Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Carousing in a Bronze Age City State

Realised since all my past blog lists were destroyed that I sometimes have gaps in my poorer sorted current versions. Tried to find all my own carousing posts and the search and even google struggles too. So I made this for my current campaign.

Most recently I am letting players use these on their followers left in the city or wherever. Maybe I could do a few new ones. As party sealed in dungeon and we have an absent player next game we might end up playing followers. Having a new player is good
(yea I lost part 6???)

Any suggestions for more?
maybe one for war or crime hijinx
would make a good little booklet

d100 Quick Carousing Bronze Age Types
01 City Sights
02 Drinking
03 Parties
 Secret Vice 
05 Holy festival
09 Perils
10 Supernatural

d100 Carousing in a Bronze Age City State
01 Got to know the city canal system, floating markets and docks d4 1=saw a fishy looking fisherman 2=sawsomething with a hand swimming underwater briefly 3=met a boat owner 4=saved a child from drowning and invited to dine with paupers in a stilt house over sewage and garbage
02 Circled great walls of the city, seeing watchhouses and defences of the city, got to meet and drink with a veteran sergeant or officer 
03 Visited the greatest temples and various smaller holy shrines d4 1=met a friendly priest with common interest 2=briefly saw a spirit in an alleyway shrine with food offerings 3=found a silver holy symbol worth 30gp 4=priest gave you a d4 healing potion
04 Shopped in many markets and saw various speciality merchant streets & stores d4 1=pick pocket attempts on you 2=saw exotic foreigner 3=made drinking friends with a merchant 4=met a urchin feral kid who followed you home 
05 Visited luscious farmlands around the city d4 1=dined with land owners family 2=attended a rural wedding party 3=met an attractive rural youth with a wink 4=got into a brawl with country bullies who later become bandits and remember you
06 Examined the livestock markets & butcher yards d4 1=drink with local farmers hear about a strange beast 2=barbarian invites you to see tribal camp for feast 3=herders and farmers have a fight you end up on one side affecting all future relations
07 Explored slave markets and auctions finding several possible followers to adopt
08 Explored great monumental buildings, statues and public gardens. Meet and flirt with an attractive person with their chaperone from a good family 
Found a store selling strange idols, poison and exotic foreign weapons
Met a merchant who got you into an auction for petty magic items d4 1=potion 2=scroll 3=small weapon 4=cursed item
11 Got into a brawl d4 1=made friends in the military 2=punched a wrong noble 3d6gp fine and a new enemy 3=got a great black eye and a cut lost d4hp 4=swollowed a tooth, possibly your own
12 Drank palm wine and smoked hash and opium in a courtyard of a rich nomad trader clan
13 Met with priests and drank blue lotus wine with them in priests' quarters 
14 Memory loss after a big night out. Awoke in the street in the morning covered in animal dung and vomit being licked by a stray dog
15 Went drinking beer with students around town d4 1=you get in lockup and they go free because of familes but they send you 30gp for not squealing on them 2=destroy a rented shack in wild party with beer and hash and some holy harlots from a supposed "temple" 3=inducted into their secret society to play pranks on a rival society 4=barley escaped a succubus attracted to the group
16 Had a wild night with a gang and there was a fight, but now you're a gang member and have an enemy gang. You may wear gang insignia and clothes and get the gang tattoos
17 Got drunk with some petty nobility and taken to redlight distinctly for cut price fornication and drinking for 3d6sp but you can shout one of your new friends next time if you don't have money. You have a drunken hang-about bastard from a minor noble clan who has his own shortsword and buckler and helmet with boartusks and two javelins 
18 Met some rich soft old blood minor nobles d4 1=set you up for a fight as part of some weird game 2=showed you entrance to secret catacombs under the city where they drink wine and recite poetry hold ancient skulls 3=ask if you will marry a relative for a sizable dowry and townhouse with a servant 4=offer you top money for exotic creature bodyparts or fresh meat
19 Violently ill next day -4 any roll and you have lice from drinking in all the seediest back street sly grog shops you can find. A doctor cay help but some are fakes 
20 Got drunk with scribal eunachs from the city and temple administration. They know lots about cutting red tape & court gossip and think you are fabulous
21 A beer festival for locals to judge the best gets you involved as a judge and you get terribly smashed. Lots of people in the street smile and greet you after in area  
