D&D Random Encounters - 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

level: terrain: sources: type:

At an overgrown cairn by a garden of neglected white flowers (there is a group of travellers on the trail ahead)
They are investigating a body killed by a vehicle
In a fight they run and hide if things go badly
Possibly... they have 1d2 beans from a Bag of Beans
Difficulty... 600.0 Deadly


A group of fey

1 Dryad
1 Giant Owl

At a field of heath (the area borders the ethereal plane)
They are moving home
In a fight they focus on smaller foes
Possibly... they have a Cloak of Elvenkind
Difficulty... 375.0 Hard


3 Tribal Warriors led by one named Zolis Ankhalab (human)

At a waterfall into an overgrown lake (close by is mausoleum)
They are partway through a journey
In a fight they swarm the largest foe
Possibly... during the fight someone betrays an ally
Difficulty... 150 Easy

At a quiet monument and a shallow pool (by a grove of decaying trees)
They are suffering from an injury by a vehicle
In a fight they attempt to attack from hiding
Possibly... they have a Quaal's Feather Token - Bird
Difficulty... 600 Deadly


1 Carrion Crawler (Monster Manual p.37)

At a clear pond by a tainted stream fed by a spring (there are a few saddles)
They are trapped in something
In a fight they attack whoever is largest
Difficulty... 450 Deadly