Adventurers exploring graveyards often discover open graves waiting to be filled. Most such graves are ordinary, but a few may have minor features of interest.
Such features may be completely innocent, or they could be a clue to darker goings on in the graveyard.
Use the table below, to generate items of minor interest found in an open grave.
- A spade stands at a crazy angle at the bottom of the graveyard. A soft cloth hat hangs from its handle, but of the gravedigger there is no sign. A close inspection of the handle reveals a small smudge of blood.
- A bunch of wild flowers fashioned into a crude wreath lies in the mud at the bottom of the grave.
- Muddy water has seeped into the grave, turning the bottom into a dank, cloying sludge. A trapped rat swims in the water, but try as it might it can’t climb up the slippery muddy sides of the grave to escape.
- Heaped earth stands next to the open grave. Nearby lies a headstone ready to be erected once the grave is filled.
- An unattended coffin of stout pine lies in the grave. No one is filling in the grave—in fact no one seems to be anywhere near the grave.
- At first glance, this grave seems normal and unremarkable. However, a perceptive PC notices the faint outline of a long bulky object obscured by earth. Investigations reveal it is another coffin. It is rotten and has obviously been buried for years.
- At first glance, this grave seems normal and unremarkable. However, a perceptive PC notices an amulet half buried in the mud. PCs retrieving the amulet discover it bears the symbol of a particularly reviled evil deity.
- Someone has sprinkled salt over the bottom of the grave and on the mound of earth beside it.
- The open grave stands near an old tree. The tree’s roots break through the grave’s walls and floor in several places. Imaginative souls could imagine the roots look like a huge grasping hand ready to receive the coffin.
- As #5, but the coffin lid is splintered and broken as if from several heavy blows with an axe. The coffin itself is empty.
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