Fantasy Encounters, Hazards & NPCs for Forest RPG Adventures
Fantasy Wilds Forest Fantasy Encounter Tables

Fantasy Encounters, Hazards & NPCs for Forest RPG Adventures

Duncan Thomson
"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.

There is a fantasy encounter generator at ChaosGen. There is also a pdf of these and more tables at the DriveThruRPG as Forest Encounters.

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10 Forest Encounter Prompts

1d1010 Forest Encounter Prompts
1 A ranger with two wolf companions surveys the party warily. They think one of the group looks like an outlaw they are tracking.
2 Pipe music plays from a group of fey (or nobles) celebrate. They are dancing and drinking, raucous as they wait for a special guest.
3 A patrol of warriors from the nearest large settlement rests here, eating rations. They are checking on a remote outpost (or temple).
4 A few goblins are riding giant spiders, carrying a bound beast (or humanoid). They are taking tribute to a gigantic spider.
5 A winged bear (or horse) with many scars is fearful of strangers. They have a basic telepathy, showing strange ruins it escaped from.
6 A procession of woodland priests and animals carries candles, heading towards a holy place within the forest for a ritual.
7 A group of muscular hunters greets the group. They travel with a friendly boar, treating it like royalty. All of the hunters are wereboars.
8 Several shimmering hounds run ahead of mounted elves on a hunt.
9 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.
10 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

1d10There is...
1 a unnerving silence or a dead body infected with a magical disease
2 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)
3 a stampede of herd beasts or relentless rain that can cause floods
4 a breeze whispering a message asking for aid or a falling net
5 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)
6 a pit covered in hides and leaves or a swarm of glowing insects
7 an illusion concealing a cave mouth (or a small settlement)
8 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)
9 an enchanted mist, easy to get lost in (or leading to another place)
10 a forest fire and smoke or several large animal traps

Quick Forest NPCs

1d10DescriptorProfessionDetail
1 elf or unpredictable herbalist playing an instrument (or game)
2 peacefiul or outraged outlaw with a pet squirrel (or snake)
3 goblin or alluring hermit using forest magic (or illusions)
4 wary or hallucinating forester trying to find a particular ruin
5 werewolf or questing minstrel felling (or hugging) a tree
6 haggard or wounded berserker sent by a spirit to find the group
7 faerie or filthy beastmaster with several wolves (or deer)
8 muscular or gnome hunter foraging for herbs or berries
9 lizardfolk or insightful witch with a glowing silver charm
10 lost or snakefolk scout who talks to animals (or trees)

More Encounters

There is a fantasy encounter generator at ChaosGen. There is also a pdf of these and more tables at the DriveThruRPG as Forest Encounters.

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