Tunnels & Trolls : Gristlegrim Room 354--The Gorgons Room

The inside of this room looks like the inside of a Greek temple--an altar in the center and a bunch of doric columns holding up the roof. The floor is laid with tiny tiles in diamond patterns. There are doors on all four walls, and a spiral stairway going both up and down in the northwest corner.

On top of the altar is a closed steel treasure chest. Next to it is a slate and piece of chalk. A message is spelled out on the slate--"Write down what you expect to find in the chest before you open it." And below that is another: "Opening chest summons defenders."

Eight of the pillars surrounding the center of the room are carved into the form of the medusae--voluptuous women wearing thin chitons. They have classically beautiful faces, but from their scalps grow a tangle of writhing serpents. Though it is all done in carved stone, the delvers can practically hear the snakes hissing. Except for the fact that it is all white stone, the gorgons look extremely realistic.

The treasure chest works on the principle of opposites and is limited to producing 1 thing at a time. The G.M. must figure out what the opposites are if the delvers are clever enough to ask for things. It doesn't have to be a true opposite as long as it feels opposite. Ask for gold, for example, and get lead. Each time it is opened, monster control will teleport a new set of monsters into the room. Each set of monsters should be more dangerous and numerous than the last. If the characters hang around more than ten minutes, monsters will also be summoned.

The delvers should be afraid of the Gorgon statuary, but they are, in fact, safe from them unless they do one of two foolish things. The medusae come to life only if delvers exit the room, then re-enter it, or if they try to take the steel treasure chest away from its position on the altar. If they do activate the Medusae, then they need to make level ten saving rolls on Luck to be able to avoid petrification. Seeing the living medusae will turn them into stone, or being seen by them.