The geomorph contest at Inkwell Ideas is in its second iteration. This time, the "secret ingredient" is lava (sorry, it's never not funny). Entries are due at midnight PST on 4 May 2015, which means that by the time you read this, you'll have about nine Earth hours to complete this task. (And for that, I'm sorry--if you want more advance notice, you should subscribe to the Inkwell Ideas blog instead of relying on my lazy ass to keep you current. I mean, really--I went a whole year without posting so much as a syllable. Don't count on me.)
Anyway, my entry is below. I'm a little more excited about this one than the last entry. Maybe it's the splash of colour, but I can also see some tentative attempts to break out of my symmetrical layouts. That's big for me, my OCD, and my Myers-Briggs type. Trust me, we're all celebrating here.
The fountain in this hall flows with lava. The north-east altar is fashioned in the likeness of a coiled salamander--it is hot to the touch and its open mouth contains a pool of partially melted and congealed gemstones. If a gemstone is tossed in and the inscriptions on each pillar read, a mage may conjure an obedient salamander from the fountain (1 HD / 100gp of gemstones; ritual takes 3 turns). The side chambers contain clerical gear (robes with flames; conflagrating pope-hats, sparklers, 2d12 flasks of oil, etc.). The secret chamber contains a robe sporting a hood and tail, making the wearer appear as a salamander--it looks ridiculous but improves saves vs. cold attacks by +1.
As always, heartfelt props to my (perhaps unknowning) partner in crime, Greg MacKenzie. Without his excellent geomorph template, none of this staggering brilliance would be possible. That said, I really am looking to improve my geomorph skills--if you have suggestions or constructive criticisms, please let me know in the comments section.