WNH Downtime

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The following are the types of downtime activity permitted in the With No Horizon campaign.

Shipboard Downtime Actions: The following downtime actions may be taken by characters during a ship's travel times: Crafting (with appropriate tools and facilities), Research (with shipboard library), and Training (with viable mentor)


Equipment & Art

Cost: 1 day + half price of item in materials • Requirements: Appropriate proficiency and tools • Complications: None

  • For each day spent crafting, you accumulate 5gp worth of the items final value, in terms of item completion.
  • Multiple characters may pool their downtime efforts to craft a single item. This allows each craftsman to accumulate 5gp worth of value to the item per day thus spent. The DM determines a maximum of how many craftsmen can work on an item at a time, given the item and facilities.
  • Each day thus spent grants you a 1gp discount on lifestyle costs (min 0gp).

Magic Items (Consumable)

Cost: varies • Requirements: Ability to cast spells or Alchemy supplies proficiency (for potions, dusts, etc), schema for item type • Complications: 10%

  • Cost varies by item created:
    • Common: 5 days, 25gp, no Magic Ingredients
    • Uncommon: 10 days, 100gp, Magic Ingredients (CR 1-3)
    • Rare: 50 days, 1000gp, Magic Ingredients (CR 4-8)
    • Very Rare: 125 days, 10,000gp, Magic Ingredients (CR 9-12)
    • Legendary: 250 days, 50,000gp, Magic Ingredients (CR 13-18)

Magic Items (Permanent)

Cost: varies • Requirements: Ability to cast spells, schema for item type • Complications: 10% per 5 tendays or fraction thereof

  • Cost varies by item created:
    • Common: 10 days, 50gp, Magic Ingredients (CR 1-3)
    • Uncommon: 20 days, 200gp, Magic Ingredients (CR 4-8)
    • Rare: 100 days, 2000gp, Magic Ingredients (CR 9-12)
    • Very Rare: 250 days, 20,000gp, Magic Ingredients (CR 13-18)
    • Legendary: 500 days, 100,000gp, Magic Ingredients (CR 19+)

Magic Items (Material-Based Magic)

Cost: varies • Requirements: Appropriate proficiency and tools, schema for item type • Complications: 10% per 5 tendays or fraction thereof

  • These are magical items whose powers come from what the item is made of rather than enchantments worked into it. Examples include adamantine and mithral items.
  • Cost varies by item created:
    • Common: 10 days, Cost to Craft Item +25gp
    • Uncommon: 20 days, Cost to Craft Item +100gp, Magic Ingredients (CR 1-3)
    • Rare: 100 days, Cost to Craft Item +1000gp, Magic Ingredients (CR 4-8)
    • Very Rare: 250 days, Cost to Craft Item +10,000gp, Magic Ingredients (CR 9-12)
    • Legendary: 500 days, Cost to Craft Item +50,000gp, Magic Ingredients (CR 13-18)

Potions of Healing

Cost: varies • Requirements: Ability to use healing magic or Herbalism kit proficiency • Complications: 10%

  • Cost varies by potion created:
    • Potion of healing: 1 day, 25 gp
    • Potion of greater healing: 10 days, 100 gp
    • Potion of superior healing: 30 days, 1000 gp
    • Potion of supreme healing: 40 days, 10,000 gp

Spell Scrolls

Cost: varies • Requirements: Ability to cast spell being scribed • Complications: 10% per tenday

  • Cost varies according to level of the spell being scribed:
    • Cantrip: 1 day • 15 gp
    • 1st Level: 1 day • 25 gp
    • 2nd Level: 3 days • 250 gp
    • 3rd Level: 10 days • 500 gp
    • 4th Level: 20 days • 2500 gp
    • 5th Level: 40 days • 5000 gp
    • 6th Level: 80 days • 15,000 gp
    • 7th Level: 160 days • 25,000 gp
    • 8th Level: 320 days • 50,000 gp
    • 9th Level: 480 days • 250,000 gp

Buying a Magic Item

Cost: 100gp + 5 days • Requirements: Settled area • Complications: 10% per half tenday

