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 as seen in prior editions are entirely absent.
Therefore, with deference to the producers of Pimp My Ride, the RPG Athenaeum presents its sixth 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 16 to 18, provides new monetary treasure parcels for parties having 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 4e 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 17 list below carries the same value as parcel No. 7 for level 17 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:
No. 5. 3,710 sp, 5,429 gp, 50 pp, a wrought silver chain bracelet (150 gp), a large, intricately carved rosewood box with platinum fittings (200 gp), containing a dozen matching crystal goblets (40 gp each, or 600 gp if sold as a set), a chess set with board and pieces made from ivory and onyx (3,000 gp), a large bowl carved from a single piece of green jade, with bas-relief renderings of a country scene (4,000 gp), a surcoat made from wyvern leather, lined with ermine fur (4,500 gp) and a green velvet pouch with the following gems: four transparent, deep purple amethysts (100 gp each), a transparent, whitish chalcedony (50 gp), two translaucent, whitish moonstones (50 gp each), two pearls, one white and one pink (100 gp each), a deep blue, transparent spinel (500 gp), and a golden yellow, transparent topaz (500 gp).
No. 6. 9,640 sp, 7,536 gp, 100 pp, a golden ring set with a translucent star ruby between two pink pearls (1,500 gp), a chain necklace of wrought gold, with each link forged to resemble an oak leaf (2,000 gp), and a solid silver tiara set with five translucent, blue-green aquamarine stones (3,000 gp).
No. 7. a pendant on a golden chain, set with a transparent blue sapphire (1,200 gp), a wrought gold torque, set with a fire opal at each end (2,500 gp), and a gray silk pouch containing the following gems: two opaque, mottled blue azurite stones (50 gp each), three translucent black opals (1,000 gp each), two opaque white onyx (100 gp each), one ruby (5,000 gp), one transparent blue sapphire (1,000 gp), and two star sapphires (1,000 gp each).
No. 8. 80 pp, three silk brocade tapestries, respectively showing landscapes from the known world, the Feywild, and the Shadowfell (worth 100 gp each, or 500 gp if sold as a set), a solid silver snuff box, inlaid with gold, carved with an intricate geometric pattern and set with ten white pearls in the lid (1,500 gp), and a transparent, fiery orange jacinth gemstone (5,000 gp).
No. 9. 10 pp, two Potions of Vitality and a ruby jewel (5,000 gp).
No. 10. 3,110 sp, 2,689 gp, 20 pp.
No. 5. 10, 290 sp, 11,321 gp, 104 pp, a silver chain anklet set with white pearl (150 gp), a life-size rose, carved from white jade and inlaid with leaves of green jade (500 gp), an elegantly-carved yew-wood lute, with an ivory fretboard and gilded strings (1,000 gp), a golden ring set with a large emerald (1,100 gp), a wrought silver circlet set with four amethysts and a transparent, rich purple Oriental amethyst (1,500 gp), an ermine fur cape trimmed with sable fur (4,000 gp) and a ruby gemstone (5,000 gp).
No. 6. 67 pp, a skull, carved from ivory, set with a transparent red garnet in each eye socket (300 gp), a whetstone, set into a silver handle inlaid with bands of black jet (500 gp), a pair of gold earrings, each set with a deep violet garnet (600 gp each, or 1,500 gp if sold as a set), a heavy gold chain set with five evenly-spaced sapphires (6,000 gp), and a pouch with the following gems: a transparent, rich gold amber (100 gp), two deep purple amethysts (100 gp each), two dark gray bloodstones with red flecks (50 gp each), a transparent, yellow-brown citrine (50 gp), a diamond (5,000 gp), a jacinth (5,000 gp), an opaque blue jasper (50 gp), two translucent blue opals (1,000 gp each), three transparent red spinels (100 gp each), a translucent star rose quartz (50 gp), three star rubies (1,000 gp each), a transparent rock crystal (50 gp), two transparent blue sapphires (1,000 gp each), and a transparent red tourmaline (100 gp).
No. 7. 3,019 cp, 2,548 sp, 2,656 gp, a golden yellow topaz gem (500 gp), a single gold earring, set with a transparent, olive-green peridot (550 gp), a fire opal gem (1,000 gp), a woman’s gown, made from cloth-of-gold and studded with ornamental stones (2,000 gp), a golden anklet set with five sapphire gemstones (5,000 gp), and a golden tiara set with a star sapphire and four sapphires (10,000 gp).
