Oddities for a Mine

William T. Thrasher

We've searched through the sewers and drawn from the bottom of an abandoned well, now it's time to go deeper than we've ever gone before with a new round of oddities for a mine! Get out your dice and get ready to spice up your subterranean delvings with another ever growing, ever evolving list of random objects, encounters, and anomalies found deep in the mines.

  1. A pickax with a head made of pure gold. The pickax is thoroughly unsuitable for mining.
  2. A cave painting featuring animals long thought to be extinct being hunted by figures that can charitably be described as humanoid.
  3. The bones of a miner fossilized into a seam of rock, complete with mining implements and lantern.
  4. A massive tree root growing through a fissure in the rock. There are no trees large enough to produce such a root on the surface above this area.
  5. A large, hairless rat with no eyes.
  6. A chess set carved from bits of scree set up on a board made from small slabs of stone.
  7. 1d6 skeletal bats hanging from the ceiling. There is a 50% chance the bats are undead and animate when approached.
  8. A deep, echoing shaft plunging down into darkness. If any question is answered near the shaft, the echo delivers an appropriate answer.
  9. A seam of raw nougat. The confection is perfectly edible, pleasing to the tongue, and normal in every way except that nougat doesn't come from mines.
  10. A cairn made from unrefined ore. Within the cairn is buried the original discoverer of the mine, interred with his implements and an uncut gemstone he once found in the mine which he believed always brought him luck.

And so it begins! Check back for updates as I add to this list in the coming days, and if you're inspired, please post a few mine oddities of your own in the comments. I want to thank fellow blogger Clint Staples for helping our Graveyard Oddities table reach 100 entries. How long will it take to do the same here?