D&D Random Encounters for 5E - Ruins

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.
Ruins might be a haunted mansion, an abandoned village or a crumbling tomb, among broken masonry, fallen pillars and piles of debris. They are home to restless spirits, strange oozes, desperate cultists and arcane experiments.

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At a haunted bridge (close by is an ivy-covered cottage)
They are studying something in ruins
In a fight they attack whoever is causing them the most pain
Possibly... they have a vial of burnt other fumes
Difficulty... 700 Deadly

At a clear pond with many frogs near a dirty low wall (there is a bush of blue berries)
They are watching a nearby threat
In a fight they focus on foes attempting to hide
Possibly... during the fight a weapon breaks at an unfortunate moment
Difficulty... 450 Deadly

At an old shop (there is a statue warning of danger)
They are waiting in ambush for someone
In a fight they focus on the largest foe
Difficulty... 100 Easy


A group of cultists

5 Cultists
1 Thug

At a slope of flowers. There is an overgrown fountain with an old shrine to a power of night (nearby is a reed-filled pond)
They are are fleeing a natural disaster or other event
In a fight they retreat when half their number have fallen
Difficulty... 450 Deadly


A group of cultists

6 Cultists
1 Giant Poisonous Snake
1 Mud Mephit (Monster Manual p.216)

At a shallow, reed-filled stream (close to an area of damaged moss)
They are investigating ruins
In a fight they attempt hit and run tactics
Possibly... during the fight a large third force arrives that is enemy of both sides
Difficulty... 625.0 Deadly