Table Rolls - 5E Urban Encounters

"As you pass by a tidy garden in full bloom, you hear whispers of conversation. Three figures in plate are having a hushed but fervent conversation in a secluded courtyard". What are they talking about? Does one of them know a PC?

Generated from the Urban Locations (roll of 8, "a pretty garden") and Urban Levels 1-4 (roll of 13, "1d3 Knights") tables below. Enhanced from an Encounter Activity/State table (roll of 18, hiding or waiting in ambush) from a previous article.

Urban Encounters

Encounters in an urban environment conjure scenes of derelict buildings, grand temples and overflowing sewers, . They could occur in a narrow cobbled street, gloomy graveyard or a busy public park.

People of the world gather in the cities of towns, and a breeding ground for ideas, politics and disease . They are home to diverse citizens, the beasts that serve them and the vermin lurking in the shadows.

There is a 5e urban random encounter generator at ChaosGen. And also a pdf of these and more tables at the DM's Guild as Table Rolls - Urban Encounters.

All terrain rolls - arctic | coastal | desert | forest | grassland | hill | mountain | swamp | underdark | underwater | urban

Urban Locations

1d8+1d12Urban Locations
2A crumbling shrine to a power of harvest
3A ruined giant-made mill
4A quiet bridge
5A discoloured area of short grass
6A haunted stone wall
7A strange mansion
8A pretty garden
9A gloomy bakery
10A busy large square
11A muddy river with a steep bank
12A pile of rotting waste
13A brightly-painted narrow street
14A reed-covered pond
15An old tavern
16A decorated artisan's workshop
17An abandoned monastery
18A overgrown river with a ferry
19A busy temple to a power of death
20A dirty gnome-made prison

Urban Levels 1-4

This table has a possible non-combat option for each entry, giving options for an urban setting.

1d8+1d12Urban Levels 1-4
21 Gladiator or Succubus/Incubus
31 Warhorse or Swarm of Ravens
41d2 Spies or Gargoyles
51d4 Half-Ogres or Yuan-ti Purebloods
61 Doppelganger disguised as a human or 1 Mimic
71d6 Riding Horses or Giant Spiders
82d4 Thugs or Kenku
91d3 Draft Horses or Wererats
104d6 Commoners or Goats
112d4 Guards or Acolytes
123d6 Bandits or Kobolds
131d3 Knights or Swarms of Rats
142d6 Cultists or Mastiffs
151 Priest or Water Weird
161d3 Nobles or Riding Horses guarded by 1d4+1 Guards
172d4 Mules or Stirges
181d2 Veterans or Wights
192d6 Bandits or Guards led by a Bandit Captain
201 Cult Fantatic or Pseudodragon

Urban Levels 5-10

1d8+1d12Urban Levels 5-10
21 Young Silver Dragon
31 Grey Slaad in dwarf form
42d4 Wights
51 Assassin and 2d4 Spies
61d4 Vampire Spawn
72d4 Knights
82d4 Doppelgangers in human form
91d3 Gladiators
102d6+6 Thugs
11Roll on Urban Levels 1-4 table
123d6 Guards lead by 1d3+1 Veterans
131 Mage with a Cat familiar
141 Cambion with 2d4 Thugs
152d4+2 Gargoyles
162d4 Ghouls led by 1d4+1 Ghasts
172d4+2 Wererats
181 Mage protected by a Shield Guardian
191d3 Invisible Stalkers
201 Oni disguised among 2d4 Thugs

Urban Levels 11+

1d8+1d12Urban Levels 11+
21 Vampire Spellcaster or Warrior
31 Grey Slaad with 2d4 Cult Fanatics and 1 Mage
41d4+2 Oni disguised as humans
51 Vampire with 1d3+1 Vampire Spawn
63d6 Wights
71d4+4 Gladiators
82d6 Vampire Spawn
91d4+2 Invisible Stalkers
101d2+1 Gladiators leading 1d4+4 Veterans
11Roll on Urban Levels 11+ table
121d2+1 Assassins leading 3d6 Thugs
131 Human Archmage
143d6 Knights
151d4+2 Mages
161 Grey Slaad disguised among 2d4 Veterans
171 Rakshasa un human form
181 Adult Silver Dragon
191 Human Archmage and 1d3 Mage
202 Young Silver Dragons

More Encounters

For a PDF version of urban encounters with more tables check out Table Rolls - Urban Encounters on DM's Guild.

Table Rolls - Urban Encounters

These tables inspired my 5E urban encounters generator at Chaos Gen.

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