This cube is about 1 feet large, dark red in colour, with veins of both light and still darker red. It feels like wood, gives off no scent. A fine line indicates it is really openable, and a keyhole suggests in what way. No hinges are visible. If shaken, something can be felt to hit on the inside, but no sound is heard. If magic is detected for, it is there, but it cannot be made certain of what kind, and in what amount.
The box can be found anywhere, it can be given as a gift, it could be sold, stolen, whatever.
The box can not be opened. No usual or unusual way works. A key is not present, and no other will not work. Picking the lock is a nightmare for the thief, and some have really gone crazy trying to achieve this. No tool can force the lock, nor can any force even scratch the box at all. Indeed, it is likely the frustrated owner will throw it from a very high place one day, to find the damned box be in perfect condition. Its colour cannot be changed, nor its surface.
Just right, it cannot be opened.
Throughout the centuries, the box had countless owners, and many rumours and almost myths have arisen around it.
- It comes from the Devil (or substitute with other evil deity/demon/whatever). If you buy it, you must sell it for a smaller price, or you are horribly cursed/your soul belongs to him/you will die in a month/etc.
- It is a prison for a horrible demon/a pure being/powerful wizard/... Or it will simply end the world if it is ever opened. That's why it came into that dungeon...
- It is a godly gift, and the gods themselves will grant one wish to the mortal that manages to open it.
- A great heap of gold/the secret of immortality/the greatest diamond ever/the cure for all diseases is locked inside, awaiting the lucky one.
- A terrible disease is hidden in it, waiting to be released.
- The true king shall open the box, and find some royal insignia to confirm his claim on the throne.
...and thus spoke the godly———- and the common ******* for a long time. But in time the mighty god was greatly annoyed by this low creature, and as found no other (non-violent...) way to get rid of him, he presented the box as a gift and puzzle, so he finds out how to open it, and then enjoys the gift. But they shall not speak again, until it happens.
(Or any prankster god will do.)
The Box is a godly artifact, indestructible and unopenable, unless you are a god yourself. It is empty.
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That is soooooo evil it's wonderful. What a great torment to unleash upon your players. I love this 'mess with their heads' things. Great job.
*Gives Manfred a high-five.*
Great item manfred! Us vetrans showing how it should be done! Yhea!
Even if the player gives up on opening the box, they still have a one foot cube of unbreakable stuff. That could be put to use in remakable ways. They can't work it into anything more useful, mind you, but it has a purpose.
Some unintended uses could be:
Battering Ram head.
Jam the mechanism of a crushing trap.
Trebuche stone - if it's heavy enough.
Maul head. -mauls are big mallets
I love it!
This is the kinda thing i love to see. An item that will have the PCs confused as a duck in an airplane for hours and even days after the game stops. It also has uses as a adventure hook (Ex. This common man comes to the PCs asking for help). Good job you truly deserve a cookie.
Oh wow this item is great, it could be an excellent way to screw with the heads of any Player. Good job
I must agree: this item is class!
Its sheer uselessness coupled with its mythological significance is a beautiful touch of irony.
I had a good time using this item. My players carried it around for a long time after recieving it as a divine gift, they actually encountered a god at one point and handed him the box to see if he could open it. He did, looked inside, chuckled a little, then closed it and handed it back. They never found out it was empty (in game). So much fun, many thanks.
And that's the proper way to use this item. I am glad you have fun with it.
you sicko......I love you
One of Manfred's old old jewels. Items such as these are priceless! *mumbles* ...If only I had more Hall of Honour nominations *mumbles*
Why is it that I seem to forget posting on all of these submissions. I read them often yet don't realize I forgot to post in them after the third time I read them.
A good bit of wonder there manfred. I like it and always have.
I've just given this to my party. Last session, the ranger spent the whole of a 3 day sea voyage trying to pick the lock (and kept 'almost feeling as if she was about to pick the lock, but then realised it was more complex than she had at first thought) and, now that they are back on land, has decided to try and find a mage who she hopes can magically unlock it.
Yeah, I love this thing.
I like this Box.
This is a totally evil GM tool. I like it.
Only the true heir to the Throne of the Lost Emperor can reveal the Gift of the Gods...
