DM Tools

No Prep Time, No Problem!

Benign Encounters


  1. A couple at another table get into a heated domestic argument - it ends when one of them storms out, the other hastily paying the bill and hustling after their departed love.
  2. A fairly regular procession of young adventurers head into and out of basement; they won't talk about it, and anyone heading down there finds nobody down there.
  3. A PC finds an unnatural bug in their food.
  4. Bar catches fire.
  5. Half-Orc (or other member of a racial group) gets told, 'We don't take kindly to your type.'
  6. Herald comes to tavern to proclaim some decree
  7. 'Mysterious patron' is really just an eccentric ex-adventurer who likes to mess with adventuring parties.
  8. Someone comes in and starts yelling that the food is poisoned before being kicked out
  9. The innkeeper throws another log on the fire, inadvertantly sending a shower of sparks out into the room.
  10. This tavern is a clandestine meeting place for a secret society. Their meeting is tonight, in a reserved room or alcove.


  1. A huge chunk of red clay falls in the water somewhere upstream turning all the water of the river blood red for a few minutes/hours
  2. A makeshift raft, 2 people dead
  3. Flying fish
  4. Ghost ship encountered.
  5. Iceberg spotted in the distance
  6. Ship finds itself way off course
  7. Ship's boat, 2 people dead
  8. Ship's boat, one person alive
  9. Sudden calm and fog with sounds of drunken laughter coming from all quarters.
  10. Three words: Loch Ness Monster


  1. Caterpillar or grub-infested tree
  2. Cloud of insects moves across path
  3. Hawk takes mole/mouse near party
  4. Large splatter of bird droppings
  5. Punctured waterskin or flask on path
  6. Rocky outcropping
  7. Skunk smell
  8. Tornado
  9. Unusual patch of very lush growth
  10. Wolf/dog tracks

All public stat blocks are free for personal use - do not use in commercial products.

Site coding copyright © Liz Courts, stat blocks © of their contributors, and source materials © of their publisher(s).

Legal Information