Fantasy Cold Lands - Encounter Table, Details and Locations
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Fantasy Cold Lands - Encounter Table, Details and Locations

Duncan Thomson
" A few mammoths are investigating a half-buried tent. Around them is a plateau of bloodstained snow and a pile of firewood..."

Simple encounter tables for cemeteries and tombs in any fantasy setting. Tables for Combined Cold Encounters, Cold Encounter Details and Cold Encounter Locations.

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Fantasy Cold Lands Encounters

Cold lands might be those always cold such as subarctic or cold mountains, affected by frost magic or a plane of elemental ice. Or it might be winter in an otherwise temperate area. There might be a frozen lake, mound of firewood, circle of ice statues or a charred sleigh. Hunters putting up tents, a white fox with the symbol of a winter deity or frost wight on a sled.

It's also a place of reindeer, raiders, snow sculptures, ivory, wolves, pine trees and skis.

There is a fantasy arctic encounters generator at ChaosGen. There is also a pdf of these and more tables at the DriveThruRPG as Cold Lands Encounters.

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Cold Combined Encounters

These reference Cold Lands tables for Encounter Prompts, Hazards and NPCs

1d10Cold Lands Combined Encounters
1 a flag marking a buried cache of supplies or roll on Hazards
2 a solitary (or giant)...
d10 (1-2. bear 3. reindeer or whale 4. snowy owl or puma 5. fox
6. walrus or lynx 7. woolly rhino8. wolverine 9. tiger 10. mammoth )
3 a grizzled artist, sat carving scrimshaw and thinking or roll on NPCs
4 several (or a pair of)...
d10 (1-2. hunters 3. raiders 4. goblins 5. warriors
6. scouts 7. ogres 8. nonhumans 9. berserkers 10. herders)
5 laughing travelers making snow figures or roll on Enc. Descriptions
6 a few (or many)...
d10 (1-2. wolves 3. aurochs 4. mammoths 5. giant goats (or alpacas)
6. reindeer 7. penguins 8. deer 9. dogs with a sled 10. seals or oxen)
7 embers of a dying campfire and tracks an hour old or roll on Hazards
8 a spirit, a(n)...
d10 (1-2. snow imp 3. animated ice statue 4. revenant 5. winter sprite
6. ghost 7. snow witch 8. frost wight 9. blizzard spirit 10. ice elemental)
9 a wary goblin outrider on a wolf, scouting for trouble or roll on NPCs
10 a potential (or signs of a) danger, a(n)...
d10 (1-2. frost giant 3. ice dragon 4. frost salamander 5. winter wolf
6. griffon 7. undead mammoth 8. troll 9. sabre-toothed tiger 10. yeti )

Cold Encounter Details

Use 1d6 for beasts or non-sentient creatures.

1d10They are... (or one is...)
1 stalking (or being stalked by) something; or attempting to catch fish
2 investigating a half-buried...
d10 (1-2. abandoned hut 3. corpse 4. ugly statue 5. set of tracks
6. sleigh 7. skeleton 8. tunnel entrance 9. tent 10. cursed shrine)
3 consuming a recent kill or hopelessly lost
4 eating lichen (or a recent kill); or hiding in the snow
5 displaying the symbol of a winter deity or being noisy
6 sheltering from dangerous weather or infected with a disease
7 currently...
d10 (1-2. making music 3. skiing 4. hunting 5. intoxicated
6. yodeling 7. skating 8. hiding 9. chanting 10. celebrating)
8 making an ice (or snow) sculpture (or wall); or holding a funeral
9 putting up (or investigating) tents or searching for the party
10 on (or pulling) a sled (or sleigh); or burying something in the snow

Cold Encounter Locations

1d10Area, a(n)...Feature, a(n)...
1 area of pine trees (or permafrost) mammoth skeleton or fading fire
2 slippery ridge (or slope); or icy cliff wide pool with a layer of thin ice
3 field of cotton grass (or crisp snow) mound of firewood (or old furs)
4 circle of ice statues (or columns) frozen bear corpse or rope ladder
5 burial ground or grove of fir trees fur-lined tent or snow sculpture
6 plateau of bloodstained snow treacherous walkway (or bridge)
7 frozen lake (or waterfall) of blue ice cairn with lichen or few big icicles
8 glacial valley or arcane tower pile of bones (or ivory) and snow
9 fish-filled river or few wooden huts icy pool or blocked cave entrance
10 crumbling temple (or obelisk) charred (or fine) sleigh (or kayak)

More Encounters

There is a fantasy arctic encounters generator at ChaosGen. There is also a pdf of these and more tables at the DriveThruRPG as Cold Lands

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