Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Hypogeum Dungeon Dressing Tables


These are the first two random tables of dungeon dressing for the Hypogeum dungeon. My idea is that for a lot of the corridors and obligatory “one third empty” rooms, I can quickly stock dungeon levels by just referring to a table number and entry on the list, so that a certain room can be marked up as being 1/86 and I know that it refers to the 86th entry on Table 1. Further details can just be winged on the fly.

Hopefully you can find some bits in here you wish to rip off for your own use.

A couple of explanatory notes of terms used:

NECRON WALLS are great black, glossy ceramic blocks, 3' or so across. Walls, floor and ceiling the same. Recessed runes (unreadable), often decorative touches such as architrave. Periodically green sparks flash and run through along gaps between block at random, outlining blocks, lighting runes momentarily and fizzling out. These are inspired visually by the futuristic dungeons found in Final Fantasy X and the inner regions of Laputa in the Studio Ghibli film Laputa : Castle In The Sky (favoured comfort viewing in Coop Towers).

NECRON CARCASSES - Describe as gunmetal suits of armour for a humanoid race, impossibly thin in the abdomen and jaw. Stylised skull helmets. Don't say the word "Necron". Ever.

DAKONS – Intelligent ape-men from the Fiend Folio, planned on being a PC race because it's a novelty and because a commenter made a link between them and the Jokaero that I hadn't consciously noticed.

