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Encounters of the Astral Sea for Spelljammer
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Encounters of the Astral Sea for Spelljammer

Duncan Thomson
The Opportunity is a Shrike carrying 2d4 hadozee shipmates (BAM), a merchant priest and a cargo of expensive wines

Encounters in the Astral Sea using monsters from Spelljammer and the Monster Manual.

Tables for Astral Sea (levels 1-4 & levels 5-10), Astral Sea Encounter Details and Astral Sea Beasts.

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Encounters of the Astral Sea

The Astral Sea is the way between worlds of D&D. It is a place traveled by astral projection, a few native monsters or outer planes creatures such as slaads, angels and Modrons.

And Spelljammer ships carrying neogi, astral elves, plasmoids, mind flayers and weirder crew. It's a place of Dead Gods, gateways to other realms, astral dominions of divine powers and Wildspace Systems such as Realmspace of the Forgotten Realms.

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Astral Sea (Levels 1-4)

d20Astral Sea lvl 1-4
1 Runic Ray is a Flying Fish crewed by 2d6 bandits with a cult fanatic captain. They are trying to contact a star kraken; or roll on Ships lvl 1-4
2 The Opportunity is a Shrike carrying 2d4 hadozee shipmates (BAM), a merchant priest and a cargo of expensive wines or roll on Ships lvl 1-4
3 1d6 space eels (BAM) or roll on Astral Sea Beasts
4 1 pentadrone turned rogue or 1 barghest (MotM)
5 1 succubus/incubus or 1d3 spined devils
6 1d3 aartuk warriors (BAM) or a portal as a swirling whirlpool of colors
7 Sword and Shield is a Wasp carrying bickering adventurers. 1 spy, 1 drow, 1 acolyte, 1 scout and 1 thug or roll on Ships lvl 1-4
8 1 brown scavver (BAM) or roll on Astral Sea Beasts
9 1 neh-thalggu (BAM) or 1 astral hag (night hag stats)
10 Iron Shark is a Squid ship crewed by 1d3 hobgoblins, 2d4 goblins and a ssurran defiler (BAM) captain. They are fishing; or roll on Ships lvl 1-4
11 A ship adrift with no one alive on board or 1d4 vargouilles (MotM)
12 2d4 chwinga astronauts (BAM) on space guppies (BAM) or merrenoloth (MotM) with a rowing boat
13 1d2 astral killer whales or roll on Astral Sea Beasts
14 1d2 githyanki warriors or roll on Githyanki lvl 1-4
15 1 shipwrecked spirit (banshee stats) or 1d2 tridrones & 1d4 duodrones
16 Bladesinger is a Star Moth crewed by 1d6 scouts and a druid. The astral elf warrior captain is searching for a magic sword or roll on Ships lvl 1-4
17 1d3 psurlons (BAM) or roll on Aberrations lvl 1-4
18 1d4 astral swarms of quippers or roll on Astral Sea Beasts
19 1d3 pegasi or roll on Celestials lvl 1-4
20 1 starlight apparition (BAM) or 1 red slaad

Astral Sea (Levels 5-10)

d20Astral Sea lvl 5-10
1-2 Spell Runner is a Flying Fish crewed by 2d4 giff shipmates (BAM) and a cambion merchant. They are smugglers; or roll on Ships lvl 5-10
3-4 1 mind flayer with 1d6 psurlons (BAM) or roll on Mind Flayers lvl 5-10
5-6 1d3 kindori (BAM) or an area filled with blue (or violet light). Moving mentally uses Wisdom (or Charisma) instead of Intelligence)
7-8 1 aartuk priest (BAM) and 2d4 aartuk warriors (BAM) or 1d2 green slaads
9-10 Magic Carpet is a Hammerhead decorated in hideous purple designs, with a and a crew of 2d6 space clowns (BAM) who have made a flesh golem the captain; or roll on Ships lvl 5-10
11 A ghost ship with a crew of ethereal figures who seek release or 1 psurlon leader (BAM) with 2d4 psurlons (BAM)
12 1 githyanki knight on a young red dragon or roll on Githyanki lvl 5-10
13 1d4 starlight apparitions (BAM) or roll on Celestials lvl 5-10
14 1 neogi void hunter (BAM) with 1d6 neogi pirates (BAM) or roll on Aberrations lvl 5-10
15 Cosmic Slime is a Turtle ship crewed by 3d6 plasmoid warriors (BAM), a priest and a plasmoid boss (BAM). or roll on Ships lvl 5-10
16 1 mercane (BAM) & 1d4 githyanki warrior guards or 1d2 braxats (BAM)
17 1 void scavver (BAM) or 1d2 hydroloths (MotM)
18 1 gray slaad in humanoid form or 1 morkoth (MotM)
19 1 reigar (BAM) with 1 esthetic (BAM) or roll on Ships lvl 5-10
20 1 zodar (BAM) or 1 archmage using Astral Projection

Astral Sea Encounter Details

1d20They are... (or one is...)
1 drifting aimlessly with no goal in mind
2 following a shoal of astral fish or awakened (Int 10, speak Common)
3 following (or being followed by) something
4 investigating a weird glowing pool full of water weirds
5 near a mysterious runed obelisk (or a dead kindori)
6 pausing near a sleeping cosmic horror (BAM) (or a floating dead god)
7 surrounded by many harmless astral sea horses
8 frolicking merrily through the Astral Sea
9 investigating an empty spelljammer ship
10 near to a bizarre crystal structure (or a gargantuan glowing circle)
11 astral fishing or talking to a friendly mind flayer arcanist
12 looking for a portal to the Prime Material (or the Far Realm)
13 from a nearby astral dominion or trying to get help
14 being hunted by githyanki (or aberrations)
15 trying to avoid the attention of an astral dragon turtle (or astral dreadnought - MotM)
16 fleeing from something; or guarding a portal
17 watching over a nearby drifting dead god or hungry for conversation
18 heading towards a particular astral dominion or considering a complex problem
19 talking to an astral traveler or recently arrived through a portal
20 carrying a headband of intellect (or 1 scroll of create spelljamming helm - AAG)

Astral Sea Beasts (Levels 1-4)

d20Astral Sea Beasts
1-2 3d6 space guppies (BAM) or 1d2 nightmares
3-4 2d4 gray scavvers (BAM) or 1d3 astral giant octopi
5-6 2d6 astral giant crabs or 1d2 vampiric mists (MotM)
7-8 1d6 space eels (BAM) or 1d4 astral giant seabirds (giant vulture stats)
9-10 1 brown scavver (BAM) or 1d6 astral hounds (blink dog stats)
11-12 1d2 astral killer whales or 1d4 psychic gray oozes
13-14 1d4 astral swarms of quippers or 3d6 astral dolphins (MotM)
15-16 1d3 astral wisps (will-o'-wisp stats) or 1d3 astral plesiosauruses
17-18 2d6 astral giant seahorses or 1d2 gibbering mouthers
19-20 1 night scavver (BAM) or 1 flail snail (BAM)

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