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. This doesn’t help the GM diligently trying to breathe life and verisimilitude into his campaign.
Enter I Loot the Warrior’s Body. Within, find three tables packed full of trinkets, minor pieces of jewellery and other accoutrements along with the random things found in a warrior’s pouch. Use them to enliven the looting in your campaign today!
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Extract: Armour & Outfit
- This suit of full plate mail is painted black. A blood-red star on the breastplate is the only splash of colour on the armour.
- The holy symbol for a deity of healing emblazons this cloak. Obviously, the warrior never worshipped, or ceased to worship, the deity.
- This leather armour has numerous buckles holding it together, taking longer to don/doff but incidentally providing more protection.
- A voluminous grey cloak conceals bulky brass armour weighing over 150 pounds.
- This plate mail is in good working order, except for rust on the left knee joint.
- This “armour” is a single chain, dozens of feet long, wrapped around the wearer.
- A patina of frost coats this plate mail’s exterior and remains despite the temperature.
- This royal blue riding cloak snaps in the wind regardless of the wearer’s riding speed.
- Leaves and twigs intertwine with this sturdy shift, providing camouflage in forested areas.
- When the wearer is in combat, this armour vibrates uncomfortably.
- When worn, this plate mail glows with a faint blue light. The light penetrates any non-magical covering placed over the armour.
- This floor-length seaweed wrap proves surprisingly resilient to weapon damage.
- These robes have subtle unholy symbols for a deity of trickery and stealth (odd considering the warrior’s lack of either approach to combat).
- The tabard covering this suit of armour displays heraldry from a kingdom destroyed long ago.
- This breastplate has inward-facing spikes covered in fresh blood.
- This armour has an open space in the back suitable for a tail. The previous owner did not have a tail, however.
- Poor tailoring betrays this crude attempt at a passable noble’s outfit.
- Brightly coloured papier mâché covers the warrior’s armour.
- This armour has been shaped from a large creature’s carapace to fit its wearer.
- This plate mail is polished to a mirror-like sheen and reflects gaze attacks.
Extract: Martial Accoutrements
- This scabbard breaks away, enabling the sword wielder to draw the weapon as a free action. In order to reuse the scabbard, it must be repaired (DC 15 Craft [weapons] check and 1 gp).
- This ceramic helm features a prominent ostrich feather, dyed bright green.
- Tools in this kit allow for quick but temporary repairs to leather armour.
- This leather cord links the wearer’s wrist to the hilt of a wielded weapon, preventing the wearer from losing the weapon when disarmed.
- This flint and steel set never fails to produce a spark even in damp or rainy conditions.
- Garnets line the blade side of this scabbard, making it worth more than the sword it holds.
- This portable blacksmithing kit has a hammer, tongs and small anvil.
- This halberd’s haft broke, but the warrior smoothed out the new end to create an odd, makeshift axe.
- This round shield is painted black on both sides and seems to absorb all light near it.
- This green gel stanches bleeding wounds (ending bleed damage), but the burning sensation is distracting (sickening the user for 1d4 rounds).
- This horn carved from a spiral sea shell can signal others at considerable distances.
- This bandolier holds up to ten daggers. It currently contains a single dagger.
- This whetstone crumbles to dust the first time someone uses it to sharpen a weapon.
- This ornate saddle includes a lance rest. The lance and horse are missing, however.
- This spyglass has a cracked lens at its wide end.
- This dagger has two blades and its hilt unlocks, allowing the wielder to swivel one blade and create a double weapon grasped at the centre.
- This simple fishing pole is crafted from willow and has a rusted hook at the end of its line.
- Each gauntlet in this pair is made of different materials and sized differently.
- A badger pelt is bundled with rat pelts.
- This compass points to the nearest source of fresh water.
Extract: Pouch Contents
- This set of panpipes produces a shriek, not unlike a raptor’s cry, when blown.
- A ledger shows debts to various gambling houses; one page has the words “Sent goons yesterday. Must pay up soon,” underlined.
- Twine is wrapped around several smooth sticks; all the sticks are identical, except for one which is considerably shorter than the others.
- This small, well-worn teddy bear is missing one of its button eyes.
- Interlocking steel pieces forming a cube are currently separated. Also, one piece is missing.
- A piece of driftwood has been carved into the likeness of an alligator, down to its scales.
- A couple of grapes are missing from this set of wax fruit.
- This wanted poster shows a bounty on the PCs worth 500 gp. The poster comes from a place none of the PCs have visited.
- A map shows a single mountain peak and several meandering paths from the peak to ‘X’ marks.
- This pungent bar of lye soap has never been used, perhaps because it burns the skin.
- This 20-page book contains a couple hundred one liners; a dog-eared page shows the phrase “Bye bye, bulette” circled in red.
- These wooden juggling pins are very heavy.
- A parcel containing a honeycomb is addressed to “D. Wimble” in a distant town.
- A string of onions produces an overpowering odour when the pouch is opened.
- This tarnished gold ring has an inscription reading, “To my love. We shall be reunited.”
- The dye in this jar colours one’s hair brown; the warrior must not have used it recently, considering the greying at his temples.
- Five days’ worth of rations are parcelled out and labelled for each day of the week.
- When smoked, this pipe tobacco (accompanied by a pipe kept in the same pouch) keeps insects at bay.
- A small book of poetry shows a softer side of the warrior, with its poems about love, flowers, birds and sunsets.
- Various melon rinds fill the pouch.
Praise for I Loot the Warrior’s Body
“I can count the number of pdfs that I did not consider excellent penned by Mike Welham on one hand. His prose is excellent, his imagination amazing. Boy, oh boy, this pdf pretty much shows how I came to hold him in such high regards: Not content with simply providing a diverse array of options full of flavor and different tones, he goes one step beyond, providing a ton of minor rules-operations within the little space available…operations which frankly made me crave a book of mundane/alchemical item tweaks. It\’s that good. The dressing is glorious, but adding these tidbits to it ultimately makes this stand-out further and marks it as excellence and my favorite installment in the series so far.”
–Endzeitgeist (five stars + seal of approval)
Released 19 December 2016; Pages 10
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Released 19 December 2016; Pages 10