D&D Random Encounters for 5E - Road

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.
A highway connecting two prominent cities, an ancient trail through sylvan woods or a road built by dwarves and now used by local tribes. Meet desperate brigands, friendly pilgrims, hungry mercenaries and locals herding goats

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At a vine-covered mine entrance (the area is associated with a mysterious winter wolf)
They are curious to see where the path goes
In a fight they attack anyone who looks like a source of food
Possibly... they have a box of ten fine elven wines (25-100 gp each)
Difficulty... 600 Deadly


A band of bandits

5 Bandits
2 Tribal Warriors
1 Thug

At a hidden cave entrance and a small fortified watchtower (nearby is a beast pen holding goats)
They are taken a wrong turning
In a fight they make good use of the terrain
Possibly... they have 1d2 beans from a Bag of Beans
Difficulty... 687.5 Deadly

At a discoloured stream by a patch of fungi (close by is a welcoming statue)
They are sheltering from bad weather
In a fight they attempt to attack from hiding
Difficulty... 600 Deadly

At a well-kept campsite (which is touched by druidic magic)
They are finishing a journey
In a fight they coordinate attacks on foes with ranged weapons
Possibly... they have a disguise kit
Difficulty... 450 Deadly

At a ruined house (it is touched by elemental magic)
They are are on a quest
In a fight they all attack the same foe
Possibly... during the fight someone's weapon gets stuck in armour or body or a corpse
Difficulty... 250 Medium