A brightly-dressed gladiator retired to a farm and lost everything. Now they look for any work that doesn't involve fighting
Non-Combat Encounters using creatures from the D&D Monster Manual. For Town, Villages and Countryside.
Non-Combat Encounters for civilisation and inhabited areas such as rural villages, rugged farmland, prosperous towns and cosmopolitan cities. Backwaters of empires, small kingdoms or rising city-states.
Non-Combat Encounters for Town and City
|Non-Combat Encounters for Town and City
|A swarm of ravens (or several sprites) which follows the party and shouts warnings and insults at them. Flee if attacked to return later.
|Patrol of guards are mounted on riding horses. More interested in impressing the locals than watching for any trouble.
|A giant goat with a packsaddle and bulging bags. Munching on a garden
|A berserker is chasing their mount, a giant hyena who has stolen their lunch. The locals treat this as a normal occurrence.
|A yuan-ti pureblood is subtly selling beasts and gathering information. In a handcart they have cages with snakes, stirges and spiders
|A weretiger in hybrid form is preaching of a god known only to them.
|Several commoner urchins are holding a quest notice and talking of becoming heroes. They ask a character to read it to them
|An awakened tree is a local celebrity and is telling stories to children.
|A stone golem carries a large basket. It can take up to 6 medium creatures anywhere in the city for 25 gold pieces.
|Several acolytes from a nearby temple are recruiting for a sports team
|Several mastiffs beg for food from the party. They perform several impressive tricks including acrobatics and forming a dog pyramid
|A succubus/incubus rides in a chair carried by a few thugs. They observe the world from behind a thin curtain while they plot their next evil
|A storm giant(or medusa) is telling ancient tales and singing barely known ballads at a junction. They repeat this once every year.
|An ogre and an awakened giant boar are dressed in bright costumes, promoting their fighting show starting tomorrow
|Several cultists and a cult fanatic are being led in chains to a public execution by several guards. A character recognizes one of the cultists
|A mob of commoners and bandits are looking at a picture poster defaming a local merchant. One asks the party what they think.
|A few tribal warriors are drunk and trying place a cart on top of a statue
|An elderly manticore has landed on a nearby rooftop. It barely has any strength and asks party about somewhere suitable to die nearby
|A doppelganger is offering a half-price sale on several riding horses. In about an hour an inn discovers several horses missing from its stables
|A giant lizard with a collar placidly watches party. Tame but owner dead
Non-Combat Encounters for Countryside and Villages
|City Encounters Mid Level
|A group of acolytes and guards are going into the wilds to perform a wedding ceremony and celebration. Invite the party along.
|A lonely half-orc (stats of an orc) is riding an old draft horse. Tries talking about the weather, farming, livestock and crop rotations.
|A few worried bandits are looking for a pet dog that has gone missing
|A few bullywugs are taking giant frogs to market. One speaks Common
|A scout is training a young owlbear. Currently it is afraid of everything.
|A veteran recognizes one of the characters. They are a retired soldier.
|A spectator (or deva) guards a nearby shrine of sun but hasn't had trouble for a century. It is always trying to raise funds for the shrine.
|A family of starving commoners are moving out of the area pulling a rickety cart. Desperate and offer to sell a healing potion for 5 gp
|A beholder is looking after land of an abandoned farm. It is missing its central eye and locals report it seems to think it is one of them
|A few spies from a nearby city are spying on a local. They are badly disguised as locals and have horrible accents.
|A herd of wild ponies are fascinated by one character or companion
|A brightly-dressed gladiator retired to a farm and lost everything. Now they look for any work that doesn't involve fighting
|A thug is visiting family and bored. Desperate for game of cards or dice
|A herd of goats is tended by a commoner. Follows group asking for tales
|A good cloud giant is trying to buy good quality animals with gold. But locals are all too scared of them to trade
|A gargoyle is obsessed with carving maps of the local area into stone
|A distinctive and spirited riding horse (or mammoth) has escaped from a nearby estate. A reward has been promised for its safe return.
|A local ranger (stats of a bandit captain) mounted on a giant boar is patrolling for any signs of trouble. Stops to chat with the group.
|A dao is serving penance for a sin by spending 101 years on the mortal world helping farmers grow crops and tend to beasts
|A noble is desperate for news and invites the group to their estate