Encounters on the roads

What happens while the characters are plodding along the king’s roads connecting towns and cities in fairly populated lands? These encounters are intended for roads where the heroes are more likely to meet other travellers than wildlife or monsters.

This table is designed for a European inspired fantasy set in a technological and cultural age equivalent to the Middle Ages up to the Early Modern Period (ca. 1100-1750 AD.).

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The carriage of an important noble pushes past, accompanied by a score of armed soldiers with a prickly attitude. Get out of the way, peasants!
A troupe of thespians and their colourful van may share the characters' campsite for the evening. Friendly folks, but oh so eccentric, and prone to bursting into dramatic soliloquies at the drop of a hat.
A large black dog always sits along the same stretch of road each night. It howls when someone passes by who is likely to die or risk death during the next couple of days. Locals will tell the story if asked about that strange, big dog.
Heavy rains have washed out a part of the road, making it frustratingly muddy and difficult to traverse. Expect a queue of carts and tired oxen.
A small shrine at the side of the road commemorates a saint or minor deity known to protect travellers. It is customary to leave a coin or a scrap of food outside, for those who have none.
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18th century rider on a Friesian horse.

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