Table Tuesday: What’s in that pot at the tavern?

Another Table Tuesday!  Tavern fare is often hale and hearty, but sometimes the ingredients in it are somewhat dubious not only in source, but also in benefit. Use the table below to determine what the common fare of the day is and whether it provides any additional benefits or drawbacks from eating it.

Table 8: What’s in that pot at the tavern?

Roll Result
1 Mystery meat time! Roll on the table below to find out what the mystery meat is:

1 The remains of whatever was run over in the street last night.
2 Horse. Possibly including the hooves.
3 Squirrel. A great many of them, and not all of them de-furred.
4 Kobold. Tastes a bit like dog. And not a good tasting one.
5 Possibly fish. Probably not.
6 The meat in this truly is a mystery. Eat at your own peril.

2 Goblin goulash. The heavy use of spices is enough to make the stew palatable.
3 Treebark and mushroom medley. Yummy, but failing to roll a save under CON using a d20 results in hallucinations for the next 1d6 hours. Failing the CON roll by more than half causes not only hallucinations but incredible fear and terror.
4 Troll gallstone soup, which is known for its amazing restorative properties. A single bowl of soup will provide 1d4 HPs of healing once per day with the side effect of increasing aggressiveness for the next 24 hours after eating the soup.
5 Nothing but plants and herbs. There’s a 10% chance that there is a poisonous plant included in the meal.
6 Dwarven Ironbread stew. This hale and hearty meal is entirely filling. However, only Dwarves may eat it without consequence. Elves who attempt to eat this will suffer 1d4 points of damage as the foul food courses its way incredibly quickly through their body.  All others much roll 1d20 under their CON to see if they can stomach the stew; a failed roll means that they will suffer intestinal burblings for the next 1d3 days each, requiring that they be near a latrine at a moment’s notice.
7 Mishmash. This cheap dish is made from the meat that remains on the corpses dug up from local graveyards. The bad news is that there’s a 25% chance that the stew may carry some sort of disease.
8 Owlbear stew. A most peculiar combinations of taste like eating chicken and beef at the same time. This sturdy stew provides a filling meal that also provides +1 STR bonus for the next 4d6 hours. This bonus does not stack.
9 Local Yokel. It seems that someone of some notoriety or fame has gone missing. And it seems they’ve ended up in the pot. This is easy to tell because in one of the servings is some identifying item such as a ring, earring, etc.
10 Everything’s good! Apart from the bland taste, bland texture, and bland look the grue in this pot won’t kill you. However, it’s so gooey that if left to dry out it acts as a type of glue that makes doors harder by one step to open. It can also foul up any lock if inserted in it, making the lock useless.

Look out for a new table next week!


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