Realms Encounters

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Random Encounters

I am not sure where to put this for now. Typically you will cut and paste the encounter chart below and place under the Realms Nature page (where it appears on the Realms Template page, but you may wish to have random encounter tables in several places for large realms. Or the encounter chart might make more sense on a different Realms page, such the the Realms Society Crime page for a dungeon or sewer encounter.

Simply fill in the random encounter chart. Use common fauna or common NPC types to fill in a lot of the Common entries. You can add hazards, events and interesting locales if you like.

You might want to note the realm's Danger Modifer here as well as in the At a Glance section. This modifier indicates the heightened (or lessened) chance of encounters occurring (about +/- 5% for each number of the modifier). But the danger level should also indicate the relative power of the danger too. A place with a very high danger rating should have creatures or hazards that are more dangerous than similar realms with a lower rating.

Random Encounter Charts

Use whatever type of chart you are comfortable with. 5E D&D has reverted back to simple percentage charts. I prefer the chart below that clearly ranks the likelihood of encountering each of the entries. I have included it here as an example so you see how it works.

For this chart you roll 2d10 or 1d8 + 1d12 and add the results.

Random Encounters

roll Encounter
2 Very Rare
3 Very Rare
4 Very Rare or Rare
5 Rare
6 Rare
7 Uncommon
8 Uncommon
9 Common
10 Common
11 Common
12 Common
13 Common
14 Uncommon
15 Uncommon
16 Rare
17 Rare
18 Very Rare or Rare
19 Very Rare
20 Very Rare

Idea Charts & Resources

Names & Descriptions Resource
Ambushes AEG's Ultimate Toolbox p388
Arctic encounters 1E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p183
Arctic monsters 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p302
Business related encounters 3E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide 2 p186
Campsites AEG's Ultimate Toolbox p388
Coastal monsters 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p302
Desert encounters 1E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p184-9
Desert monsters 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p302
Fresh water encounters 1E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p179, 190
Forest encounters 1E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p184-9
Forest monsters 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p302
Grasslands monsters 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p303
Graveyard encounters 3E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide 2 p68
Haunted building encounters 3E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide 2 p68
Hill encounters 1E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p184-9
Hill monsters 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p304
Humanoid tribelands encounters 3E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide 2 p68
Marsh/Swamp encounters 1E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p184-9
Marsh/Swamp monsters 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p304
Mountain encounters 1E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p184-9
Mountain monsters 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p303
Plains encounters 1E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p184-9
Planar Rift encounters 3E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide 2 p66
Pleistocene encounters 1E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p188
Prehistoric/Dinosaur encounters 1E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p188, 190 (water)
Ruins encounters 3E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide 2 p69
Scrub encounters 1E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p184-9
Sea Encounters 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p118; 1E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p190
Sewer encounters 3E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide 2 p69
Slum encounters 3E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide 2 p70
Sylvan encounters 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p87; 3E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide 2 p70; 1E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p187
Underdark monsters 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p305
Underdark /Cavern encounters 3E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide 2 p70
Undersea encounters 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p116; 1E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p179, 190
Underwater monsters 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p305
Urban encounters 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p114; 1E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p191
Urban monsters 5E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide p305
Wizard guild encounters 3E D&D Dungeon Master's Guide 2 p71



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