100 DND Grassland Encounters (Non-Combat)

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I’ve put together a list of 100 non-combat grassland encounters for D&D, Pathfinder, or your fantasy tabletop system of choice. If you enjoy these random encounters, feel free to use them in your campaign. Keep reading to the end because I’ve got a free D&D tool that will give you thousands of additional random encounters for your RPG campaign. First, let’s get to the non-combat grassland encounters.

Random Non-Combat Grassland Encounters

  1. Roving troupe of three players from the local inn are walking through the fields and singing a drinking song. They will be drunk and stumbling around.
  2. A farmer is plowing the fields. His oxen is an old, slow animal and not very strong.
  3. The ground is disturbed in an area.
  4. A farmer is herding some cows back to the dairy. The farmer will be carrying a large stick and using it to keep the cows in line.
  5. A farmer is planting some crops. He is also driving away some crows. The farmer will be singing a song to the birds to keep them at bay.
  6. Three men are sitting on a hilltop. They are watching some men who are working in the fields below. The three men on the hilltop are trying to decide if they should join the men who are working in the fields below. The men working in the fields below have offered them work in the fields below, but the three men on the hilltop are unsure if they should accept the work or not.
  7. A merchant from a nearby town is sitting on a hilltop. He is watching some farmers who are working in the fields below. The merchant wants to sell some goods to the farmers working in the fields below, but he is unsure if he should approach them or not.
  8. Two men are talking to each other about the weather. They are unsure what the weather will do next and are both unsure about what to do next.
  9. A merchant from a nearby town is looking for a lost horse. The merchant is unsure if he should approach some men in the fields below or not. The men in the fields below are working in the fields below and have offered work to the merchant from the nearby town, but he is unsure if he should accept their offer or not.
  10. A group of men and women are arguing about something. The men and women are unsure if they should do something or not.
  11. Nymphs are sitting on a hill, singing and dancing.
  12. A group of Centaurs are resting by a tree, eating grapes and drinking wine. “So fine, so fine!” is all they will say.
  13. A man, woman, and a dog are walking through the grassland, looking for their lost dog. They’re carrying a large bag of dog food.
  14. A group of hobbits are sitting around a campfire, telling each other stories. They are looking for a place to settle down.
  15. A group of humans are sitting around a campfire, eating roasted chicken and drinking wine. They are on their way to nearby village.
  16. A group of humans are sitting around a campfire, playing a game of chance. They are on their way to a nearby village.
  17. A group of humans are sitting around a campfire, drinking wine and singing songs. They are on their way to a nearby village.
  18. A group of humans are walking through the grassland, looking for their lost pet dog. They’re carrying a large bag of dog food.
  19. A group of humans are walking through the grassland, looking for their lost pet donkey. They’re carrying a large bag of donkey feed.
  20. A group of humans are walking through the grassland, looking for their lost pet horse. They’re carrying a large bag of horse feed.
  21. Wagon full of chickens, two old men and a young man. The young man is dressed differently and is a stranger in the area. You can hear the chickens in the wagon clucking. The old men are talking about the chickens. The young man looks bored. The strangers asks the players for directions to a place.
  22. The trail is blocked by a tree that has fallen across the trail. There are three elves standing next to it. They are arguing among themselves. One is holding a bow and has an arrow nocked and ready to fire. He looks angry.
  23. Two people, a wizard and a cleric, are dressed in robes and are walking down the trail. They are arguing about the right way to do things. The wizard is a middle aged man with a ponytail. He has a staff but no beard or mustache. The cleric is a young woman with no hair and no beard. She has a staff but no cloak. They are arguing about how to get somewhere.
  24. A large eagle is sitting on a tree branch. He is looking at you intently.
  25. A man is sitting on the trail, crying. His name is Iblaroon, and he works for the Halfling clan of the Green Belt. He came from the Red Hills and was attacked by orcs on his way home from delivering supplies to the Halflings of the Green Belt. He has a broken leg and is hungry. He is wearing a green robe with a yellow belt. He has recently been attacked by orcs near the orc camp at the end of Red Hills Pass.
