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October 28, 2005, 2:12 pm

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A small door, often wood but sometimes metal or stone, that is a doorway to an extra-dimensional room.

A small door, they range from two to three feet square, usually a square shape, although rectangles and circles do exist. They are commonly made of wood, either a high quality wood or other wood of special significance, sometimes can be made of metal or stone, but that does detract from it’s portability. It has a handle but no hinges.

To use this item, just place it against a flat surface and pull the handle. The edge facing the surface is rooted in place and the area the door covered is now a portal into a comfortably sized room about twenty cubic feet. Anything placed inside the room is imobilized while the door is in transit, so nice furiture and expensive vases have no greater risk of damage than those that normally encounter an adventuring party. When newly enchanted, rooms are unfurnished and the fireplaces are not standard as the spells required to make an extra-dimensional flue are complicated.

To ready the item for transport, simply grasp two opposing edges and lift. Some doors are equipped with command words to attach and release to help prevent the occupants from being carried off while resting. All door may be mounted to any horizontal or vertical flat surface, even upside down as many door have rungs or other hand holds along the entrance. Once inside, the sense of up reverts to the doors floor, oppisite the entrance. Doors with rooms that are entered into from the side are very rare as the doors as commonly used on streets and trails where a sewer lid style entrance is more accomodating. After all, how many vertical surfaces can one find in the forest?

Magical Properties:

This door does not help heal wounds or resist aging, it merely provides a dry spot to get out of the weather. The room does not provide provisions nor does it magically preserve anything left inside, although particulaly old doors may have had things left inside by previous owners that may have become a bit ripe or worse, animate. The room is an extra-dimensional space and react accordingly to contact with other extra-dimensional spaces. Any amount of material may be placed inside the room with little impact to its weight, which is that of a door of the size in question.

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Comments ( 9 )
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November 7, 2002, 9:12
Reminds me of the Labyrinth door in the oubliette. The perfect getaway for the entire party to long as they hid the door well enough when they close it.

Perhaps the door emanates magic while it is closed in use though. Make it useful, but also a magnet for the magic sensitive so not horribly useful while invading a powerful wizard's dungeon.
December 14, 2002, 19:26
This makes me think of two spells in the 3e spell lists: Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansion and Phase door.
December 19, 2002, 6:12
No, may be definitively useful for invading a powerful magic-user's or a dragon's lair. Get in and take care that it will be found. Ever heard of the Trojan Horse? Better have a cover inside, if the 'new owner' takes a peek!
September 25, 2003, 10:59
I see a thousands and thousands of uses for this teriffic item... ;+))
Voted Pariah
January 11, 2006, 22:14
Yeah. I can see it being used as a Trojen by some creative players. And it kinda reminds me of the DnD spells too.
Voted Cheka Man
March 20, 2006, 20:13
Make sure if you hide in it that it does not get jammed shut.
March 21, 2006, 19:32
I voted this one quite high when I voted on it oh so many years ago.

I had, to be honest, forgotten about it. Had I seen it come up on a random list, I would of HoHed it too.
Voted Ramhir
September 27, 2010, 22:02
I liked the door. It made me think. Perhaps one of cloth that had to be unfolded and rubbed against the rock? Or one that folded up several times so as not to be so bulky? How about one that, after you were inside, could be taken off the wall and stood in the corner, making the door outside vanish?

I had one, The Playroom, that was 2 inches tall. When stood on the ground and opened with it's key, it became a children's nursery. Great for adventuring mothers.
Voted valadaar
July 4, 2014, 12:14
Another variant of the Portable Hole, useful and with lots of potential. One day the door could open somewhere else entirely.

"After all, how many vertical surfaces can one find in the forest?"

Plenty, they are called trees :)

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