Contracts for the hirelings follow standard pricing and a hireling can be hired of variable lengths of time. However, a contract that lasts longer than 1 year means the hireling has entered an employee/employer relationship and is no longer a contract worker for Ned’s Porter Service. Ned’s does supply some life insurance to be collected upon death, but injuries sustained in the course of their duties are the responsibility of the persons hiring the hireling.
Ned started out as a hireling, a porter, to a group of adventurers, the Ascent. On their last adventure they were exploring an old ruin when they came upon a liche, The Skinned, who decimated the party. Ned was allowed to leave as he was “beneath my notice” and “to spread the word that the ruin is not abandoned”. Ned fled. He was also happened to be carrying some of the treasure the party had already accumulated and used that gold to retire from active jobbing. He then started Ned’s Porter Service and eventually expanded it into a full service hireling agency.
Since retiring Ned has gone soft and packed on some pounds. He has a habit of always looking around him, like he expects to be ambushed at any moment. He also walks slowly and stooped over from long years of carrying large burdens.
Adventure Ideas-While Ned is grateful that he was able to survive the encounter with The Skinned, he has long dreamt of some sort of retribution to make up for his survival and the death of the Ascent. He still has some money left and is looking to hire some adventurers to finally kill the liche.
-Lily Strand is the sister of Milo Strand, the fighter from the Ascent adventuring group. She believes Ned either made a deal with the liche or led the Ascent into a trap that got them killed. She wants revenge. She is not really being rational but that has not stopped her from accumulating a sum of money and hiring a group of adventurers to kill Ned Kiddler. Ned has gotten word of the coming attack and is likewise looking to hire the characters to protect him and then “stop Lily”.
-One of the employees of Ned's Porter Service, Ange Bartho, has not returned from his last assignment. He was hired as a torchbearer by a group of adventurers, the Gilded Scepter. Ned's Porter Service is looking to hire another group of adventurers to investigate what happened and bring him back. The Gilded Scepter had been asking around town about a ruin known as The Den of Iniquity.