Crossroads, boggles, and an exemplary map
Tim at Gothridge Manor posted a nice list of random encounters for crossroads. I’m a sucker for local legends. Tim’s post caused me to grab one of my favorite inspirational references, The Lore of the Land: A Guide to England’s Legends, which relates this:
The boggle infecting Bringham Lane end, where four roads meet, is a white dog, known as Willie Sled’s dog. Willie Sled used to attend to those who came to Bringham sand-pit; and as nearly every pit in Riding has its goblin, this one is named after him…
Boggles are, of course, shape-shifting bogey beasts that haunt places of transition, like crossroads and streams. They’re prone to play (sometimes deadly) tricks on passersby.
While I had the book open, I noticed this map and key:
The key would be a good basis for a series of random tables to spice-up a hex map.
- Churches & holy places
- Devils & demons
- Ghosts, apparitions & screaming skulls
- Heroes & villains
- Hidden treasure
- Humorous tales
- Legendary beasts
- Local landmarks
- Phantom beasts
- Place-name stories
- Prehistoric remains
- Sunken cities
- Witches & wizards
The Jovial Priest, June 12, 2011 at 1:10 PM
I agree excellent
Tim Shorts, June 12, 2011 at 1:33 PM
Great addition Paul.
Jeff Rients, June 12, 2011 at 1:48 PM
Paul, June 12, 2011 at 2:01 PM
Yeah, I’m pretty much in favor of any list that includes “screaming skulls”. I don’t know when I’ll have time to expand this, so everyone feel free to riff on it.
Spawn of Endra, June 12, 2011 at 4:08 PM
I like the fact that it’s plural screaming skulls. I’d expect maybe one per county at the most. Yorkshire must be a creepy place.
David, June 12, 2011 at 7:27 PM
That is an awesome list and map!
Justin S. Davis, June 22, 2011 at 12:59 AM
Found this list via Tower Of The Archmage.
Consider it snagged.
Paul, June 22, 2011 at 7:58 AM
Thanks for dropping by, Justin.