D100: DND Forest Encounter Table Ideas

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D&D Forest Encounter Table: D100 Ideas

  1. 1d6 orcs are hunting deer. They will attack the party if they see them.
  2. 1d4 gnomes are planting mushrooms to sell to the local tavern. They have 1d6 mushrooms for sale.
  3. A group of 1d4+4 elven rangers are on patrol and will question the party if they see them.
  4. A group of 1d4+2 dwarven miners are looking for gold in the nearby hills.
  5. A group of 1d4+2 dwarven miners are looking for gold in the nearby hills. They have found a vein and are celebrating by getting drunk and singing songs of their clan while they excavate the vein.
  6. An elderly human merchant named Fredrick is traveling through the forest, hoping to reach a nearby town before nightfall. He has a few rare gems and a few rare herbs for sale at fairly reasonable prices.
  7. Two men named Hargrimm and Grumgrock are hunting boar. They are arguing about what to do with the boar once they kill it.
  8. A group of 1d4+2 halfling thieves are trying to steal a horse from a nearby stable. They have managed to tie up the stable hand, but he is still struggling and calling for help.
  9. A group of 1d4+2 goblins are fighting over a dead horse nearby. They will run away if any players approach.
  10. A thick fog has settled over the forest, causing travel to be slow and dangerous.
  11. Nymphs are dancing and singing on the trail, trying to lure a person off the trail.
  12. A group of 2d6 goblins, who are very happy to see players, attack immediately.
  13. A group of 2d6 town watch guards, who say they were told to patrol the forest and protect travelers, attack immediately.
  14. A group of 2d6 lumberjacks are working in a small clearing. If players approach, they will attack immediately.
  15. A group of 3d4 dwarven merchants are traveling. If players approach, they will offer to sell them weapons and armor for twice their value.
  16. A group of 2d4 dwarven merchants are traveling. If players approach, they will offer to sell them magical items for half their value.
  17. The players come across a small campfire with a half-eaten pie sitting on a rock nearby. If the players approach, 1d4 gnolls attack.
  18. The players come across a small campfire with a half-eaten pie sitting on a rock nearby. If the players approach, 1d4 human bandits attack.
  19. A group of 1d4 elves are hunting deer. If players approach, they will attack immediately.
  20. The players come across a small campfire with a half-eaten pie sitting on a rock nearby. If the players approach, 1d4 rangers attack.
  21. Lumberjacks are having a drinking contest.
  22. A group of bandits are sitting around a campfire singing songs.
  23. A band of orcs are running from a giant eagle.
  24. A group of scouts from a nearby city are looking for bandits.
  25. A group of hunters are tracking a deer.
  26. A group of peasants are searching for a lost goat.
  27. A group of soldiers are fortifying their camp.
  28. A group of lumberjacks are about to start a log rolling contest.
  29. A group of wizards are studying the constellations and discussing their theories about the coming year.
  30. A wizard is standing in the middle of the forest casting a spell…
  31. Rival adventuring party. They fight or run away depending on the size of the party.
  32. A group of halflings are walking down the path. If they are attacked they will fight back and then run away.
  33. A group of traveling merchants are walking down the path. They will stop and sell food and water to the players.
  34. A group of half-elves are walking down the path. They will stop and ask for help. One of them is wounded and needs medical attention.
  35. A group of hobgoblins are marching down the path. They are on their way to attack a nearby village.
  36. A group of elves are hunting in the forest. If they are surprised, they will run away. They will offer to join the party if they are not slaughtered first.
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  38. A group of dwarves are mining in this area. If they are attacked they will fight back fiercely as they are protecting their livelihood.
  39. A group of humans are fishing in a nearby pond. They will stop and ask players to join them for dinner. If players do so, they will be forced to stay for several days until the catch is brought in.
  40. A group of wizards are studying in a nearby clearing. They will offer to join the party if players help them with their research by fighting off an attack from a nearby band of orcs.
  41. Players hear a loud roar from nearby. A huge lion comes out of the woods and attacks them.
  42. A fortune teller is sitting under a tree. She tells the players that they will have bad luck for a week. They will get lost in the forest and fight goblins for a week.
  43. A group of gnolls are running towards the players. They are trying to get away from a group of half-orcs. Half-Orcs are chasing the gnolls and throwing rocks at the gnolls.