HYPOGEUM DUNGEON DRESSING AND EMPTY ROOMS
TABLE 1 - d100

01 - 2d6 dead rats
02 - Wall blends into "Necron Walls", cracked with single Necron Carcass hanging out.
03 - Shallow pool of black water
04 - Much of room covered with "Tyranid" style, bio-matter actually a harmless parasite that leeches carbonic acid from limestone.
05 - Half an adventurer, top half
06 - Half an adventurer, bottom half
07 - Blocked and choked fireplace
08 - Floor strewn with thousands of tiny rodent skeletons
09 - Huge laser scar on wall
10 - Subsidence - room/corridor sags dramatically in middle
11 - Broken ceiling - need to squeeze through
12 - Staircase in Necron Wall-style. Upwards
13 - Staircase in Necron Wall-style. Downwards
14 - Staircase in Necron Wall-Style. Upwards then Downwards
15 - Staircase in Necron Wall-Style. Downwards then Upwards
16 - Broken furniture
17 - Knockers. Rapping noise leading along walls. 50% lead to nearest treasure, 50% to nearest trap
18 - Paralysis poison on small spike in concealed recess on floor. 1 in 6 to tread on, d3 damage, Save vs. Paralysis or paralysed for 2d6 Turns.
19 - Mould
20 – Tunnel subsided so much that rotated through 45 degrees so as easy to walk on wall as it is floor. For room, subsided so much that access to a connecting tunnel room is only via a narrow crawlspace near the rest position of the ceiling.
21 - Gnawed ribcage, human
22 - Giant snakeskin, 6' long
23 - Jawbone of Land Lamprey
24 - Broken Necron propped up in corner between wall and floor
25 - Necron "helmet" on rusty spike
26 - Wall appear to have trapped souls in it - resembles in Han Solo in carbonite - harmless.
27 - Water pouring from ceiling, exiting through broken floor
28 - Green sludge pouring from ceiling, exiting through broken floor
29 - Flooded, blocked drain
30 - Floor missing, 10' drop. Bridged with petrified wood planks
31 - Floor missing, bottomless drop. Bridged with petrified wood planks
32 - Stalactites, damp floor.
33 - Stalactites and Stalagmites, 'mites formed around ancient human skeletons
34 - Stalactites and Stalagmites, 'mites formed around Necron carcasses
35 - Silted up
36 - Old camp-fire
37 - Cracked and scratched bowling ball
38 - Flayed human skins nailed to wall
39 - Archway carved to represent screaming mouth of human female face
40 - Archway carved to represent open mouth of human baby face
41 - Archway carved to represent open mouth of Necron "helmet"
42 - Slab room - great flakes of ceiling material cracked off and scattered on floor
43 - Door that comes off hinges as soon as touched
44 - Fire damaged backpack
45 - Empty pouch (Bag of Holding)
46 - Fortean weather - snow on floor with no possible way of getting here.
47 - All stone is mysteriously warm to the touch
48 - Strange humming sound that cannot be traced to source
49 - Petroleum smell
50 - Confusing echo
51 - Torches flicker - bad air
52 - Some form of machine has exploded here - metal shrapnel and damaged, rusty gears everywhere
53 - Front half of Iron Maiden, rusty and corroded
54 - Rear half of Iron Maiden, rusty and corroded
55 - Shelving stacked with Necron arms
56 - Shelving stacked with Necron legs
57 - Shelving stacked with Necron breastplates
58 - Metal grate in ceiling with rusty chain hanging from it
59 - Scorched footprints, carbon
60 - Mild tremor from below
61 - Lurid coloured fungi/mushrooms (harmless)
62 - Luminescent fungi/mushrooms (harmless)
63 - Ceiling supported with wooden pit props
64 - Donkey or mule skeleton
65 - Blood-stained bandages
66 - Very uneven floor
67 - Damaged wall leans inwards
68 - Floor strewn with dry beetle husks
69 - Dead cow
70 - Dead cow, mutilated
71 - Snails
72 - Tunnel cross-section is round, not square/rectangular. If room, spherical instead
73 - Sloping floor
74 - Sloping ceiling, less head-room at one end than the other
75 - Last door PCs used closes and locks solidly shut
76 - Random door swings open (just the breeze)
77 - Dust slowly falls from cracks in ceiling
78 - Illegible brass plaque on wall
79 - Broken floor revealing pit rammed with slithering earthworms of unnatural size
80 - Mass of flies
81 - Ceiling too low to stand up in
82 - Mysterious laughter with no apparent source
83 - Platemailed skeleton in large puddle - armour turned entirely to rust
84 - Torrent of water through broken ceiling
85 - Shelves used as catacombs for mummified human skeletons
86 - Fallen iron chandelier
87 - Walls whitewashed
88 - Dried entrails hung on walls
89 - Floor painted red-brown
90 - Y-shaped stick. If taken and backpacked away will be broken when PC reaches for it
91 - Dried up fountain
92 - Two human skeletons staked to floor with rusty iron spikes through ribcage
93 - Rotting tapestries - Necron themed
94 - Rotting wallpaper
95 - Shattered longcase/Grandfather clock
96 - Rusted candle-holders lining wall
97 - Missing block in floor, leads to next level
98 - Missing block in floor, small insect lair at bottom
99 - Missing block in floor, flooded to depth of 12"
00 - d6 rolls on this table

