Fireplace Scrutiny (Special)
|Trigger: Magical: Visual||Effects: Multiple Targets|
|Resets: Automatic||Bypass: Special|
This room appears to be a moldy, long disused den. There are several pieces of damp rotted furniture, some sort of slick damp mold on the floor and rotted papers and logs. The doors are made of steel, and there are no windows. The only suspicious thing in the room is a small fireplace roaring with a warm blaze, behind an open grate.
If the player characters approach the grate, they will note that it is of the kind used to prevent sparks from damaging carpet, though it is open and not doing it's job. It doesn't appear that there is any carpet to burn, the only indications that a carpet was ever here are some moldy threads. The grate is attached to the wall. It appears to be a dark oily color. The grate is actually made of solid platinum, coated in gold, and has a value of 200gp/dungeon level. In order to discover this, a player must either attempt to clean it off, or break it off from its moorings on the wall.
If anyone reaches out to touch the chalice, after they burn their hands; the mantle opens up and a small demonic mouth made of granite and glass sprays a silky mist over the party members. They then become cursed with hyper-hydrosis, and require extra water every day, as well as having anything drop out of their hands due to sweating whenever they roll a 1.
If the fire is extinguished, the doors slam shut and lock, and the gate to the elemental plane of water is no longer shut. A Water Elemental of greater hit dice then the party shows up and attacks. If killed, another will continue to reappear until the fire is re-lit. Not an easy task, due to the excessive wetness in the room. An even more difficult one if they happen to suffer from Hyper-hydrosis.
The rolls that created the trick:
Fire, touch (reveals minor feature: Ornament/Regalia)/gaze(Clue leading to different site)/douse (Monster at or above difficulty)
door/hatch, break (Major Treasure) /oil (major treasure)
Ornament/Regalia, (permanent Curse)