Curse of the Devouring Darkness
Trap
Level 7 Warder
XP 300

As you flip through the black, leather-bound manuscript, the neatly penned text rapidly begins to dissolve, writhing and coagulating into a mass of ugly, black splotches that begin to bulge outward. With a loud tearing sound, the book ruptures and a droning swarm of black beetles explodes from the ripped pages.

Trap: Emrett safeguards her personal diary with a powerful magical curse. When a creature other than Emrett opens the diary, the curse activates.Perception     DC 23: The character feels an uncomfortable buzzing sensation when they handle the diary.Arcana     DC 19: The character senses the curse's dark aura, providing a +2 bonus to Arcana checks made to disable it.Thievery     DC 19: The character detects a faint hint of dried poison, providing a +2 bonus to Thievery checks made to disable the curse.TriggerWhen a creature other than Emrett tries to open her diary, the curse activates.AttackOpportunity Action      Close burst 1
Targets: All creatures in burstAttack: +10 vs. FortitudeHit: 4d6+4 acid and poison damage and the target is blinded (save ends)Miss: Half damage and the target is blinded (save ends)Effect: The diary reappears where it was left, closed and intact.Countermeasures     Arcana DC 20 or Thievery DC 23: A character holding the diary can dispel the curse with a successful check.
Special: No one other than Emrett can read the diary until the curse is dispelled.

Published in Dungeon Magazine 169, page(s) 35.