3 BURIED ALIVE. This small court is located within the hedge maze. The hedges are extremely dense and twelve feet tall.
In the center of the court an unusual person has been buried up to their eyeballs. This is Gratinati, a potato man transformed by Wandra Triskelion at Area 5.
Gratinati (AC 10; MV 12”; HD 1; hp 7; #AT 1; D By weapon; XP 17)
Gratinati looks like a potato with eyes, ears, and a mouth. He has arms and legs sticking out of his body at appropriate places. He is not armed and has no wealth. Unless he is armed, experience points should not be awarded for defeating him.
After being turned into a tuber, Gratinati felt the urge to plant himself. If disturbed he will cry for help and there is a 90% chance that 1d4+3 jousting wasps from Area 4 will come to investigate. If the adventurers can convince him that they mean him no harm and want to help return him to being a human (this is based on reaction roll), he will likely consent to act as a guide. He can find his way about the ground floor of the castle at Area 5 in a general fashion. He does not know the secret behind the traps or secret doors.