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Dungeon Discoveries: A Tiny Pearwood Lute

Dungeon Discoveries: A Tiny Pearwood Lute

Post Series: Dungeon Discoveries

Want to introduce a little mischief to your roleplaying game? Here’s a wondrous item to drop right into your campaign world for your players to discover, complete with a history and quest hook!

The History

This lute belongs to a particularly infamous pixie or other tiny creature (DM’s discretion) who is known for being a talented bard, trickster, and drunkard. During one particularly wild night, the tiny owner of the lute lost it, but believes it was stolen from him. If the party takes the lute to an appropriate NPC (DM’s discretion), they can identify the owner.

The Lute

The miniature lute is carved from fine, pinkish pearwood, with hair-thin strings and silver fittings. Tiny leaf-and-grape motifs decorate the body, and the head is shaped like a thick bunch of grapes. It is too small for any small or medium-sized creature to play, but seems just the right size for a tiny one.

When played by a tiny creature, the lute fills one container (such as a cup or goblet) with one thimble-full of pear wine per minute played. This effect occurs at the will of the lute’s player, and can fill roughly one average-sized goblet per day.

The Quest Hook

The morning after the party finds the lute, they wake up to find their hands and feet tied with hundreds of pieces of twine. The owner of the lute is standing over them (or the player in possession of the lute if the party is separated), demanding the return of the instrument.

Want to Create Your Own Unique Items?

We hope this wondrous item adds some laughs and interesting roleplaying to your game – feel free to use it as a jumping-off point for new adventures or tweak it to fit your own plans!

The idea for the item was generated using our Curious Treasure Dungeon Discoveries Deck. Every deck contains 50 cards, each of which has four items and four potential descriptors, which can be mixed and matched to create over 40,000 unique items!

Creating the histories and quests attached to an item is entirely up to you, but a Dungeon Discoveries deck can be a fantastic prompt to get your creativity flowing. You can check out our full selection of Decks here!

Christopher Mahon

Chris Mahon is a fantasy writer, speaker, and essayist living in Brooklyn, New York. His non-fiction work has appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine, SyFy WIRE, Outer Places, The Portalist, and others. He's also spoken at New York Comic-Con, Columbia University, and the Glasgow International Fantasy Convention. In his free time he runs The Occult Triangle Lab, a blog on trigonometry, fantasy, and ungodly amounts of milk.

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