100 Adventure Ideas Based on Real world News
I've decided to do this one different - you can all go find a news item and submit it - that way it doesn't take a year to do.
1. The Lotus Smugglers
Aldo pulled the wagon to a halt -ahead of him an army of City Guardsmen seemed to be checking the loads of Wagons entering the city.
DM Briefing: A major shipment of a narcotic is seized by the City Watch revealing substantial trafficking of the foul substance among the guilds.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8508169/half-tonne-of-drugs-worth-500m- seized
2. Temple of the Night Sun
"Korodg! Cone and look at this!" Haro the plunderer continued scraping back the moss and dirt that caked the giant stone face on the stonework before him.
DM Briefing: Explorers discover the Temple of the Night Sun - a temple dedicated to the Blood Drinker - The Predator of Predators - whose totems are both Shark and Jaguar.
Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/07/120720-maya-temple-el-zotz- masks-faces-science-houston/
3. The Un-mapped Island
"Land Ho!" The watch took Captain Grendy by surprise. He had made the crossing a dozen times in the last two years. There wasn't land anywhere between the Empire of Chun and the Kingdom of Hurn.
DM Briefing: A ship encounters an Island made of floating stone out at sea where no such Island has been encountered before. It is extensive and covered by a Jungle. Somewhere at its center the abandoned citadel of Peledan.
4. Wrath of the Gods
"Brothers! We find ourselves in a sea of heresy outnumbered by the horde of ignorance and the war-masters of false prophets." The high priest paused at the odd sensation of dryness in his throat and took a sip of water.
DM Briefing: A Lightning bolt strikes a temple killing those gathered during prayer, including the high priest.
5. Fox breaks animals out of Menagerie
The Strange animal sniffed at Elbus through the bars.
DM Briefing: A Werefox breaks some exotic animals out of a Menagerie by digging under the fence line that keeps them contained. The Noble offers a substantial reward to retrieve the lost beasts.
6. Bigfoot spotted in Woods
Derol spotted the Hairy man strolling through the woods from the corner of his eye mid-ax swing, the blow glancing off the log into his leg. As he fell to the ground screaming in pain, Derol noticed that the giant man-thing had vanished from view.
DM Briefing: A really Hairy Man is spotted in the Woods.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8522059/bigfoot-encounter-in-ohio-goes-vir al
Moved from previous empire today thread
7. Castle under Construction
"Out of the way Pek!" Kail turned to face the loud mouthed idiot accosting him only to be bumped aside by a group hauling a stone block on a sled.
DM Briefing: Some unknown faction begins construction of a Castle in the forested hills near a community. The PCs are asked to infiltrate the work-site and learn as much as they can.
8. Prison Siege
"All right! We want out! That's all you gotta do!" Talbot screamed the words down the hall toward the collection of gathered guards.
DM Briefing: A Prison riot escalates into an 8 hour long siege involving hostages. The PCs can be sent in to rescue the Hostages or negotiate.
9. Fire in the Sewers
Albet stopped dead in his tracks as the fountain of fire erupted from the sewer Well.
DM Briefing: Fire explodes from the access points of the sewers beneath the city of Dhurnt. Some witnesses suggest it was like a mini-volcano of molten magma and others think it was the discharge of fireball spells. What ever is going on is a threat to the community because much of the older sewers are timber and will collapse in if they burn.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8378989/footpath-fireball-stops-couple-in- their-tracks
10. Killer at the Crossroads
The Crossbow bolt tore through Vinter Haas as he emerged from his shop into the street to discern the nature of the commotion.
DM Briefing: PCs are confronted by a Killer who has taken up residence at the crossroads that dominates the community. He has already killed and injured a half dozen people before the PCs are sent to take him down.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8387871/police-kill-gunman-shooting-at-car s-in-hollywood
11. Riot in Marketplace
Soal Egers was pushing through the crowd in the Market Square toward the distant stall selling smoked fish when it happened.
DM Briefing: Two hundred people become embroiled in a riot in a market square as others flee the violence.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8395651/mall-brawl-sends-us-shoppers-runni ng-in-panic
12. Rival Priests of Rival factions fight
The Black-robed Cleric stepped in front of the broom being brushed furiously across the floor toward him by a grey-robed priest.
DM Briefing: Priests of different factions of a church begin fighting over the cleaning duties. The Whole affair degenerates into a violent fight between priests.
