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10 Chance Meetings


A selection of chance encounters that can take place in any large town or city.

Large towns or cities are great places for chance encounters because much of the world will pass through them at some time or another. In adventures a chance meeting can be a useful way to pass on a clue or a piece of information that the characters have missed or could be of use to them. They can also be used as the starter for a new adventure!

  1. A Wizard or Mage that the characters have dealt with before has returned to the city to visit the headquater of his order. On his way through the bustling city streets he might bump into one or all of the characters.
  2. A minor member of the clergy that the characters know has been summoned to the towns temple for an important meeting. He has barely any time to stop and speak with the characters and is visibly nervous about the upcoming appointment.
  3. A merchant the characters have had dealings with in the past is in town. If the characters should happen to pass by his stall he will recognise them and eagerly call them over to chat with them.
  4. A noble with connections to the players is in the capitol city to attend court. He becomes aware of the characters presence in the city and sends them an invitation to visit him where he is staying.
  5. A criminal contact has come to the city in search of the big score. His efforts haven't been rewarded yet but he is eager to catch up with the characters and to find out if they know anything that might help him out. He is more than willing to share some of the spoils should he be successful.
  6. A foreign character, possibly one the characters have met in a distant land has came to the city on business. He is somewhat bewildered by the country he is visiting, and is highly relieved to find the characters, whom he knows.
  7. A petty trader the characters know well, and ideally helped, came to the city and has struck it lucky. Now a member of the nouveau rich, he is delighted to see his old friends and keen to show off his new wealth. (This could possibly be combined with No.5)
  8. Someone the characters knew in a prosperous position tries to beg a few coppers from them before recognising them and eaglery introducing himself. He is keen to tell his sob story and wants help to regain something of his former status.
  9. The child of a contact has been sent to the city to study at its university in an attempt by his/her father to get him/her to grow up and make something of themselves, is living a riotous student life, which brings him into contact with the characters.
  10. A person the charactersn rescued from a criminal organisation (or other evil) is now in the city, training to become a member of the city watch. Far wiser and grimmer than he was, he is willing to aid the characters with his advice and contacts.

"It is by chance that we met, and by choice that we became friends." - Unknown.

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Voted Moonlake
July 24, 2012, 19:56
Only voted
Voted Cheka Man
July 24, 2012, 20:12
Only voted
Voted Kassy
July 24, 2012, 20:30
Only voted
Voted Strolen
July 29, 2012, 13:03
Good start....embrace the 30! ;)
July 29, 2012, 19:02
I don't seem to have much of a choice, do I?
Voted MysticMoon
July 31, 2012, 3:19
Certainly a good start. Many of those seem like the beginning of adventure hooks. If I feel inspired I may add a few ideas of my own.
Voted Murometz
September 14, 2012, 12:54
A nice twist on plot hooks. Some philosophers will tell you that there is no such thing as a "chance" meeting or encounter, but that is neither here nor there :)
Voted valadaar
February 19, 2014, 15:44
Good! And this may inspire a Generator!

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Wet Faeries

       By: Murometz

Sages and naturalists frown at the common name given to these strange creatures by the small folk, but sometimes the silliest nicknames for creatures, places and people persevere in the minds of many. “Purifiers”, “Pond Jellies”, “Breath-Stealers”, “Lung-Ticklers” and “River Butterflies” are much less commonly heard appellations for these life forms. Wet Faeries are basically (and simply) a species of fist-sized, fresh-water jellyfish. Several traits steer them toward the peculiar category however. Firstly, Wet Faeries are nearly invisible in the water, much like their marine cousins but even more so. One can swim in a river swarming with these critters and not even notice their presence. Secondly, they possess the unique ability to clean and purify whatever body of water they inhabit. They do this via some sort of biological filtration process, sucking in all toxins present in the water, and releasing it back in its purest form. Needless to say, they are both a blessing and a curse to whichever folk dwell beside the rivers and lakes Wet Faeries inhabit. On one hand, no purer water can be found anywhere than a Wet Faerie lake or pond, and yet, in “pure” water “life” tends in fact to die out, lacking the needed nutrients to prosper. Thirdly, their “sting” is (unfortunately) virulently poisonous to all mammalians. Wet Faeries are loathe to sting anyone or anything, using their barbed fronds as a last line of defense, but if stung, most swimmers will suffer respiratory arrest, and die within minutes, usually drowning before they can make it back to shore.

Alchemists, druids, and less savory characters have studied these creatures over the years, and have predictably found all the ways Wet Faeries could be exploited. Morbidly humorous, some bards find it, that the Poisoners and Assassins Guilds as well as the Healer’s Union, all prize these creatures. The assassins use the extracted venom in obvious fashion, while the priests and healers use the still-living jelly-fish to sterilize other poison potions and to cure those already poisoned on death’s door.

It is known that a certain Earl Von Trumble keeps his vast castle moat stocked with Wet Faeries, the waters so clear that every bone of every one of his past enemies can be clearly seen on the bottom, twenty two feet below.

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