I haven't posted in a long time. Been busy I guess. Things like Facebook and Twitter kind of take the need to blog out of you. At any rate, here's a 4th Edition D&D ritual I made for my campaign. It allows the players to travel to an extra-dimensional marketplace where they can fence loot, shop for exotic items and get themselves into trouble. It's an idea I heisted from my previous 3rd Edition "Three Lakes" campaign.
The Map of the Coterminous Bazaar
You hold a large parchment bearing the map of a circular city on one side and an arcane ritual on the other. Each map has a unique ritual which drops the travelers to a specific location in the Coterminous Bazaar.
The Map Ritual
Level: 8 Component Cost: 100 gp per traveler
Category: Travel Market Price: 1000 gp
Time: 30 minutes Duration: Instantaneous
Key Skill: Arcana
All creatures those touching the map (and the map itself) are instantly transported to the Coterminous Bazaar. The components are not actually arcane components but must be valuables equaling at least the cost described above. These are tribute to the ruler of the Bazaar. Upon arrival, each traveler loses a healing surge. You must succeed at a DC20 Arcana check to travel to the Bazaar.
In order to return, you must perform this ritual again without the component cost but you must make an Arcana check to determine how much time has elapsed while you were visiting the Bazaar. You may pick a time ratio lower for a check result lower than the one you actually achieved.
Arcana Check Result / Time Ratio (home : Bazaar)
20 or lower / 2 : 1
21-25 / 1 : 1
26-30 / 1 : 2
31-35 / 1 : 4
35 or higher / no time elapses at home
Focus: Each traveler must be holding the map.