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You're an NPC. You live in a village not too far from a border with warlike monsters. You and your fellow villagers have trained in fighting since you were children, but you are poor and have very little metal -- most of your equipment consists of spears and bows. If the monsters attack, your biggest and strongest fighters will buy the rest of the village time to flee to the nearest fort.Can you fill in the blank for me? Thanks!
Your village is part of the Western Empire, and the Imperial Army will come to repel monsters once the alarm is raised. They are an impressive force, with metal weapons and armor. You're used to seeing a few of them for mail delivery and at roadhouses when you travel. You are too far from the center of the empire to have a large force close by, though; they defend the border, but they can't have a man stationed every few feet for the whole thing.
In the advent of an attack, once the Army arrives, any monsters that are simply flesh and blood will be pretty much toast. Unfortunately, there are other creatures out there, creatures that Imperial soldiers simply don't know how to deal with. That's where _____ come in.
_____ are unique people who take on supernatural problems the Empire can't fathom, for a fee. Usually working in groups of 3-4, _____ will generally hear about a village's troubles from some Imperial messenger, and then agree upon compensation with the nearest garrison. The _____ will then enter the village and try to first get to the heart of the problem, and then cast out the supernatural affliction.
_____ have an uncanny understanding of Evil supernatural forces. Some _____ may be among the most passionate adversaries of Evil, while others may grow too close to the darkness for their own good. Peering too deeply into the supernatural is not good for the minds of Men; _____ may have special abilities to weather these encounters, but it's hard to imagine that any could walk away completely unaffected. _____ are strange; they are warriors, but are not always the biggest, or strongest, or in their prime years. They tend to carry strange items. Some hide their work from the villagers, while others may recruit an entire village for some task, plus perhaps even the local earl or baron! Tales abound of the deeds of _____, mostly of the heroic and swashbuckling sort, but others of cleverness or even tragedy. It is rumored that some _____ have even become evil wizards after doing the job for too long, or with too little distaste for the supernatural.
There have been some strange omens and disappearances in your village lately. As the Empire seems passive on this front, you are hopeful that some _____ will come. Your village's problem probably only rates a novice group of _____, not any famous outfit you've heard of. If _____ do come, you intend to be as helpful to them as you possibly can, the better to save your village. At the same time, you will probably watch them with more than normal scrutiny, alert to signs both good and bad.