Features Archive | 8/23/2012
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Appendix d12: Mysterious Cargo
By Jason Sholtis

With the Rise of the Underdark campaign underway, this year has seen its share of drow incursions against the surface world—playing out right now in both the current D&D Encounters season and D&D Lair Assault. Add to that, the upcoming release of Menzoberranzan: City of Intrigue, and it’s highly possible that your campaign will soon be venturing into the Underdark.

To help DMs add further detail to their adventures underground, Jason Sholtis (of The Dungeon Dozen) has provided the following tables—in the spirit of the 1st Edition DMG’s appendices, charts, and random encounters!

Mysterious Cargo in the Drow Caravan

In this week's table, we consider exactly what the drow, their servants or emissaries may be toting around the Underdark!


  1. Large ransom to exchange for operative captured by hostile troglodyte clan; the back-up plan involves lots of poisoned crossbow bolts.

  2. Shipment of top secret illithid-based bio-weaponry and interrogation equipment.

  3. Mummy of ancient sorcerer queen set for revivification at distant temple, followed at a safe distance by a squad of assassins from rival house.

  4. Recently discovered ancient stone tablets and sealed stone chest filled with incomprehensible stone and crystal devices, for delivery to drow think tank for study.

  5. New monster-repelling chemical for military field test.

  6. Public enemies of the drow in stasis-web, transferring from maximum security dungeon to public execution arena; tickets still available.

  7. Holy relics plundered from surface temples for ritual desecration/destruction.

  8. Convincingly faked artifacts from little-known reptile civilization that may suggest alternate conception of history, origins of species and other paradigm shifters, capriciously planted by illithid tricksters.

  9. Prominent sorcerer's considerable estate en route to new subterranean tower.

  10. Earthly remains of priestess returning to home city for veneration/beatification.

  11. All known copies of radical new philosophical treatise, with philosopher in shackles.

  12. Vision-inducing incense cones for delivery to temple.

About the Author

Jason Sholtis serves humanity by day as a humble social services worker but keeps evenings free for self-indulgences such as writing, drawing and playing in rock bands. D&D occupies a special place in his heart. His semi-daily blog The Dungeon Dozen focuses exclusively on random tables for the twelve-sided die.

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