For today’s post, I have put together 50 odd occurrences to toss at your PCs while they are traveling from point A to point B.
Sometimes you don’t want the day to pass uneventfully but a wandering monster would burn too much precious time. Even if you’re largely handwaving their journey it can be nice to have something interesting happen along the way, so roll a d100 and see where the fates take you.
Each of these could be nothing more than what they appear at face value. Alternately, with a few tweaks you could easily expand them into a full blown encounter, or even an adventure hook.
01-02: Party stumbles on a patch of incredibly large mushrooms. Are they edible? Toxic?
03-04: After breaking camp for the morning strange tracks can be seen all around the perimeter of the camp. These weren’t present the night before and nobody noticed anything during the night.
05-06: A pair of rough looking men step out of the brush carrying a large, spiked collar. They claim they are looking for their lost dog.
07-08: Party finds a white stag trapped in a snare.
09-10: Over the course of a two mile stretch, various items of clothing are found by the roadside.
11-12: Having passed a simple traveler walking along the road on the previous day, the party encounters the same fellow on the following day. However, he is headed in the same direction as he was the day before and claims to have no knowledge of meeting the party.
13-14: The smell of smoke increases throughout the day until the party realizes that their path forward has been blocked by a forest fire.
15-16: Party comes across the shed skin of a monstrous snake.
17-18: A bountiful berry patch lines the side of the road, allowing the party a delicious snack.
19-20: Colorful birds are seen in the trees. Knowledgeable party members will be able to identify these as only coming from warmer climes.
21-22: A patch of small flowering plants are discovered. Knowledgeable party members will be able to identify these as an effective insect repellent. May be burned or used topically.
23-24: Pleasantly fragrant plants are found. Knowledgeable party members will be able to identify these as being used by locals in the region to mask scent from predators in the wild.
25-26: Is that bullfrog singing? Surely that bullfrog can’t be singing.
27-28: Party finds a smoking crater where a meteor has landed.
29-30: Party comes to a clearing. There are a number of toy dolls hanging from the trees all around the edges of the clearing.
31-32: An alabaster monument juts up out if the ground in the middle of the forest. It bears a plaque but the language is foreign to all of the party.
33-34: Party hears the occasional sound of crying. However, the sound ceases whenever they stop to listen closely.
35-36: A possum pops out of the brush briefly before running back into the woods. If followed, it leads the party to a sinkhole where three racoons are trapped.
37-38: Party encounters a simple traveler who offers to share a meal with them before heading on the way. Upon reaching their destination, the party sees a wanted posted for a notorious highwayman and the description matches that of the traveler.
39-40: Mosquitos plague the day’s travel, making everyone uncomfortable and causing them to appear afflicted with the pox for d4 days after.
41-42: Party passes a small caravan owned by a showman who display oddities and curiosities at festivals throughout the realm.
43-44: Wild boars are about! If there is anyone capable of hunting within the party, it will be an easy hunt.
45-46: A freshwater spring yields tasty trout, to anyone with the skill to fish them out.
47-48: The rhythmic beating of drums can be heard in the distance. It seems to be getting closer toward nightfall.
49-50: Party encounters strange formations of sticks bound together with twine.
51-52: An abandoned cottage is found. It appears that other parties have passed through and used this as a shelter recently. What appears to be a map is drawn on the wall with charcoal.
53-54: A large fish lays flopping in the path. The party is not aware of any water nearby.
55-56: Party passes a caravan of prisoners being lead from on settlement to another. The party members recognize one of the prisoners.
57-58: A trail of pieces of bread leads off into the forest.
59-60: Party comes upon a disheveled man who has amnesia.
61-62: An onyx statue of a bull is found deep within the forest.
63-64: A loud buzzing sound leads the party to a beehive the size of a man.
65-66: 3 wooden barrels of rum are found, poorly hidden within the forest.
67-68: Party encounters a religious zealot and his entourage, traveling from one settlement to another. They encourage the party to throw down their arms and join them.
69-70: Without warning, the forest fills with cicadas. Their song drowns out all other noise, to the point on being nearly deafening. This lets up within an hour, without explanation.
71-72: Party encounters a man wearing wrist and leg irons. He claims that he was falsely imprisoned and barely escaped with his life. Is he telling the truth?
73-74: An abandoned campsite is found, neatly laid out. There is a tent, modest belongings, and prepared campfire. However, there are no signs of who left it.
75-76: An incredibly large, winged beast can be seen circling above the canopy of the forest.
77-78: Deep within the forest, the party finds 3 incredibly lifelike statues who are all posed as if shielding their eyes in horror.
79-80: A stone altar it found, topped with the carcass of some woodland beast.
81-82: Strange tracks end up leading to a massive hollowed out tree. However, upon arrival there is no trace of whatever made the tracks.
83-84: A raucous band of revelers, celebrating some religious festival pass the party. Party members are encouraged to throw down their weapons and join them.
85-86: The party comes upon a coach that has thrown a wheel. An obnoxious noble verbally abuses the coachman and demands that he fixes it quickly. Will the party assist?
87-88: A blight has taken over the portion of forest that the party is traveling through. All vegetation has died, with no apparent reason.
89-90: Deep in the forest, the party discover what appears to be a shrine built for a deity that none of them are familiar with. Small offerings are scattered about.
91-92: A circle of tall standing stones are covered in moss. Standing within the circle, party members can feel a steady vibration.
93-94: A shaft of sunlight shines down through the canopy. Figures can be seen dancing in the sunbeam.
95-96: A massive tree stump have pooled with water. Characters looking down into the water see bizarre images.
97-98: A magpie attempts to snatch a small trinket from the party’s camp. If successful, it flies up and deposits it in a nearby tree. If the tree is investigated, a small cache of other treasures will be found.
99-100: A short, cactus-like bush is found along the trail. Knowledgeable party members will be able to identify these as having limited healing properties.