Realms Society Crime

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CRIME & THE UNDERWORLD

Use this page to determine the shadier side of the realm. Are there organised groups, such as thieves guilds, pirate bands or bandit gangs that conduct illegal activity? Can characters attain items through a 'black market'? What is the level of petty crime? Who are the infamous figures of the underground? Locations such as alleys, hidden passageways, secret hideouts and sewers are also detailed here. This is a good place to describe literal underground places too, like dungeons.

You might want to note the realm's Crime Modifier here as well as in the At a Glance section. This modifier should have some influence on crime rate and attainment of illegal items in the realm.


Groups and Who Controls the Crime & What Crime is Present

What crime is there in the realm and which groups/factions control it?

Idea Charts & Resources

Names & Descriptions Resource
Criminal Gangs AEG's Ultimate Toolbox p98
Rogue Guilds AEG's Ultimate Toolbox p29, 125

Examples & Samples

Name Type (Level) Known Traits/Features Resource
Children of Malice Organisation (7-8) Religious (Lolth), assassins, spies 5E D&D Explorer's Guide to Wildemount p46
House Dimir Organisation (14) Espionage guide, front as messengers and reporters 5E D&D Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica p45, 135, 184
The Myriad Organisation (12-13) Smugglers (inc. slaves) 5E D&D Explorer's Guide to Wildemount p45
Orzhov Syndicate Organisation (13) Organised crime behind banking and religious facade 5E D&D Guildmaster's Guide to Ravnica p71, 147, 186
Pirates Organisation (1) Cove with caves, cult to a Deep One 5E D&D Kobold Press Book of Lairs p28
Red Cliff Raiders - bandits Organisation (1) Lair in dragon sculpture in cliff over river, half-dragon leader 5E D&D Kobold Press Book of Lairs p48
Red Knives Thieves' Gang Organisation/Guild (1-2) City-based thieves' guild 3E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide 2 p219
The Revelry Organisation/Tribe (10-12) Pirate confederation, city-state 5E D&D Explorer's Guide to Wildemount p56
Rotten Kings Thieves' Guild Dungeon/Ruin (1) Ruins beneath city 5E D&D Kobold Press Book of Lairs p12
Houses of Shadow - Houses Phiarlan & Thuranni Organisation (5-6) Espionage, entertainment, assassins, elves 5E D&D Explorer's Guide to Eberron p49
Tribes of Shadycreek Run Organisation (4) Crime families, fences, black markets 5E D&D Explorer's Guide to Wildemount p50


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Individual Rogues, Criminals

Name and detail any important people involved in underground of the realm.

Idea Charts & Resources

Names & Descriptions Resource
Brutes AEG's Ultimate Toolbox p319
Evil rogues AEG's Ultimate Toolbox p321
Pirates AEG's Ultimate Toolbox p193-5
Prisoners AEG's Ultimate Toolbox p98, 223
Villains AEG's Ultimate Toolbox p318, 320

Sample NPC Stat Blocks

Name CR Reference
Bandit 1/8 5E D&D Monster Manual p343
Anarch 1/4 5E D&D Guildmaster's Guid to Ravnica p239
Pirate Bosun 1/2 5E D&D Ghosts of Saltmarsh p247
Scout 1/2 5E D&D Monster Manual p349
Thug 1/2 5E D&D Monster Manual p350
Pirate Deck Wizard 1 5E D&D Ghosts of Saltmarsh p248
Pirate First Mate 1 5E D&D Ghosts of Saltmarsh p248
Spy 1 5E D&D Monster Manual p349
Thought Spy 1 5E D&D Guildmaster's Guid to Ravnica p233
Bandit Captain 2 5E D&D Monster Manual p344
Pirate Captain 2 5E D&D Ghosts of Saltmarsh p247
Shadow Fist Initiate 3 5E D&D Monster Manual Expanded p323
Swashbuckler 3 5E D&D Volo's Guide to Monsters p217
Arcane Trickster 4 5E D&D Monster Manual Expanded II p268
Bandit Lord 4 5E D&D Tome of Beasts p418
Master Thief 5 5E D&D Volo's Guide to Monsters p216
Duelist 7 5E D&D Monster Manual Expanded II p282
Assassin 8 5E D&D Monster Manual p343
Master Arcane Trickster 9 5E D&D Monster Manual Expanded II p269
Mastermind 10 5E D&D Monster Manual Expanded II p287
Shadow Fist Assassin 12 5E D&D Monster Manual Expanded p324
Master Assassin 13 5E D&D Monster Manual Expanded II p272
Master Duelist 15 5E D&D Monster Manual Expanded II p283
Shadow Fist Master 17 5E D&D Monster Manual Expanded p324
Grandfather of Assassins 21 5E D&D Monster Manual Expanded II p273


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Dungeons, Sewers, Hide-outs, etc

Describe any significant place of criminal activity or that is hidden from the general populace.