Met many merchants and guildsmen and invited to a guild ceremonial feast and piss-up d4 1=cannibal cult you just escaped 2=offered a guild informant job 3=given honorary free years membership and can now own a shop 4=hear about a coming market crash in a luxury item
23 Allowed into a perfumed pleasure garden for the rich to play in for a while but now they know your face and don't want you back ever  
24 Meet a young noble at a party who thinks you are fascinating and invites you to the family palace with your friends d4 1=wants to run away and adventure 2=dad needs some contract killers that's why your here 3=chosen you to be a holy sacrifice to a cult 4=wants to meet you and hold hands and read poetry in private 
25 Athletes from games invite you to the great ceremonial feast d4 1=need a fill-in athlete for a team event 2=meet a cute athlete here for games 3=won someone 30gp medal in a bet but they are sore about it and want revenge but if you return it they will be very friendly instead 4=made friends with a famous chariot driver who would be an awesome follower
26 Funeral feast with gladiators and a roast ox and lashings of beer after d4 1=comfort a grieving noble 2=stop a charlatan claiming estate 3=go to a seance with family contacting the dead to confirm will detail 4=see awesome magic items and treasure placed in tomb
27 Wedding party celebrations a city block d4 1=meet attractive possible lover among one of the families 2=recieve a bejewelled token worth 30gp 3=got into a duel but nobody got hurt or bears any grudge 4=Met a long lost relative who is now a house slave
28 Met rival adventurers celebrating and had a boasting contest, plan to meet again in a year to resume it
29 Military victory and the home team fans are cheering, the temple bells are ringing, its chaos in the streets as people party d4 1=save some foreigners from a beating 2=help smash every enemy gods shrine in this city 3=involved in a riot 4=got thrown in prison d3 days, released due to overcrowding
30 Recovery of lost relic or statue and locals have a celebration and feast and the church gives out beer. People sure this will benefit the city after hard times and you meet locals and city cult priests
31 Invited rich orgy in a palace d4 1=masked demon sex cult 2=in a garden with nymphs and satyrs 3=meet visiting demihuman lovers 4=first time you saw a minotaur in a palace 
32 Spent time in a drug & gambling den for the rich and lost a d100 as % of your carry around money blown
33 Spent time in a pleasure garden for the rich d4 1=you owe a noble crime family a 3d4 thousand silver in a surprise bill 2=obtained a map of mysterious foreign land of spices and drugs 3=met a supernatural shapeshifting seducer 4=met member of the royal family and best not to mention you saw them where you did
34 Private party with tasteless entertainment d4 1=monster in a pit fed a naughty slave who spilt wine 2=gladiators with bets 3=torture of a slave 4=monsters fight in a pit with bets
35 Secretive wizard party d4 1=see a wizard duel 2=find an apprentice spell book under a chair 3=see an imp deliver drugs from a portal 4=huff on a wizards hooka and have visions of your favourite elemental plane  
36 Some guys you met licking toads, everybody's doing it d4 1=visions of a your near future death 2=bark like a dog for several hours 3=blind and vomiting for a day 4=you can understand the songs of amphibians now
37 Passed out at party and woke up in some cult room with blurry vision. Escaped cultists in some maze and suddenly you were on the street wearing a loose white robe with a new tattoo
38 Found an exotic hidden pleasure garden with abhumanoid dancers and unfamiliar narcotics
39 Met some local well dressed youths who take you out on the town till late then start showing you contract tablets you can sighn to get a wish for your soul and they say they have an imp
40 A guy offers you magic potions for 25gp each and has d4+1 pottles for sale in the new less adictive formula d4 1=
d4 healing potions 2=+1 STR for one turn then lose d3 HP 3=hangover cure 4=+2 CHA -3 DEX for an hour then diahrea 
A minor deity festival with public celebrating with snackfood and a holiday gimmick d4 1=special holiday snack 2=people with lanterns 3=holiday costumes 4=invited to help with processions
42 Holy harlots from love temples offer special fund raising specials and you give to this worthy cause 3d6gp (or sp if your broke, if that's too much it was a shrine in alleyway in redlight district
43 A temple has announced an athletic contest and the victor will light a ceremonial fire and yo earn a 30gp medal as a finalist if you make a appropriate attribute check - usually a skill of the deity is preferred but several events possible. The temple will take an interest in your career
44 A temple has recovered a long held hostage relic from foriegners, beer and honey cakes and jolly crowds. Get to see the idol on a palanquin return home. It seemed to wink at you
45 A prophet announces some proclemation and you are in the festive crowd. The prophet points you out as destined to perform a great boon for the temple
