Friday, 27 March 2009

The Circle of Life

Back in the early days of this blog, I wrote two posts on random events at weddings and funerals. Here's one for births. It can be used at any time an NPC (or PC!) has a baby and the DM is casting about for an adventure hook. On the day of labour, roll a d20 and consult the following table.

1 - The baby has red eyes and clammy skin, and does not smile. There's really something not quite right about it...
2-5 - The baby is terribly weak. The midwife believes it will only survive if it can be given a regular supply of a certain herb, which is only found high up in the nearby mountains.
6-10 - The baby disappears from its cot the following night, despite being in the same room as its parents.
11-13 - Judging by its appearance, the baby is quite clearly not the "father"'s. He's the only one who apparently hasn't realised this.
14-16 - The mother becomes convinced over the following few days that her baby has been replaced by a changeling (this can be true or false: DM's choice).
17-18 - Whenever the baby is in the room, small objects seem to move of their own accord.
19 - Sometimes, when the baby is asleep, a dark and ethereal figure can be seen lurking in a corner. It disappears almost as soon as it is noticed.
20 - The baby has a pair of wings.

1 comment:

  1. LoL! This is way more screwed up than the Pendragon childbirth tables :)