The 10 Foot Pole

Player Characters
  • Kay, age 8 - Starlight, The Halfling Thief
  • Sue, age 11 - Alina, The Half-Elf Fighter
  • Tess, age 43 - Circe, The Elf Cleric
This entry is part 14 of 17 in TD3α – Wrath of the Minotaur

Beyond the open door lay four large chests, one to the left, two in front of the entrance, and one to the right.

Alina: The door could have been trapped, you know?

The farthest chest to the right was open. This chest was surrounded by scorch marks which covered the walls and floor.

The halfling thief quickly scrambled over to the nearest chest and began examining them. The chests had no locks and the lids could easily be lifted. After checking each one, the thief found no poison needles or mechanical devices. They did not seem trapped at all.

Circe: They’re trapped.
Starlight: How do you know?
Tess: Listen to him. The Dungeon Master over there used the word “seem.”
DM: Oh, come on.
Circe: Look at the scorch marks on the ground.
Tess: How far out do the scorch marks surround the chest?
DM: 10 feet on every side.
Sue: What’s in the open box?
DM: It seems empty.
Tess: Ha!

Circe’s elven eyes followed the length of Alina’s spear.

Tess: We can use her spear in place of a ten foot pole, you said?
DM: It’s not exactly ten feet, but it’s long enough. What did you have in mind?

Circe explained her idea to Alina.

The cleric and halfling left the room and stood in the hall. Alina, her arm outstretched and hand gripping the far end of her spear, lifted the lid of the first chest.


Fire engulfed the chest in a quick magical explosion of flame and was just as quickly gone.

She moved to the next one - *Whoosh!* – and then the next - *Whoosh!* – repeating the process.

Smoke gathered at the roof of the chamber as Circe and Starlight reentered and joined Alina.

Starlight: Now let’s see what’s inside.

Collectively they found 45 gold coins, although it was mainly in the form of silver. Sue also uncovered a sliding compartment in the chest that seemed empty.

Important Questions

Alina held aloft a silver ring found in the hidden compartment.

Sue: What does it do?
DM: It goes around your finger. Some people call it jewelry.
Sue: Funny. Does it do anything?
DM: Do you want to put it on?

Alina pocketed the ring and they exited the room. The party headed back down the passage.


The cleric spoke a blessing as they moved east down the tomb corridor.

Walls seeped water; erratic drops of water dripped from the ceiling.

They reached the other side of the hall and faced a door bound in iron.

Kay: I’m going to check fo-
DM: The floor sh-

. . . shifted beneath their feet. The walls began to shake. Behind them heavy blocks of stone began to drop from the ceiling.

Circe: Run! Move into the next room!


Dust filled the corridor and poured out of the passage as rock sealed off the way that they had come.

Outside the doorway, a dust cloud settled around the three party members who now stood in another domed chamber.

Sue: We can’t get back out?
Tess: What’s in this room?
Kay: How dusty are we?

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