If they are helped, they will give the party pearls that they collect from nearby shellfish and have saved for years. Otherwise, the path is easy to follow in the dark. ", The path opens up into a carved out grotto where several gigantic metal rings support celestial sculptures. The ceiling is now at least 50 feet overhead and massive pillars support it from below. Several sturdy metal hooks are in place and at least one already has a rope attached, though the durability of the old rope is questionable. The pools each feed into one another and have a submerged bench to seat between 5 and 10. They are beautiful, but cumbersome. In reality, the head and neck are a permanent illusion that was placed in the area to scare off adventurers by a mage who was practicing some new defenses for his study, and a fairy dragon has worked out how to control the illusion and get it to move when he wants. This goes hand-in-hand with an article I read recently about keeping the pressure on for the PCs, specifically in terms of not letting them simply “rest and recharge” whenever they want without the consequence of the passage of time. It looks like passers by have jammed the edges of pennies and other small coins into the cracks and irregularities and bent them down to create an almost scale-effect. All is not as it seems, some of the coins are tiny-sized mimics (maybe individuals, maybe swarms), that adhere to and attack those that try to gather the treasure. The sturdy stonework of the castle has resulted in flooding from the waterfalls. Carvings of mushrooms cavern creatures decorate the sides. There seems to be a weird hole in the wall that is pitch black. Sep 15, 2016 - RPG Cave Battlemaps. You’re three levels down. ", Over the years more calcium has been deposited on the pennies, trapping them within. The party may step through, and they walk on an invisible surface even with the floor of the dungeon. Port towns are a hotbed of activity, most of which is centred around the sea since that’s where most people make their livelihood. A sign is just visible on one side of the pit. If they follow it, they find a hive of rust monsters eating the ore. All the biggest mycologists in the region will be talking about this. (Possibly of a high CR to make this optional wing and its loot a real challenge to the PCs)", Bats cover the ceiling, squeaking and fluttering around. "A room lined with standing alcoves. When enough people enter, the room locks. Within is a sick ogre maid drinking bonebroth soup. D&D 5e Combat Generator. "The tunnel floor comes upon a circular puddle full of dark water. ", 15: The path traveled upon is discovered to be a closed circle. ", Party enters a smallish, circular room, with a simple wooden door. A series of tiny hand bones. Perception check to spot, deep in the dark cavern, a structure. The walls are burnt black with the only thing juxtaposing it being the perfect white silhouettes of their final moments. "The cavern here is made entirely of chalk. From sound alone it is clear that there is a rushing stream, a cascading waterfall, and several winged animals flapping. They might occur in a kelp bed, an underwater cave or by a long-forgotten shipwreck. The mushrooms growing in this tall wet cavern reach up to the ceiling on tiny, spindly stalks. A band of bright lit stone forms overhead, lighting the tunnel. "Ahead you can hear the clink and jangle of falling pebbles. Generate combat encounters with a filterable selection of enemies. "You come across a group of kobold engineers repairing some traps that jammed or are otherwise damaged. The books are deposited on the door counter. ", ", 1 Description 2 Layout 2.1 Cave 0 2.2 Cave 1 2.2.1 Entrance 2.2.2 Cave 2.3 Cave 2 2.3.1 Entrance 2.3.2 Cave 2.4 Cave 3 2.4.1 Entrance 2.4.2 Cave 2.5 Cave 4 2.5.1 Entrance 2.5.2 Cave 2.6 Cave 5 2.6.1 Entrance and exit 2.6.2 Cave 3 Notes A cavern is a kind of map in which some of Chosen One's random encounters take place. The result; when the wind blows through the cavern a deep, haunting drone is made be the ceiling itself. The tunnel path has run into a low, calm creek with a bottom of smooth flat stone. The second set of encounters can be found here, and we also have a d20 Encounter Chart! By the end you have an idea of what it is and your theory is confirmed with you see the huge face. It will stop shortly before contacting the liquid if whatever creature entered the pool didn’t get out in time, but will plunge fully into the pool when everything leaves. At the center a raised dais fountain pours with mirror-smooth water before cascading over the edge. "The trail becomes unnaturally dark, and rushing water can be heard. This living hand has been hoarding rings and jewelry in this tunnel. I'm not too creative when it comes to caves. ", The Statue depicts a man in a cloak with an impossibly long neck and the face of a barn owl, peering over the top of the mirror and gazing at itself. It is home to and reptilian sea races, tentacles beasts and primordial ancients. It's right here. Anybody got cool cave encounters? It looks like the only way across is to swim. "You walk into the next chamber and find a stone statue of a man reaching for a gold ring on a pedestal. ", He gives you a level appropriate large sum of gold for releasing him and goes off on his merry way. A massive circle of obsidian, about 20 feet across, has been placed in an alcove just off the trail. Near a collection of empty alcoves is a body bearing an item of only recent styling, invention, or popularity. The path crosses the stream at one point, and the water reaches up to your knees. As the trail moves down, the stones raise up, towering far overhead yet still close enough to touch. It's right here. ", The leaves are wrapped with black iron which is then formed into a hook so the lanterns can be easily hung from the hooks above. Just