Road Encounter Combat Terrain, Treasures and Complications for 5e

"There is a chase going on. Roll on other encounter tables as needed for pursuers and runaways."

Tables for Combat Terrain, Minor Treasures and Encounter Complications for Road Encounters. Result is from Road Encounter Complications.

Enhancements by terrain - road | sea

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Road and Trail Encounter Enhancements

What makes this road encounter different? . Maybe the paths narrows along a cliff top or something is circling overhead. Maybe there is a wagon stacked with barrels or stepping stones over a stream. Or a creature might be setting up a large tent or carrying a potion of flying.

There is a 5e road random encounter generator at ChaosGen. And also a pdf of these and more tables at the DM's Guild as Road Encounters.

Road Encounters - Random Tables Unusual Encounters Bundle

Road Encounter Tables - creatures | locations | non-combat | enhancements

Road Encounter Combat Terrain

1d8+1d12Road and Trail Encounter Combat
2 A small fortified watchtower
3 A large pile of logs
4 A deep pond with coins at the bottom
5 Top of a cliff on one side of the path or a pool with several toy boats
6 Steps to a defensible position
7 A wagon stacked with barrels or a makeshift barricade
8 Bottom of a cliff on one side of the path
9 A treehouse with a rope ladder or a fence topped with spikes
10 Stone steps leading to a ruined statue
11 An overturned cart and dead horse
12 A lit campfire or a deep crack in the ground
13 A wall topped with metal spikes
14 A beast pen holding goats (or horses)
15 A tall thorny hedge (or razorvine - DMG pg 110)
16 A cave mouth blocked by a simple wooden barricade
17 Stepping stones over a stream
18 A precarious stack of flagstones
19 A wide well with a rope and bucket
20 A hidden cache (Perception check to spot if near) with a potion of flying (or roll on Road Minor Treasures)

Road Encounter Minor Treasures

1d20Road and Trail Encounter Minor Treasures
2 Box of ten fine elven wines, each worth 25 to 100 gp
3 Potion of Vitality or Potion of Invisibility
4 An invitation to an upcoming masked ball with up to six guests
5 Dust of Disappearance or 1d2 beans from a Bag of Beans
6 A crate with twenty square yards of silk
7 Potion of Flying or Potion of Speed
8 A beautiful rosewood walking stick with a bronze head worth 75 gp
9 Scroll of Protection - Beasts or Undead
10 A disguise kit or cartographer's tools
11 1d4 Potions of Healing
12 A large tent that fits 8 Medium-size creatures or a set of bagpipes
13 Spell Scroll of guardian of faith (or phantom steed)
14 Tinker's tools or an exotic saddle
15 Potion of Mind Reading or Quaal's Feather Token - Bird
16 A set of dragonchess with silver pieces worth 250 gp
17 Spell Scroll of Mordenkainen's magnificent mansion (or control weather)
18 A guide of roadside taverns and inns within 100 miles. Includes a maps and ratings for ale, food, entertainment and chance of trouble
19 Elemental Gem (air or earth)
20 A spyglass

Road Encounter Complications

1d8+1d12Road and Trail Encounter Complications
2 There is a hallucinatory terrain (or programmed illusion) spell here
3 The creatures are carrying a magic item or it is hidden nearby. Roll on Magic Items - Road
4 A group of resting mercenaries watch with interest. Roll on Monstrous Mercenaries lvl 1-4 (or 5-10)
5 There is a prisoner in the encounter or a lone traveler nearby. Roll on Quick Road NPCs
6 There is a hidden item or cache here. Roll on Minor Road Treasures
7 Something is circling above. Roll on Aerial Threats lvl 1-4 (or 5-10)
8 There is a patrol approaching. Roll on Warriors lvl 1-4 (or 5-10)
9 There is an overturned cart and a dead horse or roll on Road Combat Terrain
10 There is a second group of creatures nearby (roll again on the appropriate encounter table)
11 There is a herd of goats nearby or roll on Domesticated Animals
12 The path narrows along the top of a cliff or roll on Road Hazards & Obstacles
13 There are beasts as pets / guards (or nearby). Roll on Road Beasts
14 There is a hidden trail leading away to a cave or a shrine
15 There are beasts carrying items or with a vehicle. Roll on Beasts of Burden (or Road Mounts)
16 There is a chase going on. Roll on other encounter tables as needed for pursuers and runaways.
17 The road is blocked by mounds of rubble or roll on Road Hazards and Obstacles
18 There is a group of adventurers of similar level or lower level to the party in the area. They have a connection to the encounter.
19 There is a crossing to the Shadowfell or Feywild here or a portal to the Astral Plane
20 There is a roadside inn (or tavern) here

More Encounter Tables

There is a 5e road random encounter generator at ChaosGen. And also a pdf of these and more tables at the DM's Guild as Road Encounters.

Road Encounters - Random Tables Unusual Encounters Bundle

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