D&D Random Encounters - Hill

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.
Hill terrain covers a range between farmed valleys, rugged moors and mountain foothills. Encounters can occur among mossy rocks, by a stone circle or in an abandoned hill fortress. Often between mountains and plains, civilisation and the wilds, they are the home of vigilant sentries, monstrous raiders and beasts domestic or wild.

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At a hidden portal by a newly-buit low wall (there is a covered rowboat)
They are a shapechanger
In a fight they run and hide if things go badly
Possibly... during the fight someone drops their weapon
Difficulty... 300 Hard

At a stone path leading up a steep slope (there is an inquisitive mass of butterflies in the area)
They are hiding among rocks
In a fight they work together to focus on the most dangerous warrior
Difficulty... 300 Hard


A group of warriors

5 Guards
1 Bandit

At a muddy spring (close to a group of carved trees)
They are playing near a cave
In a fight they all attack the same foe
Possibly... they have a Gem of Brightness
Difficulty... 300 Hard

At a crumbling portal (nearby is a decorated hamlet)
They are guarding the local area
In a fight they attack whoever is nearest
Difficulty... 600 Deadly

At a weathered outcrop (there is the corpse of a hill giant)
They are are making a new home or lair
In a fight they attack whoever is causing them the most pain
Possibly... they have a set of finely made smith's tools, marked with the rune of a legendary gnome (250 gp)
Difficulty... 200 Medium