20 More Things to Find in a Bag of Holding

Adventurers are always looting the bodies of their vanquished foes. Often the GM simply reads off the villain’s equipment list and the players move on. In this situation, beyond armour, weapons, magic items and some coin most foes never seem to carry anything of minor interest. Sometimes, the party might find a bag of holding—but it rarely has anything interesting in it beyond treasure and coins.

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This doesn’t help the GM diligently trying to breathe life and verisimilitude into his campaign. Use this table, to determine what the PCs find in a bag of holding:

  1. This nigh-invisible line of wire has tiny metal bells spaced irregularly along its length.
  2. A pair of brass lanterns are tied to a 20-foot length of rope; they each have enough oil to burn for two hours.
  3. This one-person wooden boat contains a pair of oars; one oar’s paddle is missing a chunk in the shape of a bite.
  4. This ladder is folded into a 5-foot-long, 1-foot-wide stack; when unfolded, it reaches 20 feet.
  5. This tapestry depicts a fox hunt led by an obscure queen.
  6. The signature on this painting of an exotic bird has been crossed out and replaced with another.
  7. A heavy, white marble bust of an ancient emperor is missing its left ear.
  8. A dark painting with stylized lightning bolts that give harmless shocks when touched.
  9. Fabulous Floorplans displays many floor plans for well-known locations; secret pages provide maps of hidden levels in those locations.
  10. Among the Fungus People chronicles an adventurer’s fascinating journey beneath the earth; spores erupt at the quick turn of a page.
  11. What to Do When an Apocalypse Strikes.
  12. You Die at the End provides a remarkable account of the life of the first person to pick it up; it ends with the subject’s brutal demise.
  13. This suit of chain barding is appropriate for a dog the size of a corgi.
  14. Half of this metal hoop is fashioned from bronze; the other half is tarnished gold.
  15. This red twig ignites immediately when pulled out of the bag; returning it to the bag douses it.
  16. This table folds out into a full-sized billiards table; a complete set of billiard balls is attached to the table’s underside.
  17. This jar full of black marbles also holds a cat’s eye marble.
  18. Though this parasol is translucent, sun does not shine through it.
  19. This collection of bloodstained banners comes from various armies active in the region.
  20. This selection of blousy shirts seems suitable for a ship’s crew.

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