Geraldo is always good for a quote - "There's a man! There's a man in the water!"
This past sunday I took a 3 hour cruise in New York Harbor to go seal spotting Not what you would expect in the waters off of the City That Never Sleeps, but I counted nearly a dozen (the official count was 19 seals spotted). Apparently in the summer months, the same ship also does whale spotting cruises. At $24 bucks a person (at least for the seal spotting) I'm sure to be going again.
All of which got me thinking. In my neighborhood in Queens (one of the boroughs of NYC) i've seen rabbits, wild turkeys, opossums, raccoons... all species that one associates with a less urban environment. All on city streets or yards. Not parks. Not cemeteries.
So why don't we have more kobolds and goblins living in the sewers of major (and not so major) fantasy cities? They'd adapt to the urban environment even better then the wild animals i mention above (although they would also be present). Why search for adventure at low levels, when you can be recruited to keep the goblin population in the sewers in check.
We frequently hear stories of bears causing issues in the suburbs, but what if a young and hungry owlbear was roaming the streets at night going through the refuse? Thats a job for (expendable) adventurers.
edit: The ArmChair General has a nice post building upon this one. Check it out here.
OSR Serpents of the Earth For Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea - Art by Mark Brooks: ConanNo. Encountered: 1 (2d6)Alignment: Choatic EvilSize: LMovement: 20 (swim 30)Dexterity: 15Armour Class: 7Hit Dice: 3Attack Rate:...
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