Need 166 5E NPCs? Check out the Hirelings and Henchmen handbook at DriveThruRpg!

Cawood Publishing presents Hirelings and Henchmen for 5th Edition! A 117-page Game Master’s guide packed with 166 NPCs.

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At the heart of every adventure are unforgettable characters! This collection of NPCs includes hirelings to aid the heroes and henchmen to oppose them. More than twenty monster NPCs, such as drow, lycanthropes, ogres, rakshasas, and vampires, are also included. These fascinating characters will add depth to any RPG fantasy world. The NPCs could also be used as pre-generated characters.

The 117-page book includes:

  • 166 NPCs
  • Hirelings for every class, levels 1-6
  • Henchmen for every class, levels 1-6
  • Over 20 monster NPCs including drow, lycanthropes, ogres, rakshasas, vampire spawn, and vampires.
  • Stunning art by Travis Hanson and Mark Adelhoch
  • NPC tables to build your own NPCs
  • All the characters could be used as pre-generated characters
  • Printer-friendly version available with download

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West of the Wood 5E Podcasts: Dragonfly/Episode 20



Dragonfly – Episode 20/ A ragtag group of refugees are led by the Forsaken, heading north away from the village of Freyas. Then a massive roc attacks the convoy and kills half of the people. Temdreh barely escapes with her life, saved only because of Liara the high elf monk.

Finally the party reach the large village of Balthos on the shore of Lake Balthos. They find the settlement is under the control of the Lost Spears bandit clan. In the morning, the Wolf Guard arrive from Hommel looking for the Forsaken. They are aware the Forsaken stole crates of their crossbows. Suddenly the Wolf Guard reveal they are werewolves! A bar brawl erupts with the inn staff fighting alongside the adventurers. Later, the heroes make a deal with the Pirate Queens and head down river to rendezvous with the Dragonfly.

DM Andrew

The Forsaken are:

Joshua plays Lynne and Darrion– gensai cleric and human fighter/warlock
Shane plays Temdreh and Thorn– tiefling bard and high elf paladin



West of the Wood 5E Podcasts: Dragonfly/Episode 19



Dragonfly – Episode 19/ After fleeing Kay on their ship the Dragonfly, our party head east to warn the other coastal villages. Taking the survivors from their home village, the heroes are eager to escape the darkness sweeping across the land. The first stop is Oren, a tiny, quiet village with a bold female ranger in charge. After the party can’t convince the villagers to evacuate, they decide to seek out the village elders. They uncover much more than they expected.
The next stop is the village of Lucen, high above on cliffs overlooking the Salamar Sea. This visit doesn’t go well after Lynne cannot hold her tongue. The paladin and cleric both contract lycanthropy in a nasty battle.

Later, Lynne and Thorn are both transformed into werewolves after arriving at the village of Freyas. After Lynne tosses Thorn into the ocean, the two werewolves swim towards the beach. Their monster forms are bathed in the moonlight shining on the waves. Fisherfolk stand at the beach unaware of what is happening.

DM Andrew
The Forsaken are:
Joshua plays Valkyrie and Lynne – wood elf barbarian and gensai cleric
Sarah plays Thorn – high elf paladin
Jeff plays Adoy – gnome mystic
Shane plays Temdreh – tiefling bard

West of the Wood 5E Podcasts: The Chronicles of Nox/Episode 10 and Adventures in Myrr/Episode 58 – 3yr Anniversary Game


Chronicles of Nox – Episode 10 and Adventures in Myrr – Episode 58/Our three-year anniversary game! A crossover game. Our adventure begins in the central Myrrian city of Nox. The Curious Company have just passed through a Riftgate into Malakiir Manor from Naern. However, they are not alone! They’ve been followed by a number of the evil General’s forces.

As the story continues, the party are given invitations to the wedding of the century. Our heroes arrive and find out the legendary Legion of Myrr are also at the wedding. The famous adventurers have arrived to confront the bride, Lady Maria Robbins. Varis the sorcerer ends the wedding in spectacular fashion!

DM Andrew

The Curious Company are:
Joshua plays Sullivan, the halfling bard
Sarah plays Olcan, the dragonborn cleric
Jeff plays Carvios, the kenku wizard
Shane plays Brihalla, the tiefling ranger
Jen plays Darla, the dragonborn barbarian

The Legion of Myrr are:
Joshua plays Varis, the high elf sorcerer
Sarah plays Sorsha, the high elf fighter
Jeff plays Snaps, the gnome paladin
Shane plays Jandac, the human monk
Jen plays Amber, the dwarf druid

West of the Wood 5E Podcasts: The Chronicles of Nox/Episode 9


Chronicles of Nox – Episode 9/ Our adventure begins on the continent of Naern. The Curious Company are resting up and talking with the elf commander. They learn another attack has happened nearby and the commander asks them to track the General’s forces. Soon the heroes are heading back into the mountains and discover a ruined castle. The mysterious ruin contains a number of interesting finds!

