The Only Good Context for Tentacles
So we were going through the underdark on a quest for some kind of artifact. Since we didn’t have a dedicated healer, our sorcerer specialized in crowd control and came up with very creative ways to use his spells.
We had been driven to the middle of a bridge and it was being cut from both sides. We had lost a lot of health and the spellcasters were low. The chasm was very deep, and none of us liked the chances with falling. Looking like a party wipe and the DM didn’t appear to like it either. We had accepted our fate.
Our characters all shook hands and did the “It was a pleasure serving with you.” Thing.
The rope was cut.
Fighter: “*Sorcerer, don’t you have any featherfall spells?”
Sorcerer: “No first levels left… WAIT! I have an idea!”
Sorcerer OOC: Can I cast a spell while falling?
DM: What level?
Sorcerer OOC: “4.”
DM: Beat a 14 concentration check
Sorcerer succeeds and shouts: “I cast Evard’s Black Tentacles!”
We all just look at him. He’d just recently leveled up so he hadn’t used this spell yet. DM pulled open the book to see how the spell worked.
DM: Ok…Oh-OH! Yeah. That’ll do it. So you see the sorcerer point to the ground that is rapidly approaching and you see rubbery tentacles spring straight up. As you fall, each grabs tight to you and begins squeezing really hard, but never lets you hit the ground. You are all being grappled.“
Rogue: “Did you just save our lives by improvising a HENTAI CRASH PAD?!”
Sorcerer: “I’d never thought I would live to hear that combination of words!”
Through our rogue pulling off good escape artist checks and getting everyone out, we all survive the fall only slightly worse for wear.
Sorcerer uses the spell religiously now.