Adventurers seem to spend a lot of time in graveyards. Whether they are investigating a series of hauntings, destroying a nest of ghouls or merely visiting the grave of a loved one, a graveyard can make an exciting adventure locale.
Use this table, to add minor points of interest to any graveyard the PCs visit.
- A lone gravestone—much weather worn and overgrown by weeds—stands off alone to one side.
- A stand of dense trees creates an area of shade. The trees’ roots are so dense no graves have been dug beneath their boughs.
- A large oak tree stands majestically among the graves. Coloured ribbons and streamers hang from its lower branches and move gently in the wind.
- An open grave—freshly dug—awaits its occupant.
- Several spades rammed into a pile of freshly dug earth stand next to an open grave.
- Three graves lie close to one another. A low iron wrought fence pierced by a single gate surrounds the trio. Within the fence’s perimeter, the grass is neat and well tended.
- A small shrine decorated with the carved decorations of all the local deity’s sigils stands near the graveyard’s entrance.
- Obscured by a thick hawthorne hedge, a shrine dedicated to the god of death stands at the centre of the graveyard. The shrine is little used—except by those recent bereaved. Three grim-faced clerics maintain the shrine, conduct services and oversee the graveyard.
- A long, low mound covered in wild flowers dominates one side of the graveyard. Here are buried the victims of some long ago disaster—perhaps a plague, war or large fire that ripped through the town.
- Low hedges heavy with blooms divide the graveyard into sections.
- Four men carry a coffin through the graveyard. A weeping man helped along by a grim-faced priest follows in their wake.
- A large crow—its black feathers glimmering in the light—perches atop a gravestone and caws loudly when anyone approaches.
- A cluster of people stands around a grave, arguing loudly and gesticulating wildly.
- A lone figure stands in the gloom beneath a stand of trees. He seems to be watching the graveyard intently, but if approached disappears into the shadows.
- The wind moans among the headstones.
- Wind chimes hang from the branches of the trees scattered about the graveyard. When the wind blows they create a discordant clamour. The locals believe this keeps the ghosts of the dead in their graves.
- A stonemason is on his knees in front of a grave carving something onto a headstone. He could be making a correction to a carving, finishing a decorative carving or adding graffiti to the grave of a hated rival.
- Dark clouds hang over the graveyard, casting the whole area into gloom.
- Several of the gravestones are topped with half-melted candles. Their wax has dripped down and dried on the face of the stone. The dried red wax looks like old blood.
- Suddenly the birds pecking among the graves or perching in the surrounding trees all fall silent. Moments later—in the sudden quiet—they take flight.
GM’s Miscellany: Urban Dressing
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