Saturday, June 18, 2011
Fantastic Treasures - Role Aids, Cassandra's Carpet Trap VII
The book as stated earlier includes magic items from all over the world. It has items from North America to Australia to Africa to Europe and Russia. All of these items are items that have been mentioned in myths, legends or literature. There are no new items but the items are varied enough to allow introduction into almost any campaign though many are deity specific.
There are over 375 items described in the book. I counted them all and came up with 383 but I was not going to recount and feel safe saying the first number. They range in power from fairly simple items such as herbs and scrolls to powerful magic items that might unbalance a campaign. There are also some items that are too steeped in history to be used in all but the most specific instances such as the Ark of the Covenant, Excalibur and Gabriel's Trumpet. The art in the books is not up to the cover in most most cases passable and in some cases charming.
As with many of the early Role Aids items Fantastic Treasures at the time of release was a product that was worth a spot in many DM's collections as a play aid. Today the level of quality and content is not what most would come to expect. Still it can still be found cheap enough that most any DM should pick it up and mine it for ideas.
Cassandra's Carpet Trap VII
Ares Effect: Special
Casting Time: Two Turns
Saving Throw: Special
When this spell is cast the magic user brings into being a carpet that is magical in nature. The nature of the carpet can very based on the caster's desire and the level of the spell.
By default the carpet will be of ornate and of exceptional quality. The caster can specify a different appearance if desired though it will always appear to have been a carpet of some quality at one time.
The carpet created will have a maximum size equal to ten square feet per level of the caster. It will by default fill the space it is cast in though the caster can specify any shape and size.
The carpet will remain until such time as the effect it is intended to have is triggered. The triggering effect can be anything that the caster desires. It can be a timed effect such as one day from now or a specialized event such as the first thief to walk on it or if a spell is cast by someone while standing on it. Until such time as the trigger effect occurs the carpet is nothing more than a carpet. The carpet can be moved with no impact to the trigger effect unless moving was part of it.
With this level of the spell there is only one type of carpet that can be created. It is important to note that higher level of the spell can also create all versions of carpets that previous version could create.
Carpet of the Planes
All who are caught on this carpet when the trigger event occurs will need to make a saving throw versus Spells. Those who save will be affected as if they had been standing on a Carpet of Teleportation.
Those who are on the carpet and fail their saving throw will be sent to a randomly determined plane other than the Prime Material. They will not be sent to a plane that they could not survive on normally. It is possible that the character may be sent to an alternate Prime Material Plane that mirrors our very closely.
The material component of this spell is a small woven rug of exceptional quality. This carpet will cost no less than 100 gp per level of the Carpet Trap. The rug transforms into the carpet with the casting and is used up. The appearance of the actual carpet will be whatever the caster desires though it will always appear to have been so high quality at some point.
Disclaimer: The spells that you will see, for how ever long the write ups last, were all written up back in the 80's so the terminology may not appropriate for anything other than 1e and depending on how well I did back then it may be slightly off for that as well. If there is any duplication of spells that exist now it is most likely I wrote mine first :) Please feel free to comment on them but try not to be too hard on me. If anyone wishes to use these in anything they print please let me know in advance and all I ask is proper credit.
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