac, 1s)
  • Chalk
  • Grappling Hook
  • Iron Spike or Crowbar
  • Lockpicks

3. Witch

Practical solutions to practical problems.
  • Knife (d6, 1s)
  • Hat, Boots, Cloak 
  • Spell: Create Flame
  • Spell: Mend
  • Spell: Women’s Work
  • Spell: Call Upon the Folk

4. Hedge Mage

A bit of grandpa’s magic.
  • Staff (d6, 1s)
  • Rugged Clothing
  • Spell: Speak With Dead
  • Spell: Identify
  • Spell: Create Flame
  • Spell: Locate

5. Mendicant Priest

Let no child of Mother’s go hungry.
  • Walking Stick (d6, 1s)
  • Spell: Bless (Prayer Book)
  • Spell: Turn (Holy Symbol)
  • Letter of Introduction

6. Barber-Surgeon

Bones set, blood let, teeth pulled, leeches plied, beards trimmed.
  • Razor, Scissors, Pliers (d6, 1s)
  • Bonesaw
  • Jar of Leeches
  • Bottle of Whiskey
  • Needle and Thread
  • Ether (1 dose)

7. Hauflin

Little men of the forests.
  • Blowgun (d4, 1s)
  • Knife (d6, 1s)
  • Camouflage Cloak (12ac, 1s)
  • Spell: Stillness

8. Néandr

Old men of the mountains.
  • Atlatl (d8, 2s)
  • Heavy Furs(13ac, 2s)
  • Spell: Old Man’s Song
  • Hand Axe (d8, 2s)
  • Clan Totem

9. Idaltu

Eldest of the peoples, in the sunset of their golden age.
  • Sword (d8, 2s)
  • Sunsilk Robes (14ac, 1s)
  • Spell: Learn Name
  • Spell: Star-Dart
  • Poetic Map of the Heavens (In-progress)
  • Calligraphy Pen & Blank Scrolls

10. Lilu

Our cousins, the subterrene albinos.
  • Stone Knife (d6, 1s)
  • Sun Goggles
  • Radical Literature
  • Bottle of Firewater
  • Tobacco and Pipe

11. Amazon

The happy horsewomen of the Thermodon.
  • Spear (d8, 2s)
  • Chainmail (14ac, 3s)
  • Shield (+1ac, 1s)
  • Greatbow and Quiver (d10, 4s)

12. Lantern Boy

Here we go again.
  • Knife (d6, 1s)
  • Lantern
  • 10’ Pole
  • Flask of Oil


  1. This made me realize exactly how few pictures of adventuring parties that are thematically appropriate for MSF stuff I have.

  2. I like these a lot. I've been putting together some early modern starting gear kits, but now I feel dumb for not thinking of the idea of tying it to a specific setting.