Note: This information was taken from TSR's original AD&D adventure, the Temple of Elemental Evil.
For the players:
Dais and Throne
The dais extends south into the Temple,
forming a circular area. The floor, steps,
and walls are black basalt, highly polished
and gleaming. Four steps lead to
the upper platform, and upon it is a great
throne of purplish basalt, with leering
demon faces and carved grinning skulls.
Above the throne, the following words
in the common tongue are chiseled into
the curving wall:
THE POWER OF ELEMENTAL DEATH
BRINGS MORTALS LOW
BUT RAISES THE NAMELESS ONE
The flags upon which the throne sets
are ten-foot squares of granite, set in a
For the DM:
If detected, note that the pervading
evil is stronger here than elsewhere.
A faint dweomer also radiates from the
The huge throne is carved of solid stone,
immobile, and cannot be destroyed by anything
but disintegrate or wish. Other spells,
including those which affect rock or stone,
have no effect.
The throne can be ordered to sink to the
Greater Temple. Only a limited wish or greater spell
can detect this movement capability. The
possessor of the Orb of Elemental Death knows
how to operate the throne merely by gazing
upon it (magically becoming aware of the
command words to make it lower or rise)
and can control the throne by sitting on it
while holding the Orb.
The throne can otherwise be activated by a
wish, or by the following procedure. The user
must step on the four color slabs directly
before the throne, in proper order--brown,
white, green, red--and then speak the name
of Zuggtmoy. The throne thereafter sinks to
area 340 when anyone sits upon it.