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City Gate Events, Pocket Contents and Townhouse Residents - Tables
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City Gate Events, Pocket Contents and Townhouse Residents - Tables

Duncan Thomson
A guard is turned to stone as they check a reinforced covered wagon carrying a basilisk. The driver tries to make a panicked getaway.

Random tables for disturbance at the city gates, what's in someone's pockets and residents of a city home.

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City Gates, What's in their Pockets and City Residents

System neutral ideas for a disturbance at the gates, contents of someone's pockets for pickpockets or random npcs. And who's in a particular house or home in a town or city.

Originally from tables requested by patreons and on instragram, now compiled in a PDF, A Tangle of Tables on DM's Guild.

Tangle of Tables on DriveThru RPG

Disturbance at the Gates

Guards might include a veteran, mage, priest or beasts.

d10
1 A cabbage cart overturns, spilling coins (or other valuables) hidden within. There is a scramble as everyone gathers what they can.
2 A brightly dressed figure is provoking the guards with insults from a nearby corner. They are a distraction for criminals (or fugitives).
3 A guard is turned to stone as they check a reinforced covered wagon carrying a basilisk. The driver tries to make a panicked getaway.
4 A hated commander has imposed a dress code of specific hats (or scarves) for those wanting to enter (or to skip the queue). The commander's friend sells the required items from a nearby cart.
5 A preacher near the gates angrily denounces a local official. The growing crowd grows unhappy as guards try to silence the preacher.
6 A renowned pie seller sets up nearby, but only has a few of a popular seasonal pie. There is pushing and shouting to get one.
7 Some adventurers have mules with bulging packs. They are trying to avoid taxes by trying a variety of ways to get past the guards.
8 The guards went on a break and locked the gate. Now the key is lost!
9 A foreigner is desperate to get through gates but carries signs of plague. Guards warn them not to come nearer or be shot.
10 There is a long queue as the guards check people going through gates. The checks are slowed by the guards loud and heated conversation about romance (or local taverns).

What's in Their Pockets?

d10
1 A wanted poster (or missing person poster) for someone the character knows. There is a substantial reward.
2 A scented handkerchief (or cloth) with dark stains.
3 A pet... 1d10 (1. spider; 2. mouse; 3. insect; 4. rock; 5. lizard; 6. toad; 7. snake; 8. beetle; 9. chick; 10. kitten;)
4 Something sticky (50% chance is stuck to something else - roll again)
5 A variety of coins worth 1d10 gold pieces
6 A heavy bronze key with two runes
7 A tool... 1d10 (1. hammer; 2. chisel; 3. scissors; 4. ruler; 5. knife; 6. spoon; 7. scraper; 8. pliers; 9. needle; 10. clamp;)
8 A letter from a friend (or relative)
9 A snack...1d10 (1. fruit; 2. a cookie; 3. bread; 4. a pastry; 5. a pie; 6. a carrot; 7. jam tart; 8. nuts; 9. berries; 10. hunk of cheese;)
10 A small collection of... 1d10 (1. stones; 2. coins; 3. chalk ; 4. marbles; 5. dead insects; 6. herbs; 7. feathers; 8. notes; 9. charms; 10. bones;)

Residential Occupants

Optional extra included in italics

d10
1 Five generations of a family live here, many with very similar names. Loud arguments are frequent. (They have a magical pet)
2 A dwarven (or elven) couple recently moved in. Many chests still unpacked and neighbors are curious. (They have magical wards)
3 A family of shapechangers tries to pass as a normal family in a home full of religious icons. (There is a secret exit to beneath the city)
4 A nature-loving couple live with lizards, birds, spiders and other pets. Decorated in bright colors. (An adventurer rents the basement)
5 A wealthy couple live here with three young children, an older relative, a servant, two cats and a dog. (Related to local ruler)
6 A mix of artists, students and a prostitute live here. Every evening they invite neighbors for a communal meal. (There is a rooftop entrance)
7 Living here is a young couple with a dog and a baby. One of them is a tax collector and disliked by neighbors. (One of the is a spy)
8 Three old folk live here, always several grandchildren visiting. They are influential in local politics. (They are a coven of spellcasters)
9 Seven adult siblings live here with partners, children and pets. A mix of clashing ornaments and objects (They are a feared crime family)
10 A young healer lives with seventeen cats. Carvings and picture of nature decorate the home. (They work for a local villin)

More Random Tables

Originally from tables requested by patreons and on instragram, now compiled in a PDF, A Tangle of Tables on DM's Guild.

Tangle of Tables on DriveThru RPG