D&D Random Encounters - Arctic

Encounters might be a meeting with a patrol of guards at an old shrine or a familiar looking for aid. It might be an ambush in the wilderness, a stand-off in the city or a monster in the Underdark.
Encounters in arctic terrain occur in icy tundra, tall glaciers and snowy peaks. They might occur outside an igloo, on an iced over lake or in a winter blizzard

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At a pond of melting ice and a patch of damp sedge (nearby is a meadow of damaged cotton grass)
They are making a new home
In a fight they prefer to capture their foes
Possibly... they have a fine-quality wolf-pelt cloak with obsidian eyes (50 gp)
Difficulty... 700 Deadly


A group of gnolls

1 Gnoll named Hugelin
3 Hyenas

At a group of ornamental blue plants and a shrine to a forgotten power (snow is falling )
They are skiing
In a fight they use ranged attacks and try to keep in cover
Possibly... they have 2d4 sets of cold weather gear
Difficulty... 130 Easy

At a glowing ice cap (a freezing fog covers the area)
They are larger than normal (extra health)
In a fight they attempt to attack from hiding
Difficulty... 450 Deadly

At an ancient watchtower. There is an arch of jagged ice with a deep pool (close to a rock outcrop covered in blue ice)
They are getting ready for hibernation
In a fight they use ranged attacks on the nearest foe
Possibly... during the fight a cloud of dust or fog forms
Difficulty... 450 Deadly


1 Half-Ogre (Monster Manual p.238)

At an area of thick ice (the area is touched by frost magic)
They are attempting to catch fish
In a fight they focus on the foes with least armor
Possibly... during the fight a demon is summoned by the next spell
Difficulty... 200 Medium