  26. A man dressed in robes is walking down the trail. He looks tired and hungry. He is carrying a staff and has a staff strapped on his back. His name is Clotho, and he is a mage specializing in teleportation magic. He has just been attacked by orcs near the orc camp at the end of Red Hills Pass. Clotho was transporting a group of elven archers to assist with the orc problem in the Red Hills.
  27. A man is standing on the trail, looking at you intently. He is dressed in robes and has a staff on his back. His name is Mallae, and he is a mage specializing in lightning magic. He has just been attacked by orcs near the orc camp at the end of Red Hills Pass.
  28. A man dressed in robes is walking down the trail, singing quietly to himself. His name is Polyphron, and he is a mage specializing in fire magic. He has just been attacked by orcs near the orc camp at the end of Red Hills Pass.
  29. A man dressed in robes is walking down the trail, looking tired and worn out. He has a staff and a pack on his back. His name is Acolius, and he is a mage specializing in illusion magic. He has just been attacked by orcs near the orc camp at the end of Red Hills Pass.
  30. A man dressed in robes is standing on the trail, looking at you intently. He has a staff and a pack on his back. His name is Phaonus, and he is a friendly merchant offering wares.
  31. Sudden rain shower, 1d4+1 travelers are riding along in a wagon. They are heading to a nearby town for shelter. They are all wearing ponchos and singing as they travel.
  32. A group of 3d6 elves are in a festive mood after having a successful hunting trip. They are celebrating with a large feast. They are all dressed in their finest clothing and are wearing their best jewelry and accessories.
  33. A group of 1d4+2 peasants are in a bad mood because they have been forced to work on a nearby manor. They are in a hurry to get back to their homes and families. They will offer information about the local area if asked. They will not answer if they think they will be in trouble or if they think they will get in trouble.
  34. A group of 1d4+3 soldiers from a nearby kingdom are traveling through the area on their way to a nearby city to help maintain order there.
  35. A group of 1d4+4 city guards are traveling through the area on their way to a nearby city to help maintain order there.
  36. A group of 1d4+5 hunters from a nearby village are traveling through the area on their way to a nearby village for a celebration and a feast.
  37. A group of 1d4+6 peasants are in a bad mood because they have been forced to work on a nearby manor and they have not been paid for their work and they are owed wages.
  38. A beautiful and mysterious woman named Ana will approach the players, asking for help in finding her father, who has been kidnapped by a local nobleman. She will join the players’ party if they accept and they will have to infiltrate the nobleman’s castle and rescue Ana’s father, who is being held prisoner there, then escape with him as they are pursued by the nobleman’s men, who are determined to kill all witnesses of their lord’s crimes against the peasants and common folk.
  39. A group of 3d6 farmers are in a festive mood after having a successful harvest. They are celebrating with a large feast and dancing and music and so on.
  40. A group of 3d6 farmers are in a bad mood because they have not had much luck with their crops this season and their families are going hungry this winter and there is little chance of enough food for everyone, even with their families sharing what little they have with each other to make it through the long cold winter ahead.
  41. Nymphs dancing and playing in a small valley. They will ask for directions to the nearest town. They are lost. Players can help or leave them there.
  42. Players see a man walking down the road, he looks like he is lost. The man is lost and asks the players for directions to the nearest town.
  43. Players see a group of women walking down the road, they look like they are lost. The women are lost and ask the players for directions to the nearest town.
  44. The players see a group of men walking down the road, they look like they are lost. The men are lost and ask the players for directions to the nearest town.
  45. The players see a group of old men walking down the road, they look like they are lost. The old men are lost and ask the players for directions to the nearest town.
  46. Players see a group of children walking down the road, they look like they are lost. The children are lost and ask the players for directions to the nearest town.
