[RPG] What benefits does a tent give a character


In my campaign (me being DM) one of my players entered an adventuring gear supplier, and they wanted to buy something. They asked “What does a tent do?” And the only thing I could think of was that it protects you from monsters in the night.

So what does a tent actually do? What benefits does it give a character?

Best Answer

It does what a tent does: provides temporary shelter from rain, snow, wind, cold, sunlight, and so on. Depending on the severity of these conditions, the lack of such shelter could create a situation where restful sleep is impossible. In the absence of restful sleep, most humanoids accumulate levels of exhaustion, which is debilitating and eventually lethal. The conditions themselves, if severe enough, could even be life-threatening (leading to hypothermia, sunstroke, etc.).