An inspired piece of madness.
I was always fond of this epic red herring, but I hadn't voted.
Evil. I love it. I must use this in my game.
Three short sentences, and they brought unexpected pleasure to my heart. :)
You are quite welcome.
Kinslayer sums it up nicely. Behold! The King of Herrings!
(Also, hehe, BH, an orange!) :)
Good one, this can even be the focus of a campaign. Or something that is thrown away/sold after a few sessions. The options are endless. Good un.
Ah, the joy of pointless futility! :)
Thanks for waking up this monster.
Making great posts of the past resurface again is one of the function of spotlighting/ HoHing.
I still view this box, in my mind, as the Hellblazer box.
Wow, I gave this a HoH but it seems I never voted... anyway, I came back here because this gave me an idea:
The Box That Can Never Be Closed!
Once, long ago, there was a God of Mages known as Tehfayl. He was the God of the young bumbling adepts. He was quite powerful, untill banished from the Godly Realms for causing too much chaos and upsetting the natural balance of things. He was petty and lazy, and liked to use magic for everything.
Once he created this artifact, and possibly The Box That Can Not Be Opened as well, Tehfayl did not mean to create this box. He didn't even create the box itself, it was a gift from one of his worshippers. The worshipper placed the box at his feet. Tehfayl cast a simple Open/Close Object type spell, but... he kinda over did it... The Box sprung open, launching its contents (Rare spell ingredients and such) everywhere!
He was so embarrassed that he blasted the Box from his Godly Realm towards the unsuspecting world below. He has since departed out world, but his magic is still with us. This Box is a cursed artifact. It looks like a normal wooden box, put can not be kept closed, it will spring open at the worst of times. And, even worse, it infects other containers (such as backpacks and potion vials) that it comes close to.
Let your imaginations run wild!
Nice one! There is also the Silly Items scroll, if you want to find it another home.
And I like the nasty little effect of your box, too!
Fun and twisted. Combined with a pc that has the curiosity flaw (or better yet a player with it) you have every excuse to send the pc running across the world in search of know-it-all sages, magic keys, and anything else they think may open it. (Of course once they *do* manage to get a deity to open it or find out there's nothing inside they may well try and fit the gm in any conveniently nearby box, depending on their sense of humor.)
Oh and Pieh, do me a little favor and put your idea up as a sub linking back to this one so I can give it a proper vote and comment (+1 is too little for the idea). It's good enough it it's own right to stand alone.
Edit: One little question, Why isn't this a golden submission yet? It certainly deserves to be one.
I realized I had never voted on this piece. Then I realized I had voted when it was on v1.0 But I can do it again.
I like it. It is well done. Yet, I hate it. I have never seen the point of frustrating players. It makes them grumpy (well other words are applicable). They begin to think that you, as the GM, are personally out to get them. That route simply leads to difficulties.
I'm there with you... although, the lesson this item imparts is not frustration - it is that not everything may be possible or reachable (though there are a few extreme theories on how to open it *cough*). If you learn to accept that, you can use that indestructible box to achieve other impressive feats - and still have the fun with the occasional attempt. ;)
This item is great! The poor, poor players :)
Bump for the newcomers who never saw this excellent piece.
Whenever offered the choice of a thousand wonders or a mysterious closed box, always go with the box.
A fun idea. Not sure it's a great one, but certainly a good one.
Yes. It is a great one. Bump for awesomeness:)
Deserving of HoH as well.
I can see PC's frustration. *Grins with manic intent*
Tried to HoH. Am out of HoH. Did not use HoH.
I don't remember if I voted on this all those years ago but I thought about it the other day and threw it at my players. It was an item left in an alchemical lab of a deceased sage. They found him dead along with a few other notable people in the city together.
The were searching his tower for information regarding a particular issue they were having when they came across his lab. Pocketing a few items, the thief of the group tossed the box in his satchel hoping it contained riches or items of magic. He has broken four of his lock picking tool kits and is attempting to find more. He swears that the fact I am not letting him, open it means there is something in it I don't want him to have. It's fun.
Thank you for creating this pleasurable tool of torture.
Love it. Perfect to stall players after they do something you did not expect and need a little time.