by Mike Shea on 19 March 2018
This article is one in a series of artices I wrote for running the D&D hardcover adventure Tomb of Annihilation. You can find links to all of the articles below:
The eternal buzz of carniverous insects fills the humid air. Each step in the swamp threatens to tear the boot from your foot or expel a blast of poisonous gas. The eyes of beasts seem always upon you as you cut through the thick vines in your path.
As you pull through another canopy of skin-tearing vines you reveal a clearing and the ancient lost monument hidden within it.
Here is a list of twenty randomly generated monuments. Refresh this page for a new set or bookmark it to add some texture to the random encounters and hex crawl in Tomb of Annihilation. Use these random monuments as inspiration to build fantastic monuments in your own game. Choose and customize random monuments that make sense for the characters and the story of your shared adventure. Add your own effects or tie secrets and clues to the monument based on the description to add new spice to the scene.
The random monuments above were generated from the following list. You can print this table and use it as a bookmark in your Tomb of Annihilation book, using it whenever you think a monument might add some fun exploration to the game.
|3||Pristine||Madening||Shrine||of Ras Nsi|
|5||Ivy-covered||Radiant||Ruin||of the Aarakokra|
|6||Ruined||Arcane||Cairn||of the Batiri|
|7||Cracked||Poisonous||Statue||of the Grung|
|8||Shattered||Acidic||Barrow||of the Taxabi|
|9||Buried||Diseased||Effigy||of the Pterafolk|
|10||Gore-covered||Psychic||Altar||of the Yuan-ti|
|11||Bloody||Frosty||Skull||of I'jin the almiraj|
|12||Glyphed||Electrical||Fountain||of Kubazan the froghemoth|
|13||Runed||Antimagical||Obelisk||of Moa the jaculi|
|14||Obsidian||Oozing||Ship||of Nangnang the grung|
|15||Metallic||Charming||Tower||of Obo'laka the zorbo|
|16||Ornate||Fearful||Tomb||of Papazotl the eblis|
|17||Desecrated||Dominating||Throne||of Shagambi the kamadan|
|18||Ancient||Sleep-inducing||Stone Circle||of Unkh the flail snail|
|19||Decorated||Thunderous||Carving||of Wongo the su-monster|
Random charts and tables on their own do not build interwoven and interconnected stories. We DMs, on our own, have a bad tendency to leap to stereotypes and cliches when we need sudden inspiration for a fantastic features. A mixture of random tables that fuel the inspiration of us dungeon masters have the potential to come up with wonderully colorful and well-connected monuments within the stories we share with our group.