Friday, March 12, 2010

Public Domain Friday

Is there any better setting for an adventure than a ruined tower, temple or keep? These piles of rubble allow for a lot of above ground exploration as well as wandering through dark corridors and tunnels. There is the ever-present threat of masonry collapsing down upon your head, gaping pits leading to old wells or cisterns, and of course ancient curses laid down by some long-forgotten sorcerer. For monsters you just cannot beat the undead. They are my favorite: zombies, skeletons, ghouls, wights, ghosts, banshees, vampires, you name it. You can fill a ruined tower with these lovely beasts. Then there are always the more mundane inhabitants that would be in any old building: spiders, rats, bats, centipedes, cockroaches, scorpions, coyotes, and even bears (yes that's right, bears). Of course, the larger the animal, the better. Ruins also have good reason to be stocked with treasure; it represents the wealth of a long-lost civilization or the horde of an ancient king. That treasure does not need to be in the form of standard gold coins, however. Ancient weapons, armor, statues, cutlery, jewelry, and a variety of personal items can form the bulk of the wealth to be found. These images each represent a great starting point for an adventure. As usual, too many ideas and too little time.

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