13. Demon Lord gets Mercantile representation
"Hoist Colors!" The Sailors began pulling at ropes raising the Merchant House's new pennant into place at the top of each Mast. The Yellow cloth unfurled and tumbled in the sea breeze blowing in over the Port of Durok.
DM Briefing: A Merchant House named for the Demon lord Asmodeus Christens three new Merchant Ships to the horror of the fearful populace.
Source: http://finance.ninemsn.com.au/newsbusiness/slideshow/251571/companies-named -after-weird-and-wonderful-gods.slideshow
14. Children of the Sacred River
The midwife beat the drum trying to maintain the rhythm that had lasted for a day as she waited for the birth. Alya of Gorn was labored in her breathing as she squatted with her feet apart.
DM Briefing: Fish with a penis are discovered in a river that is off limits to villagers.
15. Noblewoman attacked by Trolls
"Someone help me!" Lady Cassandra ran down the dirt trail toward the village. She had certainly put in a considerable lead on the band of Trolls that had attacked her travelling party.
DM Briefing: A Noblewoman is attacked by trolls and suffers terribly - her demands however may be unreasonable as she demands all trolls be exterminated across the region.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8526323/dawson-opens-up-about-cyber-bul lying
Freehold DM wrote:
What can I say...these things practically write themselves.
16. Sun God flails heretics
"Yeuuugh!" Asboth the Heretic screamed as the great tentacle of fire burned away the sky and boiled the water from his charcoal corpse. Asboth woke from the nightmare and fled out into the street.
DM Briefing: Sun god swats the planet with a tentacle of fire bringing destruction to half the world. This is an opportunity for the Dungeon Master to wipe out civilization and start again in a Post Cataclysm world.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/technology/8527324/nasa-captures-stunning-sun-er uption
17. King Sacks Army
"What do you mean we have been sacked?" Captain Artemis stood up with a pale look of astonishment on his face. Certainly corruption and crime by the Troops had reached an all time high, but...
DM Briefing: A King sacks his entire army because they are corrupt and involved in murders and acts of Treason.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8528173/Afghanistan-cracks-down-on-own-sol diers
"One of the Villagers found a child playing with a dead squirrel. Then she died from the plague." Lord Sharpe scowled at the prospect. The Plague. If it was out there in the wildlife it would soon spread among the poorest of his peoples.
DM Briefing: Plague is spreading among the Wildlife across a region - anyone even having contact with a dead animal can catch it. And it kills Quickly.
19. DIRE VIRUS SPREADS TO LIVESTOCK
“Here Cow...Come on you silly bugger. I’ve got to butcher you for meat...Don’t make this hard.” Farmer Hantho reached out to the young Calf – he could almost feel the wet nose. Something pointy poked him in the back and then its owner growled. That wasn’t how cows behaved...
DM Briefing: The Dire Virus jumps to A Farmers Cows making them more aggressive and slightly more intelligent - they then proceed to stomp on the Farmer. This is an opportunity for the DM to apply the Dire Template to other animals.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8531101/crazed-nz-cows-trying-to-protect-c alves
20. House Hoard
"Alende! Go fetch the Watch...I just realized the foul smell coming from old Man Gregorvich's house might be his dead body." Alende looked at at his father, nodded and headed out into the street. Alende looked in both directions having trouble remembering the location of the Watch barracks.
DM Briefing: An old man living alone in a house in town leaves behind a treasure hoard of Gold in the amount of 300lb (to the value of 15,000gp). Unfortunately to get at it the PCs sent to clean out the Rat-nest will need to kill off some Giant Rats and 75% will be claimed by the King's Taxman.
Source: http://finance.ninemsn.com.au/newsbusiness/8535180/us-hoarder-was-stashing- gold-antique-coins-cash-in-home
21. Diamonds rediscovered
"Commander Halda! You need to see this..." the young clerk had obviously interrupted the Commander as he contemplated the cutting of wages to his troops to zero.
DM Briefing: The Government of a remnant state of a Crumbling Empire realizes it has vast reserves of Diamonds located in an impact Crater in excess of 132,042,253,521,126gp. Apparently knowledge of it had been lost in the secret files of its bureaucracy. It decides to begin rebuilding its economy. However should the secret of its new found wealth leak out - enemy nations may strive to invade to control that wealth.
