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Trapsmith: Ball of Tentacles

odd boulderThe corridor you have been following opens up into a large square room. In the middle of the room, a large circular shaft extends downward with a diameter of 20 ft. Another corridor connects to the room, much wider than the one you followed, the corridor rises upward at a low angle. The corridor has eight alcoves, four on each side, spaced 15 ft. apart. The first alcoves are 5 ft. from the corridor’s edge. After 85 ft., the corridor narrows to a width of 10 ft.

The red section on the map indicates where the trap’s trigger is located. After the trap is triggered a large boulder is released.

A low rumbling noise, accompanied by tremors and a shower of dust signals the arrival of a huge boulder…

The boulder appears at the edge of the smaller corridor as indicated with the B on the map; it moves on a 7 initiative.

The PC’s might think they can easily evade the boulder by moving to the edge of the corridor or into one of the alcoves, but that indicates that they underestimate the cruelty of trapsmiths.

As the boulder exits the smaller corridor it sprouts ethereal tentacles that extend 20 feet from the boulder’s edge.

Treat the ethereal tentacles as a black tentacles spell. The boulder moves 60 ft./round, and at the end of the second round, it drops into the shaft. As it moves, the ethereal tentacles try to grab all creatures in their path. If successful, the tentacles violently drag their victims away with them while squeezing the life out of them.

Ball of Tentacles Trap (CR 15)

Type magical and mechanical; Perception DC 37; Disable Device DC 37
Trigger location; Reset manual
Effect atk +15 melee (6d6); multiple targets (all targets along the boulder’s path)
Effect spell effect (black tentacles, CMB +20); multiple targets (all targets within 20 ft. of the boulder)
Effect dragged along by tentacles (3d6 subdual damage); multiple targets (all targets held by the black tentacles spell)
Effect fall into shaft (6d6 falling damage); multiple targets (all targets held by the black tentacles spell)

The black tentacles spell lasts for 15 rounds and the walls of the shaft require a Climb check (DC 20).

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5 Replies to "Trapsmith: Ball of Tentacles"

James Thomas

August 17, 2010 at 7:40am

Diabolical genius Maurice! I like that the ‘convenient’ alcoves aren’t safe. This will confound even the most nimble rogues who think they are immune to traps. And I dig the photo of the ball btw. Scott, I presume: too cool!Thank you!


August 17, 2010 at 3:33pm

That produced a genuine ‘muhahaha':) Nicely done, sir!

Kobold Quarterly

August 17, 2010 at 5:38pm

The alcoves trick is one I’m swiping for a game on Sunday. Very cool!


August 17, 2010 at 9:43pm

That’s some good ole’ 2nd Ed. fiendishness right there! Nice one!


August 18, 2010 at 1:08am

Thank you.

@KQ: please share the results :-)