before touching someone has placed a smooth sphere of precious stone, and now the calcium has begun to form around the outside, holding it in place. The moths are fluttering while clumped all over the stone so that the rock cannot even be seen. "Someone has carved out a lattice roof to cover this section of path. Light up ahead seems to betray and exit to the cavern, but as you arrive you see that a waterfall has cut through the ceiling, and again through the floor. Putting the ring on the man's finger will restore him from stone, at which point he reveals this ring was the result of a transmutation spell going horribly wrong. Suddenly, a giant spider drops from the ceiling.” What is the source of conflict in this scene? A patch of wall indiscernible from the rest of the dungeon except for the incredibly soft quality of the stone. hide . After some time the crystalline tunnel curves to meet a small river running underground. The path begins to steepen, with roughly formed stairs leading the way. Waves begin to form on the opposite end of the hall and rush towards the party. "A dire warning - Moving through this hall, the characters torchlight will cast light through a red ruby the size of an eye that's been carved to catch and cast the light around the room. Skittering can be heard from within. 113. Roll initiative. Inside the narrow space many passers by have left behind graffiti. The result; when the wind blows through the cavern a deep, haunting drone is made be the ceiling itself. Encounters might occur in a forest of fungi, amid giant stalactites or by the side of a gaping chasm. 10 Cave Encounters March 18, 2020 April 9, 2020. Any light will only reach out about 5′ from the source, and light from sources you are not holding is invisible to you. (Possibly of a high CR to make this optional wing and its loot a real challenge to the PCs). Within a large open cavern the path happens upon a low wall made of loose stones. When the mold returns out of the pool in four(?) He REALLY loves cooked mushrooms and has been harvesting the myconids for dinner since finding the village). ", ", A stepped tower ruin made of stone juts up to touch the ceiling. The water is only about calf-high. Water cascades down the grand staircase to the entrance. After a few minutes or so of this lush tunnel it opens up into what appears to be a clearing with a single wooden gazebo at the center, covered in flowers in full bloom. var randomStrings = [ "You began noticing a few spider webs catching drips of water from the ceiling. After several minutes of struggling you come upon a clearing where several hammers and cracked stones are laid out on a blanket. Far off the trail is a calcified sailing ship, sails heavy with water. From it The moss ‘Old Man’s Beard’ grows, hanging down long white tendrils. The trap can only be reset by having every member of the party leave and then reenter. You come across a group of kobold engineers repairing some traps that jammed or are otherwise damaged. It is labeled 'Important'", ", There is a 5e arctic random encounter generator at ChaosGen. Xanathar’s Guide to Everything (XGtE) is a supplement for 5e that was released by Wizards of the Coast (WotC) on November 15, 2017. The cavern is immensely tall, easily 100 feet high or more. If the flower is pulled the room shifts downward a few feet if the fur is ripped out it goes up a few feet. "You come across a nice looking devil statue in the middle of a room, after a DC 20 (Investigation) check, it turns out there is a button in its mouth, when pressed, the mouth closes shut dealing 2d4 piercing damage and you can see blood dissolving as it leaves your skin. Let us do the work for you. Roll20 brings pen-and-paper gameplay to your browser with features that save time and enhance your favorite parts of tabletop games. Along the trail are spheres of iron, hollow on the inside about 2 feet in diameter. His name is Gordum, and he’s really hungry as he hasn’t eaten in a very long time. The water supports a single black gazing ball, gently rotating. The party walks in on a group of hostile hobgoblins in the middle of them practicing their synchronized dance routine. Each round stone is a geode, able to be cracked with the hammer. Each one has been delicately carved with an intricate pattern, without losing the structural integrity of the skulls. ", At first glance the walls appear to have shifted from smooth stone, worn away by wind or water, to layered sandstone conglomerate, almost like bricks. A large mirror leans against the wall on the left of the path. Will react accordingly if the PCs attempt to cheat or steal from them. (The murderer is a kobold with a ring of invisibility and a strange mask to keep from falling to the creatures spores. ", The walls of this room are lined with intricate carvings that appear to be dwarven in nature. ", The iron shell has been cut out to show a forest scene made in metal, each sphere has a different scene. In the middle of a large group of carved plants is a carving of a person whose joints appear to be that of a mechanical doll’s. In order to re-enlarge themselves and exit the labyrinth (thus opening the door) they must find their way back to the gem that now looms menacingly overhead while dodging mechanical spiders and tiny traps. Xanathar’s Guide to Everything Challenge Rating Tables. You can get encounters tools updates on Patreon and find me on Twitter @duncanthom 2. The room has nothing but a simple wooden table, upon which is a single vase, containing a large, dark purple flower. As soon as the player’s backs are turned the gold coin begins animating 2d20 gold pieces a turn and they all make a break for it. The whole pattern is irregular at the edges, longer but thinner than a true checkerboard. The little guy has really done well duping people over the years. They are beautiful, but