Abasil, home of the Wood Elves
Caladin, a country where people hate magic, where the sword is the most reliable weapon and where war and death not a uncommon word
In the middle of an unimportant combat with some bandits a burst of wild magic transforms all of the PCs and their opponents in to random animals and monsters. They retain their intelligence (though not, of course, the ability of speech). They can either carry on the combat in their new forms, panic, or otherwise react how they see best. After about an hour, they return, unharmed, to their normal form.