46 Participate in a temple 
ceremonial parade and many atractive members of the temple invite you to a temple priest d4 1=accused of seducing a celebrate member of the clergy and church police called 2=shown an ancient map with location of lost cities now in ruin 3=priests ask if you can recover a lost relic for a reward 4=have a dream of the benevolent deity approving of you
47 See several shrine idols carried in a parade to see the statue in a greater temple, discover new subcults of your preferred cult 
48 A great festival of the love goddess with a parade of priest, priestesses and prostitutes being celebrated to gree soldiers returning home
49 A sacred ox is paraded through the city to a temple for sacrifice and their is a large public feast d4 1=heard of a lost holy relic 2=saw a great priest call apon rail 3=saw priests have a ritual battle for a certain temple title
50 City war gods are brought out to greet soldiers home who marchtogether with captive slaves, prisoners, treasure and foreign divine idol taken as hostages. People cheer at the prosperity and signs of their greatness. The foriegn leader d4 1=is in chains 2=made a deal and here to pay tribute and swear to the local ruler 3=has his head on a pole 4=with family in cages to have their fate decided by the winning ruler
Joined a hunt with some locals and feasted on boar and deer, new friend will go hunting whenever your able (if a priest can be some minor unholy creature like a ghoul)
52 Joined in the rough games of shepherds, like wrestling goat bucks and intervillage brawls over a pig bladder full of peas 
53 Rural militia invite you for a slinging contest and beer
54 Spent day in estate of wealthy merchant on idyllic farm
55 Chased by a bull on a farm and paid 3d6sp compenstion (gp if your noble)
56 Had an accidental encounter with d4 1=lion 2=wolves 3=bandits 4=giant scorpion
57 Had a tour of the farm lands and satellite villages of the city getting tho know them well
58 Had a boat tour of canals and river d4 1=saw a lion-fish in marsh 2=dines with the marsh folk 3=saw robed fish-cultists in tiny coracles whe fled into a forest of reeds, some had strange fishy hybrid features 4=saw some river fairies bathing on a small island 
59 Met a chariot owner who took you out for a drive around all the main roads then back to their palace for a feast
60 See nomad allies of the city with their herds. Meet some of their leaders touring their camp
61 At a party and you witness an important drunk official being preyed on by a criminal clan merchant. You can help them and make a friend or later on you see the official a ruin in the gutter 
62 While at dinner at a retired adventurers palace d4 1=discovered a half satyr child kept in a secret garden courtyard 2=find secret shrine of a cult 3=uncover a murder plot of old enemies 4=discover part of a treasonous plot
63 Made friends involved in chariot racing teams and uncover s sabotage scheme from a rival family team
64 Help a new attractive friend fight off an assassin. They keep being targeted but don't know why and it turns out they are secretly a noble heir and rivals who know want all bastard killed in secret
65 A noble youth has been sending an adventurer love letters and the family have found out and sent assassins to clean up 
66 A noble needed help recovering a gift to a lover that they now need back for reasons, ingratitude they give you a light chariot and two battle donkeys
67 A new well off friend friend has ogrish family who have killed several adopted siblings for disobedience. The friend needs help overthrowing the tyrannical father and two top sons. The villains former wife is kept in a tower and legally an invalid so he could remarry. Freeing the woman could expose him if the adventurer can get help
68 You have a look alike and some assassins keep making a mistaken identification, the surprise twin is an influential scribe in a great tablet house of the ruler. If male the look alike is a eunach with a costume wig and false beards and fancy makeup
69 A new wealthy friend has had a sibling in their care kidnapped and needs help recovering them d4 1=ran off with forbidden lover 2=kidnapped by a cult 3=hostage of bandits 4=taken by rival family
70 You discover an important runaway rich youth who is drunk. You can return them home for a 100gp reward or try and hold them hostage or convince them you are their only trusted friend to get closer to 
family wealth 
71 Hired to rescue a hostage from bandits leading the families guards and they now treat you like family offering to adopt you if foriegn or poor
72 Helped guard a statue recovered by priests found in an ancient brick mine under the city. A hostile cult tried to get the object and the temple offer you a future healing
73 Aid a merchant who had some stolen goods and made friends with the merchant clan. A thief guild is less amused and send a death threat to keep away
74 Sent to recover a seal of a noble and are rewarded with a small hereditary plot of farmland near city you can lease to farmers