cumbersome. Anyone walking across the bridge crosses the … Building encounters in 5e using CR works, but only if you remember to sap your players of their resources. A successful perception check, or a party member being dangled by their feet, can detect that the sign is upside down and says ‘LEARN THE WORDS’. If the latter then it screams bloody murder attracting any nearby enemies. Each fracture is filled in with a piping of gold, holding the structure together. A bright lamp hanging on the wall in an otherwise dim hallway, next to a wooden door with thick hinges. ", His name is Gordum, and he's really hungry as he hasn't eaten in a very long time. From far off you can hear the sound of falling water. Each carving is done expertly. Murder mystery spectacular-A doorway that leads into a well set dining room has an instant kill trap thst extracts people’s souls from their bodies. Typical creatures you could find in caves are oozes, trolls, undead, basilisk, spiders, and worms. The tunnel opens up into a low, wide cavern, and a strong wind blows through here at odd intervals. ", ", ", As soon as one is taken. Home to fungi creatures, the dark elves and aberrations from the Far Realms . Along this trail, tall thin grave markers have been placed. "A dragon's cave? A knowledge history check can date the bodies to various eras of history. It seems as though the tunnel collapsed at one point, and then was repaired in this ornate manner. The alcoves are inhabited by a body encased in (magical) crystal. Someone has come through and pried all the gems from their eyes and the gold plating from the staircase in general, but the impressive stonework remains. ", If they fail a roll on the first attempt they only manage to stick their hand through a hole into the room and have to search for a second recess. In the center of the room are 3 small pedestals and one larger pedestal in the middle. A room lined with standing alcoves. Booming Waves Edit. ", "Ahead the stone tunnel trail gives way down a steep cliff with a descending staircase. It will cry and whimper if the party approaches. After a few minutes of walking, a stone arched Moon Gate has been made, which the path follows through and continues onward. Pilfering party-Another adventuring party has been stealthily following the party, and plan to jump them in the treasure room. It cannot speak or see or hear or taste or feel, but it can ‘sense’ its surroundings somehow. ", The spheres glow a blue-green and range from one foot to 4 feet in diameter. "The cavernous trail becomes grassy and lush, though the cave remains overhead. Any light will only reach out about 5' from the source, and light from sources you are not holding is invisible to you. Someone has planted a row of rose bushes on either side of the tunnel, the roses are in full, brilliant bloom. After some time the crystalline tunnel curves to meet a small river running underground. Several bats flitter from wall to wall catching the spores in their mouths. Killer Encounters Most adventures published for the 3rd and 4th editions of D&D have encounters finely tuned for play balance and a structure meant to take the PCs steadily from one set-piece battle to the next (sometimes with safe resting places built in at just … ", "Sculptures of hands can be found along this natural cave path. That’s why I love random tables. If a PC tries to get close, it automatically seals and reopens when no one is within 5 feet. "The path rounds a turn and opens into a massive cavern. A large banquet hall, with pewter utensils, earthenware plates, and fine food. At the same time, the floor drops out under the door at a steep angle to a smooth shoot, and the walls start moving in. Tactical Encounters: Cave Defenders. The duck resists all attempts to discern it's nature, for all intents and purposes, it appears as an ordinary duck. View User Profile View Posts Send Message (Perfect) Join Date: 3/26/2017 Posts: 593 Member Details; I'll go first. Any rooms visited before the first time the party noticed these helmets also have an identical helmet. There are 2x(Party Size) seats at the table, and at the head is a stout, ruddy faced bearded earl who warmly beckons to the party. They can help lead them through the dungeon, and even offer information the players don't know. Once this is completed, the letters JOY will light up and the stone double doors swing open. If the players blink they see where the key is hidden, but only for a split second. The game of Dungeons & Dragons Fifth Edition and its encounters is balanced on two basic premises. In the wide cavern with a rushing underground stream something vaguely humanoid catches your eye, just for a moment. She can offer shortcuts, intel, and hidden passages. This room contains an 8ftx12ft pool of opaque white liquid, framed by four columns with taut chains leading up to a recess directly above the pool. The room has nothing but a simple wooden table, upon which is a single vase, containing a large, dark purple flower. Each small pedestal has a stone tablet on it. "The trail opens up into a wide cavern dimly lit by glowing spheres. Note: This article is a rewrite of the original from March 2015. (If characters can get to his cave, he should have 2-3 magical items of some note). As the group moves into the cave, they likely notice coins littering the edges of the room in small piles and an outcropping halfway up on the east wall... with a snoring, smoking dragon's head. A cave entrance littered with small animal bones. Those characters that do slide down are eventually deposited into a large cage where a robed figure covered in bandages whips around and screams, 'Happy Birthday Matt!' The trail passes by a pocket cavern off the main tunnel with a circle statues of delvers in poses of laughter, trade, or rest. 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