Friday, 12 December 2014

Revised Redbrick A-Z Dungeon Key


I will have Internets at my accommodation in Adelaide for first time in 7 years so I will be updating blog aplenty. Mostly playing oldschool DnD while there as players want to see my grimy horrible exiles setting
at work. Will be landing there on 18th with little to do but read and write and a game a week.

The original idea of this was to be able to slap descriptions on geomorphs without elaborate instructions. Since then I did these other zones and thought id better revise original. Im removing secret doors and traps from this now. Ive gotten pretty good at ad-libbing from these tables now. Really ive used same dungeon for mostly 2 years.


http://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/gothic-dungeon-key-z.html
http://elfmaidsandoctopi.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/goblin-mine-z-key.html

As I have enough content to last a while in current game I thought Id better finish off a few item for my redbrick dungeon zone book.

redbrick to finish
who built and why - convert to d100
entrances & locations - convert to d100 dungeon documents - convert to d100
common monsters
vermin table  - convert to d100
mid and high level encounters
monster market
convert barrels and boxes to variable containers
false traps and secret doors - animal nests, repaired leaks, etc
possibly refine traps to architectural, temporary snares and booby traps, magic traps


d100 Room function key
01 A Artifact room
2-5 B Barracks
6-10 C Construction site
11-12 D Dungeon cells
13-14 E Executioners block
15-20 F Factory
21-23 G Galley
24-26 H Hospital
27-28 I Library
29-40 J Junk
41-45 K Kobold nest
46-47 L Latrine
48-50 M Armoury
51-53 N Night garden
54-60 O Office
61-65 P Pit 
66-67 Q Lab
68-70 R Recreation area
71-72 S Summoners chamber
73-77 T Throne Room  
78-81 U Guardpost
82-84 V Vaults
85-88 W Workshop
89-91 X Treasury
92-95 Y Shrine 
96-100 Z Temple 


A Artifact room
This room contains an extraordinary artifact which possibly cannot be destroyed. Monster making machines, remains of saints, fabled magic items or gates are examples. Other magical resources or strange boons may be attainable here. Often with guards, traps and magic defences. Surrounded by artworks and finery. May be accessible by dungeon residence or forbidden to them and awaiting liberation.
1 Holy relics hidden here in more peaceful times locked behind cage door

2 A sealed gateway inked to another plane or dungeon complex
3 A great casket or machine that creates a monster type, often unmovable and hard to destroy
4 Remains of a saint or villain locked inside a altar that repels opposite alignments
5 A statue and shrine of a past hero of good or evil, a hidden relic awaits secret to be found
6 A font or altar provides blessings or healing for correct alignment ad repels or curses opposite
7 A spring or well or magical foodstuffs found here grant strange random effects to consumers
8 Remains of a champion of good or evil with famous magic item, disturbing them could awaken dead or call guardians
9 Body of a champion of good or evil with famous magic item, in a state of magical preservation with some means that could restore them to life
10 An evil thing lays here awaiting some fool to discover, this room is understated and remains of last bearer probably nearby. Locals all avoid place

 B Barracks
This area is where creatures rest, sleep and recuperate from wounds. A few coins, sleeping creature, half empty grog bottles, monster foot lockers, barbers tools, bunks, laundry sacks. Barracks depending on local time cycle will be occupied by sleeping or resting locals. In between work and sleep locals drink, gamble, play games, maintain equipment or other pastimes. Some might have a servant or pet or vermin when users are elsewhere. Some also where other monsters sleep. d2 1=monsters sleeping 2=monsters on duty elsewhere or wandering about 3=monsters on R&R

1 A dormitory with double or triple bunks, trunks, soiled laundry, grog bottles and evidence of gambling
2 Filthy nests and piles of chewed bones on floor
3 Straw mattresses on floor with food scraps, dung and chewed corpse
4 Hammocks, a few barrels and crates for furniture
5 Rows of clean straw mattresses, blankets and trunks
6 Several beds, a table and chairs with dice, grog bottles and plates
7 Filthy overflowing beds with fleas, dirty laundry and stack of dishes, buckets of stinking slops
8 Depressions in filth and dirt covered floor, garbage and broken bottles strewn around
9 Shallow pit filled with organic slops for wallowing in, bones and other garbage around outside
10 Wooden benches hanging from walls, neat bundles of property and small trunks underneath, table with trunk of clean plates and neatly stacked bottles and bucket of clean water and cup

 C Construction site
This area is incomplete and has building supplies like bricks and doors in stacks. Sheds with spades, wheelbarrows, pits, rubble, ladders, traps still in boxes. Various half built projects awaiting completion in some stage. A big area could have several of these. Some chance trades monsters or slaves or kobolds at work. Sometimes blueprints and drawings on site also. Some might include warning signs if lawful.

