Dust Bunnies - small magical creatures that inhabit dark places (dungeons, behind the chamberpot, under the bed, etc.). They survive by eating dirt. When they get too large, they split into two or more smaller bunnies. If struck, they explode into a cloud that causes all nearby to sneeze uncontrollably.
I've had also had Spitting Images, Roaring Acclaims, and even Rogue Waves (water elemental).
*Plotti McPlothoek:* grizzled old hook-handed (x2) pirate always willing to give the PCs quest-starting info for the cost of a drink. Strangely appears in every inn or tavern the adventurers happen to enter as if all part of a cosmic plan scribed by a very uncreative and time-pressed god.
*the party, having lost the trail of the bandit lord Gravus, enters a way station in an ice-choked and windswept mountain pass*
"Holy sh*t. Wouldn't you know it. There's Plotti McPlothoek. Plotti you ol' seadog, what brings you here?"
"Yarr, me vessel was blown of course and I set in here for repairs."
"Blown of course. That's for sure. That's some hell of a course error that put you here... in the mountains."
"Well, err... the wind... umm... maps..."
"Guys just let it go otherwise Yorkus will go and sulk in the bathroom until we leave." Go to Comment
The Petty Kingdoms is a region consisting of hundreds of small states. Some are kingdoms, some are city states, some are large farming communities, some are duchesses and baronies and so on and so forth. Within a few miles the PCs might reach a new "country" with completely different rules and norms than the one they left behind. "What do you eat here? Humans ye say? Lets turn around fellas."