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100 Columns and Pillars to Find in a Dungeon (C&C)


Large rooms often have columns in them, holding the roof up. Normal columns rest on a base, which at its simplest may just be a plinth, and are topped with a capital. Each part of the column may be carved, sometimes quite extensively. Stone is the most common material used in such, but wood can be used as well. Even normal columns range widely in style and appearance. The columns described in this supplement are not the normal ones and, in some cases. do not sound as if they are remotely capable of holding a roof up, and perhaps they are not. They are made from odd materials, come in odd shapes and can have odd features built into them. The most normal types of columns described here could be used for every column in a room; the weirder ones may be by themselves. Some of the columns may serve as adventure hooks; others can be dangerous.

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  • The angles of this square stone column seem wrong. It appears to taper towards both the ceiling and the floor, yet if this is checked (CL 3 Intelligence check) the column is found to be perfectly straight. The column also has four sides, yet someone going around the outside will be sure that there are actually five.
  • The column appears to be a normal, cylindrical stone column with a carved plinth and capital. However, closer inspection (the illusion is photonic and has no physical presence) reveals that the column is an illusion.
  • The column appears to be made from a mass of rubbery black tentacles that are intertwined with each other and are constantly writhing. Should anything approach the column too closely, a tentacle will whip out and attempt to draw the creature into the tentacle mass (CL 3 Dexterity save to avoid a tentacle; failure results in the creature being drawn within the mass and taking 1d4 points of damage every round unless and until a CL 8 Strength check is made to break free).
  • The column appears to be made from gold, even when inspected, unless magic is used or the one investigating knows metal (CL 5 Wisdom check), for it is actually made from fool's gold that has been made to look like the genuine material through a combination of magic and alchemy.
  • The column appears to be one of the sort formed when stalactites and stalagmites meet, tapering towards the middle with an irregular shape. Closer examination (CL 3 Intelligence check) shows it to be stone that has been carved to look like this, rather than a natural formation.

One page is the front cover, one the front matter, one is ads and one the Open Game License.

The supplement is also available in the following versions: Pathfinder and system neutral. You do not need all versions.

This work is compatible with the Castles & Crusade Players Handbook.

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