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Benign Encounters

Tavern

  1. A bear walks into the bar and orders a drink.
  2. A drunk patron passes out, falls to the floor, and his money pouch spills out
  3. After some guards get in a villager flees the establishment as fast as he can.
  4. A sly-looking patron catches the PCs' attention - they don't remember him coming in though
  5. Bar fight breaks out and a pickpocket takes advantage of the chaos.
  6. Bar fight breaks out and someone is about to lose, and draws a blade.
  7. Guard enters tavern and arrests a patron for some minor offense
  8. Half-Orc (or other member of a racial group) gets told, 'We don't take kindly to your type.'
  9. Manager swings by with a trivial complaint against a PC but won't tell which patron complained
  10. Traveler has interesting, but mundane news from outside town

Water

  1. A pod of dolphins & a great white shark are locked in mortal combat, with the fight occasionally taking the combatants into the air just above the water in great leaps.
  2. Ghost ship encountered.
  3. Glass fishing float.
  4. Gull droppings land in someone's cup. Person doesn't notice or does notice and replaces the cup only to have the same thing happen again
  5. Harbor pilot boards the ship to guide the ship into port
  6. High seas
  7. Kingfisher bird spotted plucking a fish from water
  8. Large dead bloated sea monster.
  9. Life preserver floats by
  10. Very high tide complicates the loading/landing of goods in a port and passage under low bridges

Wilderness

  1. Ancient snag filled with tiny holes
  2. Broken, rotted wagon wheel
  3. Cloud of insects moves across path
  4. Fish bones
  5. Punctured waterskin or flask on path
  6. Stack of rocks piled high
  7. Stand of birch trees
  8. Stench of feces
  9. Sweet smell of honeysuckle
  10. You get a dull, throbbing headache
 
 

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