1 A crudely carved out quarry with rubble piles, digging tools, and waterlogged ditches
2 Semi completed walls, pile of sand, huge buckets with scraps or mortar, loose and stacked bricks and tools
3 Crude walls with incomplete plastering, tools and buckets and pallets with dry plaster
4 Piles of tools, sacks of sand, wheelbarrows of dirt and rubble, a portable toilet shed possibly in use
5 A shaft or stairs being chiseled in, going up or down, piles of rubble and scaffolding
6 Artwork like a mural, fresco or mosaic or architectural feature being worked on by artisans in ome stage of completion, sometimes just being repaired from vandalism or graffiti being removed
7 A architectural trap being installed by trappers like a pit, pendulum or concealed bank of darts and pressure plate. Some bait objects under tarpaulin.
8 A secret door installation in progress with bricks, chisels, plaster and partly dug doorway
9 Area has been ruined by spells or quake or water and is undergoing repair. Rubble heaps strewn about and support braces in position.  
10 Bored monsters have been vandalizing area with graffitti and digging holes and smashing stuff, a clean up and repairs in works, possibly using monsters being punished for petty dungeon crimes

 D Dungeon cells
Cages for prisoners or food animals or slaves. Some may have corpses from forgotten inmates or live prisoners like missing henchmen.
Some monsters end up here for failure, d6 1-2
living human 3=monster 4=dead monster 5=dead human 6=empty  

1 Prisoners chained to walls
2 Prisoners manacled by ankles to walls
3 Wooden locked boxes with possible heads sticking out of holes
4 Cramped pits with bars or lids, often full of filth
5 Cattle stalls possibly with food animals or prisoners
6 Stocks where prisoners clamped in by neck and wrists to be tormented by casual passers
7 Gibbets hanging from ceiling, human shaped cages with locks
8 Metal cages on floor or hanging from ceiling or built in walls
9 Wheels with manacles on floor or hanging from walls
10 Well constructed cells with bars, possibly manacles inside

E Execution and torture block
Where prisoners and disobedient minions are punished and killed. d6 1-3=empty 4=prisoner awaiting torment 5=prisoner being bullied by small group with a boss 6=cheering crowd enjoying slaghter

1 Huge stinking block covered in old blood with axe or sword or great club next to it or hanging on rack
2 A frame punishment block where prisoners are flogged and beaten, whips and sticks on bench or hanging on wall
3 Disemboweling stakes with impaled corpse on several and swarms of flies
4 Rows of spears with severed heads on display near chopping block and axe
5 Crude block and huge clever with buckets of partly chewed severed heads, limbs and hands
6 A huge cauldron of oil where prisoners boiled alive
7 A collection of wracks, iron maidens, thumbscrews, chairs and benches with straps, various torture tools
8 A fire pit and great metal bull or oven where prisoners cooked inside or just tormented with heated metal tools
9 Posts with piles of faggots where prisoners and heretics burned alive
10 Apparatus that tears strapped in prisoner into quarters or chops them up or drives spike through them, powered by spring torsion or muscle from beast or monster

F Factory
A large scale workshop with tools, furnaces, kilns, vats, benches and other goods on production line. Sometimes with manacles, walking wheels and dangerous contraptions or chemicals. Dungeons can be very productive and often pioneer mass production sweatshops. Slaves and inhuman workers keep costs and often quality down. Weapons and armour tend to be in armouries. Smaller specialists use workshops instead. Precocious materials usually kept in vaults for safety. Workers are present 2in3 times and many sleep in shifts while other work keeping production around clock. Some trades have many or mostly females but also children, aged or disabled

1 Dye pits with dozen of pits half full of coloured liquid where workers tread on fabric in toxic pools
2 Leather workshop where skins are flailed, tanned, cut and made into goods, toxic stinking and filthy
3 Metal smith with furnace, bellows, hammers, many anvils, forges in rows, fuel and tools. Also items in various stages of completion
4 Stone mason or with great blocks of stone and ornaments being chiseled into shape
5 Ceramics or brick maker with piles of clay, moulds, glazes, kilns, wheels and stamps
6 Carpenters workshop with wooden or giant mushroom logs, benches, tools and incomplete projects like doors, barrels, doors, chests and furniture. 
7 Artists workshop with paintings, sculptures, and other art works for boss luxuries, sale or even bootlegging from originals
8 Rows of spinning wheels, looms, spinning wheels, bolts of cloth, rugs and tapestries in states of completion
9 Tailors workshop with piles of incomplete clothes, robes, curtains and other goods
10 Mill for grinding grain with animal or slaves chained to machines, sacks of flour

