Saturday, June 22, 2024

d100 - Intriguing Incense Or Curious Candles

Single-Use, Consumable Magical Wonders have always been some of my favorites, especially when they present the Players with incredibly specific solutions to hereto unknown problems. There’s an immense sense of satisfaction when you happen to have just the right tool for the job, or the final piece that helps a plan or scheme succeed.

As I was thinking about these sorts of things, I decided to do a Table of Incense or Candles. These items may be burnt (and consumed) to produce a special effect but are generally temporary in nature: lasting only as long as the Candle burns, or the incense remains fragrant. Requiring a source of Fire, and hampered by damp or windy conditions, activating these can sometimes be a challenge in itself. I imagine the radius or duration of effect might be rather limited as well in most cases.

Here are a hundred ideas for adding these kinds of flammable wonders to those Treasure Hoards. Potentially those with specific knowledge could even manufacture these (via Magical Research, or perhaps by acquiring special Reagents), or the less spectacular/more utilitarian entries could even be found for sale or barter by specific Vendors (Incense Mongers in my games always only accept Electrum).

5 comments:

  1. I don't always comment but these are all great.

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  2. Ooo perfect! These are such a great alternative to potions or scrolls too.

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  3. I absolutely love the idea of incorporating single-use, consumable magical items like intriguing incense and curious candles into my campaign! There's something incredibly satisfying about having just the right tool for a unique situation, and these items add a layer of strategy and creativity to the game. The notion of these items being temporary, requiring fire, and being affected by environmental conditions adds an authentic touch of realism and challenge. Plus, the idea of players needing specific knowledge or rare reagents to create them, or finding them through specialized vendors, adds depth and excitement to treasure hunts and market visits. This table of 100 ideas is a treasure trove of inspiration, and I can't wait to see how my players will use these flammable wonders in their adventures!

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  4. I would love to see this site published as a paper zine I can bring to the table. When should I expect the Kickstarter?

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