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 reed-filled pond surrounded by thorny bushes (there is the body of a cultist)
They are are near their home
In a fight they attack whoever looks most dangerous
Possibly... they have a Potion of Clairvoyance
Difficulty... 100 Easy

At an area of undisturbed brambles (which is desecrated ground)
They are watching a nearby threat
In a fight they focus all their attention on the foes with least armor
Possibly... they have a Scroll of Protection - Elementals
Difficulty... 450 Deadly


2 Half-Ogres (Monster Manual p.238)

At a hidden monument and a desolate gravestone (heavy rain is falling)
They are are on a spiritual journey
In a fight they surrender if things go badly
Difficulty... 600.0 Deadly

At an unusual burial ground. There is a hidden spiked pit trap reset by a nearby lever with a foreboding column (there is a smell of winter covering the area)
They are in need of help
In a fight they act as if something else is guiding them - they avoid the most visible foes
Difficulty... 300 Hard

At a gloomy fountain by a strange shrine to a forgotten power (there is a pond covered in lily pads)
They are studying something in ruins
In a fight they focus on any obvious spellcaster
Possibly... they have a magnifying glass
Difficulty... 450 Deadly