D&D 5E Homebrew: Visit the ‘The Sorcerer’s Satchel’ in the Exotic Marketplace

Welcome to the Exotic Marketplace, where anything is available for purchase… as long as you can pay the price. This D&D 5E homebrew vendor is one of nine locations found within this event. These vendors are compatible with most tabletop games, with only a few modifications.

Use this location on its own, or as part of the larger Exotic Marketplace setup within your D&D 5E campaign to give your players something new and different to experience.

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D&D 5E Homebrew Vendor: Welcome to The Exotic Marketplace

This article covers one of the shops that appears within The Exotic Marketplace.

If you missed it, make sure you check out the first vendor in this series: “Mysterious Magicks.”

The second vendor, “Anything and Everything,” can be found here.

The Exotic Marketplace is a collection of magical shops that appear at a Dungeon Master’s discretion. These can appear as often or infrequently as you’d like, and only requires a small field in which to apparate. Check out the full details of the event here.

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D&D 5e Homebrew Vendor: The Sorcerer’s Satchel

As you approach this white satin tent, you smell a rainstorm.

You notice that tiny beads of water drip down the sides of the tent as though it is raining. Pearlescent beads of magical water glide down the tent’s supporting lines and disappear once they touch the ground.

A soft white light emanates from the entrance, and you hear thunder rumbling in the distance, though the sky is clear. Hanging just above the entrance, faint, shimmering words read “The Sorcerer’s Satchel.”

I’m not a huge fan of reading box text, but I like to have a written description on hand to reference or to paraphrase. I have had DMs in the past that prefer to read the descriptions, so a script for the tent’s appearance is above for your convenience.

‘The Sorcerer’s Satchel’ Services

A sample image for the tent’s interior is provided above. Feel free to use it! A different concept is shown below, if you’d like a different look.

This tent is filled with magical light. There are no people inside, and a plain, white cloth bag sits in the center of the floor. A note is tied to and hanging off its side, and an ornate mirror stands behind the bag. The mirror is a standard, silvered, non-magical piece of furniture.

The note says: “Put in what you want back.”

Trash or Treasure?

The idea for this bag is that if players throw their trash into the bag, they will receive trash in return. If they put something of value or personal sacrifice in the bag, then they will receive something much better in return.

Trash

The button below will take you to my favorite trash roll chart. It is on the Rose & Kingfish blog, and if you haven’t checked out their roll charts yet, it’s time!

Treasure

If, on the other hand, a player puts something valuable in the bag, they will receive something much better in return.

This could be something they’ve asked specifically for from the Dungeon Master. It could be something we know they’d love. Or, we can keep it random.

I’ve provided a couple more roll tables below for your enjoyment and ease. I found these on Reddit.

Interesting Treasure Roll Charts

The item they receive could also lead to a side quest or an entirely new campaign hook.

While you’re at it, make sure to check out our article on creating engaging side quests if you’re looking for inspiration.

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Increase Immersion

If you’d like to increase immersion during this session, there are a few ways to do this.

Play Music

I believe music and sound is one of the best ways to pull players into a game. Make sure to check out some of our free resources and guides for inspiration. Creepy carnival music, night-time sounds like crickets or frogs, and ambient nose of people at a festival are all great choices here.

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Show Images

While not necessary, giving your players some eye candy is a great way to spark their imaginations.

Use the tent images provided above, or do a quick search for creepy carnivals if you want something a bit darker. Even just turning your screen around for a moment works fine to showcase pictures. There’s no need for a fancy setup.

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Props for Gaming

Finally, if you’re excited to bring the marketplace to life, a few in-room props can really make a difference. Below are several ideas via Amazon for decorating your game space and getting your players excited.

Display Stand

First up is a tent-themed foam stand. While intended for cupcakes, this would also be a great place to showcase dice, miniatures, or even magic item cards on display.

It would be great fun to sleeve homemade (or even official) cards and then have players choose a random one from the display.

Reusable Banner

Use a banner or other wall hanging to clue your players into the upcoming excitement of your festival or event.

I’ve got two options for you below: first is a string of triangle pennants that comes in several color options. You could use these for any festival that arrives, signaling your players that something special is happening at the session that night.

Second is a “Come One, Come All” banner that is suitable for a carnival, circus, or the Exotic Marketplace. Check them out using the buttons below.

Raffle Tickets

Everyone loves a raffle! Why not get into the spirit of festivities and raffle off a magic item, quest lead, or other fun inclusion for your game? Standard raffle tickets are linked below for you.

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Closing Thoughts

The Exotic Marketplace is a fun opportunity for a Dungeon Master to present their players with a special set of vendors that provide a variety of utilities to both players and the DM. Whether you’re looking to free the PCs of coin, give them a new toy, or simply run an unforgettable session, The Exotic Marketplace can deliver for you.

Did you implement this tent or the marketplace as a whole in your game? I’d love to read about it in the comments below.

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