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What's in the Gelatinous Cube?

What's in the Gelatinous Cube?

by Creighton Broadhurst

December 12, 2019


GM's Resources

What's in the Gelatinous Cube?

by Creighton Broadhurst

December 12, 2019


What's in the Gelatinous Cube?

Quintessential dungeon scavengers, gelatinous cubes engulf all in their path. Untold numbers of neophyte adventurers have met their doom in the depths of a gelatinous cube. Sometimes their death leaves behind treasure for luckier, or more skilled, adventurers to retrieve.

Gelatinous cubes secrete powerful acid that destroys most of what they swallow. However, some things—typically those made of stone or metal—can survive a gelatinous cube’s acid, and canny adventurers often search such slain beasts for treasure. Use this table, to fill a gelatinous cube with objects of minor interest:

  1. This cube contains a yellowed and pitted skeleton wearing a suit of battered chainmail.
  2. Soft shards of a spear’s shaft hang suspended in the cube along with a long, slender steel spear tip. The spear tip is surprisingly clean—as if it had recently been polished—but the spear shaft disintegrates if touched.
  3. Shards of wood and scraps of rapidly deteriorating leather and cloth wrapped around the stark white, brittle bones of some unfortunate hint the cube’s consumed its last meal was not too long ago.
  4. A jumble of small chunks of rubble and shards of rock fill the lower portion of the cube.
  5. Silver and gold coins glimmer in the party’s light. Suspended in the cube, they must be dug out individually. Each coin must be cleaned thoroughly or the acid on the coin’s surface slowly burns through whatever is used to store the coins.
  6. A skull and a jumble of bones fill the gelatinous cube. The bones are old and disintegrate if touched, leaving a yellow stain on the investigating character’s hands.
  7. A hooded lantern cleaned to shining brilliance by the cube’s acidic excretions hangs suspended in its body. Its oil has long since intermingled with the cube’s body giving it a slightly mottled appearance.
  8. A handful of silver and gold coins hang suspended in roughly the middle of the cube. As the cube moves about, the coins undulate and move about the cube’s body like a glittering, segmented snake.
  9. A half-dozen arrowheads float within the cube’s body. One glows brightly (it is enchanted with a continual light spell) which makes it virtually impossible for the cube to ambush—or creep up on—its prey.
  10. This cube has consumed many unfortunates in its hunting. Some of the remains of its victims including a crude battle-axe of orcish artifice, three small short swords and an even dozen iron sling bullets yet resist its acidic excretions. All are in excellent condition. Of their previous owners, there is no sign.

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