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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian20 Feb 2017 9:15 p.m. PST

If you were making a random encounter table for enemies in a typical fantasy woods, which creatures would you include?

Wood nymphs…

chuck05 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian20 Feb 2017 10:13 p.m. PST

Owl bears.

bandit86 Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2017 11:04 p.m. PST


Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian20 Feb 2017 11:22 p.m. PST

Harry Potter has centaurs in the forest, which seems an odd place for centaurs to me. I would think centaurs would prefer the plains.

Giant Wasps?
Wood Elves
Giant Owl

Barenakedleadies Inactive Member21 Feb 2017 12:19 a.m. PST

Brownies are always fun. Temperate forests and plains.

tkdguy21 Feb 2017 1:08 a.m. PST

Satyrs, Dryads, Elves, Pixies, normal forest animals, guys looking for magic mushrooms.


MHoxie Inactive Member21 Feb 2017 2:18 a.m. PST


langobard Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2017 3:17 a.m. PST

Wood (and assuming there is a stream running through it) water nymphs.
Wood elves.
Ents (or similar trees that can move and communicate should they wish, or simply stomp on you given that surprise is virtually guaranteed since your adventurers don't believe in them…)
Undead guardians of overgrown and forgotten barrows/graves/whatever.
Robin Hood type robbers.
Non-Robin Hood type robbers (altogether a more difficult and dangerous proposition).
Secret forest tribe (probably pygmy's using poisoned arrows) ruled by powerfully magically shaman.
Triffids (perfect hiding spot for the blighters).
Tarzan, king of the flesh eating ape tribe.
Friendly, yet highly superstitious locals who feel compelled to kill you the instant you break a previously unknown cultural taboo…

Great things forests, lots of ways to get killed, and that's without even the simple mistake of turning yourself into lunch for the local carnivores…

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2017 3:35 a.m. PST

Ghillie Dhu
Cu Sith
Nic Nevin

oh & giant earthworms


(they're icky)

langobard Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2017 4:13 a.m. PST

@ochoin: Gaaaaah! You're right, that giant earthworm should have an ickyness rating off the scale!

Personal logo Aurochs Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2017 4:21 a.m. PST

The deadly aurochs of course.

Dark Fable Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Feb 2017 5:16 a.m. PST

Its always cool to have strange and unusual plants/trees in your forests, carnivorous trees, magic mushrooms, vampiric vines, stinging thorn bushes, fruits and berries with assorted properties . . .

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP21 Feb 2017 8:46 a.m. PST

As Bill noted and _The Walking Dead_ illustrates, the worst thing to encounter is another party of adventurers.

Zephyr121 Feb 2017 3:29 p.m. PST

Giant squirrels (perfect for snatching the odd PC and burying them somewhere for later…)

Andy ONeill23 Feb 2017 5:13 a.m. PST

Traps and hunters.

I always wondered how people could survive to breeding age in a world so full of monsters you trip over em all the time.
I think random encounters should be rare.

steam flunky Inactive Member26 Feb 2017 11:32 p.m. PST

That giant earthworm picture must be photoshopped because if it was real i would have seen it being used as a prop in porno films!

Das Sheep Inactive Member03 Mar 2017 7:07 a.m. PST


I like to run my worlds where most of the world is safe (at least from monsters of the non human type), and that the danger and monsters are on the peripherals of civilization.

Footslogger03 Mar 2017 7:35 a.m. PST

Park rangers?

Environmental protestors?


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