Calculations: Diamond is 1/142 ounces/carat
Source: http://io9.com/5944142/russia-admits-to-having-trillions-of-carats-worth-of -diamonds-hidden-in-an-asteroid-crater
22. Bard Dance off gets bloody
"Is that all you have?" Franco the Flutist smiled at the impossible effort of the Silverwood Harpers putting his flute to his lips. The other Ashwood Flutists followed quickly following his song just out of step and followed his movements across the open plaza to the amazement of the gathered crowds.
DM Briefing: Bards of various rival Bardic colleges at a 'dance-off' turns violent.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8536885/shoot-off-sparked-by-gangnam-style -contest
23. Tensions over Disputed Islands
"Ships off the Port Bow Captain!" The Watch could just make out the Red Imperial Pennants of the Holy Emperor.
DM Briefing: Ships of an Empire are seen in proximity to disputed islands inside the territorial waters of a rival Nation beyond its borders. Though they do not enter at this time it is now Imperial policy to send ships to keep an eye on the Islands.
24. Primordial Visits Coastal Community
"All right Bowser...you can play in the Sea Foam." Derwyn shook his head as the dog bounded away through the white cloud. The Dog seemed to be happy to bound about in the strange substance. Derwyn smiled and laughed as the dog frolicked.
DM Briefing: A living foam blows in from the Sea covering a village. It is in fact a primordial quite content to do what it likes peacefully but will respond with hostility to any magical attack.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/8539255/strange-foam-blankets-small-scotti sh-village
25. Kingdom sends in Troops
"There you have it gentlemen...the Fortress of Tarkon the Bold!" A veritable army had surrounded the Mountain Fortress and were firing catapults at its colossal walls. Arturo was impressed by the sight. He had not seen a siege in a decade.
DM Briefing: The Army of a Kingdom cross their northern border into bandit country to lay siege to the nigh impregnable fortress of a Bandit Lord.
26. A Red Dragon will Come from the Sky
"Look, Do you see it?" Farmer Gregor pointed skyward at the winged Red thing moving in the clouds.
Above the farmland the pilot of the Red Dragon spotted something that looked like a field and breathed a sigh of relief.
DM Briefing: A Red Dragon de Havilland Biplane vanishes into a cloud in its own world never to be seen again - the aircraft taking with it an assortment of passengers.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8541989/search-for-missing-plane-to-res ume
27. The Dwarven Union Strikes
The Dwarven King Thrain sat on his Iron Throne with all the discomfort of a Dwarf weary of 'the day's Business'. His Adviser lent to whisper in his ear.
DM Briefing: Having had their demands for improvements in their lives rejected, One million Dwarves employed in the Laborer Castes go on strike for a single day - downing tools.
28. Humbaba's Eye washes up on beach
Gryndan looked at the large object tangled in seaweed. It kind of looked like an eye but it's size was incomprehensible - perhaps half a foot in diameter. Despite the blood that suggested it had been recently torn from the socket - Gryndan succumbed to its siren call and gently retrieved it.
DM Briefing: A Giant Eye - freshly torn from its owner washes up on a Beach near a community. It is an Artifact known as Humbaba's Eye and will graft itself to the victim taking the place of both eyes as they become cyclopean.
Artifact of Time
Specific Wish (True Sight)
Handicaps & Penalties
29. Cassandra the Troll Slayer Strikes
"Die you Troll!" Cassandra Hacked repeatedly at the Giant corpse but every blow seemed to quickly begin healing. The Sword in her hand was already feeling heavy. The Crowd that had gathered to watch the spectacle seemed most entertained by the sight of the now naked noblewoman drowned in Trolls blood with all the appearance of a Serial killer. Cassandra staggered back from the still regenerating corpse.
DM Briefing: Lady Cassandra - once a victim of Trolls, and unable to leave it to the Authorities to keep the trolls at bay, goes on a quest to personally slay every Troll in a Public spectacle.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/technology/2012/10/23/19/13/charlotte-dawson-tak es-on-the-trolls
30. It Takes a village to get away with murder
Jana Lakesday pulled at the rope, raising the bucket from the Village Well, In the distance a voice called the name of one of the children. The bucket jammed on something indiscernible and Jana looked up to examine the pulley-wheel. It seemed to still be moving freely. The Voice became closer and more obvious. It was Helena Mead-water.
