This is a trap. This is a trap that will likely kill someone first try. Mechanically, it should be rather obvious, but just in case: this platform appears as if the rest of the floor, but not quite. A sword is stabbed into this dubiously innocuous floor, and it is shining in the torchlight. Quiet magic may be involved or maybe just physics, but the sword has stapled the platform (precariously) to the very tip If the sword is removed the platform will teeter towards whichever side is heaviest, dumping the slow to react or very heavy into something terrible. Maybe the platform is weighed in such a manner that it will right itself after much teetering. The sword is only worth 5gp, and is made of cheap brass.
In fantasyland role playing games there is not often a meaning in death and those deaths are frequent and maybe that is why they have no meaning. The meaning doesn’t have to be deep, but something interesting has room to happen there. Jessup the Strong Fighter rolls all ones and is suddenly taking a dirt nap, and while a new character is being rolled all of Jessup’s compatriots are bickering about who gets her shit. Through her death, something weird is happening.Continue Reading