swamp

The weather today: Heavy rain

Tonight's moon: Waxing gibbous

Description
  • Your feet stick in the sludge of mud, water, and tenebrous vegetation beneath the surface
Landscape and flora
  • Weeping trees bend low over the ground
Random encounter
  • You hear a distant whistling

Creatures and Threats

Possible Monster Motives
  • Protecting territory
  • Enthralled by a magic item
  • Possessed by an evil
  • Controlled by a bigger bad
  • Guarding a secret

Loot Suggestions

Mundane
A dagger in the shape of a scimitar
Modest
A gold necklace with an amulet of horns around a lunar disk

Value: 2d10 gold pieces

Great
An iron tea set

This tea set looks common but with a DC 15 History check, a party member might recognize it as an artifact from the dwarven military leader Shaz Grimmacebane.

To the right collector this is worth 500 gp.

Magic Item
Hair tonic

Potion, rare

Whoever drinks this potion will grow a braid in their hair with all the strength and properties of a 50-foot rope.

The braid falls off when anyone using the rope rolls a natural 1.

Spell Scroll
Minor Illusion

Illusion cantrip Casting Time: 1 actionRange: 30 feetComponents: S, M (a bit of fleece)Duration: 1 minute You create a sound or an image of an object within range that lasts for the duration. The illusion also ends if you dismiss it as an action or cast this spell again. If you create a sound, its volume can range from […]

In case you want to terrify your players...

Ancient Black Dragon

  • Gargantuan dragon, chaotic evil

    Armor Class 22 (natural armor)
    Hit Points 367 (21d20 + 147)
    Speed 40 ft., fly 80 ft., swim 40 ft.

    STRDEXCONINTWISCHA
    27 (+8)14 (+2)25 (+7)16 (+3)15 (+2)19 (+4)

    Saving Throws Dex +9, Con +14, Wis +9, Cha +11
    Skills Perception +16, Stealth +9
    Damage Immunities acid
    Senses blindsight 60 ft., darkvision 120 ft., passive Perception 26
    Languages Common, Draconic
    Challenge 21 (33,000 XP)

    Amphibious. The dragon can breathe air and water.
    Legendary Resistance (3/Day). If the dragon fails a saving throw, it can choose to succeed instead.

    Actions

    Multiattack. The dragon can use its Frightful Presence. It then makes three attacks: one with its bite and two with its claws.
    Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 15 ft., one target. Hit: 19 (2d10 + 8) piercing damage plus 9 (2d8) acid damage.
    Claw. Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 10 ft., one target. Hit: 15 (2d6 + 8) slashing damage.
    Tail. Melee Weapon Attack: +15 to hit, reach 20 ft., one target. Hit: 17 (2d8 + 8) bludgeoning damage.
    Frightful Presence. Each creature of the dragon’s choice that is within 120 feet of the dragon and aware of it must succeed on a DC 19 Wisdom saving throw or become frightened for 1 minute. A creature can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on itself on a success. If a creature’s saving throw is successful or the effect ends for it, the creature is immune to the dragon’s Frightful Presence for the next 24 hours.
    Acid Breath (Recharge 5–6). The dragon exhales acid in a 90-­‐foot line that is 10 feet wide. Each creature in that line must make a DC 22 Dexterity saving throw, taking 67 (15d8) acid damage on a failed save, or half as much damage on a successful one.

    Legendary Actions

    The dragon can take 3 legendary actions, choosing from the options below. Only one legendary action option can be used at a time and only at the end of another creature’s turn. The dragon regains spent legendary actions at the start of its turn.
    Detect. The dragon makes a Wisdom (Perception) check.
    Tail Attack. The dragon makes a tail attack.
    Wing Attack (Costs 2 Actions). The dragon beats its wings. Each creature within 15 feet of the dragon must succeed on a DC 23 Dexterity saving throw or take 15 (2d6 + 8) bludgeoning damage and be knocked prone. The dragon can then fly up to half its flying speed.

    created by Wizards of the Coast

Motive
  • Guarding a secret

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