  44. A group of goblins are hanging from a tree. They are trying to keep their balance while they climb the tree.
  45. A group of kobolds are digging up graves in a nearby graveyard. They are looking for treasure and weapons.
  46. A group of bandits are sitting around a campfire. They are talking about how they are going to rob a local merchant and how they are going to hide the treasure in the forest.
  47. A group of halflings are sitting around a campfire. They are playing cards and betting on the game.
  48. A group of skeletons are dancing around a bonfire. They look like they are having fun and enjoying themselves.
  49. Two goblins are fighting over a purse stolen from a merchant. One of the goblins is winning the fight and the other goblin is cowering in fear while the fight goes on.
  50. A group of gnomes are sitting around a campfire and drinking wine and singing songs. They are celebrating the end of another day and enjoying each other’s company.
  51. A group of elves are practicing their archery skills by shooting at targets in the woods nearby. The elves are making fun of each other while they shoot at the targets.
  52. Jaunty dwarven bard and his band of dwarven fans and dancers are celebrating their victory over the goblins. They are playing music, drinking ale, and dancing around the camp fire. They will talk to the players for a few hours before continuing their journey.
  53. A female elven ranger with a trained owl is hunting for food. She will tell the players about how she rescued the owl from a group of goblins.
  54. A group of 2d6 goblins are looking for food. They are trying to find horses to eat. They will attack the players if they see them.
  55. A group of 2d6 goblins are looking for horses to eat. They will attack the players if they see them.
  56. A group of 2d6 elves are hunting for food. They will attack the players if they see them.
  57. Four elven wizards are studying magic in a clearing in the woods. They are studying a scroll that they found in their travels. The wizards are from a nearby elven city and they are studying here because of the quietness of the area.
  58. A group of 3d4 Halfling thieves are planning a heist on a local village. They will ask the party to help them with the heist. If the party decides to help them with their heist, they will end up getting double-crossed by the halflings and lose all their money and items as well as get arrested by the town guard.
  59. A group of 3d4 Halfling thieves are planning a heist on a local village. They will ask the party to help them with the heist. If the party decides to help them with their heist, they will end up getting double-crossed by the halflings and lose all their money and items as well as get arrested by the town guard.
  60. A group of 2d4 male elven bards are traveling through the forest singing songs about lost love and such. They will ask the players if they can join them on their journey for a day or two before continuing on their own way again.
  61. The party stumbles across a small village that has been attacked by a nearby band of orcs. The villagers request that the party help them clear out the orcs so that they can return to their village and rebuild it.
  62. A couple of children are lost in the forest. They are wearing Noble’s clothes. They are hungry. If fed and given a place to sleep, they will tell the party that they were kidnapped by a group of gnomes. The gnoms were planning to eat them, but they escaped.
  63. A young mage is lost in the forest. He is wearing common clothes. He has a sword and a staff. He has a pouch with 1d6 gold pieces and 1d10 gems. He has a map with the location of a powerful magic item written on it. If the party finds him, he will trade the map for food, a place to sleep, a horse, or whatever the party can offer him.
  64. A group of children are playing hide and seek in the forest. They are wearing common clothes.
  65. A group of kids are playing tag in the forest. They are wearing common clothes.
  66. A group of men are hunting deer in the forest. They are wearing leather armor and carrying spears and bows and arrows.
  67. A group of hunters are hunting boar in the forest. They are wearing leather armor and carrying spears and bows and arrows.
  68. A group of hunters are hunting boar in the forest. They are wearing leather armor and carrying spears and bows and arrows and dogs (2d8 dogs).
  69. A group of men are gathering firewood in the forest. They are wearing leather armor and carrying axes and shields.
  70. A group of men are gathering firewood in the forest. They are wearing leather armor and carrying axes and shields and dogs (2d8 dogs).
  71. A group of men are hunting deer in the forest. They are wearing leather armor and carrying spears and bows and arrows
  72. Mists in the distance, a red glow that dances on the ground. The party hears a roar, and then a shadow passes overhead. A dragon has been hunting in this area recently.
  73. A group of merchants is travelling through the forest. One of their wagons is stuck in the mud. A group of 3d6 human bandits attacks. If the party helps, the merchants will reward them with a magic item.
  74. A group of 3d6 human rangers are taking advantage of the mists to hunt. If the party gets too close, or if they are discovered, they will attack as well.
