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Benign Encounters


  1. A PC finds a bug in their food.
  2. A rock crashes through a window from outside
  3. Bar fight breaks out and someone gets thrown on PCs table, breaking it.
  4. Barmaid flirts with PC; her ex shows up and picks a fight.
  5. Herald comes to tavern to proclaim some decree
  6. Kitchen catches fire.
  7. Party of a traveling noble stops for a meal and/or a bed
  8. Staff mistakes PC for a NPC who is a regular patron
  9. Traveler has interesting, but mundane news from outside town
  10. Two local merchants or craftsmen overheard conducting a mundane transaction


  1. A shipmate gets knocked upside the head by a sudden mast strike and slips into a coma.
  2. A small watertight chest containing an ancient relic is found.
  3. Flying fish begin gliding next to the the ship
  4. Guano deposits seen on bank.
  5. Iceberg spotted in the distance
  6. It suddenly snows.
  7. Sail sighted and vanishes again, this repeats.
  8. Ship's crew becomes restless because of decisions made by the captain - rumors of a possible mutiny
  9. something causes ripples on the water
  10. Waterspout passes nearby


  1. 1' hole penetrates the ground
  2. Bear tracks
  3. Beaver pond/dam
  4. Carpet Of spongy moss over large area
  5. Dark storm cloud approaches
  6. Dead, rotted, burnt, headless troll body
  7. Deja vu
  8. Disheveled shrine or grave marker
  9. Groundhog colony: big holes, mounds of dirt
  10. Stack of rocks piled high

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