Ghost ship landfall
A random type of ship washes up on shore somewhere, generating a Scavenging Site mission that takes place on and within said ship. It could be:
1. A warship, or what’s left of it (contains useful weaponry & military hardware you can use, fairly balanced between Materials & Food as you’ll likely find MRE’s and nonperishables there too)
2. A supply ship carrying storage containers, anyone’s guess what’s in them.
3. A research & exploration vessel for mapping the ocean, and studying the Mist. Lost at sea when it drove into a cloud. Now found by you, it may still hold highly valuable tech to salvage, and maybe even useful research notes on the Pandora virus.
Alien nesting site ambush
If your intel is good enough, you may manage to catch the aliens just as they’re beginning to set up one of their Nests. You’ll find a high concentration of forces, including a Queen that you need to kill. Killing the Queen may be sufficient to stop the Nest’s construction. All you need to do is deploy a squad to the site and fight them in an open battle, and you won’t have to put up with the Nest and all its problems later. This would only happen rarely, but more often if you’ve got solid intelligence gathering going on.
New refueling site
You got lucky enough to find a sizable cache of fuel, and/or the facilities to produce it, out in a more remote location that isn’t owned by a Haven. It could be owned by the Pandora mutants, but since they don’t really need fuel, they’re kinda just mucking around – until you show up to claim the place for yourself. Win this battle and you’ll be able to place a new Refueling Station there. Since it isn’t on a Haven, though, you may need to assign some personnel there to keep it active, or contract a Haven out to run it in your absence. They might appreciate you handing a new fuel source over to them. Either way, you’ll get a new place you can send your aircraft from out of it.
Renewable scavenging sites by scouting
A Scavenging Site you thought you picked clean once turns out to have more to it than meets the eye. Perhaps a scout or infiltrator you assigned there found something really useful, but in order to extract it you’re going to need to send a squad to clear the place out some more.
A one-off event where a region of forested terrain somewhere on the map catches fire, causing one or more of a few things to happen.
1. The fire threatens a Haven. You may be called to provide Materials to help stop the blaze. If you do not, the Haven may be forced to move, go inactive for a time, or lose a bit of “Defending Strength” due to having to cope with nature.
2. The fire sends a cluster of otherwise peaceful invading mutants scattering away. They may stage a raid on a Haven, or find their way to an Alien Nest and bolster its defenses.
3. The clearing of the trees reveals a new site to visit that you hadn’t noticed before. This could be a very well-hidden Alien Nest, a Scavenging Site, or more.
Black market traders
Really, this name is kind of a misnomer, since trading weapons and other equipment isn’t exactly “illegal” with the complete collapse of all national and international order and rule of law. In any case, with so much war salvage from World War 3, plus a HUGE uptick in demand in general with all the chaos that is now compounded by the Mist, it isn’t that uncommon to find semi-nomadic bands of traders dealing in useful merchandise. These traders move on the overland map from site to site, potentially clearing out Scavenging Sites that you didn’t get to in time, and occasionally visiting an Independent Haven to set up a temporary shop to hawk their wares. If you visit their shop at this haven, you may be able to purchase some unique weapons & equipment, including some custom pieces you can’t get anywhere else (like “combat cocktail” performance-enhancing drugs; these tend to be popular everywhere), or maybe a lead on a new, high-value Scavenging Site. You may even get lucky enough to buy a functioning ground vehicle, or even a helicopter from them. Of course, you’ll have to pay a hefty premium in Tech, Materials and/or Food.
Thoughts? If anyone has other ideas for random events in Phoenix Point, please post them here!