As it’s my first post here, I can’t insert more than a couple of links, so you’ll have to find information on some of these feats and spells yourself on d20srd.
Let’s say in D&D 3.5E a party wants to get a number of artifacts1 from a cabal of wizards2.
Wizards in this cabal have the Improved Familiar feat and air elementals working restlessly as the alarm. They have other means of getting information of the moment when the party is approaching.
When the cabal knows that the danger is near, they get a fly speed from a spell (such as fly) or otherwise, get high in the sky and cast Rope Trick, hiding there and eventually winning against the siege.
How do I prevent the rope trick abuse of hiding characters and valuable items indefinitely long? Sadly, this problem can be reversed — how does a NPC group get the characters from a rope trick (linked above) of theirs?
Please note that I’m not asking about killing a party in a rope trick, I know how to do that, I’m asking about something more delicate — getting them alive/getting their items.
- i.e. the powerful magical items that are capable to impact the game dramatically
- a group of wizards, working together
Please don’t post answers that copy the spell description and/or describe the same things but with different words, I can read. Also, please don’t tell me that I have to appeal to the Golden Rule™, this is a last resort.
I need a hard counter to Rope Trick. If there is none, please answer “The closest counter to Fly Speed + Extended Rope Trick I know about is «X». But I don’t think that it can be hard-countered”. If there will be significant amount of answers of latter form I’ll just ban Rope Trick.
1200ft above the ground there is a rope trick interface behind which there is a young, yet powerful wizard Sauron, wearing the Ring of Awesomeness and a medium load worth of ropes and a wooden door. At a random moment of the duration of extended rope trick spell Sauron flies out from the interface under haste, (head first) creates another Rope Trick (within his surprise round) and climbs it. The round he gets in, he brings up the rope and closes the interface from the inside using
Your task is to get the Ring of Awesomeness from him. You haven’t seen the moment of creation of the interface.