G Galley
A food preparation kitchen area where inhabitants cook and prepare food such as feasts, daily meals and make campaign rations. Kitchens are busy and workers often sleep and rotate shifts while different food prepared at various times. Servants and possibly children or aged help. D6 1=cold and long empty  2=cold with cooked scraps 3=fires started and piles of raw food ready to cook 4=typical mess hall meal for barracks 5=feast fit for boss 6=feast for upcoming holiday or important guests;
also how full is larder d4 1=almost bare poor monsters eating bark and bones and rotten scraps 2=gathered foodstuffs and mostly preserved food like dry meat and beans 3=plentiful with meat, cheese, eggs, bread and possibly livestock 4 =monsters have bounty from a raid with fancy treats and rare ingredients

1 Brewery with great vats and barrels and sacks of raw food stuff for making grog. Possibly also for mead, wine or distilling spirits. Smells of fermentation and sounds of bubbling vats
2 Abattoir and butchery where living beings executed, skinned, gutted and chopped into cuts. Axes, cleavers, buckets, chopping blocks and stocks for keeping victims in place. All grimey and smelly
3 Kitchen with tables, big fire place, cauldron, spit, ovens and usually a collection of knives, pots and stored food stuffs
4 A huge bubbling stew pot with a fire pit, a bench with crudely hacked foodscraps, usually something foul floating in pot or even living victim awaiting next meal
5 A huge fire pit with great spits, and possibly a wire grill, many with charred bodies and burned chunks in various stages of cooking or consumption
6 Vats of brine and vinegar and drying racks where things are preserved for future eating, dozens of jars and pots with pickled eggs and onions , sauerkraut, centipedes etc
7 Smoke house hanging with meat and sausages and fish or possibly huge bugs and giant rats
8 A large larder with secure door, collections of cooking equipment and firewood
9 A snack stand where a monster cooks and serves snack foods like sausages, rats, eel stew, buns, etc served with beer, popular eatery for common monsters
10 A mess hall with rows of tables and service area where humourless ugly (even for monsters) dinner ladies dole out mostly terrible food

H Hospital
Medical and nursery facilities where injured, infirm and baby inhabitants are kept. Smaller ones mostly unmanned unless a crisis at hand but larger ones staffed around the clock and larger ones will have patients. Booze is a common anesthetic and steriliser but healers happy to knock out patients to keep budgets in order

1 First aid post with box of filthy bandages and poisoned spirits (stop monsters drinking it)
2 Locked box with clean medical supplies, bandages, herbs, and even a healing potion
3 Doc room with bench with straps, branding irons, saws, tongs, bone needles, sinew thread, barrel of grog, fireplace and a big mallet. Manned by healer/barber/butcher/torturer
4 Multiple beds and a healer with a d4 assistants and well equipped with medical supplies, herbs and grog
5 A shamans room with several assistants, with cauldron,dried herbs, fetishes, musical instruments, a few bodies to be animated as zombies or prepared for burial
6 A rooms with filthy straw where sick and weak are left to tend selves
7 A room where elderly and lame monsters in beds recovering, resting or enjoying retirement, mostly tell rambling stories and complain about young monsters and how much more polite adventurers used to be
8 A nursery where babies are born and cared for. often in tiny cages or pits. A few pregnant moms, eggs and possibly a milking goat here. Mothers or elderly nurses care for children and mothers. Hurting anyone here will send monsters into frenzies and make adventurers infamous
9 Mad house where insane, disabled and brain damaged kept locked up or restrained by nurses, often screaming and noisy area
10 A priest and guards operate a magical healing idol or well

I Library
A depository of books, scrolls, tablets and maps in storage with scribe desks, copy stands and paper making book binding equipment and even museums. Often illiterate monsters cant appreciate contents but they often invite wizards and cultists to curate them in return for services

