Theme Espionage
Spying, assassination, rescue. Task must usually be completed with minimum bloodshed.
Goal Explore New Area
Exploring an unmapped area, trying to find someone who disappeared into this area. The area is dangerous, filled with monsters.
Hook Mistaken Delivery
An item, clue, letter, orders or similar are delivered to the hero in error - it was meant for someone else.
Plot Accumulation of Elements
Players must visit many locations to gather pieces of something, perhaps clues, fragments of artifact, etc. and combine them.
Omen Comet's Progress
Astrological signs and omens fill the sky, and are pertinent to the quest.
Trap Mutually Assured Destruction
Heroes are placed in a trap in such a way that if one of them escapes, the others are sure to die as a result. Players must find a way for all to escape.
Twists No Hurting the Villain
The villain must not be harmed; for example they may possess the body of an innocent.
Climax Skirmish
A typical small-unit combat where tactics and strategy will win the day, as much as or more than sheer force..
   
Setting On The Road
Most of the adventure takes place while travelling; perhaps pursuing or pursued, maybe part of a caravan.
Location 1 Demi-human Community
Home to members of an intelligent non-human race. If this adventure takes place in a city, this could be a section of the city mostly inhabited by demi-humans.
Location 2 Demi-human Community
Home to members of an intelligent non-human race. If this adventure takes place in a city, this could be a section of the city mostly inhabited by demi-humans.
   
MAJOR VILLAIN Loveable Rogue
Not really evil, just lawless; may not really be behind the nastiness the players are encountering.
Suspicious : Paranoid. Uses foul language.
Objective : Wealth. Uses blackmail and extortion, and enforces payments with violence.
Motive : Affiliation. Needs approval of others; may join a cult or gang, and resort to acts of cruelty to gain their approval.
Weakness : Love. Master villain truly loves an NPC, and would risk defeat to save them from harm.
Minor Villain Villain's lover
Usually accompanies villain, but is sometimes sent off on missions alone. May assist players at times. Capricious : Lusty. Paranoid.
Minor Villain Misguided Moralist
Believes master villain's plan will improve the world. Argumentative : Overbearing. Hot-tempered.
   
Ally / Neutral / Patron Government Observer
The ruler of the land wants an observer along on the mission. Exacting : Perfectionist. Famous.
   
NPC Encounter Lying Accuser
Character falsely accused of something; must prove innocence. Opinionated : Blustering. Honest.
Monster Stampede
A herd of beasts are stampeded by the villain - and the players find themselves in the way!