A disheveled merchant has a few loaded mules and a lone guard dog. They need someone to escort them to a dangerous part of the city.
[Art by Bob Greyvenstein]
Fantasy City Street Encounters
City streets encounters might a musician entertaining a crowd, guards taking an interest in things or cloaked figures in animal masks. There might be heavy stinking fog or a fire at risk of spreading.
A place of everyday folk and bustling crowds, which changes at nights or down side alleys out of sight from most. A place of artisans and traders, stooped priests and desperate rogues.
10 City Street Encounter Prompts
|10 City Street Encounter Prompts
|A talkative group of artists are sketching local landmarks. One of them, wearing a colourful hat, asks to sketch the group.
|A rider is slumped over a lurching pony, with a bulging bag of papers.
|A long-haired acolyte is loudly making proclamations of doom. One thing they say matches with a vivid dream a character recently had.
|A carriage pulled by horses has a uniformed driver carries someone important. A gloved hand beckons for one a character to approach.
|A few cloaked figures in animal masks are yelling and carry lit torches.
|A disheveled merchant has a few loaded mules and a lone guard dog. They need someone to escort them to a dangerous part of the city.
|A pair of well-dressed visitors are lost and holding a map. They have large bags and are attracting a lot of attention from the locals.
|A squad of guards lead by a mage is moving everyone off the street.
|A pair of young nobles are escorted by a few bodyguards. They seek entertainment, loudly making bets and commenting on passersby.
|Several urchins hand out leaflets. There is a gathering that evening at a ruin, with entertainment, free food nd a very special guest.
City Street Hazards and Distractions
|There is (or are)...
|a religious procession or a thick mist descends
| a crowd watching...
d10 (1-2. a fight 3. a lively bard 4. an impressive illusion 5. a ceremony
6. fireworks 7. an animal 8. protesters 9. puppets 10. an execution)
|a building at risk of collapse or a heavy hailstorm
|heavy stinking fog or a hungry unruly mob
| there is the strong smell of ...
d10 (1-2. sewage 3. something tasty 4. dead bodies 5. fish 6. pigs
7. rotten food 8. perfume 9. cooking meat 10. flowers)
|something smashes, falling from above or a stampede of animals
|an approaching out of control wagon or a talking statue
| sounds of ...
d10 (1-2. someone in distress 3. breaking glass 4. an alarm 5. music
6. a crowd 7. a good party 8. an explosion 9. thunder 10. many birds)
|a fire at risk of spreading or an annoying, persistent street vendor
|a brawl that spills out into street or a sudden quake
Quick City Streets NPCs
|stooped or wererat
|loves gambling (or giving advice)
|halfling or dramatic
|with a fine red hat (or one eye)
|fidgety or beast-kin
|with a proposal for the group
|dwarf or desperate
|part of local faction (or temple)
|smart or gnome
|rival (or ex-lover) of a character
|elf or apprentice
|following someone or sketching
|ecstatic or possessed
|has lost everything (or a pet)
|goblinoid or mounted
|with their partner (or a guard)
|carousing or demonic
|carrying a package (or message)
|changeling or loud
|in formal (or ragged) clothes