Monday Morning Moments 002 – Dungeon Story Hooks

Monday Morning Moments 002 – Dungeon Story Hooks

Have some free story hooks from us at The Grinning Frog.

It’s always handy to have a few of these lying around in the back of your DM notes. That way you can throw in a tantalising side trip for the players or simply enrich the world in which they are moving through. After all, their adventure is not the only one happening!

In whatever way you use them we trust they will enhance your game!

You can download a pdf of the storyhooks by clicking here: Monday Morning Moments 002 – Dungeon Story Hooks

  1. A deadly new dungeon has been identified recently. It was found by a shepherd girl who stumbled into it looking for some missing goats. Since its discovery five parties have entered but no one has yet emerged. Some local scholars say it is the fabled Dungeon of Naz’gar – a secretive wizard who lived several hundred years ago.
  2. There is a magical statue in a nearby dungeon that has so far resisted all attempts to understand. It is believed that by performing the right action the statue will animate it and in doing so the secret exit from the room it is contained within will be revealed. The statue is of a warrior woman holding aloft a sword. Her left arm reaches out to the side and her hand is open but empty.
  3. A coven of witches has been discovered to operate out of a local underground series of caverns. The local authorities are keen to find their exact location, so they can be dealt with.
  4. The rumours are that a new dungeon complex is being built by order of a mysterious undead crime boss. The construction is rumoured to be extending out from one of the cities catacombs. So far, people have not been able to locate which one.
  5. Swarms of vicious giant beetles and other insect life forms have been coming out of the old tunnels under the town and attacking people. They were known to live down there on the scraps and offal that went into the sewers and they have never come up above ground before. The locals are terrified. The attacks take place mostly after sunset.
  6. A group of adventurers went underground to locate a fabled golden egg said to be located deep in a dungeon complex. They haven’t been heard of since. They left a month ago. Their sponsors are willing to pay for a team to investigate their disappearance and ideally return with the egg.
  7. A single surviving member of a recent adventure party made it out of an old dungeon complex. He has babbling about giant killer mushrooms and mushroom people just before he died. After death, his body sprouted red pustules which looked like they were going to burst. The body was incinerated by a wizard who happened to be in the vicinity.
  8. Several young children have been kidnapped and taken into an old mining complex. It is thought that a group of troglodytes led by a mountain giant are behind this.
  9. Inside a nearby cavern complex a detailed model of the local mountains and plains has been discovered. Various stories are now being told about this model – that it can show the way to hidden treasure, that it can predict natural catastrophes or that it can show the movements and locations of monsters and evil creatures. Oddly, no one who reports seeing the model can exactly pin point where they found it in the complex.
  10. A local castle has collapsed into the ground. It appears that something big has been tunnelling underneath the building causing it to collapse. The local lords want this thing tracked and killed. No one is saying it out loud but the idea that the creature might be under the control of someone is terrifying the lords.

Monday Morning Moments 001 – Coastal Story Hooks


So everyone likes a good story hook or story moment … they add diversity and create options for the players. Here are twenty with a coastal theme. Perfect for the Sword Coast, Chult or frankly anywhere the oceans meet the land!

Coastal Story Hooks

  1. A tribe of merfolk have been spotted offshore. The locals are worried that they are here to raid the town.
  2. A strange underwater creature has been spotted by local fishermen. They are refusing to fish locally until the creature is identified.
  3. A nest of giant crabs has been discovered on one of the local beaches. To reach the beach you have to climb down the Cliffs of Peril.
  4. There are a series of underground caves only accessable at certain low tides in the month. Local legends tell of pirates and smugglers using the caves for storing their treasure.
  5. A triton warrior has arrived in town and spends all his time drinking and getting into fights in the local tavern.
  6. Magical lights have been spotted under a popular fishing lake north of the town. Two local men went to investigate, and they haven’t been seen since.
  7. An ornately made, metal horned helmet washed up on shore last night. Exquisitely made it has tiny lettering and symbols etched around the edges. The language is unknown to anyone locally.
  8. Rumour has it that a new drug has hit the streets made from some rare seaweed that was washed ashore recently. Some people say that it grants immunity to pain whilst other say it turns you into a zombie. The authorities are worried.
  9. At high tide last week, a horde of monkeys came ashore in a battered rowing boat. They then ran off into the local forest. They appeared to have been led by a large male gorilla.
  10. A scaled and armoured sea serpent has been disrupting the merchant ships even running two aground and sinking a third. The people are worried that the merchants will stop coming if the matter isn’t resolved.
  11. During a recent storm just off the coast the waves appeared to turn into jagged scales and some boats had their hulls battered and badly scratched.
  12. Last week a local girl went missing after a picnic near a local river.
  13. A new pirate ship has been raiding the merchant vessels close to the shore. The pirates use shields with a red and blue stripped pattern on their front. The appear to be well organised and disciplined.
  14. The main local gang, The Sea Serpents, have been getting more brazen in their street crimes and the rumour is that the authorities are looking for help in clearing out the gang once and for all.
  15. A shield washed up on shore last week. The major is looking after it. The rumour is that it has magical properties.
  16. A new seafood restaurant has opened on the docks. The food is supposed to be amazing.
  17. A strange cactus like plant has been sprouting up just above the high tide mark. It is starting to obstruct the routes to the beaches.
  18. The local inn keeper has been arrested for poisoning one of his customers. Some people say it was his wife’s lover that he poisoned.
  19. The local forge has just finished building a brass and crystal look out telescope for the lighthouse. It’s said to be a wonder to behold.
  20. Strange seaweed swarms have been left on the shore at low tide. They burst and spray acid on anyone who goes close. They drift away again when the tide comes in. There are more and more of them each night.

Hope those come in handy!

Until next time; happy gaming!


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