75 Hunted an escaped criminal by leading a angry mob to their hideout. You are rewarded by city guard with a honorary rank and well liked by law and the commoners
76 Helped a slave contact their real family and their freedom was purchased, the family welcome you like a lost child also
77 Aided a confused foreigner in trouble with the law and smoothed things over, they invite you to their country where you will be treated as nobility
78 Recovered some documents from a collector for a patron and saw some interesting maps. The Patron is willing to sponsor an expedition for a cut d4 1=mysterious island 2=underground necropolis 3=desert ruin of snake people 4=gateway to the underland
79 Sent to desert to find some ruins on a map by a temple d4 1=chased by wights in a megalithic tomb 2=saw mummy procession in a storm by night 3=saw hidden non-humans enter a hidden cave 4=trapped by djinn in an eternally recursive palace but escaped their game
80 Asked to aid a village with no worthy champion to fight a strange old lion. The village will be very grateful and friendly to the hero and help to spread the story 
81 On a chariot ride with a new companion and was ambushed and narrowly escaped. You killed and wounded several of them and some of them have a grudge and know you
82 A building you were in collapsed and you were involved in a court case to punish the builders family requiring lots of legal testimonies
83 Brought to court as a witness and had the court agents snooping on your past
84 A tax collector has been tracking you for an audit
85 You fought off some thieves and they took some of your petty items
86 Cultists tried to kidnap you while you were out and you injured some of them and took an unfamiliar silver holy symbol worth 30gp from one in the scuffle  
87 On boat caught in an accident and got soaked and ruined your day
88 Caught in terrible weather had to bunker down in an old shack d4 1=haunted by spirits 2=home of a witch who gave you a prophetic vision with potions 3=found a magic scroll or clay tablet 4=trapped with an atractive commoner overnight
89 You got terrible parasites and had to see a herbalist for a purgative and spent day in the toilet
90 Caught in a vehicular accident in the street when a rich man with a chariot who left the scene, possibly you could claim damages from your d6 HP injury if you can name them and you have witnesses (who may be wary of speaking vs rich)
91 You were assaulted by a bad spirit and helped by temple excorcists who request your aid in the future in return d4 1=disease spirit 2=bad luck spirit (makes all rolls worse) 3=wrong alignment spirit (alters behavure) 4=bad gossip spirit (makes you blab other peoples secrets)
92 An atractive stranger tried to put a glamour on you and you objected and it revealed its non human form and fled d4 1=devilswine 2=incubi/sucubi 3=rakasha 4=doppelganger
93 Saw a spirit by night when you awoke in the night d4 1=gloomy servant 2=wailing widow 3=mysterious coloured figure with a hooded robe 4=a person who died recently crying for justice
94 While in a private pleasure garden saw changelings exit a secret door and change to different human forms then mingle, you escaped promptly 
95 Found an old bottle in sand and released something d6 1=djinn gives you a +1 weapon as reward 2=dust elemental that went on a spree damaging property and made people angry 3=swarm of demonic flies or locusts 4=a djinn takes form of openers sexual preference and offers them a night of passion 5=ghost tells you where you can find treasure 6=efreeti thanks you and rewards you with a cursed item then departs
96 Found a magical doorway only opens on a full moon d4 1=hidden tomb 2=secret race of non humans in a eternally recursive pleasure palace full of mirrors 3=ruin in a distant swamp with multiple other portal doorways still intact built by long lost prehumans 4=a cloud palace of giants with human slaves
97 A messenger from a temple was delivered too you requesting you meet a high priest. They have identified you from a prophecy and have holy quest for you and offer substantial credit with temple healers and divination in the future. They have a fancy ceremony to greet you and a feast with the priests 
98 A wizard of great fame has sent you a list of ingredients they require and a map marking where some can be found and offers better than market prices and a bonus for speed
99 Meet a cultivated well off pleasant companion but you have suspicions they are not what they seem and you discover their secret while visiting their townhouse d4 1=cat spirit changeling 2=ghuul spirit who eats dead by night as a monster 3=they are a mummy who drains breath from the living to restore their youth every few days 4=they are the secret identity of a sorcerer cult leader influencing nobility
100 A deity sent you a vision revealing an unknown secret form your past to awaken a forgotten destiny

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