D&D Random Encounters for 5E - 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 guardian statue of a wererat and a bench (there is the remains of an insect)
They are bearing symbols of a local deity
In a fight they focus on anyone with religious icons
Difficulty... 300.0 Hard

At a wooden stage by a shack (close by is a dirty catacombs entrance)
They are involved in a shady activity
In a fight they work together to focus on foes attempting to hide
Possibly... during the fight the next suitable spell works but has an unusual side effect
Difficulty... 300.0 Hard


1 Half-Ogre (Monster Manual p.238)

At a small plaza (a mist is forming)
They are busking
In a fight they focus on foes with expensive looking gear
Difficulty... 200 Medium

At a brightly-painted monastery (close by is a patch of tended yellow flowers)
They are are looking for someone
In a fight they use ranged attacks on the nearest foe
Possibly... during the fight a swarm of wasps attacks someone
Difficulty... 450 Deadly


1 Cave Bear (Monster Manual p.334)

At a small square. There is a dense hedge with a dirty statue (near a steep path)
They are skulking
In a fight they run away as fast as they can if things go badly
Difficulty... 450 Deadly