  • Generally, this action involves putting the word out that you're interested in buying items, and getting a list of currently available items. It is harder to secure specific items, however.
  • The cost above is just to get a chance to roll to see what is available. Base Cost also includes a Wealthy Lifestyle as part of the expenditure, in order to impress potential sellers.
    • Gain a +1 bonus to Resolution Check for each 5 days additionally spent.
    • Gain a +1 bonus to Resolution Check for each 100gp additionally spent.
    • Bonus cannot exceed +10.
  • Resolution Check: Charisma (Persuasion) check.
Total Check Type A Type B Type C Type D Type F Type G Type H
6-10 1d4-2
11-15 1d3 1d4-2
16-20 1d4 1d3 1d4-2
21-25 1d4 1d4-2 1d3
26-30 1d3 1d4 1d4-2
31-35 1d4 1d4-3 1d3
36-40 1d3 1d4 1d4-2
41+ 1d4 1d3
  • Seeking a Specific Item: There is a chance equal to (total search bonus x 5%) that a rolled item of the appropriate category is a specific sought item. This check is made for each item rolled for. If higher-quality items are discovered, add +10% to the chance for each level above the one sought.
    • Thus, a +7 search bonus while seeking a Type F item means that each Type F item has a 35% chance of being the item sought, while a rolled Type G has a 45% chance, and a Type H has a 55% chance of being that item.
  • Large Urban Areas: In large urban areas, reduce cost to search to 50gp. Bonuses cost the same. Additionally, gain a +2 to +5 bonus to the Resolution Check based on the size and magic of the area (Waterdeep and Silverymoon are +5, Baldur's Gate is +4, etc). The maximum bonus to the Resolution Check is still a +10.
  • Price: Once it has been determined what items are available, determine the price for them:
Rarity Asking Price*
Common (1d6+1) x 10 gp
Uncommon 1d6 x 100 gp
Rare 2d10 x 1000 gp
Very Rare (1d4+1) x 10,000 gp
Legendary 2d6 x 25,000 gp

Asking Price is halved for consumable items.


Cost: varies • Requirements: Settled area • Complications: 10% per half tenday

  • Carousing involves a relaxing tenday of socializing, good food, and strong drink. It can be used to generate Contacts and Rumors.
  • Cost is based on the strata of society:
    • Lower Class: 10 gp + 5 days. Includes cost of Modest Lifestyle.
    • Middle Class: 50gp + 5 days. Includes cost of Comfortable Lifestyle.
    • Upper Class: 250gp + 5 days. Includes cost of Wealthy Lifestyle. May only be taken by nobles and others with appropriate backgrounds, or by those with a disguise kit and the Deception skill.
  • Resolution Check: Charisma (Persuasion) or Charisma (Deception) check. May be used to generate Contacts or Rumors.
  • Contacts: If generating Contacts, these are individuals of some impact in that part of town. Contacts can be named and listed by their type, or left undetailed to be added as useful and needed. A Contact can be used as an ongoing source of Rumors. They can also be used to get a favor, but doing so "expends" the Contact (though they can be re-acquired through Carousing later). (May have a maximum number of unnamed Contacts equal to 1 + Charisma modifier.)
    • Lower Class: Criminals, laborers, mercenaries, town guard, and other folk who frequent the cheapest taverns in town.
    • Middle Class: Guild members, spellcasters, town officials, and other folk who frequent well-kept establishments.
    • Upper Class: Nobles and their retainers, guildmasters, merchant princes, and other community leaders who can be found at formal banquets, noble parties, state dinners, and the like.
  • Rumors: When Carousing to generate Rumors, success generates a number of Rumors equal 1 + the character's Contacts.


Cost: 25gp + 5 days • Requirements: Settled area • Complications: Based on failed Resolution Checks.

  • A tenday spent scouting, planning, and executing a crime, con, or heist.
  • Choose your DC. The higher the DC, the more difficult the crime, but the bigger the payout.
    • DC 10: Robbery of a struggling merchant or household. 50gp if successful.
    • DC 15: Robbery of a prosperous merchant or household. 100gp if successful.
    • DC 20: Robbery of a noble or organization. 200gp if successful.
    • DC 25: Robbery of one of the richest figures or organizations in area. 1000gp if successful.
  • Resolution Checks: Must make three checks, at chosen DC. Dexterity (Stealth) • Dexterity (Thieves' Tools) • Choice of Intelligence (Investigation), Wisdom (Perception), or Charisma (Deception).
    • All Three Fail: Character is caught and jailed. Must pay a fine equal to profit the crime would have earned, and spend one tenday in gaol or hard labor for each 25gp of the fine.
    • One Success: Crime fails. Complication results.
    • Two Successes: Crime is partially successful, netting half normal worth. Complication results if a Rival is crime or law enforcement.
    • Three Successes: Crime is successful, gaining full value of heist.

