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. ;)
Partially covered tracks.
Signs of a firepit.
A partially chewed bone.
Brush marks across the trail.
A discarded piece of brush used as a broom.
A latrine trench or hole.
Discarded pieces of a leanto or other temporary shelter.
Small pieces of rope or vine.
A dropped coin.
A broken arrow or crossbow bolt.
A broken button.
Rocks that have been used for sharpening.
A fragment of cloth caught in briars.
A thin strip of leather; a broken strap?
Signs of a false trail leading the wrong way.
A half-eaten piece of jerkey.
Signs of a hastily broken down camp.
Signs of the party you are tracking having had an encounter.
Discarded dressings or bandages.
Physical signs of passage through the area: blood, skin, fur, hair, claw, etc.