"A few goblins are riding giant spiders, carrying a bound beast. They are taking tribute to a gigantic spider."
Simple encounter tables for forest terrain in any fantasy setting. Tables for Forest Encounter Prompts, Forest Hazards & Distractions and Quick Forest NPCs.
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Fantasy Forest Encounters
Forest encounters might be forest fey celebrating in raucous fashion, a distressed tree spirit or a patrol from nearby civilisation. There might be a stampeded of herd beasts or an enchanted mist to get lost in.
A place of dim light beneath the boughs of ancient woodland, broken by glades and clearings where life thrives. A place alluring elves, outlaws, beast friends and haggard hunters.
10 Forest Encounter Prompts
|10 Forest Encounter Prompts
|A ranger with two wolf companions surveys the party warily. They think one of the group looks like an outlaw they are tracking.
|Pipe music plays from a group of fey (or nobles) celebrate. They are dancing and drinking, raucous as they wait for a special guest.
|A patrol of warriors from the nearest large settlement rests here, eating rations. They are checking on a remote outpost (or temple).
|A few goblins are riding giant spiders, carrying a bound beast (or humanoid). They are taking tribute to a gigantic spider.
|A winged bear (or horse) with many scars is fearful of strangers. They have a basic telepathy, showing strange ruins it escaped from.
|A procession of woodland priests and animals carries candles, heading towards a holy place within the forest for a ritual.
|A group of muscular hunters greets the group. They travel with a friendly boar, treating it like royalty. All of the hunters are wereboars.
|Several shimmering hounds run ahead of mounted elves on a hunt.
|A distraught (or deceptive) tree spirit warns the group of a great evil approaching. They ask them to awake a power at an ancient grove.
|A forest giant has a beard of ivy and plants growing from their body. They are searching for a large barrel they left in a mushroom circle.
Forest Hazards and Distractions
|a unnerving silence or a dead body infected with a magical disease
| something out of place here...
d10 (1-2. a bright red door 3. a glass tower 4. a stack of books
5. a tree covered in shells 6. a brick wall 7. several gnome statues
8. an illusory dragon 9. a large cactus 10. a sign advertising a tavern)
|a stampede of herd beasts or relentless rain that can cause floods
|a breeze whispering a message asking for aid or a falling net
| there is the strong smell of ...
d10 (1-2. a dead body 3. fire 4. sweet smoke 5. foul magic 6. fish
7. fungal spores 8. bears 9. enchanted flowers 10. something cooking)
|a pit covered in hides and leaves or a swarm of glowing insects
|an illusion concealing a cave mouth (or a small settlement)
| There are nearby sounds of a (or an)...
d10 (1-2. hunt 3. tree being felled 4. waterfall 5. argument 6. flute
7. swarm of angry insects 8. bell 9. flock of birds 10. eerie moaning)
|an enchanted mist, easy to get lost in (or leading to another place)
|a forest fire and smoke or several large animal traps
Quick Forest NPCs
|elf or unpredictable
|playing an instrument (or game)
|peacefiul or outraged
|with a pet squirrel (or snake)
|goblin or alluring
|using forest magic (or illusions)
|wary or hallucinating
|trying to find a particular ruin
|werewolf or questing
|felling (or hugging) a tree
|haggard or wounded
|sent by a spirit to find the group
|faerie or filthy
|with several wolves (or deer)
|muscular or gnome
|foraging for herbs or berries
|lizardfolk or insightful
|with a glowing silver charm
|lost or snakefolk
|who talks to animals (or trees)