D&D Random Encounters for 5E - 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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1 Cave Bear (Monster Manual p.334)

At an area of grass. There is a dense bed of red flowers with a smooth rock (large hailstones are falling)
They are eating lichen
In a fight they fight to the bitter end
Possibly... they have a Potion of Cold Resistance
Difficulty... 450 Deadly


3 Ice Mephits
1 Aarakocra (Monster Manual p.12)

At a sheet of ice with a fissure running through it (the area is associated with beast magic)
They are hopelessly lost
In a fight they surrender if things go badly
Difficulty... 700 Deadly

At a remnant of another civilisation (which is associated with foxs)
They are sheltering from dangerous weather
In a fight they run and hide if things go badly
Possibly... they have a Quaal's Feather Token - tree
Difficulty... 100 Easy

At a snow-covered cairn surrounded by snow (the area is covered with sludgy snow)
They are hindered by the cold
In a fight they try to capture the most heavily armored foes
Possibly... during the fight a non-combatant stumbles into the area
Difficulty... 700 Deadly


5 Tribal Warriors led by one named Zimzert Bafflestone (male gnome)

At a treacherous walkway (close to a mansion)
They are hopelessly lost
In a fight they retreat carefully if it goes badly
Possibly... they have 1d6 onyx stones which glow faintly when it is snowing. (100 gp each)
Difficulty... 250 Medium