Introducing the Spider Woods - Overview, Quests, Research, SupportBy Duncan Thomson on
"In the Webbed Woods several goblin druids worship spiders and lead a tribe of tattooed goblins."
A version of the woods from the Overview of the Woods random table.
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Introducing the Spider Woods
The Spider Woods is an Adventure Site using random tables in a forest rife with eight-legged web-spinners. Use, adapt or steal anything that is useful for your games. Suitable for sandbox games, one shots, side quests or world building.
The themes of Druids [Dd], Drow [Dw], Fungi [Fu] and Goblins [Go] can be supported using the Spider Woods Each table has entries supporting them.
Overview of the Woods
Roll or choose a version of the Woods for your game.
|1d20||Overview of the Woods|
|1-2||A tribe of goblins lives in the Grimvale Woods, using spiders as mounts, pets and beasts of burden. Theme - Goblins [Go]|
|3-4||Shadowmirk Glen is a place renowned for potions and poisons causing visions, overseen by fungal creatures. Theme - Fungi [Fu]|
|5-6||At the center of the Watching Dell there is an old temple of evil dedicated to spiders. Theme - Drow [Dw]|
|7-8||In Arachnar Woods an old druid has founded a circle of spellcasters based around spiders. Theme - Druids [Dd]|
|9-10||The distinctive spiders of Greenspider Forest are known for living in symbiosis with fungi. Theme - Fungi [Fu]|
|11-12||The Wood of Spiders has a crossing that leads to the Shadowfell, used by drow from the Underdark. Theme - Drow [Dw]|
|13-14||The Spiderdale is an area with a natural affinity to spiders and a group of druids protects the area. Theme - Druids [Dd]|
|15-16||The Forest of Many Eyes has goblins that breed spiders and harvest them for poison, using it in weapons and traps. Theme - Goblins [Go]|
|17-18||Drow have a foothold in the Vale of Eight Legs, introducing fungi from the Underdark to help watch it. Themes - Drow [Dw] and Fungi [Fu]|
|19-20||In the Webbed Woods several goblin druids worship spiders and lead a tribe of tattooed goblins. Themes - Druids [Dd] and Goblins [Go]|
Quests and Character Ties for the Woods
For only results of an NPC with a quest roll 1d10.
For only results tying a character to the Woods roll 1d10+10.
|1d20||Quests and Character Ties for the Woods|
|1-2||A herbalist (roll on NPCs) is worried about their druid lover. They went to the woods a month ago and hasn't been seen since. [Dd]|
|3-4||A sage (roll on NPCs) has a drow journal written in Undercommon. They want an escort into the woods to perform a ritual from it. [Dw]|
|5-6||A cousin of a character (roll on NPCs) is in debt. They hope to clear it by obtaining a rare spider from the woods.|
|7-8||A follower of a deity (roll on NPCs) wants help finding a strong hallucinogenic fungi in the woods. They are for a ceremony. [Fu]|
|9-10||A beast trainer (roll on NPCs) is interested in breeding spiders. They want to talk to goblin experts on the subject. [Go]|
|11||A character carries ashes to bury at a druidic site in the woods [Dd]|
|12||A character has befriended a goblin (or goblin foe) of the woods. [Go]|
|13||A character is having dreams of a drow deity. [Dw]|
|14||A character has been asked to find a rare fungi. [Fu]|
|15||A character has a friend willing to pay bounties for certain spiders.|
|16||A character is addicted to a certain type of fungi. [Fu]|
|17||A character has a relative who is a druid in the woods. [Dd]|
|18||A character carries a cursed spider symbol they can't get rid of. [Dw]|
|19||A character has a goblin amulet that pulls them to the woods [Go]|
|20||A character was born on wood's edge and wants to visit a place there.|
Available Support and Aid
These might be offered as a quest reward, to help out the group, as part payment or at a reasonable price from a local.
|1d20||Available Support and Aid|
|1-2||1d2 vials of drow poison, labelled in Undercommon [Dw]|
|3-4||A local guide (roll on NPCs) who has friends among the goblins [Go]|
|5-6||A pouch of dried fungi that act as 1d4 vials of antitoxin [Fu]|
|7-8||A spell scroll of speak with plants (or wall of fire) [Dd]|
|9-10||1d4 potions of climbing; or roll on Treasures of the Woods.|
|11-12||1d3 arrows of plant slaying [Fu]|
|13-14||A +1 sickle that glows when spiders (of Medium size or larger) are within 100 ft. It used to belong to a druid in the woods [Dd]|
|15-16||A damaged map of the forest marked on a giant beetle shell. It is marked with symbols of spiders, caves and fungi [Dw]|
|17-18||A giant wolf spider (or giant spider) suitable as a companion, guard or mount that answers to commands in Goblin [Go]|
|19||A book detailing spiders of the woods, including some preserved bodies within it's pages.|
|20||2d4 lengths of 50 ft. silk rope|
Rumours and Research of the Woods
Each rumour has optional information which might be found with research or a successful check.
|1d20||Rumours and Research of the Woods|
|1-2||There is an old temple in the forest (DC 15 Religion or History reveals it belongs be Lolth or another evil god associated with spiders). [Dw]|
|3-4||This corpse of a large spider is a demonic creature. (DC 20 Nature or DC 15 Investigate reveals it has been bred as a beast of burden). [Go]|
|5-6||The spiders only appeared in the woods in the last century (DC 15 History reveals a renowned druid reported there just before). [Dd]|
|7-8||The woods are associated with strong visions and dreams (DC 20 Medicine or Nature reveals this could be tied to certain fungi). [Fu]|
|9-10||There is a local who can guide folk in the woods (DC 15 Persuasion or Intimidation tracks down a scout who can act as a guide).|
|11-12||There is a way to other planes (DC 20 Arcana reveals descriptions similar to a place touched by the Shadowfell). [Dw]|
|13-14||Some go to the woods to learn spider magic (DC 20 Arcana or Nature reveals a grove on edge of woods prospective students can visit). [Dd]|
|15-16||There are strange fungi growing in the woods (DC 15 Nature or Survival reveals fungi described normally grow in the Underdark). [Fu]|
|17-18||Goblins of the woods sell poison to locals (DC 15 Investigate locates a merchant selling vials of poison with markings in Goblin). [Go]|
|19-20||The woods hides an evil spider cult (probably false but DC 15 Perception reveals several locals watching the party very closely).|