  75. The party hears a voice in the distance, singing a song. If they follow the sound, they will find a clearing filled with gold coins. There is an invisible creature that is singing, and it will attack if anyone gets too close.
  76. The party hears the sound of an argument. If they investigate, they will find a group of 3d6 human villagers arguing about whether or not to hire the party to deal with the goblin problem in their village.
  77. A group of 3d6 human rangers are discussing the recent attacks from the goblins. If the party interrupts, they will attack as well.
  78. The party finds a campfire that has not been used for several days. There is a half-eaten deer carcass nearby. If they investigate, they will find it’s still fresh and there are tracks around it that are not human or animal tracks.
  79. A group of 4d6 wolves are hunting in this area. They will attack if they sense any weakness in the party’s numbers or if they spot any campfires or torches.
  80. The party sees a group of 2d6+2 humans arguing about which way to go through the forest. They will hire the party if they can pay them any amount of gold. They will offer information about the area if they are bribed or threatened.
  81. The party sees some human tracks in the mud. They lead to a nearby clearing where there is some kind of altar made out of stone with writing on it. If any member of the party can read it, they will discover that it’s a contract between a wizard and a local cleric who are both trying to summon a demon into this dimension so they can share the power and both become gods instead of one being stuck as an arch-bishop while the other is stuck as a cardinal.
  82. Lumberjacks are cutting down a tree. They are being attacked by an ape. The ape will not attack anyone but the lumberjacks for 2d4 turns. Once the tree is down, the ape will leave the area. If the players intervene, the lumberjacks will thank them for their help. If the players do not intervene, the lumberjacks will attack them.
  83. A merchant is walking down the trail. He is carrying a large sack of gold. He is being followed by three bandits. The merchant is tired and is ready to give up his gold. If the players intervene, they will receive 1d6x10x10 gold pieces as a reward. If the players do not intervene, the bandits will attack and kill the merchant.
  84. A man is walking down the trail with a large box on his back. The box is covered in a black cloth. The man is walking very fast and looks nervous and scared. As he passes the players, he whispers, ‘Do not look inside the box!’ If the players look inside the box, they will see a man, dead and covered in black fur.
  85. A group of 2d12 elves are sitting around a campfire, singing songs and telling stories. The elves have been here for three days and are getting tired of each other’s company. They will offer to share their camp with the players for the night if they like but there’s no telling what will happen if they do…
  86. The players hear a woman screaming and see flashes of light in a nearby cave. If they investigate, they will find a group of 2d4 goblins battling with a group of 2d4 kobolds. The goblins and kobolds are fighting over a woman who is tied up in the middle of the cave. This woman is a thief who was caught stealing from the goblins and kobolds. She will eventually be cut down if no one rescues her within 2d6 turns.
  87. During a storm, lightning strikes a nearby tree and sets it on fire. The tree falls across the trail and blocks it completely.
  88. A group of 2d6+2 bandits are sitting around a campfire, laughing and joking about their recent crimes. If they are attacked, they will fight to the death to defend their territory and their loot…
  89. A group of 2d4+2 farmers are walking down the trail, singing songs about farming and harvesting grain…
  90. An old man is sitting on a log by the side of the trail, singing songs about heroes and adventure… He looks hungry and tired… If the players feed him or offer him shelter for the night, he will tell them a story about an ancient dungeon that is nearby… This dungeon has been abandoned for hundreds of years…
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  92. A group of 2d4 knights on horses are riding down the trail, looking for adventures to go on…
  93. Nymphs and satyrs are in a dance contest on a makeshift stage.
  94. A group of drunk humans are dancing around a maypole; a group of drunk elves are watching them.
  95. A gnome is sitting on the ground, crying. He will tell the players that he was walking through the forest when he came upon a group of goblins. The goblins took his gold and his horse.
  96. A group of human bandits are sitting around a campfire, playing cards. They will notice players and try to rob them.
  97. A group of humans are walking down a trail. They are looking for a lost child named Jimmy.
  98. A group of orcs are sitting around a campfire, eating roast horse. They will notice the players and attack.
  99. A group of elves is singing and dancing around a campfire near a small stream. They will invite players to join them in their celebration.
  100. A group of elves is practicing archery near a small stream. They will ask the players if they want to join in on the fun.
  101. A group of dwarves is trying to get a large stone out of the middle of a small stream. They need help with this task.
  102. A group of dwarves is walking towards the party. They are carrying an injured comrade.


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