  47. A merchant is sitting on the side of the road with his wagon, he looks like he is lost. The merchant is lost and asks the players for directions to the nearest town. He will give them a free ride back to town if they help him.
  48. A merchant is sitting on the side of the road with his wagon, he looks like he is lost. The merchant is lost and asks the players for directions to the nearest town. He will give them a free ride back to town if they help him.
  49. A group of children with their teacher are walking down the road, they look like they are lost. The children are lost and ask the players for directions to the nearest town.
  50. A group of women with their priest are walking down the road, they look like they are lost. The women are lost and ask the players for directions to the nearest town.
  51. Cows in the field. A herd of cows have wandered across the trail. They are peaceful but they are blocking the trail.
  52. A couple of old men are sitting on the trail. They are wearing ragged clothes and they are hungry and thirsty. They beg for food and drink.
  53. A group of farmers are plowing a field with horses. They stop and talk to the players.
  54. A group of farmers are hoeing a field with horses. They stop and talk to the players.
  55. A couple of farmers are gathering vegetables from a field. They are peaceful but they will fight to protect their crops.
  56. A couple of farmers are gathering hay from a field. They are peaceful but they will fight to protect their crops.
  57. An old couple is sitting on the side of the trail, they are looking for mushrooms. They will trade information and supplies for mushrooms.
  58. A couple of farmers are gathering firewood from a forest. They will trade information and supplies for firewood.
  59. A couple of farmers are gathering water from a stream. They will trade information and supplies for water.
  60. A couple of farmers are gathering apples from an orchard. They will trade information and supplies for apples.
  61. Crows are flying overhead in a V Formation. It’s a flock of 30 crows. They fly into a nearby tree and begin to caw loudly.
  62. Three old men playing a game of cards by a campfire. They are drunk and will challenge the players to a drinking contest. If they lose, they will give the players a map to a nearby dungeon.
  63. A group of 3 farmers are plowing a field. If players ask, they will tell them about a nearby ruin.
  64. A group of 3 elves are walking through the grasslands with their horses. They are on their way to a nearby city for supplies.
  65. A group of 3 women are walking through the grasslands with their horses. They are on their way to a nearby city for supplies. If players ask, they will tell them about a nearby ruin.
  66. A group of 3 merchants are riding in a wagon on their way to a nearby city for supplies. They will trade with the players.
  67. A group of 3 merchants are riding in a wagon on their way to a nearby city for supplies. They will trade with the players. If players ask, they will tell them about a nearby ruin.
  68. A group of 3 farmers are plowing a field. If players ask, they will tell them about a nearby ruin.
  69. A flock of 30 crows is flying overhead in a V Formation. They fly into a nearby tree and begin to caw loudly.
  70. A pair of eagles are flying overhead in a V Formation. It’s a pair of 2 eagles. They fly into a nearby tree and perch there.
  71.  You see a man who is roaming through the grassland. He is wearing a raggedy robe. He has wild, unkempt hair and beard. The man is carrying a staff. The man is muttering quietly to himself.
  72. A group of farmers are working in a field near a small village. They are harvesting wheat. They are all wearing heavy, woolen clothes. The farmers seem to be working hard. They do not notice you.
  73. You see a large merchant caravan. The caravan consists of mules and wagons. The merchant caravan is transporting heavy, wooden crates. The merchant caravan is guarded by a group of female warriors. The warriors are armed with bows, swords, and shields. The warriors are all wearing chainmail armor and helmets.
  74. You see a group of men fishing in a small pond. The men are fishing for trout. The pond is surrounded by a forest, which is surrounded by a grassland. The forest is haunted by a ghost. The ghost terrorizes the men by scaring them and stealing their fish.
  75. You see a group of men hunting in the grassland. The men are armed with bows and arrows. The men are hunting for deer.
