D&D Random Encounters for 5E - Swamp

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 mists of the swamp hide many things, from the ruins of civilisations to shifting currents. Frogs and reptiles of all kind are found here, living alongside lizardfolk and snake-like abominations.

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A nest (group) of snakes

2 Giant Poisonous Snakes
1 Constrictor Snake

At a large fish-filled pool fed by a spring and a small island (close by is an area of dying sedge)
They are adapted to the water (swim speed and can breathe underwater)
In a fight they attempt to attack from hiding
Possibly... during the fight a monster enters the edge of the battlefield
Difficulty... 300 Hard


A nest (group) of snakes

4 Giant Poisonous Snakes
1 Constrictor Snake

At a reed-filled river (there is a strong wind from the south-west)
They are drowning in mud
In a fight they avoid the most heavily armored foes
Possibly... they have a Ring of Swimming
Difficulty... 500 Deadly

At a hut raised from the water surrounded by shallow water (close by is a decorated shed)
They are digging peat
In a fight they avoid any obvious spellcaster
Possibly... they have Dust of Dryness
Difficulty... 450 Deadly


3 Crocodiles from a nearby water source

At a sea of slow-moving mud. There is a bubbling pond with a shrine to a power of murder (close by is a deep pool with many leeches)
They are cursed
In a fight they fight to the bitter end
Difficulty... 600 Deadly


2 Half-Ogres (Monster Manual p.238)

At a sparkling pool (there is an island with a mossy cairn)
They are digging peat
In a fight they focus all their attention on foes attempting to hide
Possibly... during the fight someone has an unexpected burst of courage
Difficulty... 600.0 Deadly