The Puzzlebox

A lavishly ornate puzzlebox.

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The puzzlebox, now commonly referred to as the puzzlebomb, is as extraordinarily ornate as it is complex. This gilded, icosahedron box was stolen from the Red Boar Inn along with a hefty portion of gold and miscellaneous jewelry by the opportunistic Malefacent while its staff and patrons were under the effects of a sleeping spell cast by Axel Mecaris to defuse a bar fight started by her half orc companion, Mater. After fleeing from the bar it became apparent to Malefacent just how valuable the puzzlebox was but it did not sink in just how complex and intricate the safety mechanism was inside. Later that very same day after reconvening with his group he convinced them to aid him in attempting to open the box. Try as they might when Malefacent finally attempted to open the box it became apparent they had failed when the sound of the treasure inside being crushed rang through their ears. A horrible shriek of a scream tore out of the box accompanied by a red mist and although Malefacent was able to avoid serious injury by the mist the loss of the great treasure inside the box cut deeper than any blade. Sullenly Malefacent kept the puzzlebox for its intrinsic value but it wasn’t until a week later that he realized it still had hidden value. The next week while exploring a small network of caves with his group Malefacent turned a corner and was struck by an arrow shot by one of two halflings at the end of a short tunnel. Whipping back around the corner Malefacent had a moment of brilliance, he pulled the puzzlebox out of his pack made a fast, effortless attempt to open the puzzlebox then threw it around the corner landing it directly beneath their feet. A brilliant, blinding light exploded from the box stunning the two halfings and thus the puzzlebomb was born. The puzzlebomb allowed Malefacent and his group to dispatch the two without receiving a single blow and has since been used on multiple occasions to throw a bit of chaotic havoc at the groups foes. The puzzlebomb is always retrieved by Malefacent after combat and kept in his pack, it is possibly his most valuable item both in gold worth and sentimental value.

The Puzzlebox

Legacy of the Green Regent Malefacent