Farmland and Rural Encounters for Dungeons and Dragons 5E
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Farmland and Rural Encounters for Dungeons and Dragons 5E

Duncan Thomson
A priest with a ceremonial scythe leads several acolytes in chasing after a herd of goats. Are they rounding them up for sacrifice? Do they belong to someone else?

Simple farmland encounters from Collected Encounters pdf.

Tables for Farmland & Rural Encounters (levels 1-4 & levels 5-10), Encounter Details and Farmland Beasts.

Tables for... all terrains | caves | dungeon | farmland | market | river | sewers | sky

[Art by Donnie Maynard Christianson]

From Collected Encounters on DM's Guild

Collected Encounter Tables on DM's Guild Encounters Mega-Bundle on DM's Guild

Farmland Encounters (Levels 1-4)

1d20Farmland Encounter Table lvl 1-4
1 1d3 commoners with 4d6 goats or 2d6 boggles (VGtM)
2 1d6 guards on mules or roll on Patrols lvl 1-4
3 2d4 boars or roll on Farmland Beasts
4 1 merchant (spy) on a cart and 1d4 mules or roll on Travelers lvl 1-4
5 1d6 draft horses or roll on Domesticated Beasts lvl 1-4
6 2d4 acolytes with a sacrificial goat or heavy rain and risk of flooding
7 1 noble with 1d3 commoners and 2d4 guards or 1 wereboar
8 4d6 deer or roll on Farmland Beasts
9 1d4 scarecrows or 1d3 commoners on ponies with 2d4 cows (VGtM)
10 1 tax collector (spy stats) with 1d4 thugs and a wagon or 1d2 rangers (scout stats) with 1d2 brown bears
11 A stampede of herd beasts or 1 knight with 2d4 commoners
12 1d6 goblins on wolves or roll on Goblinoids lvl 1-4
13 2d6 giant rats or roll on Farmland Beasts
14 1 priest of agriculture with 1d4 commoners or 1d3 ankhegs
15 1d2 dryads and 1d3 satyrs or roll on Fey Court lvl 1-4
16 2d4 bandits and 1 bandit captain or 1d6 tribal warriors on riding horses
17 1 commoner with 1d2 mastiffs and 4d6 sheep (goat stats) or 1 warlock of the archfey (VGtM)
18 1d6 domesticated giant goats or roll on Farmland Beasts
19 1 druid with 1d4 giant weasels or 1d2 nobles mounted on riding horses with 2d4 mastiffs
20 1 plough beast (triceratops stats) or 1 werebear

Farmland Encounters (Levels 5-10)

1d20Farmland Encounter Table lvl 5-10
1-2 1 oni among 2d4 commoners with 6d6 goats or 1 young silver dragon
3-4 1d3 priests in a wagon with 1d6 veterans or roll on Travelers lvl 5-10
5-6 3d6 giant boars or there are recent signs of a chromatic dragon
7-8 1 plough golem (stone golem stats) or 1d4 scouts on riding horses with 3d6 cows (VGtM)
9-10 1 landowner mage or roll on Magicians & Mystics lvl 5-10
11 A farmstead (or village) is on fire or 1 autumn eladrin (MToF)
12 1d4 knights and 2d6 guards on riding horses or roll on Patrols lvl 5-10
13 1d4 hill giant raiders or 1 wight and 2d4 scarecrows on skeletal horses
14 1 retired gladiator herding 3d6 giant goats or 1 guardian treant
15 1 roc or 1d4 lizardfolk on hadrosauruses (VGtM) & 2d6 ankylosauruses
16 2d4 centaurs with 3d6 riding horses or 1d3 wyverns
17 1 cloud giant tending 3d6 giant chickens (axe beak stats) or 1 deva
18 A coven of 3 hags (mix of any types) or roll on Fey Court lvl 5-10
19 1d3 galeb duhr or 1d3 oaken bolters (MToF) protected by 1d2 stone defenders (MToF)
20 1 adult copper dragon or 1 ki-rin (VGtM)

Encounter Details (Levels 1-4)

Use 1d10 for beasts and non-sentient creatures.

They are... (or one is...)

1d20Farmland Encounter Details
1 wandering around a meadow (or fenced area)
2 looking at you like you don't belong here
3 investigating a broken plow (or wagon)
4 associated with a nearby settlement (or farm)
5 in field of crops (or a farmyard)
6 curious about strangers
7 being lazy or with their young
8 feeding on their favorite food
9 marked by (or bearing symbols of) a local deity (or temple)
10 near a well or a dead goat
11 talking about a local scandal (or the weather)
12 investigating signs of ankhegs in the area or fishing in a pond
13 butchering a dead animal or performing a seasonal ritual
14 herding (or stealing) livestock; or unhappy about taxes
15 tending to (or harvesting) crops
16 curious about a clockwork plowing device (or a huge wagon)
17 building (or destroying) something or celebrating a festival
18 going to a nearby market or complaining about the local ruler
19 chasing after (or being chased by) beasts
20 carrying a saddle of the cavalier (or potion of animal friendship)

Farmland Beasts (Levels 1-4)

1d20Market Beasts lvl 1-4
1-2 1d6 draft horses or 1d3 giant boars
3-4 4d6 goats or 2d6 oxen (VGtM)
5-6 2d4 ponies or 2d6 elk
7-8 1d8 boars or 1d6 domesticated giant lizards
9-10 2d4 mastiffs or 2d6 cows (VGtM)
11-12 2d6 camels or 2d4 giant badgers
13-14 1d6 giant goats or 1d6 cockatrices
15-16 1d6 cats or 1d3 aurochs (VGtM)
17-18 2d6 giant rats or 2d4 riding horses
19-20 2d4 giant chickens (axe beak stats) or 1d6 mules

From Collected Encounters on DM's Guild

Collected Encounter Tables on DM's Guild Encounters Mega-Bundle on DM's Guild