D&D Random Encounters for 5E - Forest

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.
The woodlands are full of life, with greenery and beasts at every step. It is home to feral druids, cavorting fey, beast hunters and primordial creatures best left alone.

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At a game trail near a polluted stream (near a clearing of fallen trees)
They are starting a journey
In a fight they run away as fast as they can if things go badly
Possibly... during the fight someone has a vision of the future
Difficulty... 600 Deadly


A group of sylvan creatures

3 Giant Owls
3 Sprites

At a ford across a swift river. There is a half-built hut with a few carved trees (there is a fallen tree with chalk marks)
They are searching for herbs
In a fight they quickly retreat and try attacking again from ambush
Possibly... they have a Spell Scroll of wall of thorns
Difficulty... 600 Deadly


A group of kobolds

8 Kobolds
2 Scorpions
3 Giant Fire Beetles
1 Giant Rat

At an area of rock-strewn ground (close to an exposed outcrop)
They are investigating a body
In a fight they swarm anyone with religious icons
Possibly... they have a pair of Bracers of Archery
Difficulty... 687.5 Deadly

At an abandoned campsite and a shallow pond (nearby is a ruined house carved from a large tree)
They are watching a threat
In a fight they attack whoever is causing them the most pain
Possibly... during the fight a fire starts
Difficulty... 700 Deadly

At a mound of logs near a several hanging vines that can be used to swing over a pit (close by is a lone tree with a wooden platform)
They are are looking for more of their kind
In a fight they used ranged attacks on any obvious spellcaster
Possibly... during the fight someone has a vision of the future
Difficulty... 450 Deadly