Book of Riddles
One of the elf bounty hunters suddenly plucked a small book from a bag and read off a riddle while pointing at the ogre.
“At night they come without being fetched. By day they are lost without being stolen. What are they?”
The ponderous humanoid reeled for a moment, looking up into the night sky on the outskirts of the small town.
The elf suddenly went rigid, unable to move, his face twisted as if in deep thought.
With a smirk the other elf drew his bow while the dwarf raised his axe and the gnome prepared a spell.
“This is how ogres need to be dealt with!”
The creature snarled and lunged forward, swinging an oaken club.
This small pamphlet is attributed to a high priest of the deity known as the Perplexor and was created many years ago. Handy in a pinch, these riddles have saved many an adventurer, and thwarted a few as well.
Benefit: When a riddle from this book is proposed to a creature of at least Low intelligence (5-7) that creature must roll a save versus spell-like devices at -2 if they cannot immediately answer the riddle, failing that, the subject stands perplexed (as if stunned) for 1d4 rounds, pondering the riddle. During this time the target is open to attacks. Creatures of less than 2HD may be ‘riddled’ en masse within a 30′ radius. If the target is able to answer the riddle immediately then the person reading from the book is stunned for 1d4 rounds themselves.
Usable by: Anyone who can read.