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Hendrick Andriezsoon 002

Often unfairly maligned as the most boring kind of art, still-life (or nature morte) paintings are actually a great way for the Presenter (or Game Master) to give in-game clues to the Player Characters. The items depicted might be the components for a Magical Ritual, the objects that must be buried to pacify a ghost, or even be a visual pun that helps solve a longstanding family mystery. Painters often used the still-life as an opportunity to display unbridled virtuosity through trompe l’oeil (“fool-the-eye”) depictions that seem almost real. In a world of real magic, perhaps one could actually take objects out of such a painting! And of course, a “Vanitas” (still-life that includes one or more skulls) will help add a properly Gothic atmosphere to any room.

d100, 2d4 times

The image depicts….

1 – 2

1d4 skull(s),

3 – 4

1d6 apple(s),

5 – 6

1d6 pear(s),

7 – 8

1d6 peach(es),

9 – 10

a lobster,

11 – 12

a ham,

13 – 14

1d2 sausage(s),

15 – 16

a coffee pot,

17 – 18

a crystal goblet,

19 – 20

a silver goblet,

21 – 22

a dead game bird,

23 – 24

a pitcher,

25 – 26

a bottle,

27 – 28

1d4 orange(s),

29 – 30

a bunch of grapes,

31 –32

a dagger,

33 – 34

1d6 oyster(s),

35 – 36

a Chinoiserie-patterned cloth,

37 – 38

an Indienne-patterned cloth,

39 – 40

an Arabesque-patterned cloth,

41 – 42

1d20 flower(s),

43 – 44

1d4 pine cone(s),

45 – 46

1d4 artichoke(s),

47 – 48

1d4 fish,

49 – 50

1d20 coin(s),

51 – 52

a melon,

53 – 54

a cabbage,

55 – 56

a violin,

57 – 58

a silver platter,

59 – 60

a porcelain platter,

61 – 62

a book,

63 – 64

a candlestick and candle,

65 – 66

an hourglass,

67 – 68

a globe,

69 – 70

a loaf of bread,

71 – 72

1d12 fig(s),

73 – 74

1d6 sea shell(s),

75 – 76

1d6 pastries,

77 – 78

1d8 chestnut(s),

79 – 80

1d10 walnut(s),

81 – 82

a pistol,

83 – 84

a crock of butter,

85 – 86

a gauntlet,

87 – 88

a helmet,

89 – 90

a sculptural bust,

91 – 92

a silver soup tureen,

93 – 94

a cheese,

95 – 96

a fly,

97 – 98

1d4 lemon(s),

99 – 100

a ring,

d10

gathered on / in…

1

a basket,

2

a table,

3

a chair,

4

a stump,

5

a stone,

6

a pillar,

7

a pedestal,

8

a stand,

9

the floor (or ground),

10

an oriental rug,

d12

in front of…

1

a field of shadow.

2

a closed curtain.

3

an opened curtain with a rolling landscape beyond.

4

a formal (or French) garden landscape.

5

a landscape (or English) garden.

6

a painted boiserie (paneled wood) wall.

7

an oiled boiserie wall.

8

a stone wall.

9

a plastered wall.

10

a brick wall.

11

an unfinished wooden board.

12

servants going about their work.
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