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Benign Encounters

Tavern

  1. A full spittoon gets kicked over by accident
  2. A paladin walks in and starts to detect evil on everyone if he finds any evil person he tries to talk to him to repent on his ways.
  3. Bar fight breaks out and someone is about to lose, and draws a blade.
  4. Caravan has a rest stop at tavern
  5. Guard enters tavern and arrests a patron for some minor offense
  6. 'Mysterious patron' is really just an eccentric ex-adventurer who likes to mess with adventuring parties.
  7. The ale tastes horrible - gut check or spit it out
  8. This tavern is owned by a mage. the meals and drinks reflect this - green potatoes, blue ham, whiskey thats orange, beer mugs that are constantly cold, etc.
  9. Traveling doctor or dentist sets up temporary shop in tavern
  10. Two local merchants or craftsmen overheard conducting a mundane transaction and have a vocal disagreement about it

Water

  1. A huge chunk of red clay falls in the water somewhere upstream turning all the water of the river blood red for a few minutes/hours
  2. A large shoal of jellyfish are floating on the surface.
  3. A makeshift raft one person, one dead
  4. A sudden boiling of the sea within sight of the ship (underwater detonation)
  5. Crewman goes missing for one day. Reappears like he never left. He has no memory of the time he was gone. The rest of the crew want to kill him.
  6. Distant storm/lightning, particularly at night
  7. Eagle (or other large bird) nest spotted in tall tree along shore
  8. Sighting of aurora borealis (northern lights)
  9. The ship's intended port is closed due to a plague epidemic.
  10. Tide of red (or other color) seaweed/kelp noticed

Wilderness

  1. Ancient snag filled with tiny holes
  2. Dug, shallow hole
  3. Earthquake (mild, moderate, or severe)
  4. Great toppled tree, roots outstretched
  5. Groundhog colony: big holes, mounds of dirt
  6. Humanoid statue (flesh to stone)
  7. Large patch of brightly colored mushrooms
  8. Sentry animal (probably bird or rodent) raises alarm
  9. Sudden sun shower
  10. Sweet smell of honeysuckle
 
 

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