20 Trinkets, Baubles & Curios

Hidden among the tat and rubbish, diligent shoppers may discover items of value and interest. Use the table below, to determine what baubles the PCs find:


Use the table below, to determine what baubles the PCs find:

  1. A silver hairpin (worth 150 gp) designed in the shape of a lunging dragon. Tiny emeralds form the dragon’s eyes. The hairpin is in need of a good polish. Unbeknownst to the shopkeeper, the hairpin is the sigil of a minor dragon-worshipping cult. If a PC wearing the hairpin encounters cultists they initially believe her to be one of their own.
  2. Four battered pewter cups along with a decanter are arrayed on a silver tray. Each is stamped with the heraldic device of a fallen noble house. The whole can be purchased for 100 gp.
  3. A worn diary relates the “adventures” of Ignar the Wizard. He spends much of the diary complaining about his master’s conduct and obsession with certain experiments the details of which Ignar dared not commit to paper. The diary stops abruptly in mid entry.
  4. A large hooded lantern sits on a table in one corner. It is wildly oversized—the owner claimed it was taken from a giant years ago. Whatever the truth of the matter, the lantern’s oil reservoir is double normal size and it illuminates an area twice as large as a standard lantern. The lantern is on sale for 20 gp and weighs 6 lbs. empty.
  5. A black oversized leather quiver—of sorts—hangs from a hook on the wall. The “quiver” holds 100 ft. of black, knotted silk rope. The whole is priced at 25 gp, but the quiver’s design allows the rope to be deployed quicker than normal.
  6. An old tapestry map of the area surrounding the town hangs from one wall. The map is dusty and worn and somewhat out of date. However, eagle-eyed browsers spot a tower standing deep in the hills or other inaccessible location. The tower does not appear on more recent maps.
  7. A collection of wine bottles fills a shelf. Many have no label. One seems different to the others—its design hints of elven provenance and the wine it contains is truly exquisite. The wine is priced liked the other bottles—1 gp (but is worth 30 gp).
  8. This tarnished silver choker is sized for a slender neck. It was set with three stones, but they have fallen out leaving only the empty mounts. Close examination of the inside of the chocker reveals the inscription, “Never Forget, You Are Mine.”
  9. A three-panel privacy screen stands folded up and leant against a wall. The screen is dusty, but when opened reveals a lavishly painted ocean scene depicting an island with a distinctive mountain peak at its centre.
  10. Faded and worn, this red velvet pillow has seen better days (and much use). It’s quite lumpy, which could lead a suspicious (or optimistic) PC to decide something is hidden within.
  11. Comically oversized, these fine leather sandals are clearly sized for a giant of a man (or perhaps an ogre with a particularly refined taste in fashion).
  12. This battered and dented silver thimble has faint faerie runes engraved all over its surface. Those who can read faerie translate the runes as a prayer to a nature goddess.
  13. Tightly rolled up and shoved under a shelf, this tapestry depicts a mighty castle standing atop cliffs plunging down to a tumultuous sea. Close examination of the tapestry reveals several caves at the base of the cliffs.
  14. Once a magical item akin to a scroll this shattered leg bone has faint etching recording a fragment of a powerful necromantic spell. No magic remains in the “scroll”.
  15. Slender and riven with minute cracks, this vase decorated with swirling wave patterns stands in splendid isolation atop a high shelf.
  16. Depicting a rearing warhorse clad in chain barding this iron figurine is missing its rider.
  17. Dust covers these four beaten copper dinner plates tied together with faded yellow string.
  18. Perhaps sized for a child, this tiny brass ring is engraved with musical notes.
  19. With a hood edged in luxurious white fur (from a polar bear) this blue cloak would be valuable were it not for the jagged rent in its back.
  20. Exquisitely made, but worthless—assumably—as a weapon this miniature crystal dagger is translucent and catches the light in beguiling ways.

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This article appears in 20 Things #25: Curio Shop & Pawnbrokers.

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