• Mark S. Cookman

20 Trail Signs to Find When Tracking a Group


Here's another little table that I hope that you find useful. Here's a scenario it could be used in. The party is looking for a monster (or a group of monsters) that is running away or perhaps sneaking through the borderlands of the kingdom. The ranger makes her roll and it's a success! She comes up with some sign of the trail and the party is off tracking the monsters again. Yay!!! "What did I find?", asks the ranger. Oh man, there's always at least one player that thinks if they roll the dice and get a success, then the GM "owes" them something. Below is a small table to help you pay that debt. Have fun tracking the bad guys. ;)

  1. Partially covered tracks.

  2. Signs of a firepit.

  3. A partially chewed bone.

  4. Brush marks across the trail.

  5. A discarded piece of brush used as a broom.

  6. A latrine trench or hole.

  7. Discarded pieces of a leanto or other temporary shelter.

  8. Small pieces of rope or vine.

  9. A dropped coin.

  10. A broken arrow or crossbow bolt.

  11. A broken button.

  12. Rocks that have been used for sharpening.

  13. A fragment of cloth caught in briars.

  14. A thin strip of leather; a broken strap?

  15. Signs of a false trail leading the wrong way.

  16. A half-eaten piece of jerkey.

  17. Signs of a hastily broken down camp.

  18. Signs of the party you are tracking having had an encounter.

  19. Discarded dressings or bandages.

  20. Physical signs of passage through the area: blood, skin, fur, hair, claw, etc.

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