1 A locked vault with reading stand and crumbling blasphemous books of unspeakable evil
2 A chamber stacked with ancient tablets in mostly lost language, covered in dust
3 Shelves with mouldy records of dungeon payrolls, tax records, loot divisions, births, deaths marriages, boss family trees, legal records and other documents here often locked with poor filing system
4 Map room with walls and tables covered in charts and tables, cartographer documents local territory and usage of areas
5 Scriptorium where documents copied including forgeries, wanted posters with adventurer portraits, maps and other documents. Often employ a slave or eunuch or monk
6 Old shelves with tattered scrolls, books and rubbing from ruins and monoliths made by wizards over generations while researching spells, often includes a wizard lab and a wizard and even a spell book and other fragments of spells
7 Piles of dusty books stored here with little comprehension but vague understanding of value, monsters come here for toilet paper, looking at pictures or kindling for fires. Many sources for these may include lost classics, cult manuals, pamphlets, menus, theatre programs, old maps, anything
8 A classroom where some monsters like boss monsters children re educated possibly by captive tutor or wizard or evil priest
9 A locked room with remains of sculptures, monster bones, paintings, interesting vases, fossils, scrolls, tablets, books and other curios often found by monsters while digging or looting
10 A room with bundles of bark and animal skins rolled up with crude pictograms used by shamen to teach children
 
J Junk

Storage room filled with crates and barrels and trash. Sometimes a monster sets up a shop here and acts as a trader. Rooms like this often have undervalued, damaged or forgotten treasures. Monsters might live here also feeding on scraps or those looking for interesting crud and tat.

1 A formerly functional room smashed to bits by vandals and covered in graffiti where surly teens like to hang out to smoke and drink and tag
2 Piles of garbage many in stinking pits, some burried, often ancient midden pits date back to stone age
3 Piles of dried bones dating back to early days of dungeon, sometimes in sorted piles
4 Boxes, barrels and urns covered in dust
5 Furniture covered in tarpaulins
6 Sacks of old clothing and laundry long forgotten
7 Old pots and bottles stacked to ceiling, piles of broken ones
8 Mounds of composted food scraps crawling with worms and bugs and rats
9 Junk shop with monster shop keeper who sells whatever people can find among huge pile of junk
10 Rambling old monsters with hoards of broken crap tinkering and collecting and mending things

K Kobold nest
Home base of diminutive knockers, fanatic builders and trap building humanoids otherwise known as kobolds or koboldi. Many dungeons keep a colony just for mining and crafting and trap maintenance. Some use goblins instead or other diminutive humanoids like evil dwarves or gnomes. Many dungeons are infested with gremlins who are mostly unwelcome and uncooperative opposites of kobolds who ruin tools, spring your traps and set their own. Some monsters leave their young to build their own nests and let them to run wild in feral colonies built of trash. Locals tend to avoid such nests unless hungry or feeling sadistic. These sort of desires often thwarted by nesters

1 A pile of crates used as homes in a shanty town for diminutive monsters
2 A cluster of wattle and daub (sticks and mud) domed huts built stacked on each other where poor small monsters live
3 Cubby houses built of garbage with hidey holes and trapdoors everywhere
4 Mostly empty room but creatures have built false ceiling and live in loft in secret
5 Creatures have built shambling scaffolding and walkways near ceiling where they live and hide for defence
6 Tiny little cottages and houses where mini monsters live own village life
7 Holes and pits each one a tiny monster burrow
8 A monster is tied and gagged and being exploited by diminutive monsters who hve surrounded prisoner with huts
9 Room full of whirling spinning gadgets, gizmos, tracks, traps and crawlspaces for tiny builders
10 A collection of tiny tents and portable huts with lazy grumpy mini monsters laying about drinking

 L Latrine
Toilet facilities for inhabitants. 1in6 some monster occupies it.

1 A bucket or old pot full of crap
2 A pit  of squirming worms eating sewerage
3 A stone seat above flowing sewer or underground stream
4 A small hut with toilet inside
5 A pit to lower level being misused 
6 A giant pile of dung and crap covered in bugs
7 A pit with hungry happy feces eating creature
8 Hole into giant dungeon dung beetle tunnel
9 A stinking sewerage filled pit
10 A stone privy padded seat, with keeper and complete tool set of tongs, funnels, douches, laxatives, bucket of warm soapy water, towels and tip jar 

M Armoury
A store room for weaponry and ammunition and armour. Alo could be manufacturing and specialist craftsmen working on military projects, defence and other manufacturing. Areas have good doors, locks and guards. Craftsmen more dangerous than those making the common sort of civilian goods. Slaves and servants often above average specimen. In peace areas often less defended and unmanned. Goods could be dated. In wartime such areas always operating.

