Feigning to be a eunuch, she was well known for her piety and holiness. When she died several years later, her relics gave off the sweet odor of sanctity. Her tomb has been a place of pilgrimage ever since.
When one uses the word pilgrim or pilgrimage, I image one of two images immediately comes to mind for most people — the English settlers of New England or Muslims on their way to Mecca. It might surprise some, then, to learn that pilgrimage has been a part of the Christian experience since antiquity. We know this because of remarkable book called the Itinerarium Egeriae. It is a travel journal written by a woman from Gaul who went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the late fourth century. Her writing is a valuable window into the status of women, Christians and the liturgy of Jerusalem in the 4th century.
What is not so surprising, however, is that pilgrim as a monster listing did not make it from the Monster Manual into the B/X edition of D&D (nor has the dervish from B/X to LL). This in part may very well have to do with the fact that religious pilgrimage is rather alien to the average American of the late 20th and early 21st centuries — despite the wealth of adventure possibilities and role playing opportunities that a random encounter with pilgrims might inspire.
I imagine that one of the greatest stumbling blocks is the actual goal of the pilgrimage itself. To that end, here is a small offering in the form of a few tables to help generate just such a destination:
Main Table (d3)
Relic Subtable (d3)
- Piece of Clothing (shoe, belt, cloak, etc.)
- Piece of Equipment (weapon, armor, shield, etc.)
- Incorrupt Body (where the flesh has not decomposed)
- Incorrupt Body Part (a hand, for example)
Event Subtable (d3)
- Appearance of a Saint (the Virgin of Guadalupe is a well known example)
- Appearance of an Angel
Place Subtable (d3)
- Site of Martyrdom
- Home of a saint (cave, monestary cell, etc.)