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Cordo Crowfoot
Here for a while
(3/12/03 12:59 am)
Dwarven temple question
Sorry if this has been answered elsewhere (I did check the errata) but in the dwarven temple, room 64 of the CRM, the description of the room reads:
A large altar, shaped like an anvil, dominates this chamber. Fifteen feet wide and 10 feet tall, a set of stone steps rises up on one side to access the top of the altar where two large gems glisten as if on fire.
Question 1: There is no further mention of the gems in the room description. What are they and what are they worth?
Question 2: Where in the room is the altar? I assumed the center, but if I place it in the center, it will block the view of the golem rising from the floor.

"They were immediately and absolutely recognizable as adventurers. They were hardy and dangerous, lawless, stripped of allegiance or morality, living off their wits, stealing and killing, hiring themselves out to whoever and whatever came... They were scum who died violent deaths, hanging on to a certain cachet among the impressionable through their undeniable bravery and their occasionally impressive exploits" China Mieville, Perdido Street Station

Looking around
(3/12/03 1:17 am)
Dwarven temple questions
I'll take a shot at the questions:
1) I'd say the gems work in conjunction with alter when a cleric calls upon positive energy. When removed they are just normal gems (you set a price) They become dull and lifeless.

2) I had the alter in the middle, it only depends which entrance they came through whether they can see the golem rising from the floor. If they can't see it after 1 round, then let it have a suprise or even let it delay so it attacks when it see the PC's. Your PC's will probably walk up the step to the alter and see the golem half protruding from the floor, this should give them enough time to attack or retreat.

Hope this helps

Here for a while
(3/12/03 6:06 am)
Re: Dwarven temple questions
IIRC, I placed the altar in the back corner where the door that leads from the chamber with the emerald so that the priest could come from that room directly onto the top of the altar to preach, and use the steps down to go down to the congregation if needed.

Still here? Wow.
(3/12/03 6:56 am)
Re: Dwarven temple questions
To me, from the picture, it looks like the altar is in the east corner, with its stairs and the stairs to the door being the same thing. The two dots in the picture could be the gems. As for their properties, I agree with sok, that once removed, the altar loses its ability to make magical (masterwork after 24hrs) warhammers. I'm thinking emeralds at about 1,000gp each.

Cordo Crowfoot
Here to stay
(3/27/03 6:23 am)
Re: Dwarven temple questions
Can the pedestal trap in room 63 go off more than once? There is nothing that says it can't, but CR5 seems low for a trap that can polymorph and dominate multiple times...

My group has already had a hard time with it with one member dominated when they were low on resources, and the Rogue won't be able to disarm it as he only has a disable device +10 check. (DC31 to disable)

Here for a while
(3/27/03 7:04 am)
Re: Dwarven temple questions

I'd let it be repeatable. Its good for a party to run into traps they can't get past now and then...makes them value those rogues skills they are trying to build up!


Here for a while
(3/29/03 6:51 am)
Re: Dwarven temple questions
I'll answer it in the form of a famous commerical:

Player's Handbook (first release): $20
RttToEE module: $30
Gems so big that that a greedy thief allows himself to be turned into a dwarf (from the reliquary room) in order to get past the Golem, but fails the Domination save -- Priceless!

After the party took a heavy smacking from the Golem, the party had theorized that the golem would let a dwarf pass into the room (there were no dwarves in the party). They went back to the room with the Hammerspheres. The party sorcerer picked up one the spheres, failed the polymorph save but made the domination save thereby becoming a dwarf but still retaining his own personality. The implications of this bogged the mind of the party rogue. He immediately grabbed another Hammersphere, failed the polymorph and the will save for the Domination. So, he now had to defend the temple from being defiled.

So, in the end, I did not have to come up with a price. Just thought I would share an amusing story.

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