1 A solid strongroom filled with lockers and chest with weapons and armour in new condition, well maintained and packed in grease and oiled
2 Old but still solid room with weapon and armour racks with common weapons on display and ready with a bit of maintenance and sharpening
3 Cluttered badly sorted trunks, barrels, chess and crates, most unlocked. Weapons and armour are rusted and need work before battle ready
4 Room is trashed with broken trunks and mostly emptied racks with a few usable finds among rubbish
5 Bowyer/fletcher workshop making bows, arrows, crossbows, quarrels and other weapons with stacks of wood, molds for missiles, benches, tools, finished weapons and missiles
6 Armorers workshop with metal ingots, tools, benches, a forge and other materials for undercoats. Finished samples on racks
7 Shields and wood and carpentry supplies plus crates of ready shields
8 Spears, javelins, polearms and hafted weapons made here with metal, forge, wooden shafts and finished weapons
9 Leather armour workshop with hides, cauldron of wax, tools, benches and finished suits
10 Specialist sophisticated weapons (usually one of these) such as siege weapons, barding for war beasts, chariots or other elites with spare parts, tools, moulds and finished weapons.

N Night garden
A fungal forest where monsters grow food, magic mushrooms and graze livestock. Some grow wild, others are cultivated as typical food and grazing area for monster livestock. Also produce sacred drugs and medicine valued by witch doctors, shamen, priests and other wonder workers. Some have natural defences, alarms and dangerous guards.

1  A neat garden with giant toadstools, altar, shrine, monoliths and often a holy person in prayer
2 Neat rows of garden grown for specific effects of herbs and food, often tended by gardener
3 Thick overgrown mass crawling with bugs, lizards, rats and other critters. Farmers with sickles at work singing, gather edible vermin and fungi for food
4 A luminous thick fungi coated garden of lurid colours
5 Thick squat fungal growths being eaten by grazing fauna to be fattened by monsters
6 Overgrown tangle with large dangerous monster guarding treasure in lair
7 A bubbling brook or well surrounded by fungus jungle, where aquatic monsters land to eat bugs and fungi gatherers
8 A fungi garden with giant toadstool hut village, where inhabitants are oblivious to world beyond garden
9 A overgrown corpse filled fungus garden where undead walk, themselves growing with mushrooms possible even animated by them
10 Huge fungal mounds tended by insect colony who defend their food, often grow defencive exploding or alarm fungus, might have slave insect species

O Office
Administrative desk and paperwork where dungeon bureaucrats manage payrolls, supply orders, monsters shifts and injury compensation payments. Mostly boring receipts and bookkeepers plus a bed and desk and chair. Monsters might make paper or vellum or clay tablets. Documents are recycled quite often. Some copyists or clerks are illiterate but copy fairly accurately. Surprisingly they often use common as it involves better business recording and maths than monster pictograms

1 Copy desks where scribes copy documents like forms used by other monsters by hand or primitive printing methods (cylinder seals or woodblock). Basic clerks also might make or recycle paper by scraping off old text
2 A clerk at a desk who processes and files documents, takes copies and records and then takes to archive in long term storage probably never to be seen again. Also specialize in d4 1=food stores and production 2=manufacturing production and supply 3=taxation 4=trade goods
3 Secretary of the boss who records great thoughts and schemes of master and checks progress with work of subordinates. Keeps diaries, wall charts and calenders and reports too boss daily
4 Payroll who record monster time sheets and collect wages from treasury and puts in bags for workers, keeps elaborate records and reports and has guards at all times. Locked door often has barred window to distribute payments through
5 Births, deaths and marriages office keeps track of dungeon monsters and lineage with huge family trees, and other documents, often is a holy person of minor rank able to perform quick marraige or funerals too
6 Office of dungeon security keeps personal details on population in case needed by boss in a purge or to persecute potential traitors or he needs a scapegoat. Keep tedious watch on population, spying on outspoken or whining monsters. Often has several spies, agents and a cheif who has retired from spying ad now is a analyst and directly reports to the boss. Well locked and guarded. Also operate spies to rival tribes and dungeons and other communities nearby
7 Building and mining office where architects draw plans and file them for reference. They also keep records of building materials, minerals, air vents, cleaning rosters, maintinance shedules, room allocation and to some degree architectural traps and defences
8 Post office where documents and small packages or brough to and sent by runner within or beyond dungeon. May interact with other freight offices and deliver paperwork and memos around territory. Some also use messenger bats and rats and a tube network (or just air vents). Staffed by clerks, runners and post master day and night, staff sleep here. Often employ children and also keep stockpiles of stationary and stylus
9 Abandoned dusty desks with piles of notes in bundles
10 War office where military clerks keep records of fighting men, stores, defences, able bodied monsters that could be drafted, competent spell casters and other trivium. Always locked and guarded, often staffed by a hero or champion of the boss immersed in maps and charts, contemplating every possible attack or weakness

