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Cockatrice - Monster Manual Encounters #21

Cockatrice - Monster Manual Encounters #21


In this 1st-level adventure, alternatively titled Cock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, the party finds themselves in the middle of a Guy Ritchie-esque fiasco involving two down-on-their-luck buffoons who unwittingly enter a cockatrice in a cock-fight. This adventure is well suited to introduce a Thieves' Guild or other organized crime organization, as well as exposing the party to a group of rival adventurers early on.

[Advisory: Explicit Language] Because this adventure was inspired by films like Snatch or Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, there is extensive use of profanity by Jace's character.

Each entry in the Monster Manual Encounters series is a setting-neutral (but Forgotten Realms friendly) encounter designed to be dropped into any ongoing campaign with a minimum of fuss. The encounters are self-contained "micro-adventures" intended to show off the featured monster in a unique way, rather than being just another random encounter. Many adventures leave a few dangling leads the party could choose to follow if they wished, to give the DM an easy starting point for a longer adventure.

I started this series as a just-for-fun project with the artist who does the covers, Vorpal Pen (you can and should follow him on Twitter). Originally I posted the encounters to Reddit, but as of 2019 all new entries will be posted to the DM's Guild. While Vorpal explores the monsters artistically, I paint each creature in words - as such, these encounters feature more boxed text than many standard adventures - I promise not to be offended if you choose to mine the important details and drop the exposition.

Further Reading 

If you like this encounter and want to further flesh out Jace and his fighting pit, check out this great product by DropTheDie

Hard Hands - A Guide to Underground Blood Sports

In every plane of the multiverse, illegal fighting can be found: small outcrops of people willing to test their might outside of the governance of city spectacle. Exhibition fights in town square may entice a few, but in the dark corners of the city, where the rich and destitute meet on even ground, people pit themselves against one another in gruesome exchanges of violence.

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August 8th, 2019
It is a great little adventure to get strated in D&D. Not complicated, but easy to expand on if needed. [...]
July 16th, 2019
This is a nice little adventure, easy to drop in to any city location. The main NPC would make a good recurring character. [...]
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