DM Briefing: A child, Ginny Meadwater, is found dead in the small Village of Clevistow. The community is so small and everyone knows everyone. The PCs are confronted by the prospect of interrogating an entire village of eighty people to discern which among them murdered a child.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/2012/10/24/05/52/girls-body-found-in-recyc ling-bin
31. Want some Stew?
"Do you want some stew?" Gregor of the City Watch stirred the pot cooking slowly in the hearth, his guest for the evening looked up from her pot of ale.
DM Briefing: A City Watchman kills and eats women that he invites back to his home.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/2012/10/26/05/17/police-officer-accused-of -plotting-to-cook-and-eat-women
32. Lake of the Dead
Almoghan had been climbing to old Pilgrims trail for the better part of a Day now - as a Soldier of the Kingdom he had been sent to scout the Pass for Enemy movement. The Discovery of the lake took him by surprise. Still he needed the fresh drinking water. Almoghan pushed through the veritable forest of stumps and logs that made the ground around the edge of the lake uneven and began the descent. The Climb down into the almost crater-like depression wasn't too difficult but it would be hard to get out again. That's when he saw them. Bodies - hundreds of them in the bottom of the Pool. A couple had chosen that moment to break loose and float to the surface in pieces.
DM Briefing: A thousand bodies are discovered in and around a lake near a mountain pass. Apparently they are pilgrims who were being led over the pass by local Bearers and Guides. All the Evidence would suggest the Locals had massacred them - though they were caught in a Hailstorm with no cover for protection.
Source; http://www.roopkund.com/component/content/article/3-documentation/14-roopku nd-lake-mystery.html
33. Fountain of water erupts in City
"That's not something you see every day." Kalkor the Guardsman could only watch as the shanty washed down the street under a torrent of water.
DM Briefing: A Wizard opens a Gate from the Plane of water in the middle of the city resulting in a 120 feet high water fountain. Homes are damaged and cellars flooded.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/2012/10/29/12/02/water-shoots-40m-into- air-over-melbourne
34. Century old Tree reveals victim
Karl dragged the body into the hole and filled in the hole as much as possible with dirt and several rocks. The Oak Seedling sat precariously on the raised mound with care.
DM Briefing: A Storm topples a century old Oak tree pulling up a human skeleton.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/2012/11/01/05/25/body-found-under-tree-upr ooted-in-superstorm
Could be worse ... say, a "super skeleton" ... lich, skeletal champion, or someone with the Mummy-styled curse and attendant powers ...
"Why...wont...you...turn?" Gregor desperately tries to pin the creature down with his holy Symbol as he drew his Mace of Disruption, the Undead thing struggled to open its mouth to take a bite.
DM Briefing: Madman massacres a Halloween Party.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/2012/11/01/19/29/two-injured-in-halloween- shooting
36. Carrier Pigeon Seventy years late
Halvan the Turnip Farmer poked at the rubble blocking the chimney to the Kitchen releasing it onto the bottom of the chimney. The Red painted Bone cylinder skittered across the floor. He hadn't seen one of those since he was a member of the Resistance in the great war.
DM Briefing: A Courier pigeon's remains are found in a chimney after seventy years. Its leg is fitted with a red bone sleeve used to store top secret messages sent by Assassins working for the Kingdom of Thel. What is on it is up to the Dungeon Master but it will be very important. It may even still be relevant today.
37. Cockatoo makes a Tool
"Skwaak!" Delmar looked the bird in the eye...
DM Briefing: A Cockatoo makes a tool to get some stuff - terrifies and impresses dumb humans.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/2012/11/06/16/55/tool-making-cockatoo-stun s-scientists
38. Tomb is Discovered beyond city walls
Gilar the Turnip Farmer leaned on his now damaged digging tool and looked down at the perfectly squared stones protruding from the ground. They were obviously man-made, each seemed almost laid out in rows and squares like they were once columns to some old mansion cellar. Stone columns.
DM Briefing: The 4500 year old Tomb of a Princess is discovered outside a city. Most of it will be buried - filled in with dirt.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/2012/11/05/12/13/ancient-tomb-unearthed-ne ar-cairo
39. Granny Kills Wolf
"Die!" The Axe cleaved into the wolf's spine with a spray of blood and the Beast struggled to howl in agony. The look of madness on the old woman's face as she fought to slaughter her opponent would have stabbed fear into the belly of any man had one been present. Isabella was going to have that wolf hide for her collection if it killed her...