P Pit
Pits might include shafts to lower levels, places for prisoners and monsters, wells and other holes.
Possibly hidden under trapdoor and straw. Typically 1d4x10 foot deep. 1in2 covered with trapdoor often hidden

1 Monster pit where cult throw victims to sacred beast
2 Crude fighting pit where monster gamble over fighters in the pit, often with spiked walls and at least two portcullis on sides to dramatically free inhabitants
3 Slave pit where unwilling workers are stored until needed
4 Monster pit where monsters are kept and stored or bred until a use is found for them
5 Well with natural fresh water supplying dungeon, often guarded to prevent poisoning or contamination
6 A vile pit of garbage often home to vermin or a monster
7 A pit into a deeper level or separate cave system d4 1=smooth deep shaft, 2=ladder or handholds 3=lift or basket with pulleys 4=stairs
8 A covered pit used as storage area, full of barrels, crates and other goods
9 A prison cell for special prisoner such as for ransom or used as local monsters toy to abuse
10 Pit is actually a burrow of some huge digging monster or colony of monsters

Q Lab
Alchemy or wizard lab or experimental site for exotic research. Some might be long abandoned and now no longer understood. Others operated by dungeon leaders as research or manufacturing of secret weapons.
Can vary from crude, simple and unreliable to highly competant operation. 

1 Gunnery technology with alchemist lab for gunpowder, mines, bombs, rockets, fireworks, cannons, rocket propelled arrows, handguns and more. Gunpowder often kept in copper lined strongbox or room with fire forbidden.
2 Incendiary lab where greek fire and weaponized flammables made including fire tubes, flame arrows, flammable pitch or tar for use in siege attacks or defence
3 Alchemist lab specializing in potions and drugs to enhance consumer with exotic ingredients in jars
4 Apothecary lab making healing drugs or potions, collection of herbs
5 Alchemist lab specializing in poison for enemy food and water, traps, weapons or vermin, possibly with live animals, plants and mushroom samples
6 Wizard magic research lab with ingredients, crumbling books and recipes
7 Drug lab for recreation or slavery purposes, might be for revenue selling to local city for cash and softening up for attack, conditioning slaves, attracting sorcerers or other reasons. Have many exotic pants and fungi
8 Lab for production of magic items often empty between jobs or might have maker deeply immersed in project
9 Monster breeding lab with animal pens, mutagens, cages, mutants in pits and other horrors
10 Lab specializing in creating undead, slimes or golems or other type of creatures

R Recreation area
Where monsters drink, relax and sport. Grog, crude entertainments and food scraps.
 

1 A bar where monsters gather to drink and talk about problems
2 A gymnasium where monsters exercise, train, spar and perform target practice
3 A bathhouse and or sauna where monsters bathe together and relax after days work
4 A crude whore house where monsters tastes are accommodated by brazen strumpets and rentmonsters, all seasoned professionals offering massage or sexual favours managed by a pimp or madame
5 A harem where unfortunate prisoners are kept as sex slaves under guard. Often for use of the boss, his guests and his chosen ones rather than typical one grunt chumps, cheap but flashy furnishings available
6 A monster strip club where monsters watch novelty acts, mostly no touching or guards beat you
7 A gambling den were monsters play games of chance like knuckle bones, dice or cards
8 A drug den with comatose monsters laying on mats, often private stalls for elites with hatches where fresh drugs delivered
9 A monster music hall where music, dancers, comedians, revue shows and other mostly terrible shows are performed for small entry fee, food and drink sellers work the room also
10 A large food outlet with tables, waiting staff, and a cook with crude menu, often where better off monsters come for family meals or important personal celebrations, some have special dishes like elf heads, , grilled babies, roast hobbit or spit roast dwarf

S Summoners Chamber
A chamber used to contact and summon other worldly power often with a symbol market on floor in chalk or silver or copper, braziers, an altar, or possibly a upright free standing circle or symbol on a wall. Some might even have lockable doors over symbol or in bottom of a pit. Some have exotic ingredients or a sacrifice on hand for ritual. Others semi active and only requite a intruder to cross the symbol threshold. d4 1=long forgotten and unused 2=haunted presence felt 3=ritual in process now 4=symbol activates  being if crossed

1 Circle is actually a teleporter or gateway to d4 1=other dungeon room 2=other dungeon 3=other plane 4=surface in a mundane local location near road or in town
2 Symbol is dedicated to elemental plane and used to conjure beings to this world as slaves
3 Symbol is dedicated to outer planes of alignments and used to conjure beings to this world as slaves
4 Symbol used to contact planar beings for advice and request their support
5 Symbol used to contact a god like being or planar lord for updates on beings worldly plans
6 Elder gods contacted and summoned here by madmen and cultists seeking communion with madness beyond
7 Souls of dead are called here for information or to create undead horrors
8 Monsters are called here to swell the ranks of the dungeon and to serve other worldly powers
9 Nightmare realm powers of shadow and darkness are contacted and called here
10 Room has many circles and has 1d10 beings imprisoned in objects for later use

