Excavate (4E)

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4ED&D 4E
4th Edition Dungeons & Dragons

This is a ritual description page for 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons.


You make a great excavation in the earth.
Level: 16 Component Cost: 2,900 gp
Category: Exploration Market Price: 8,600 gp
Time: 4 hours and more, see text Key Skill: Arcana
Duration: Instant

You can excavate earth and stone, creating tunnels and chambers. The ritual has a variable casting time; it takes four hours to start up, then one minute for each square you want to excavate. Remember to think in three dimensions; a 10 ft. cube takes 4 minutes to excavate. If you are interrupted while excavating, any work you’ve already done remains. This ritual is accompanied by a great shaking of the earth so it is very noticeable.

The walls of the excavation are plain undressed earth or stone. They are buttressed, but if the ground is not solid or you crate too large chambers, it might still collapse after a time. The type of ground you can excavate depends on the result of the Arcana check:

Arcana Check Result Type of earth you can excavate
9 or lower Soft soil
10-19 Clay
20-29 Soft stone
30-39 Bedrock
40 or higher Extraordinarily hard stone, like basalt, porphyry, or volcanic glass.