Generating Hoards by the Cards, Scrolls

Scrolls are one of the simpler tables to populate.  This isn’t complete yet, but trivially covers most of it.

I’d like to see more ‘special writings’, especially at low levels, but scrolls are about it.  I could imagine mundane books of interest, but there really isn’t much exciting by way of special writings at low levels.  You can always increase the caster level of a scroll, but that gets into fiddly details.  Spell books should, I think, be custom works — though once one is specified I see no real reason why it couldn’t be included in a hoard somewhere.  Once you get above first-level scrolls it can be worth exploring higher caster levels for scrolls.  That makes sense more for some spells (such as dispel magic) than others, though.

The table below is created using the updated card values.

Scroll Table

Ace scroll 0 scroll 1 scroll 3 scroll 4 scroll 7
2 scroll 0 scroll 2 scroll 3 scroll 5 scroll 8
3 scroll 0 scroll 2 scroll 3 scroll 5 scroll 8 blessed book
4 scroll 2 scroll 3 scroll 5 scroll 9 blessed book
5 scroll 1 scroll 2 scroll 6 scroll 8 blessed book
6 scroll 1 scroll 2 scroll 4 scroll 6 blessed book manual/tome +2
7 scroll 1 scroll 4 scroll 6 manual/tome +2
8 scroll 0 scroll 1 scroll 4 scroll 7 manual/tome +1 manual/tome +2
9 scroll 0 scroll 1 scroll 3 scroll 4 scroll 7 manual/tome +1 manual/tome +2
10 scroll 0 scroll 2 scroll 3 scroll 5 scroll 8 manual/tome +1
Jack scroll 0 scroll 2 scroll 3 scroll 5 scroll 8 blessed book manual/tome +1
Queen scroll 2 scroll 3 scroll 5 scroll 9 blessed book
King scroll 2 scroll 6 scroll 9 blessed book
Tier Basic– Basic- Basic Expert Heroic Master Champion Legendary Epic
Echelon Level -7..-4 -3..0 1..4 5..8 9..12 13..16 17..20 21..24 25..28
D&D 3.x CR ? ? 1/6..1/2 1..4 5..8 9..12 13..16 17..20 21..24

Closing Comments

Not fully populated, but largely populated.  I don’t go into ‘arcane’ vs. ‘divine’ (but I might want to… or I might not).  For now, I think it sufficient to show that it can be done.

It looks like scrolls are generally a good fit, with scrolls of spells of particular levels coming available at a suitable time.  They might be leaning a little to the rich side (a ninth-level spell on a scroll at ninth through twelfth level as a caster is pretty nice… but also pretty dangerous), but it isn’t entirely out of line, either.

I’d like to see a full set of worksheets, at least one for each treasure type, so I can do up a full workbook of treasures for each tier.  That’ll be good to see, I think.

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