Later the party are called back to a Riftgate and return to Myrr. However, the General’s forces were waiting and crossed into Quarios’ manor as well. Chaos ensues…

DM Andrew

The Curious Company are:

Joshua plays Sullivan – halfling bard

Jeff plays Carvios – kenku wizard

Shane plays Brihalla – tiefling ranger

Jen plays Dalra – dragonborn barbarian



West of the Wood 5E Podcasts: The Chronicles of Nox/Episode 7


Chronicles of Nox – Episode 7/ After discovering a shocking secret the party found themselves in Nox Manor, the former residence of Oswald Myrr. Brihalla also found her way to the mansion thanks to Quarios Malakiir. Then the party met Caden the caretaker and ended up trapped inside the building for a while. Later they returned to Malakiir Manor for the payment from their patron. Our heroes gave Quarios the magic they had found in the manor and all received a magical boon.

Brihalla and the halflings headed out for some carousing in the city while the other two rested at the inn. The tiefling lost her gear and they all got very drunk. Late at night the party reassembled and headed to the Temple of Valden for Olcan’s ceremony. The ritual was nothing like anyone had expected!

The next day the adventurers used the Staff of O and headed through a Riftgate back to Naern. Not long after arriving in a snowy mountain pass, a yeti attacked the party. Somehow Sullivan lost his pants in the epic fight. However, the unlucky halfling saved the day once again!

DM Andrew
The Curious Company are:
Joshua plays Sullivan – halfling bard
Sarah plays Olcan – dragonborn cleric
Jeff plays Carvios – kenku wizard
Shane plays Brihalla – tiefling ranger

Funded! Kickstarter to create 6 5E adventures and an NPC handbook. Thank you backers!


Less than two weeks left! We are going to publish six 5E adventures and the Hirelings and Henchmen handbook. The adventures are part of a series based in the World of Myrr (MEER) 5E campaign setting. Volume One took the characters to 13th level. These adventures will be high level adventures, all the way to 20th level. However, they can be played as standalone adventures as well. The Hirelings and Henchmen handbook will be at least 100 pages long, filled with unique NPCs and tables to create NPCs. We also have a new world map showing all of Myrr and other rewards as well.


The adventures are based on sessions from our Sunday night ‘West of the Wood’ gaming group. We always write up our sessions afterwards so the process of creating the modules is already under way. There will be six adventures in three modules for 4-5 characters. Each module should be about 50-60 pages long. Here are summaries of the adventures:

A11 The City of Magic/A12 Citadel of Aramoor (Character Levels 15-16)

The players escape the city of Bladen on the vampires’ warship and head north. They make their way to the city of Nox, known as the city of Magic. Once there, they will continue to deal with the evil Alliance and visit the mysterious Citadel of Aramoor. Agents of the Alliance are everywhere and the party must be prepared for anything.

Monsters include: anti-paladins, evil bards, gargoyles, hobgoblins, hydras, vampires, vampire spawn, and wizards.

A13 Into the Tunnels/A14 The Thunder Halls (Character Levels 17-18)

To avoid the deadly tarrasque, the heroes decide on an alternate route to reach the giants’ enclave. A hidden trove of vampire-fighting weapons were hidden in the Thunder Halls during the Dark Times. However, the journey to the giants’ halls is still a dangerous one! An old school dungeon crawl makes up a large portion of this module.

Monsters include: cloakers, dragons, elementals, giants, golems, ogres, orcs, rocs, ropers, and xorn.

A15 The Hell Gate/A16 Into the Fire (Character Levels 19-20)

The true leaders of the Alliance are the devils. Our heroes must travel to the Hell Gate in the far north. The only way to close the gate is to travel into hell and close it from the other side! Once there, the party must find a way back home and deal with a city full of devils. Will the continent of Myrr be saved? Or will the Alliance succeed in bringing an army of devils through the gate?

Monsters include:devils (barbed devils, chain devils, horned devils, pit fiends, etc.), dragons, invisible stalkers, succubi, and vampires.




A game master can never have enough NPCs! This 100+ page book will contain about 180 NPCs. There will be two main sections; one for hirelings and one for henchmen. Detailed stat blocks for each character will be included. We’ll also have art throughout the book. All of these characters could also be used as pre-generated PCs. Finally, we’ll include several tables for you to create your own NPCs. (We’ll look at doing a poll to name it ‘Hirelings and Henchmen’ or ‘Henchmen and Hirelings’)



The artists working with us include; Travis Hanson, Jeff Porter, John Latta, Brandon Chang, and Mark Adelhoch. Travis is the new one among the group and comes with quite the resume. He is the creator of Life of the Party, a successful Kickstarter project of his own. Travis is also the artist behind the Bean comic and other fantasy works.

Brandon, Jeff, John, and Mark all worked with us on the last project. Jeff is the main graphic designer for many of our products.

Philip Stephen is responsible for the advanced cartography. Here is the entire World of Myrr map. You can see the small continent of Myrr in the center.

SampleThe World of Myrr 10

$5000 STRETCH GOAL! – FANTASY GROUNDS VERSION. Everyone will receive a Fantasy Grounds VTT software version of the Hirelings and Henchmen handbook! Fantasy Grounds was the first officially licensed virtual tabletop for 5th Edition. Made by Rob Twohy. He has numerous Fantasy Grounds products at the DMs Guild. For all backer levels.