Wooden box with a Cupcake (5e Trap)

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Wooden Box with a Cupcake[edit]

Magical trap


This trap is a wooden box large enough to hold a medium sized creature, suspended by a strange magical force. The bait used in this trap is a chocolate cupcake with pink frosting and rainbow sprinkles, served on a small copper plate and contained in a standard paper cupcake wrapper. Despite their ordinary appearance, the cupcake and box are enchanted.

The obvious nature of the trap makes it impossible to not see, however the enchantment makes the delectable looking cupcake still attract creatures and adventurers alike, regardless of whether they knew it was a trap or not.

To resist walking into the trap, one must make a DC 14 Wisdom check. On a failed check, the person falls for the trap, if multiple people desire the cupcake, roll for initiative to see who gets it.

The cupcake is filling, but the box falls on the creature. With the victim inside the box closes over top of them, trapping them inside.

The trapped creature or another creature within 5 ft of the box to make DC 15 Strength check to lift it off. On a success, the box lifts off and the victim is free.

On a failure, the creature is restrained and the box then begins to enclose around the victim until they are freed from the box. At the end of each turn, the victim must retry the save, on a failure taking 2d6 force damage.

If the creature dies, the box continues to compress their body and belongings until they're compressed into 1 inch cube which revert to normal slowly over the course of 1 hour.

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