TABLE 2 – d100
01 – Bright green moss covers most surfaces
02 – Incongruous bright, pretty flowers
03 – Shift in Earth's crust – floor level has slipped, 2d6' (will be on fault line across entire dungeon level map)
04 - “Necron Walls” raised slab(s) in centre of room
05 – Floor is “Necron Walls”, walls and ceiling match rest of dungeon's immediate environment
06 - Ceiling is “Necron Walls”, walls and floor match rest of dungeon's immediate environment
07 – Walls are “Necron Walls”, ceiling and floor match rest of dungeon's immediate environment
08 – Fluorescent paint splashed around area
09 – Crustacean shells
10 – Marine life fossils in rock surfaces
11 – Black “Necron Walls” spikes protruding from ceiling
12 – Rusty metal décor
13 – Rusty metal décor with dried blood and other filth
14 – Rusty chain
15 – Ash-filled braziers
16 – Skeleton impaled on spike trap
17 – Cobwebs, black
18 – Brief glimpse of ghostly figure
19 – Sounds of drums starts from random direction, slowly fades away
20 – Tunnel cross-section is hexagonal. For room, walls have 60 degree kink in them, floor and ceiling are bottom and top face of hexagonal shape.
21 – Rockfall/Subsidence creates tiny squeeze (narrowed horizontally, vertically unaffected). One PC through at a time
22 – Evidence of large-scale destructive fire in tunnel or room
23 – “Necron Walls” all surfaces with sickly green lights set in ceiling
24 - “Necron Walls” all surfaces with sickly green lights set in floor
25 - “Necron Walls” all surfaces with sickly green lights set in walls
26 – Large, dead crab - all soft matter rotted away
27 – Abandoned wasp's nest – normal size or giant.
28 – Dead flies
29 – Evidence of archery “shootout” - arrows stuck in cracks in all surfaces and scattered on floor
30 – Slippery ceramic floor, black glossy surface shot through with green.
31- Natural rockface, broken away in great chunks to reveal “Necron Walls” beyond.
32 – Small fragments of Necron “armour”.
33 – 3d6 gold pieces, fused and melted by some great heat.
34 – Human skull pierced by broken spear
35 – Human skull covered in moss
36 – Colony of bats, floor covered in guano
37 – Floor carved to resemble giant Necron face
38 – Ceiling carved to resemble giant Necron face looking menacingly down at party.
39 – Tunnel is actually a crawlspace, room of similar “must get on all fours” height.
40 - “Necron Walls”, slopes downwards
41 - “Necron Walls”, slopes upwards
42 – Dakon skeleton with spear
43 – Rubble strewn – rockfall
44 – Rubble strewn – building materials
45 – Rubble strewn - “Necron Walls”
46 – Elf/Eldar skeleton, chained up in thick chains, now rusty solidified mass
47 – Unpleasant, but otherwise harmless, stinking gas
48 – Slime or sludge over all surfaces
49 – Some flagstones in floor missing, sand beneath.
50 – Two normal dice
51 – Dust falling from cracks in ceiling/between flagstones
52 – Rotten door, left propped up against wall
53 – Slugs
54 – Sawdust
55 – Flagstones carved with letters/runes
56 – Shattered clockwork mechanism
57 – Shattered steam-powered mechanism
58 – Shattered circuit boards
59 – Filthy puddle
60 – Mushrooms with human-like faces on stems
61 – Fireflies
62 – Mysterious haze
63 – Ticking noise
64 – Sickly, sweet smell
65 – Ash-filled firepit
66 – Many broken storage units (shelves, cupboards etc.)
67 – Sleeping furs
68 – Dead Giant stuffed into corridor, completely blocks it
69 – Dead tree roots protruding through ceiling
70 – Acid-damaged human skeleton
71 – Dakon heads on spikes
72 – Petrified subterranean tree
73 – Church organ, vandalised
74 – Urine smell
75 – Grafitti on wall, written in blood
76 – Floor scattered with twigs
77 – Creaking floor
78 – Creaking ceiling
79 – Drum beats from deep below
80 – Sound of scraping metal
81 – Skeletons of tiny hominids
82 – “Ancient astronaut” wall carvings
83 – Very fragile and ancient remnants of “Ancient astronaut” spacesuit
84 – Stashed potion
85 – Stashed rations
86 – Large white worms
87 – Amphisbaeana skeleton (two-headed snake)
88 – Door hanging off hinges
89 – Collapsed doorway – rubble choked
90 – Hand of glory with extinguished candle
91 – Human skeleton, crucified on wall/door
92 – Tortoise shell
93 -Ceiling sags so much that party must crawl underneath
94 – Rocks fall, nobody dies.
95 - Dead cat
96 – Piles of tarpaulins
97 – Thousands of pottery fragments
98 - “Necron Walls” flickering with half-glimpsed images of Necrons at war
99 – Dropped compass or lodestone, completely misreads N.
00 – d6 rolls on this table

I have an OpenOffice document with these tables and the start of a third - when inspiration runs out and I regard it as finished I'll realise it as a PDF.

2 comments:

  1. This is an awesome post. Lots of cool ideas. Thanks!

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  2. These lists are still being utilized. Thank you!

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