Faction Tasks

Cost: 5 days • Requirements: Faction renown rating • Complications: 10% per half tenday

  • This action involves tending to tasks on behalf of one's faction superiors in an area. The tasks are important but often not particularly interesting, in terms of the narrative.
  • After this downtime action, gain +1 renown in that faction.
  • You may only use this downtime action once for every Rank in your faction. Thus, if you are a Rank 2 Harper, you can take this downtime action twice while at that Rank. Once you become a Rank 3 Harper, you may take this action up to three more times.


Cost: 10gp (minimum) + 5 days • Requirements: None • Complications: 10% per half tenday; add +5% per 100gp to stake

  • A tenday spent finding the best betting locales, discovering the upcoming games or places, and getting invitations to them. Coin is the stake for the gambling; may choose to bet up to 1000gp.
  • Resolution Check: Make three checks: Wisdom (Insight) • Charisma (Deception) • Charisma (Intimidation)
    • Cheating: May choose to cheat, substituting one of the above rolls for a Dexterity (Sleight of Hand) test instead. Doubles base Complication chance to 20% however.
    • DC for each is equal to 5 + 2d10.
  • Results are based on total number of successes.
    • All Fail: Lose all the money bet, plus accrue a debt equal to the stake again.
    • One Success: Regain half stake.
    • Two Successes: Regain 150% of stake.
    • Three Successes: Regain double stake.

Pit Fighting

Cost: 5 days • Requirements: None • Complications: 10% per half tenday

  • Engage in fighting for sports viewing and betting.
  • Resolution Check: Make three tests: Strength (Athletics) • Dexterity (Acrobatics)Constitution with a bonus equal to the die roll the size of the fighter's largest Hit Die (does not expend Hit Die).
    • May substitute one of the rolls with an attack roll using one of the fighter's attacks.
    • DC for each roll equals 5 + 2d10.
  • Results: Winnings are based on total check results:
    • All Fail: Bouts lost, winning nothing.
    • One Success: Win 50gp.
    • Two Successes: Win 100gp.
    • Three Successes: Win 200gp.


Cost: 5 days (Modest Lifestyle minimum) • Requirements: None • Complications: None

  • A half-tenday of relaxation. Must be at a minimum of Modest Lifestyle.
  • During this tenday, the character gains:
    • Advantage on saving throws to recover from long-acting diseases and poisons.
  • At the end of this action, the character chooses one of the following:
    • Restore one ability score that has been reduced to less than its normal value;
    • End one effect preventing the character from regaining hit points; or
    • Gain one Inspiration.

Religious Service

Cost: 5 days • Requirements: A non-hostile temple or religious community • Complications: 10% per half tenday

  • A tenday spent in service to a temple or religious community, aiding in tasks or rites.
  • Resolution Check: Intelligence (Religion) or Charisma (Persuasion).
    • 10 or lower: Gain no Favors; gain an Inspiration.
    • 11-20: Gain one Favor; gain an Inspiration.
    • 21+: Gain two Favors; gain an Inspiration.
  • Favors: Favors are promises of future assistance, of a type typical for the temple to charge coin for. This could be spellcasting (up to one Favor per level of the spell), services, equipment, community or political support, and the like.
    • May accrue a maximum number of Favors from any given temple equal to 1 + Charisma modifier.


Cost: 50+gp + 5 days • Requirements: Access to a library • Complications: 10% per half tenday

  • With access to an archive or library, a character can find pieces of information. Libraries usually have categories, based on what information can be pulled from them. This is usually one of the knowledge Skills (Arcana, History, Nature, Religion) or magical lore (Spells or Schema).
  • Resolution: Intelligence check, with a bonus equal to +1 per 100gp spent beyond base cost, to a maximum of +6. Results are:
    • 5 or less: No effect.
    • 6–10: Gain one piece of Lore.
    • 11–20: Gain two pieces of Lore.
    • 21+: Gain three pieces of Lore.
  • Lore: There are three kinds of Lore:
    • Knowledge Lore: Each piece of lore is the equivalent of one true statement about a person, place, thing, or event.
    • Spell Lore: Researching a spell successfully is performed at a penalty to the check based on spell level (–1 for 2nd-4th; –2 for 5th–7th; –3 for 8th and 9th), and requires a number of pieces of Lore equal to the level of the spell x2 (or just one Lore for a cantrip).
    • Schema Lore: Researching the building plans for magic items is performed at a penalty based on the rarity of the item, which also determines how many pieces of Lore is needed: Common (-0; 1 piece of Lore) • Uncommon (-1; 2 pieces of Lore) • Rare (-2; 4 pieces of Lore) • Very Rare (-3; 8 pieces of Lore)