DM Briefing: Crazed old lady butchers a wolf in frenzied axe attack. Earns herself a few experience points.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/2012/11/14/09/04/russian-grandmother-kills -wolf
40. Gold Heist
Janek stepped from the deck onto the docks as quietly as he could and tied off his small boat. The Men waiting for him wore the Tabbard of the Duke's Guard and the shiny plate Armor with swords at their belts. They were here to escort the Gold up to the Castle. All was to be expected.
DM Briefing: A 400lb shipment of gold coins is stolen by men masquerading as the Kings Guard from a Sailing vessel bringing it in to port.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/2012/12/01/13/01/men-posing-as-police-stea l-caribbean-gold
41. The Village of konkhokenias
Hean paddled the Canoe out into the lake of mists, his companions not all that trusting of the old Fisherman.
DM Briefing: The PCs stumble across a floating village that is drifting about a mist shrouded lake. The locals have been living unnoticed for centuries.
42. The Mirror Twin
Gadro stared at the roped bound form of Surnal the Bastard.
DM Briefing: One of the Adventurers finds that a major Villain who has been terrorizing this part of the campaign world is a long lost identical Twin that neither knew about.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/2012/12/05/12/03/chinese-woman-mistaken-fo r-long-lost-identical-twin
43. Death of a Servant
"Who found her?" Investigator Dememvar watched as they lowered the corpse from the beam from which she had been hanging. Jenek the House-servant looked away.
DM Briefing: A servant to the currently pregnant Princess is found dead after she is used by villains to gain access to Secrets of the Royal household. The Suggestion is Suicide but embarrassments are often disposed of.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/world/2012/12/09/04/00/uk-hospital-condemns-fool ish-prank-call
44. A Cry for Help?
Help us. The Voice echoed in the old fisherman's brain. Was that coming from the half Dead Squid that has just washed up on his section of beach with a hundred others? Hubert shook his head.
DM Briefing: Swarms of Intelligent deep sea Squid commit Suicide along Coast. They are obviously fleeing something in the Deep Sea Trench off the coast.
Source: http://io9.com/5967925/mass-squid-suicides-haunt-california-coastal-towns?p ost=55183455
45. Grave Robbers find something Unhuman
Tarkin pried back the cover-stone on the grave. It was the same as the other twelve. The unhuman thing had a Skull twice the length from teeth to crown as any man he had ever known.
DM Briefing: Grave Robbers looting a thousand year old Graveyard stumble across thirteen Elongated and unhuman skulls.
Source: http://io9.com/5969345/deformed-skulls-discovered-in-1000+year+old-mexican- cemetery
46. Man dies eating twenty eight eggs on a bet
"All right people. Daoud here will eat twenty eight raw eggs...lay your bets!" Jamid smiled as the gamblers had gathered to lay their wagers.
DM Briefing: A Gambling Den is in full swing when a young man is bet on to eat twenty eight raw eggs. Unfortunately as exorbitant wagers are made and the young man begins eating he chokes on an egg and dies throwing the gambling den into chaos as accusations that the eggs had been poisoned to prevent Daoud from winning the bet.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/afp/2012/12/27/07/00/tunisian-dies-after-eating- 28-raw-eggs-for-bet
47. Smuggler caught with Dinosaur remains
Guardsman Dertan pried open the Crate on the docks for inspection and fell back from the timber box is shock. He had decided not to take the customary bribe to look the other way this time.
DM Briefing: the Skeletal Remains of Dinosaurs are being smuggled in so Necromancers can animate them from the dead and turn them loose in the Kingdom.
Source: http://news.ninemsn.com.au/afp/2012/12/28/11/01/dinosaur-thief-pleads-guilt y-to-smuggling
48. Mountain Bandits capture soldiers
"Well done my brothers...this is a great victory of the Red Scimitars over the Soldiers of...King Shamid." Janim the Red looked down on the twenty-odd Soldiers who had been captured by his small band of Brigands and smiled through blackened teeth.
DM Briefing: A band of mountain Bandits capture twenty-two soldiers of a local Tyrant.
Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Taliban-seize-22-Pak-para troopers/articleshow/17788748.cms