A portal opens up in the sea (or sky) and a marid (or djinni) looks through. They recite poetry and then address the party with a question.
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Sea and Isles
The open sea is mostly water, but there are also curious sea monsters, floating objects, marine animals and peoples from the depths.
A sunny sandy beach is or a barren windswept pebble one. Both have things in the shallows or the washed up debris.
From Sea Noncombat Encounters on DM's Guild.
Open Sea - Sea Noncombat
|Noncombat Encounters - Open Sea
|Ghostly hands and faces attempt to pierce the water from below.
|Found among flotsam, a starving tiefling begs passage to land. If asked what happened they state "It invisibly cut through the crew to get me."
|Two elves row a big pumpkin, whistling a familiar tune; or roll on Ships
|Walking over the waves, a furious archmage loudly complains about the quality of care they received. They demand passage from the group.
|A table floats by, with nothing on top of it but a lit brass oil lamp .
|A portal opens up in the sea (or sky) and a marid (or djinni) looks through. They recite poetry and then address the party with a question.
|A gelatinous cube floats, barely visible. Inside it is a brilliant trident.
|A ferocious-looking sea monster (dragon turtle stats) surfaces nearby. In a friendly voice, it delivers a message from a character's cousin.
|From the clear sky, three bolts of lightning strike three different spots
|A gladiator in a lone canoe paddles towards group in the open water. They have clearly been out here a while but have no interest in rescue.
|Inexplicably, there is a large mass of noodles floating in the open water.
|From a ship's wreckage, a severely wounded medusa pleads sanctuary. She swears she was an innocent passenger, and not the ship's doom.
|A few tritons (merfolk) pop up, point at a character, and disappear again.
|A giant jellyfish (giant octopus stats) follows the group, inevitably catching up with them wherever they go. It just wants to be fed scraps.
|An albatross, too weak to fly, is a druid seeking aid for their enclave.
|Below the waves it's possible to see the spires of a beautiful city. Humanoids move to and fro, seemingly oblivious to the world above.
|A pod of frolicking dolphins spell out a message with their bodies.
|A pair of air elementals perform a mesmerizing dance. They hover expectantly, rewarding gifts with favorable winds; or roll on Aerial Encs
|A goat calmly stands atop a giant crab swimming in the water.
|A strange ticking fills the air, accompanying the silhouette of an enormous crocodile (giant crocodile) as it passes by.
Islands - Sea Noncombat
Use 1d10 for an encounter found on an island. Or for an entire island use 1d10+10 (11-20)
|Noncombat Encounters - Islands
|A sea hag claims to be bound to the island., They offer a reward for the capture of a young aarakokra who eloped with their daughter.
|All the coconuts (or other fruits) drop from their trees simultaneously.
|A weeping nymph (dryad) collects refuse washed up by a storm. They want to make ornaments for their mangrove; or roll on Beach Encs
|A loud, throaty rumbling noise echoes over the island. It repeats hourly.
|A character finds signs of a cache, buried here. It is one of several on the island, each containing valuable alcohol, food and other supplies.
|A character finds a sending stone disguised as a coconut (or big shell).
|There is a lighthouse, offering comforting illumination. If a character comes near, the light begins to follow their every movement.
|A character trips over childhood belongings, that they didn't bring here.
|Two ships sit at anchor. Officers of both are on one deck, deep in discussion. Group had heard that these ships are foes; or roll on Ships
|Suddenly, all coconuts (or other fruits) on ground float up to their trees.
|Each tree on this deserted island has a blue ribbon tied around it.
|The island a collection of vessels lashed together into a shanty town. The inhabitants are made of wood under the effect of a great curse.
|The sandy beaches of this island’s expansive beaches are bright pink.
|During the day the island is a plentiful sanctuary. At night the water turns acidic and the inhabitants flee to the mangrove trees for safety.
|An awakened tree wanders the verdant island, desperate for company.
|This island is the home of a plague stricken village. A ship warns all who enter they may not leave again. However, no one here appears ill!
|This island looks like a frozen wasteland, unlike another island nearby.
|All beasts on this sprawling island and surrounding waters are giant-sized versions. Giant crabs, giant spiders and giant lizards among others.
|This tiny island is barren, save for a small altar with a bizarre inscription.
|Everything on island is made from sweet foods. If anyone attempts to eat anything, illusion dispels and a group of pixies streak away, laughing.
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From Sea Noncombat Encounters on DM's Guild.