Idea Charts & Resources

Names & Descriptions Resource
Alleys AEG's Ultimate Toolbox p155
Dungeon corridors AEG's Ultimate Toolbox p213-14
Dungeon creators 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p100
Dungeon dressing EG's Ultimate Toolbox p215-22; PF Gamesmastery Guide p181; 1E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p217-20
Dungeon entrances AEG's Ultimate Toolbox p206; PF Gamesmastery Guide p178
Dungeon hazards 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p105, 296
Dungeon history 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p101
Dungeon locations 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p99; PF Gamesmastery Guide p178
Dungeon names PF Gamesmastery Guide p205
Dungeon rooms 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p295; AEG's Ultimate Toolbox p209; PF Gamesmastery Guide p179
Dungeon room characteristics 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p295; AEG's Ultimate Toolbox p206-8; PF Gamesmastery Guide p180
Dungeon - death trap rooms 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p292
Dungeon - lair rooms 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p293
Dungeon - maze rooms 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p293
Dungeon - random creation 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p292; 4E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p190; 1E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p169
Dungeon - torture chambers 1E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p218
Dungeon - treasure vaults 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p295
Dungeon types PF Gamesmastery Guide p178
Pirate ships AEG's Ultimate Toolbox p196-9
Safe house AEG's Ultimate Toolbox p125
Sewers AEG's Ultimate Toolbox p157
Villain Lairs AEG's Ultimate Toolbox p324
Traps 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p295; 4E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p85; 4E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide 2 p64; AEG's Ultimate Toolbox p234; Sly Flourish The Lazy DM's Workbook p11

Examples & Samples

Name Type (Level) Known Traits/Features Resource
Abandoned Temple Dungeon (1) Temple map and charts to populate. 5E D&D Mythic Odysseys of Theros p147
Catacombs Dungeon (1) Ancient theme Sly Flourish The Lazy DM's Workbook p31
Cellars Dungeon (1) Undead warlock, old royal crypt Sly Flourish The Lazy DM's Workbook p68
Crypt Planar/Dungeon (1) Ruined tower, shadow fey 5E D&D Kobold Press Book of Lairs p64
Den of the Rotten Kings Dungeon/Ruin (1) Ruins beneath city, theives' guild 5E D&D Kobold Press Book of Lairs p12
Dungeon Dungeon (1-2) Unspecified humanoid lair Sly Flourish The Lazy DM's Workbook p40
Halls of Nightstone Dungeon (1-2) Old dwarf ruin AEG's Ultimate Toolbox p249
Healing Pools Duengoen (1) Caverns with magical pools. 5E D&D Mythic Odysseys of Theros p162
Lost Halls of Everforge Dungeon (1) Abandoned dwarf hold/forge, kobolds, dragon wyrmling 5E D&D Kobold Press Book of Lairs p8
Mines Dungeon (1) -Carts Sly Flourish The Lazy DM's Workbook p42
Kobold Hall Dungeon (1) Ruined manor, kobolds 4E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p210
Ruins Dungeon (1-2) Ancient complex on bluff 5E D&D Kobold Press Book of Lairs p88
Sewers Civilised/Dungeon (1) - Sly Flourish The Lazy DM's Workbook p31
Sewers - cistern Dungeon (1) deep drake 5E D&D Kobold Press Book of Lairs p84
Pirate cove Organisation/Dungeon (1) Cove with caves, pirate cult to a Deep One 5E D&D Kobold Press Book of Lairs p28
Ruined tower Planar/Dungeon (1) Planar gate to Shadowfell, shadow fey 5E D&D Kobold Press Book of Lairs p64
Temple of Mystery Dungeon (1) Remote temple full of puzzles and traps. 5E D&D Mythic Odysseys of Theros p150
Tomb of the Scorpion Prince Dungeon (1-2) Ancient desert complex, mummy 5E D&D Kobold Press Book of Lairs p56
Volcano Temple Dungeon (1-2) Includes large forge. 5E D&D Mythic Odysseys of Theros p171

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