It would be cool if random encounters could still feel tied to the plot with a little bit of dialogue at the beginning or something. So they don’t just feel like random battles but like the enemies have been searching for you.
Well, if you side with Minthara ... Halsin comes for revenge next night.
In the words of the senior NCO instructor at cadet battalion: “If you ain’t cheating you ain’t trying. And if you got caught you didn’t try hard enough!”