D&D Random Encounters - Urban

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.
Encounters in an urban environment conjure scenes of derelict buildings, grand temples and overflowing sewers. They could occur in a narrow cobbled street, gloomy graveyard or a busy public park.

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At a fruit trees and a crumbling cottage (slighty hidden is a bag of caltrops)
They are on a walk
In a fight they all attack the same foe
Possibly... they have a Helm of Comprehend Languages
Difficulty... 600 Deadly

At a haunted statue near a grimy well (there is no-one else around)
They are marked by a local faction
In a fight they try to capture foes attempting to hide
Possibly... they have a Potion of Invisibility
Difficulty... 400 Deadly


A group of gnomes

1 Deep Gnome (Monster Manual p.164) named Bonehorn
1 Giant Badger

At a foreboding low wall and a smelly pond (someone has left a rusty shield)
They are connected to a nearby building
In a fight they attempt to use the terrain to attack with stealth
Difficulty... 225.0 Medium

At a ferry over a river (there are fresh tracks of more creatures nearby)
They are bearing symbols of a local faction
In a fight they work together to focus on foes attempting to hide
Possibly... they have 2d4 bottles of fine wine with labels in Gnomish
Difficulty... 300.0 Hard


A nest (group) of snakes

5 Flying Snakes
1 Constrictor Snake

At a shop. There is an overgrown hedge with a discoloured stream (there are shouts of a crowd nearby)
They are hiding from a nearby threat
In a fight they keep away from foes with expensive looking gear
Possibly... they have a Candle of Invocation
Difficulty... 350 Hard