20 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 large bundle of blue cloth folds out into a tent roomy enough to sleep four comfortably.
  2. Six elaborate sets of climbing gear indicate the users planned to scale a difficult mountain.
  3. Two iron spikes are accompanied by a note reading, “We’ll need more since we fed almost all of these to that damnable thing.”
  4. This 500-foot length of rope is impossibly tangled and will take at least an hour to straighten out.
  5. This painting shows a starry night sky, but one can make out an amorphous, shadowy outline.
  6. The red flowers painted on this ceramic vase bloom, wilt and die over the course of a day.
  7. This traditional fruit bowl portrait was “painted” with crushed precious gems.
  8. A miniature sculpture of a silver dragon in flight folds its wings periodically.
  9. End of the Line lists several royal bloodlines that have terminated as the last member died; one of the characters had a relative with the same name as one of the listed nobles.
  10. A ledger contains the titles and synopses of all books in an unknown library; one of the titles relates to a quest the party has undertaken.
  11. Fightin’ McGee’s Fightin’ Handbook contains several useful unarmed combat techniques.
  12. Badderwort’s Impractical Jokes.
  13. Each of these four cages hold the skeletal remains of a songbird.
  14. A carton labelled “Fragile: Cockatrice Eggs” holds a dozen two-inch-long, pink speckled eggs.
  15. Sheaves of parchment have nothing on them but faint impressions; however, the light of the full moon illuminates a diabolical contract.
  16. A locked chest is empty except for a note reading, “Better luck next time.”
  17. Steel buckets have a pair of holes cut out near the top, creating a makeshift helm.
  18. This large brass bell is intact, but the accompanying hammer’s head is hollowed out.
  19. A balled up, red-and-white checked cloth has rotting scraps of food on it.
  20. Blowing on this whistle produces no sound; seconds later several wolves howl.

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Mike has been gaming off-and-on for over 30 years. While he has played using numerous game systems, he has always had a fondness for Dungeons & Dragons and its offshoots. Mike has written for Clockwork Gnome Publishing, Open Design, Paizo, Raging Swan Press and Rite Publishing, and (much to his surprise) he won Paizo’s RPG Superstar contest in 2012.

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