One aspect of the fourth edition (4e) of the Dungeons & Dragons game that separates it from it predecessors is the formulaic nature of treasure placement. Determining if this aspect is good or bad is a task best left to blogs that debate such things. It is beyond debate, however, to say that the 4e game doesn’t include tables for random determination of specific pieces of treasure, art objects, or gems, favoring instead static lists of generic “treasure parcels” for parties of every experience level. Sadly, the variety of monetary treasure and the realism added to the game by well-described treasures seen in prior editions are entirely absent.
Therefore, with deference to the producers of Pimp My Ride, the RPG Athenaeum presents its second episode of Pimp My Treasure Parcel, where a few more descriptive treasure parcels are presented as possible replacements for those in the 4e Dungeon Master’s Guide (DMG). This week’s episode, Levels 4 to 6, provides new monetary treasure parcels for parties of experience of the indicated levels. Each list presented below begins with parcel No. 5, as the first four parcels listed for every experience level are occupied by magical items in the DMG treasure parcel tables. As there is virtually no difference in value between any parcel listed below and its corresponding parcel in the DMG – parcel No. 7 in the level 4 list below carries the same value as parcel No. 7 for level 4 in the 4e DMG, for example – any parcel listed here may be freely interchanged with those listed in the official rules.
Alternate treasure parcels for the first three experience levels can be found here.
No. 5. 196 cp, 281 sp, 250 gp, a blue quartz gemstone (5 gp), a signet ring, bearing the blazon of a prominent noble family (10 gp), a heavy, silver belt buckle, carved into the form of a coiled dragon, inlaid with turquoise eyes and ivory fangs (50 gp), and a gold pendant set with a white jade carving of a good-aligned campaign deity (125 gp).
No. 6. 214 cp, 129 sp, 235 gp, three bottles of fine wine (10 gp each), a silver comb inlaid with turquoise (15 gp), a star rose quartz gem (50 gp), and a gold ring set with a white moonstone gem, with a secret compartment beneath the stone (75 gp).
No. 7. 309 cp, 259 sp, 221 gp, and a small pouch of six gems, valued at 5 gp each: an azurite (mottled blue in color), an eye agate (with circles of white and brown), a moss agate (pink with greenish, moss-like flecks), a rhodochrosite (light pink), turquoise, and a tiger eye (rich brown with golden center under-hue).
No. 8. 91 cp, 81 sp, 86 gp, five matching pewter drinking tankards (5 gp each, or 35 gp if sold as a set), six obsidian buttons, carved with Celtic knot-work depicting wolf heads (10 gp each, or 75 gp if sold as a set), and a braided chain of interwoven silver and gold (75 gp).
No. 9. 189 cp, 162 sp, 72 gp, and a bloodstone gem (dark gray with red flecks, 50 gp).
No. 10. 70 sp, 63 cp, and a simply-designed cloak clasp, composed of a gold setting and an abnormally large hematite (an opaque, dark gray stone) valued at 30 gp.
No. 5. 270 cp, 233 sp, 214 gp, four matching cosmetic jars made of crystal (5 gp each, or 25 gp if sold as a set), stored in a small coffer of mahogany with golden fittings, carved with a motif of intertwining vines and lined with red velvet (50 gp); a gold ring set with a deep, purple amethyst (110 gp); two matching earrings, each made of gold and set with a star rose quartz (55 gp each or 125 gp if sold as a set)
No. 6. 171 cp, 113 sp, 187 gp, a kid leather belt pouch containing the following gems: two azurite (10 gp each), one blue quartz (10 gp), one Bloodstone (50 gp), one jasper (opaque blue, 50 gp), one obsidian (10 gp), one smoky quartz (transparent gray, 50 gp), one green tourmaline (transparent green, 100 gp) and one Turquoise (10 gp).
No. 7. 60 cp, 84 sp, 171 gp, a transparent, blue-green zircon gem (50 gp), a velvet tapestry, depicting a wizard fighting a dragon (50 gp), and a golden arm circlet set with a transparent rock crystal, which is carved in the shape of a ram’s head (60 gp).
No. 8. 179 cp, 142 sp, 124 gp, a bolt of fine silk (50 gp), a ceremonial helmet, fashioned from silver to represent a dragon’s head with two tiger eye gems set into the eyes and stylized fangs made from inlaid ivory (75 gp), and a pendant, fashioned from gold filigree and set with an apple-green, translucent Chrysoprase gem (75 gp).
No. 9. 20 cp, 31 sp, 68 gp, a dozen fox pelts (3 gp each) and a ceramic jar filled with indigo leaves sufficient to dye 10 suits of clothing (50 gp).
No. 10. 21 cp, 31 sp, and 104 gp.
No. 5. 561 cp, 424 sp, 452 gp, and a velvet pouch containing the following gems: 1 onyx (opaque black, 50 gp), 1 garnet (transparent red, 100 gp), 1 hematite (opaque gray-black, 10 gp), 2 moss agates (opaque yellow-white with green, moss-like markings, each 10 gp), 2 chalcedony (opaque white, each 50 gp), 1 peridot (transparent olive green, 100 gp), 1 rhodochrosite (opaque light pink, 10 gp), 2 smoky quartz (transparent gray, 50 gp each), and 1 turquoise (10 gp).
No. 6. 319 cp, 248 sp, 357 gp, a golden earring set with a transparent blue quartz stone (15 gp), a pair of leather vambraces with golden studs (20 gp each, or 50 gp if sold as a set), a turquoise statuette of an elven maiden (50 gp), and a marten-fur cape (400 gp).
No. 7. 299 cp, 370 sp, 269 gp, a large, silver mirror framed with ornately-carved black walnut wood (75 gp), and an ironwood box with golden fittings, lined with fox fur (50 gp), containing six matching crystal goblets (25 gp each, or 200 gp if sold as a set).
No. 8. 340 cp, 256 sp, 271 gp, a silver hair pin, set with a tiger eye gem at one end (25 gp), a pair of silver earrings, each set with an obsidian gemstone carved in the shape of teardrop (10 gp each, or 25 gp if sold as a set), a gold filigree anklet (50 gp), a bronze decanter and matching bowl, inlaid with quartz crystals (40 gp each, or 100 gp if sold as a set), and an alexandrite gem (transparent dark green, 100 gp).
No. 9. 201 cp, 180 sp, 145 gp, an ivory pipe (10 gp) with a large pouch of rare tobacco (25 gp), a bloodstone gem (opaque gray with red flecks, 50 gp) and an idol carved from obsidian, depicting a campaign deity (50 gp)
No. 10. 50 gp and a rosewood walking stick; the stick has golden studs and a handle inlaid with ivory and amber (150 gp).
Episode 3 of Pimp My Treasure Parcel will be published next Thursday.