Subterranean rivers often flow through natural caverns. Sometimes, they even intersect with dungeons. As a source of water—and therefore life—rivers and streams are often visiting by those dwelling nearby. Thus, there is almost always much to find near (or in) a subterranean river.
Portcullises often appear when a dungeon builder really, really wants to keep intruders out of a certain location. To the greedy adventurer seeking gold, a portcullis is often seen as a sign of great wealth nearby. After all, a treasure vault, crypt or even the personal chambers of some august individual could all lie beyond.
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There are few things adventurers like finding more than a treasure chest. Most such chests are—of course—locked. Many are trapped. The most commonly trapped kind of treasure chest is one that has a detailed description.
Every dungeon has statues. Perhaps one of the most durable pieces of dungeon decoration, statues are also often trapped or sometimes even animate to slay intruders!
Not all areas of a dungeon are inhabited. Some are—or appear to be—empty. Such areas don’t have to be boring.
Vestiges of the dead wander the necropolis—fleeting spirits mirroring their past lives or lashing out at intruders disturbing their rest. Sometimes these lost spirits partially manifest into the world, and the PCs encounter the fleeting vestige of their lives.
The dead lie mouldering in coffins, tombs and sarcophagi often surrounded by treasures tempting grave robbers and foolhardy adventures. Disturbing these objects often comes with a price as the dead do not part with their treasures so easily. Even disturbing their sanctuary can bring down the curses of the deceased.