T Throne Room
Boss monster court where they impressively show of and boss around minions

1 A large room with big fancy but crude chair, braziers and a old rug
2 A large room with pillars, throne and a fancy carpet, with reasonable artistic decor
3 A highly ornamental room with decorative urns, spectacular throne, mirror, murals
4 Great crude throne on pile of skulls with huge monster skins on floor
5 Great table, tapestries, large wooden throne, suits of armour and weapons on display
6 Throne on a pile of weapons and shields captured from enemies, walls decorated with weapons
7 Throne in front of great statue, with incense burners, chained captives or pets nearby
8 Impaled corpses and heads on pike surround bloody stinking throne
9 Decayed finery with crumbling carpet leading to throne under artistic canopy depicting planar beings
10 Great over sized stone throne built somewhere else in primordial times covered in strange sigils

U Guardpost
A position where guards watch area looking for internal trouble or intruders to the complex. Range from simple niche to well fortified defensible position. Often near boss throne, level entrances, treasuries and other important places. Some have a desk where the senior guard questions visitors, might have a tiny cell for locking up troublemakers or insubordinate troops

1 Niche in wall with chair, pot of water and a lazy guard or two, possibly napping
2 Multiple niches with guards standing alert, one will have a drum, horn or gong to signal a crisis
3 A heavy reinforced door with peephole or small hatch to inspect visitors, a bar to secure extra and a group of guards. A sergeant typically questions visitors
4 A solid door in room with guards behind it and false ceiling with murder holes in front of door to attack any unwelcome visitors from above d4 1=archer 2=boiling water, oil or lead 3=rocks 4=burning oil
5 Bridge over a pit before heave door with guards behind it. Arrow slits allow guards to shoot at those crossing pit. Pit is d4 1=chasm leading into depths 2=lava 3=filthy water with possible monster 4=has hungry monsters. The bridge is d4 1=two or three ropes can be crossed using both hands safely if not in hurry 2=wooden slat bridge with rope hand rails, can be cut by defenders 3=stone solid bridge 4=drawbridge operational by guards inside
6 Walls full of slits for archers and spearmen leading up to secure door with guards inside
7 Niche with one or more guards with noisy viscous alert guard beast or several on chains
8 A wall splits room with gate, guards on other side can shoot through slits and have walkway on top of wall to hurl rocks and missiles from
9 Portcullis with mechanism controlled and locked or barred from other side where guards hang out
10 Concealed guardpost with hidden door, spyholes and signal device to alert reinforcements, might also have hidden secret weapon like gas, use a spell, open secret door with hostile creature or manually activate a trap

V Vaults
Stores of valuable goods or resources like metal, clay, food, wood, mortar, leather, uniforms. May be locked with possible vermin traps or cat locked inside. Some monsters might be on guard disguised as goods
 

1 Food store mostly grain, cooking oil, emergency or trail rations, kept in urns or sacks
2 Water storage with urns and barrels of water
3 Full of sealed crates of miscellaneous goods 
4 Full of wine and grog in barrels, urns and bottles
5 Mortuary where corpses stored on plinths in wall niches or neatly stacked bones
6 Stacked barrels of miscellaneous goods
7 Fire wood, torches, candles and lamp oil stores

8 Clothing in heaps and in chests, bolts of cloth, rugs, wool, sewing, weaving and knitting supplies 
9 Incense, religious paraphernalia, cult robes for initiates and sacrificial victims
10 Stacks of old documents and unused paper

W Workshop
Specialist craft workshop like blacksmith, cheese maker, redsmith, carpenter, jeweler, more specialized than the factory areas often for a single worker with a few apprentices
 

1 Trap shop where traps designed, tested, built, demonstrated and packed for instillation
2 Candle making shop including fat rendering cauldron for tallow, pots, a firepit, moulds and drying racks
3 Metal smith specializing in single metal making attractive tools and possibly weapons
4 Dairy goods like yoghurt, cheese and butter made here with whatever monsters use for milk
5 Jeweler workshop with locked chests of materials, tools, workbench, a small crucible and moulds
6 Locksmiths shop where locks made and repaired with bench and tools
7 Glassblowers workshop with furnace, tools and many crude bottles and moulds
8 Cobbler shop making shoes, sandals, clogs and bots for monsters, stacks of finished goods, materials and a bench of tools
9 Workshop for masks, costumes and floats for festivals and holy days made here, seldom used unless event coming and off duty monsters merrily making stuff
10 Barbershop where monsters get hair cut and shaved, piles of hair, several chairs, crude mirror, blades, soap bowl and shears. Also teeth pulled and first aid given.

