[RPG] Does sovereign glue work underwater


I stumbled across an incredibly vicious trap. (Seriously, whoever came up with this, they need help)

In the bottom of a well contains water 20 feet deep. At the very bottom of the well, a sword sticks out of a pile of debris, hilt up. Scattered across the floor of the well are piles of bones. If a character tries to grab the hilt of the sword, they find that the hilt is covered with Sovereign Glue. To pull themselves free from the sword, stuck in the bottom of the well requires a DC Strength Check…

My question is, is there any source that says that Sovereign Glue would dissolve in water or any other liquid? Would this substance work as the trap is written?

Best Answer

So, firstly, water has no effect on sovereign glue. This isn't a bottle of clag paste; this is a legendary magic item. DMG, page 200:

The glue takes 1 minute to set. Once it has done so, the bond it creates can be broken only by the application of universal solvent or oil of etherealness, or with a wish spell.

Unless the well is full of universal solvent, it won't affect the glue in any way.

Now, that said, this trap probably won't work. The glue takes a minute to set, and only binds unbreakably after that time. So unless the glue is placed on the sword just before someone tries to grab it, and they're still holding it when the glue finishes setting, having held it for a full minute 20 feet underwater, the glue won't bind to their hand. Instead, the sword's hilt will be unbreakably bonded to... nothing.