Posts by Miranda Horner

Edmund Dulac - The Garden of Paradise

Collection of Curiosities: The Herbalist’s Garden

Aside from the usual herbs and plants you might find growing in an herbalist’s garden, you could also stumble (literally) across some unusual and potentially nasty surprises. Whether the adventurers are dealing with an herbalist or simply racing through a community after a vile creature, the herbalist’s garden can provide you with some unexpected fun …

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By Edmund Dulac - Gutenberg.org: Stories from Hans Andersen, with illustrations by Edmund Dulac, London, Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd., 1911.

Collection of Curiosities: Prizes from the Roving Festival

Games of chance are not uncommon at organized wandering festivals, which might also put unusual creatures such as mermaids and manticores on display; provide new and unusual food and drink for imbibing, and so much more. Sometimes, though, adventurers walk away with more than they might expect when they win a prize. You can roll …

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The Wicker Man of the Druids

Collection of Curiosities: Inside the Effigy

One of the ceremonies adventurers might witness involves burning an effigy, large or small. If the PCs have reason to check the inside of one before it is burned, they might find some interesting things. You can roll randomly for a result below, or use the handy number provided with each entry to figure out …

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Portrait of a Girl - John Everett Millais

Collection of Curiosities: What’s in a Portrait?

The portraits that painters sell to patrons might be more than adventurers expect as they wander into a gallery or into a keep’s warmest common room. You can roll randomly for a result below, or use the handy number provided with each entry to figure out your result on a d12. You can also pick …

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Sophie Anderson Take the fair face of Woman

Collection of Curiosities: The Earthbinder’s Pouch

The one called the Earthbinder often touches something inside her pouch when working her magic. But she has vanished, leaving only her pouch. What’s inside? You can roll randomly for a result below, or use the handy number provided with each entry to figure out your result on a d12. You can also pick the …

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"Icicles Partnachklamm rb" by Richard Bartz - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

Collection of Curiosities: Gifts of the Icicle Fey

The self-proclaimed icicle fey Sinthia crafts (or steals, according to some) things over the year and places them into icicles, which she then gifts to the villagers of Frostbite. If the adventurers happen to do a good turn for her, she might gift them with one of her extras, which she keeps aside for such …

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Harley MS 3736, f. 20

Collection of Curiosities: Inside the Toy Chest

Kids find all kinds of things to put into their respective stashes of toys. You can roll randomly for a result below, or use the handy number provided with each entry to figure out your result on a d12. You can also pick the one that works for the area in which your characters currently …

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Collection of Curiosities: Trapped in the Snow Globe

Shake up a snow globe, and you can create a snow-filled (other other-filled) environment for that which lies within the snow globe. But sometimes snow globes can serve as prisons. Who—or what—is trapped in the next snow globe the characters find? You can roll randomly for a result below, or use the handy number provided …

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Florimell's Flight by Washington Allston

Collection of Curiosities: Trapped Within the Sphere of Regret

Lore calls this item the “sphere of regret.” But what does that mean? And why is the lore so varied about what the sphere actually contains? Perhaps your adventurers will find out when they physically interact with the sphere in some manner. You can roll randomly for a result below, or use the handy number …

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Collection of Curiosities: Inside the Room of Silence

The room around you has a silencing effect. What now-quiet items might you find within it, and what effects do they have when removed from the room? You can roll randomly for a result below, or use the handy number provided with each entry to figure out your result on a d12. You can also …

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Collection of Curiosities: The Oubliette

Sometimes people and other things are hidden away and forgotten in oubliettes. What might adventurers discover when they find these spots? You can roll randomly for a result below, or use the handy number provided with each entry to figure out your result on a d12. You can also pick the one that works for …

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