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    Random Encounters in Ull
    Posted on Wed, December 14, 2005 by Dongul
    mortellan writes "The World of Greyhawk’s encounter tables vary throughout the editions due to many factors including differing authors and sweeping campaign events. It is no surprise then that unwary adventurers have been given inaccurate statistical information on what they can expect to encounter in the harsh region of Ull. Tragically many deaths and untold fortunes could have been saved if but for a percentage point or two. This is a modest attempt to bring all Ull editions together into an updated contemporary source.

    Random Encounters in Ull
    By: Mortellan
    Posted with permission. Do not repost without obtaining prior permission from the author.

    N. Ull Plains S. Ull Escarpment Encounter*
    01-02 - Camprats (1)
    - 01-02 Ghouls (2)
    03-04 03-04 Halflings (3)
    05-10 05-14 Herd Animals
    11-15 15-20 Humanoids
    16-20 21-25 Men, Bandits
    - 26 Men, Dervishes (4)
    21-30 27-36 Men, Herders
    31-40 37-46 Men, Merchants (5)
    41-50 47-56 Men, Nomads (6)
    51-56 57-61 Men, Slavers (7)
    - 62-66 Men, Tribesmen (8)
    57-61 67-71 Patrol, Men, Warband
    62-65 72-74 Wild Horses
    66-00 75-00 Use Standard Tables

    Ulsprue Mountains W. Barrier Peaks Encounter*
    - 01-07 Giants, Hill
    - 08-12 Giants, Stone
    01-08 13-27 Humanoids (9)
    09-15 - Men, Nomads
    16-31 28-43 Men, Tribesmen (8)
    32-46 44-48 Ogres (10)
    47-53 49-55 Special (11)
    54-00 56-00 Use Standard Tables

    * Based on encounter descriptions from the World of Greyhawk Glossography and Monster Manuals.
    (1) See Greyhawk Adventures for details. In addition, 5% of camprats here will actually be Kund, also known as blink camprats.
    (2) Ghouls are said to prowl the fringes of Kester by night..
    (3) Halflings are mainly found in Uli towns and typically share their customs and venal dispositions.
    (4) Will always be mystical devotees in the service of the Mahdi of the Steppes.
    (5) Daring caravans from the northern Baklunish states are typically bound for Kester a trade nexus with the nomads of the Dry Steppes.
    (6) Double standard encounter numbers for nomads in the Northern Plains.
    (7) Southern slaving bands search for Yorodhi tribesmen and humanoids while the northern slavers capture Paynim nomads.
    (8) Civilized Yorodhi hillmen (Oerid) normally except in the Ulsprues where they are instead less civilized ogre-blooded men (Baklunish).
    (9) Humanoids migrating and foraging into the lowlands. It is not uncommon for smaller bands of orcs and half orcs to function in Ull society.
    (10) Ogres include many half-ogres and also ogre magi within the Ulsprue Mountains.
    (11) Special Ulsprue 1d6: 1-2=Minotaur, 3=Manticore, 4=Chimera, 5=Troll, 6=Giant-kin, Fomorian. Special West Barrier 1d4: 1= Dwarves, 2=Troll, 3=Wyvern, 4=Men, Slavers

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    Re: Random Encounters in Ull (Score: 1)
    by Wolfsire on Wed, December 14, 2005
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    I usually find encounter tables very boring, but the footnotes really added a lot of cool flavor.  Regarding no. 1 there should be a cross-reference to your POSTFEST: Blink Camprat (Kund),

    Re: Random Encounters in Ull (Score: 1)
    by mortellan on Fri, December 16, 2005
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    Many thanks for the comment. Truthfully there is no way to make encounter tables exciting. The footnotes were essential indeed for without some substance I wouldn't have posted just mere d100 lists. And the reason I did this article was in the interest of completeness for my personal long term goal of making an Ull-Steppes Guide. There's other small-time articles to come and other more gazetteer worthy ones as well.


    Re: Random Encounters in Ull (Score: 1)
    by cwslyclgh on Wed, December 14, 2005
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    Nice, and very much in the flavor of the glossagraphy... I like them very much.

    Re: Random Encounters in Ull (Score: 1)
    by mortellan on Fri, December 16, 2005
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    Thanks Wes! Yeah I leaned most heavily on the glossography for my organization. The encounter charts in there were more than just lists, they were also contained valuable cultural data, especially concerning the Rhenee.


    Re: Random Encounters in Ull (Score: 1)
    by abysslin ( on Sat, January 21, 2006
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    Herd animals on an encounter table, cool. Now everyone doesn't have to count on the Ranger to hunt food )

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