Altar of Compassion
Level 23 Blaster
XP 5100

The eaglelike wngs of the altar flap, and a wave of force blasts out in all directions.

Trap: When it attacks, the altar erupts with kinetic energy that pushes living creatures toward the other traps.Perception     DC 24: The faintest shimmer in the air marks the area as dangerous.Arcana     DC 29: The character recognizes the area as a fi eld similar to the glow around the arches in Location 14.Initiative +10TriggerWhen a creature puts its hands on the altar but gives the incorrect answer, fails to answer, or removes its hands before answering, the trap activates and rolls initiative.AttackStandard Action      Close blast 3
Target: Each creature in blastAttack: +26 vs. Refl exHit: 3d12 + 9 damage, and the target is pushed 4 squares toward one of the other traps in this area.Miss: Half damage, and the target is pushed 2 squares toward one of the other traps in this area.Countermeasures     Thievery DC 29: An adjacent character can disable the trap with a successful check (a failed check activates the trap). An additional successful check is required to cause the altar to rise, revealing the passage down to the vault level.
     A character can correctly answer the riddle, which deactivates the trap and moves the altar up to reveal the passage down.

Published in E1 Death's Reach, page(s) 56.