D&D Random Encounters - Shadowfell

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.
The Shadowfell is a pale reflection of the world, a place of shifting shadows, twisted crystal trees, crumbling ruins and foul rivers. Meet cursed spirits, doomed cultists, hordes of undead and servants of the Raven Queen.

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A pack of rats

6 Giant Rats
5 Rats

At a gravestone (the area is protected by a ghost)
They are telepathic
In a fight they work together to focus on anyone with religious icons
Difficulty... 400 Deadly


A group of blights

3 Needle Blights (Monster Manual p.32)
3 Twig Blights (Monster Manual p.32)

At a wooden path leading up a slope (close by is part-buried cave entrance)
They are being stalked by something
In a fight they run away as fast as they can if things go badly
Possibly... during the fight a wall, tree or building starts to collapse or fall
Difficulty... 450 Deadly


1 Poltergeist (Monster Manual p.279 (variant))

At an old statue (it is cursed ground)
They are mutated in some way
In a fight they focus all their attention on a particular race
Difficulty... 450 Deadly

At an area of mushrooms (which is touched by a plane of chaos)
They are curious about a nearby light source
In a fight they attack whoever is nearest
Possibly... during the fight a trap is sprung
Difficulty... 100 Easy


A group of shadow creatures

2 Darkmantles
1 Shadow

At a field of crystal (close to a field of crystal)
They are hiding from a nearby threat
In a fight they attack whoever looks most dangerous
Possibly... they have a poisoner's kit
Difficulty... 600 Deadly