  76. You see a group of men gathering wood in the forest. The men are all wearing leather armor and carrying axes, shields, and swords. The men are gathering wood to build a small village.
  77. You see a group of men who are building a small village. The men are all wearing leather armor and carrying axes, shields, and swords. The men are building small huts and fences to protect the village from wild animals.
  78. You see a large, red dragon. The dragon is resting in the grassland. The dragon is sleeping. It is actually an illusion a local farmer bought to keep bandits away. All the locals know it’s an illusion.
  79. You see a group of men who are hunting for deer in the grassland. The men are armed with bows and arrows. The men are hunting for deer and other wild animals to eat and sell their meat, bones, skin, and fur to merchants and nobles who live in the city.
  80. You see a group of men who are fishing in a small pond for trout and other fish that live in the pond. The men are wearing leather armor and carrying axes, shields, and swords. The men are fishing for food to eat and sell to merchants and nobles who live in the city.
  81. Lying on the grass is a black cat named Titus. He is asleep.
  82. A group of 5 peasants are digging up graves in search of treasure. They are looking for jewels and gold.
  83. A group of 9 peasants are walking down the road. They are looking for work. They are willing to do anything.
  84. A group of 3 peasants are walking down the road. They are looking for information. They are on their way to a nearby city.
  85. A group of 2 merchants are walking down the road. They are selling pottery and ceramics.
  86. A group of 3 merchants are walking down the road. They are selling jewelry and gems.
  87. A group of 2 mercenaries are walking down the road. They are looking for work.
  88. A group of 5 hunters are walking down the road. They are carrying game and furs.
  89. A group of 2 guards are walking down the road. They are looking for trouble.
  90. A group of 2 guards are walking down the road. They are looking for a lost prisoner who looks like one of the players.
  91. Lvl 1 wizard on the road. He’s looking for an adventure. He’s lost and needs directions. He wants to join a group. He has a staff and a spell book. He can cast 1d6+3 spells. He has a cloak and a staff.
  92. A group of three women are walking down the road. They’re looking for work as maids and cooks. They’re all wearing leather and have short swords and daggers. They’re all level 1 rogues with bad attitude. Each of them is carrying a sack of potatoes and a sack of carrots. The women are all angry because they were fired from their last job.
  93. A group of two men and one woman are walking down the road. They’re looking for work as miners and diggers. They’re all carrying heavy bags of tools and supplies. The men are wearing armor and shields, and the woman is wearing leather armor and is carrying a shield and a spear. The men are angry because they were fired from their last job.
  94. A group of 2d4+2 farmers are working in a field on the side of the road. They’re herding sheep and goats and cows, and they have dogs and horses. The farmers are all wearing leather armor and carrying short swords, spears, and shields.
  95. A group of 2d4+2 farmers and their children are working in a field on the side of the road. They’re herding sheep and goats and cows, and they have dogs and horses. The farmers are all wearing leather armor and carrying short swords, spears, and shields. The children are all wearing rags and carrying wooden swords.
  96. A group of three men and one woman are walking down the road. They’re looking for work as butchers and hunters. They’re all carrying axes and knives, and the woman is wearing leather armor and carrying a knife.
  97. A group of 2d6+2 merchants are riding horses down the road. They’re carrying loads of flour, wine, cloth, leather, stone, metal, coal, and other goods for trade.
  98. A group of three priests are riding horses down the road. They’re heading to a nearby village to bless the harvest and consecrate the church. They’re carrying holy water and holy books, and they’re wearing holy robes and carry holy symbols.
  99. A group of 2d4+2 farmers and their children are working in a field on the side of the road. They’re herding sheep and goats and cows, and they have dogs and horses. The farmers are all wearing leather armor and carrying short swords, spears, and shields. The children are all wearing rags and carrying wooden swords.
  100. A group of 3d6+3 soldiers are marching down the road. They’re heading to a nearby fort to report for duty. The soldiers are all wearing armor and carrying swords, shields, and spears.

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