X Treasury
Treasure storage chamber for gold, fur, pearls, jewels, ingots, silk, tapestries, artworks etc. Having wealth in low currencies protects it from theft but a vault door, guards and traps are pretty standard. Monsters might be locked in with treasure even as final defence.
 

1 Strong room for grunt monster payroll, mostly copper and ledgers, often in small bags but sometimes replaced with salt, onions, bread or beer 
2 Silver coins in chests and sacks for dungeon bosses treasury for paying heroes, constructions and other larger budget items
3 Gold coins in locked chests with some platinum, gems and jewels
4 Coins fused in corroded masses with rotten artworks and crumbling books in heaps
5 Ingots of metal for convenient transport locked in strong boxes
6 Room full of precocious furniture, clothing and artworks stolen from nobles
7 Museum of curiosities, collectables and exotic goods from far off places
8 Gems, jewels and art objects made from gold studded with semiprecious stones
9 Religious relics such as saint body parts and scriptures in gold boxes covered in semiprecious stones
10 Magical treasures from potions to armour, weapons and magic books

Y Shrine
Small statues, menhir, gravestone, icon or other personal devotional site. Often have humble offerings and lit candles. d4 1= 2=priest and assistants maintaining shrine 3=single monster cultist in prayer 4=group with priest gathered for prayer. Often god protect shrines with curses.
1 Ancestral shrines to monsters or original locals, graves and skulls
2 Shrines to natural spirits including plants, fungi, beasts and other totems
3 Shrines to petty minor gods or saints, some forgotten or unknown to humans
4 Shrines to elementals and beings of elemental planes
5 Shrine to heroes, rulers, saints, magicians and great warriors often quite local
6 Memorial to heroes a demons, devils or outer planar beings
7 Shrines to family members or servants of great gods
8 Monolith to forgotten elder gods with worn script and stained with blood
9 Shrine of the hunt with collections of beast skulls, pelts, teeth and hunter weapons
10 Shrine with many statues of worshipers in prayer

Z Temple
Large official worship facility of a major cult.
Often with guards, clergy, cultists, worshipers as well as treasure like incence burners, candelabras, ritual tools, artworks. Gods and worshipers will defend. Gods curse defilrs and cultists will hunt cult enemies to punish sacrilege. Sacrifices might be on hand also. Monster guardians often magical beasts or spirits or elementals or undead. Cults often serve needs of local monsters but sometimes cults get a private sanctuary and cast some spells for monster boss in return for room. d4 1=empty 2=worshipers engaged in sacrifice or dark rites 3=common followers in prayer 4=priests praying with guards
1 Monster god most favoured by local faction with huge statue with cursed gem eyes, surrounded bu burning braziers
2 Elder god temple with massive monoliths, bloody sacrificial altar, idols and monster pit
3 A statue of deity in fighting pose on blood stained steps, mechanically articulated to execute sacrifices or unwary intruders, altar with offerings of treasure just in front
4 Large statue surrounded by smaller statues which are magical guardians activated by disrespectful intruders, piles of shiny copper and brass vessels and candle holders on altar might look like gold first glance
5 Large statue with mummy in open coffin on altar before it, other sarcophagi line walls with gold leaf and semi prescious stones, murals depicting cult and afterlife on walls
6 Great fire pits with crude multifaced statue, cage with winch can be lowered into flame pit, statue surrounded by ash heaps full of burned bones
7 Cruel smiling god with great altar in front where victim is manacled, torture and butchery tools on rack next to it. A bowl before god full of human hearts or other organs, drains for blood flow into channels forming a magic circle
8 Huge statue is also a cage where sacrifices locked in then burned alive, when lit the gods eyes and mouth burn and their hands hold a flame, the room is smokey and filed with screams when in use
9 Large statue has victim chained to it and a cage for sacred beasts who gnaw at victims near by, statues of beasts and chewed bloody scraps scattered around room
10 Statue in front of well where bound and weighted victims thrown in as sacrifice to drown or be eaten by beast, ornamental bowls and monster idols around room

1 comment:

  1. I dig the tables (as always). A single entry could so easily be developed in so many different ways, this is a great idea machine.

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