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 third 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 7 to 9, 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 8 list below carries the same value as parcel No. 7 for level 8 in the 4e DMG, for example – any parcel listed here may be freely interchanged with those listed in the official rules.
Prior episodes of this feature can be located through the following links:
Treasures for experience levels 7 to 9 follow. When alternative treasure parcels for levels 1 to 30 have been published, they will be compiled into a .pdf file that will be available for free download on this site.
No. 5. 376 cp, 533 sp, 693 gp, an engraved, silver wine carafe (25 gp), a braided gold necklace (100 gp) a pewter bowl, inlaid with silver and bearing bas-relief carvings of intertwining serpents around the rim (125 gp), and six matching crystal goblets with rings of obsidian for rims (40 gp each, or 300 gp if sold as a set), and 12 sticks of rare incense (25 gp each for a total value of 300 gp).
No. 6. 422 cp, 347 sp, 711 gp, a silver lantern with panes of rock crystal and carved hardwood handle, etched with a rising sun motif and studded with reflective quartz crystals (200 gp), a rosewood coffer lined with marten fur (50 gp), filled with the following gems (each valued at 50 gp): a dark gray bloodstone with red flecks, a pale yellow citrine, a translucent, apple-green chrysoprase, an opaque blue jasper, a star rose quartz and a transparent blue zircon.
No. 7. 399 cp, 491 sp, 447 gp, a golden cloak clasp, fashioned in two interconnecting parts – a sun and a moon (150 gp), and a potion bottle (empty) carved from a single piece of green jade (200 gp)
No. 8. 308 cp, 270 sp, 305 gp, a gold ring set with a red-and-white banded sardonyx (65 gp), a leather pouch containing the following gems, each worth 10 gp: two blue quartz, a striated green malachite, three moss agates, each pink with green flecks, two opaque black obsidian stones and three turquoise (total value 100 gp), five opaque black hematite gems, fashioned into shield-shaped buttons (15 gp each, or 100 gp if sold as a set), a yellow pearl (100 gp), and a belt composed of hinged silver squares, inlaid with turquoise (150 gp).
No. 9. 297 cp, 153 sp, 82 gp, a crystal jar (15 gp) containing rare ground spices (35 gp), an opaque, orange carnelian gem (50 gp), a drak green alexandrite stone (100 gp) and a silver dagger, with six white moonstones set into the grip and an opaque white chalcedony stone set into the pommel (150 gp).
No. 10. 166 cp, 193 sp, and 279 gp.
No. 5. 322 cp, 307 sp, 416 gp, a wrought gold chain bracelet (50 gp), a red silk sash, embroidered with gold thread and sporting several secret pockets (50 gp), an ivory drinking horn inlaid with silver and shards of blue quartz, depicting two knights jousting (100 gp), a yellow-green, transparent chrysoberyl gem (100 gp), a transparent red garnet gemstone (100 gp), two yellow-brown citrine gems, set into wrought gold earrings (55 gp each, or 125 gp if sold as a set), a wrought gold ring, etched with images of seashells and set with two pink pearls (225 gp), a golden torque (necklace) shaped in the form of interlaced vines, set with a dozen green small leaves carved from green jade (300 gp), and a marten fur cloak (400 gp).
No. 6. 694 cp, 531 sp, 490 gp, a chess set with pieces made from ivory and obsidian (150 gp), a black pearl (500 gp), and a golden yellow topaz gem (500 gp).
No. 7. 344 cp, 256 sp, 396 gp, a plain gold chalice (50 gp), an ivory statuette of a coiled dragon (50 gp), a blue silk brocade tunic, depicting a gryphon fighting a gargoyle (75 gp), a silver anklet set with five turquoise gemstones (75 gp), and a star rose quartz gem, set into a pendant flanked by two obsidian moons upon a golden chain (125 gp), and a rosewood long sword scabbard, inlaid with golden bas-relief carvings of lions (300 gp).
No. 8. 155 cp, 174 sp, 306 gp, a silk brocade sword baldric (25 gp), a silver dramatic mask, with facial features inlaid in black onyx (50 gp), an iron headband, set with a deep red garnet in the center (100 gp), a brocade tapestry, depicting a sunrise emerging from behind mountains (100 gp) and a leather belt pouch containing the following gems, each valued at 50 gp: a dark gray bloodstone with red flecks, a reddish-brown carnelian, a yellow-brown citrine, an opaque white moonstone, a white onyx, a transparent rock crystal, a smoky quartz, and three blue-green zircon stones (total value 500 gp).
No. 9. 122 cp, 128 sp, 186 gp, a dark green, transparent alexandrite gem (100 gp), a ring of wrought gold, set with an amber gemstone (100 gp), and a jet statuette of a rearing stallion, set with moonstone eyes (200 gp).
No. 10. 318 cp, 258 sp, and 373 gp.
No. 5. 535 cp, 336 sp, 461 gp, a silver washing bowl, engraved with images of aquatic animals (125 gp), a golden chain belt (500 gp), a ceremonial shield, ringed with silver and studded with a checker pattern of ivory and obsidian stones (600 gp), and a pewter coffer inlaid with turquoise (75 gp) containing the following gems, each valued at 100 gp: a transparent gold amber, two deep purple amethysts, a transparent red garnet, a white pearl, and transparent red-brown spinel (total value 600 gp).
No. 6. 214 cp, 259 sp, 273 gp, an ivory carving of a minotaur’s head (100 gp),a green silk belt pouch secured with a golden clasp set with a pearl (125 gp), a silver mirror with a wrought gold frame, etched with a leaf pattern and inlaid with blue quartz flowers (575 gp), and a suede pouch containing the following gems, each valued at 100 gp: two opaque red jasper, two pieces of polished pink coral, a piece of jade striated with bands of green and white, three deep red garnets, two transparent deep green spinels, and a pale red tourmaline (total value 1,000 gp).
No. 7. 326 cp, 338 sp, 323 gp, a brocade surcoat with a sword, rendered in silver thread, woven into the chest panel (100 gp), a silver drinking stein, with a lid that is carved to look like the face of a drunken halfling with bleary, blue zircon gems for eyes (150 gp), two matching golden rings, each set with a star rose quartz gem (60 gp each, 150 gp if sold as a set), four matching silver goblets, studded with aquamarine chips (50 gp each, or 250 gp if sold as a set), and a golden medallion on a braided gold chain, set with six opaque, pink Rhodochrosite gems set around a transparent, deep purple amethyst (300 gp).
No. 8. 318 cp, 348 sp, 237 cp, three white pearls (100 gp each), a lute, carved from a single piece of yew wood (400 gp), and a fox fur traveling cloak with ermine fur trim (425 gp).
No. 9. 238 cp, 266 sp, 171 gp, and a transparent, olive-green peridot gem (500 gp).
No. 10. 302 cp, 270 sp, and 370 gp.
The next episode of Pimp My Treasure Parcel will be published next Thursday.