No. 8. 50 pp, a pair of kid leather gloves, lined with sable fur (150 gp), a cameo of a noblewoman, rendered from green jade and set into a filigreed silver pendant (250 gp), a golden chain belt (600 gp), a solid silver potion flask, set with five blue jasper stones and etched with dwarven poetry, with letters inlaid with white jade and containing a Potion of Vitality (2,000 gp, including the value of the potion), a golden cloak clasp in two pieces, having a black opal set into each piece (2,500 gp), a golden brooch, fashioned in the shape of a scarab and set with a large ruby (5,500 gp), and a heavy gold ring set with a diamond (6,000 gp).
No. 9. a wide-brimmed black felt hat bearing a plume of white pegasus feathers, lined with sable fur and concealing several small, concealed pockets (500 gp), a drinking horn, inlaid with gold and studded with small pearls (1,000 gp) a solid silver washing bowl and matching pitcher, inlaid with turquoise and jet in a dwarven geometric pattern (1,000 gp each, or 2,500 gp if sold as a set), a golden belt buckle fashioned to resemble a ram’s head, with two small rubies set into the eyes (3,000 gp) and a book, bound between covers of beaten silver holding thin, ivory “pages,” inscribed with archaic runes describing the travels of Hreogild the Ice-Reaver (4,000 gp).
No. 10. 3,730 cp, 3,517 sp and 5,611 gp.
No. 5. 10,721 cp, 8,588 sp, 13,034 gp, 104 pp, a transparent, olive green peridot gem (500 gp), a death’s head carved from crystal (500 gp), a pink coral sculpture of a cat with garnet eyes (600 gp), a black opal gem (1,000 gp), a set of 10 golden buttons, each set with an amethyst gem (100 gp each, or 1,500 gp if sold as a set) a bracelet made from 10 polished pieces of multi-colored coral (1,500 gp), a pair of ceremonial vambraces, each carved from ivory, rimmed with gold, and set with a golden yellow topaz (600 gp each, or 1,500 gp if sold as a set), an exceptionally large emerald (2,000 gp), a wrought gold armlet, fashioned to resemble an attacking wyvern with spread wings and set with small ruby eyes and white jade teeth (2,500 gp), a plain torque of wrought platinum (3,000 gp), a non-magical orb carved from solid amber (4,000 gp), and a cloak with matching cowl, fashioned from red dragon hide and lined with mink fur (5,000 gp).
No. 6. 150 pp, a pair of matching wrought gold bracelets (200 gp each, or 500 gp if sold as a set), a golden yellow topaz (500 gp), a pair of wrought platinum earrings, each set with a black pearl (200 gp each, or 500 gp if sold as a set), a gold ring carved to resemble intertwining vines set with tiny emerald leaves (1,000 gp), a ceremonial dagger, carved from hematite and set with a large moonstone in the pommel (1,500 gp), an unusually large fire opal (2,000 gp), a squat, demonic-looking idol, carved from black onyx with fire opal eyes (3,000 gp), a transparent, bright green Oriental emerald (5,000 gp), and an ivory coffer, elaborately carved, secured with platinum fittings and lined with sable fur (3,000 gp) containing a spiked iron crown, set with four black opals and a black sapphire (10,000 gp).
No. 7. 5,260 cp. 5,154 sp, 5,932 gp, a wyvern-leather quiver, lined with sable fur and decorated with a sigil, carved from jade, depicting a serpent about to strike (1,000 gp), a golden decanter, engraved with elven runes entreating Feywild spirits to make its beverages refreshing (1,500 gp), a scepter, carved from a Shadowfell oak, inlaid with silver, studded with black onyx stones and bearing the blazon of a long-dead noble family (2,500 gp), a dark elven bridal veil, made from silver thread and spider silk and suspended from a platinum circlet (4,000 gp), a wrought gold brooch, hung on a golden chain and set with a large diamond (5,500), and ceremonial warhorse barding, chased with silver and decorated with gold leaf (8,000 gp).
No. 8. two Potions of Vitality (1,000 gp each), 12 matching silver plates, each rimmed with gold (100 gp each, or 1,500 gp if sold as a set), a bronze tankard, inlaid with silver bas-relief carvings of a battle scene and studded with bloodstones (2,000 gp), a set of crystal pan pipes (3,500 gp), and a masterfully-forged dwarven warhammer, bearing an unusual rune (Successful DC 28 Dungeoneering or History check reveals that it is the property of a famous dwarven prospector; successful DC 28 Perception check reveals a hidden compartment in the handle, which contains a treasure map leading to a buried hoard of 22,000 unguarded dwarven gold coins).
No. 9. a cracked clay jar (0 gp), containing 3 perfect rubies (5,000 gp each).
No 10. two Potions of Vitality and 50 pp.
The next episode of Pimp My Treasure Parcel will be published next Thursday.