Vistis the Blue Mage laughed under his heavily lacquered mask beside the sorcerer Stork who chuckled, revealing his shark-like teeth. Before them was an open wooden chest, a number of nooses appeared to be slowly dragging the corpse of a young man into it.
‘He cross us?’ Vistis asked.
‘Nah, I was just bored,’ commented the vile wizard.
Actually created from the corpse of a dead Mimic (see any OGL monster source for ‘Mimic’) the strange magic item appears like a normal wooden chest and will radiate magic, but it is impossible to detect if the magic is the container or what lies within…
Benefit: Usually this chest will be encountered in a dungeon with a simple lock on it, easily picked by any thief type with a 15% bonus to pick the lock. Once unlocked the lid of the chest will fly open and 1d6 nooses will fly out like waving tentacles or tongues and attempt to wrap around the neck or limb of anyone within 15′ of the chest. The rope is strong (6hp per noose) and will attempt to choke or break the neck of anyone so trapped with a (Str of 12 per noose), anyone who doesn’t break free within four rounds will suffocate or have their neck snapped and the chest will attempt to reel in any victims and ‘devour’ them slowly.
Usable by: Anyone.