Hiring A Sage

Sometimes one doesn't have the time to perform exhaustive research. This is the function of sages – professional scholars able and willing to find information of use to those who can pay.

  • Each sage has a half-tenday Rate in gold pieces, and a Research Bonus.
  • As long as the sage is paid, they perform the Research Downtime Action for that half tenday, without the character needing to do so themselves.

Run a Business

Cost: 1 day • Requirements: Must own a business • Complications: 10% per month

  • Days spent actively running a Business grant a bonus of +1 to the monthly Business roll per downtime day spent doing so.
    • A maximum of +30 can be applied to any such roll. "Leftover" days roll over to the next month's operations.

Selling a Magic Item

Cost: 25gp + 5 days • Requirements: A magic item to sell • Complications: 10% per half tenday

  • A tenday spent hunting for buyers for a magical item.
  • Base Price: Base price for a magic item is: Common (100gp) • Uncommon (400gp) • Rare (4000gp) • Very Rare (40,000gp) • Legendary (200,000gp)
  • Resolution Check: Charisma (Persuasion) check. If the character does not like the price, and chooses not to take the offer, increase subsequent Complication chances by +10% for each time this has happened previously.
    • up to 10: 50% of base price
    • 11-20: 100% of base price
    • 21+: 150% of base price


Cost: 25gp + 5 days • Requirements: A target organization or location • Complications: 10% per half-tenday

  • Infiltrate an organization or location for the purpose of acquiring information about it, from identifying important individuals to details of the location to resources used by the organization, etc.
  • Resolution Check: Make three tests from the following options: Dexterity (Stealth)Dexterity (Thieves' Tools)Intelligence (Investigation)Perception (Wisdom)Charisma (Deception)Charisma (Disguise Kit)
    • DC for each roll equals 2d10 + the secrecy rating of the target (usually a number between 1 and 10). Add a cumulative +1 per previous half-tenday the spy has targeted the same target. This total drops by 1 per tenday the spy leaves the organization uninfiltrated.
  • Results: Results are based on total number of successes.
    • All Fail: Disaster strikes, possibly even forcing a scene where the spy must escape.
    • One Success: Gain the answer to one question.
    • Two Successes: Gain the answer to two questions.
    • Three Successes: Gain the answer to two questions, plus the DM volunteers a piece of information not asked about.


Cost: 25gp + various time • Requirements: An instructor • Complications: 10% per half-tenday

  • A tenday spent learning a new ability or talent.
  • Language or Tool Proficiency: Learning a new language or tool proficiency takes 10 tendays, reduced by 1 tenday per point of the character's positive Intelligence modifier.
  • Other: Other, specialized traits may also be learned through the Training downtime action, but those are specific situations or rewards.


  • Exploits require training time that varies depending on their ranking, as follows. (Some Faction grant access to specialized trainers for Exploits; this reduces the gold piece cost in half.)
  • A character must have more Exploits of a lower rank than they have of higher ranks.
Rank Prof Req Time to Learn Cost to Learn
1 +2 1 tenday 50 gp
2 +3 2 tendays 200 gp
3 +4 10 tendays 2000 gp
4 +5 25 tendays 20,000 gp
5 +6 50 tendays 100,000 gp


Cost: 5 days • Requirements: A place to work • Complications: 10% per half-tenday

  • A tenday spent working to earn a living. This does not represent a character owning a business, but instead seeking and finding temporary work, the quality and wages of which are hard to predict.
  • Resolution Check: Make an ability check, using one of the following: Strength (Athletics)Dexterity (Acrobatics)Intelligence (one set of tools)Charisma (Performance)Charisma (one musical instrument). Results as follow:
    • up to 9: 2gp
    • 10–14: 10gp
    • 15–20: 20gp
    • 21+: 45gp