Dungeon Dressing: 20 Things that are Actually a Mimic
The fantasy world is one of adventure, magic, and monsters. One of the most iconic monsters in Dungeons & Dragons lore is the mimic. A shapechanger that can take the form of almost any object.
A plain, unadorned chest holds the ancient riches of a long-forgotten king. A barred oak door leads to a chamber of arcane secrets. A priceless work of art hangs within easy reach. The mimic is a deadly predator, using curiosity and greed to lure duped prey into its ravenous maw.
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Your attention is drawn to a massive ivory throne at the far end of the hall. It’s meticulously carved into the form of a panther with its maw open. Resting in narrow sockets lies eyes glinting of brilliant ambient. A character who succeeds on a DC 13 Intelligence (Investigation) check confirms the gems to be rubies.
A small fisherman’s boat rests along the beach. Its pristine red cedar hull glistens under light. A character who succeeds on a DC 13 Wisdom (Survival) check notices no humanoid tracks on the beach. The fresh tracks from the boat suggest it's been here for no longer than a few days.
This room contains multiple doors exiting the room on each wall. One door stands out among the others. It is noticeably made of cherry walnut, a much stronger wood than the others. In addition, it has large bars to keep out any who aren't allowed beyond its threshold. A character who succeeds on a DC 14 Wisdom (Perception) check notices that unlike all the rest of the doors that are inlaid into the wall, this door protrudes from the wall. Indicating it was likely added after the others.
Embedded in the cobblestone wall to one side of the room is a large chiseled fireplac