Things to Find in a Large River?

Bohandas

Explorer
@Bohandas
reverse-vampires wading through the running water in the tropical sun (please explain this to me a bit)
I've seen jokes on several shows involving characters positing the existence of reverse-vampires that like the sun (there's a simpsons episode where Milhouse accuses the adults of being reverse vampires, and an Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode where Master Shake insists that a bus that's been parked across from his house is owned by a sun-craving reverse vampire from "Tansylvania") and it occurred to me that such creatures would probably also crave flowing water, since that's another thing that's usually a vampire weakness
 

Yaarel

Adventurer
I've seen jokes on several shows involving characters positing the existence of reverse-vampires that like the sun (there's a simpsons episode where Milhouse accuses the adults of being reverse vampires, and an Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode where Master Shake insists that a bus that's been parked across from his house is owned by a sun-craving reverse vampire from "Tansylvania") and it occurred to me that such creatures would probably also crave flowing water, since that's another thing that's usually a vampire weakness
That definitely required an explanation!

Fun concept.

I can smell the garlic already.
 

Aebir-Toril

When life gives you Lenin, make Leninade!
Floating bodies that look suspiciously otherworldy.

A crashed spacecraft that has sunken into the riverbed, populated by mutated wildlife.

A huge golden door with "Gate of the Arah-Ka" inscribed on it. If opened, it reveals a passageway that leads to a bandit hideout.

Ancient coins, too faded to be identified.

A boat made of lead, sitting at the bottom of the river.

Stranded canoes caught in weeds by the riverbank. If examined, only jars of pickled human organs can be found inside.

A pile of axe heads, tumbled across the edge of the river.

Bodies that were unsuccessfully weighed-down.

A ridiculously fast boat that appears to be aflame. Any attempt to follow the boat results in blindness and a divine curse.

A miniature replica of local city or village, built on a large rock that juts out of the water.
 
I did use piranhas once in an Amazon jungle-ish type adventure, where the PCs were looking for a lost pirate ship, which turned out to be sunken in a wide river pool... the hardest part of the adventure was finding a way around the zillion and one piranhas in the pool.
For a Nile River-ish type adventure, crocodiles and hippos seem more apt, along with giant perch maybe, as others on here said earlier...
I've seen jokes on several shows involving characters positing the existence of reverse-vampires that like the sun (there's a simpsons episode where Milhouse accuses the adults of being reverse vampires, and an Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode where Master Shake insists that a bus that's been parked across from his house is owned by a sun-craving reverse vampire from "Tansylvania") and it occurred to me that such creatures would probably also crave flowing water, since that's another thing that's usually a vampire weakness
Huh i have no idea what aqua teen hunger is
 

Tallifer

Adventurer
Our dungeon master placed a deep pool just downstream from an enticing ford. Four water nymphs emerged and charmed our half-orc into diving into the water toward them. However it turned out to be the illusions and mental trickery of an aboleth in need of new thralls.
 

Zardnaar

Hero
Dammit gonna copy and paste a few of these ideas as plot hooks and red herrings.

How about a Dragon Mummy?
 
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Funeral barge for a wealthy priest with dancers, trumpeters, and an orator-priest speaking of the deceased's good deeds. It is preceded by a procession of giant swans (swanmays) wearing golden headdresses and "dredging" reed canoes go ahead of the procession, manned by fishermen equipped with long poles to dredge up any dead bodies – as in this culture sailing/boating a recently dead body over other dead is considered to tempt the evil eye. Dead bodies are pushed to the side of the river to be hauled out by porters being paid in silver and turned over to the local Mete-f (Pharaoh's police) for investigation into cause of death.
 

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