Sometimes the PCs find hidden treasures among the knick-knacks, oddities and trinkets. Other times, they find what is—essentially—worthless junk.
Use this table, to determine what piece of useless junk they uncover:
- Spilling from a cracked and suspiciously stained leather folder this sheaf of song sheets records a score or so bawdy drinking songs—or they would do if they hadn’t suffered extensive water (or possibly beer) damage.
- This pewter drinking stein has a wide crack in its base; consequently liquid quickly leaks out rendering it useless as a drinking vessel.
- This slightly charred 1,000 gp letter of credit lacks the crucial section setting out who undertakes to extend the aforementioned credit.
- Bent and twisted, this iron brooch forged in the shape of a (now squashed) pinecone has lost its pin.
- This small drum has a rip in its cover.
- The jagged fragment of a leather armband etched with the remains of a heraldic symbol—a lion rampant clutching a battle-axe—lies at the back of a shelf.
- Containing slightly wet and matted multi-coloured chalk dust this pouch may have once belonged to a wizard.
- A pair of blunt oversized brass scissors—perhaps good for shearing sheep if resharpened.
- Hanging from a frayed length of red-stained leather this cracked monocle has an iron frame.
- This small violin—sized for a halfling or a human child—has no strings and is missing its bow.
- Soot covers the glass of this magnifying glass, which also has a slightly charred handle. Unless the soot is cleaned away it is not immediately obvious the glass is cracked.
- Full of dry soil this waterproof leather pouch hides five large acorns.
- Several of the names listed on this framed ornately drawn family tree have been scored out so violently there are holes in the vellum.
- A matched brush and comb set. The comb is missing half its teeth and the brush is matted with hair and what is—hopefully—mud.
- These four tarnished silver spoons each has an identical hole burnt through the middle.
- A ragged, oversized quill crafted from the bright blue feather of some kind of exotic bird (or perhaps other creature). The quill is missing its nib.
- A worn and much-used backpack looks at first glance like a serviceable bargain (as it is only half price). However, a close look reveals one of the straps is frayed. If the pack is filled, the strap breaks during its owner’s first bout of strenuous activity.
- This wrought iron holy symbol (of a locally worshipped deity) has been poorly repaired; weld marks are obvious and the whole has a twisted—perhaps—warped aspect. (Perhaps this intentional and an evil cult used it in a bastardisation of some holy ritual).
- A wide crack runs around the mouth of this bright blue urn. The urn is fragile; any rough handling causes the top portion to slide off the body.
- Draped in a stained red cloak, this life-size stone statue depicts a muscular man standing in a heroic pose. Removing the cloak reveals a certain part of the man’s anatomy has been snapped off.
This article appears in 20 Things #25: Curio Shop & Pawnbrokers.
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