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What a PC actually does when player states they "investigate" something?

2021.05.18 09:37 hyperionfin What a PC actually does when player states they "investigate" something?

Hi all,
So, I had a bit of a situation in my last game. I'm the DM for a party of four, on level 9 (Fighter, Bard, Ranger, Wizard).
The party was on a beached ship, they had pretty much cleared the ship out of enemies and it actually was a tough fight for them, two out of four getting downed. They had not rested after the fight, and were still investigating the ship, looking for treasure and the usual.
The boat was reeking of undead presence and style, even though the enemies they happened to fight were something totally else. I had a trap in the helm/rudder of the ship (to put it very short, a magical trap that gives necrotic damage on touch), and the Bard used Wand of Secrets, which did tell him that there is something in the wheel/helm. The way I am running Wand of Secrets that it doesn't tell what there is, only that it's either a secret or a trap (and to be honest, I believe this is the RAW way of running it).
Knowing above, the Bard approached the wheel and stated that they investigate it. Investigation check was rolled with unremarkable result, like 11 or 12.
And then I went ahead and stated that he takes 22 or something, necrotic damage.
The Bard was extremely unhappy about this, he explained something along the lines that he knew it might be a trap and he wasn't going to touch it, only investigate by gaze. For a fact I know he did not express this verbally ("I'm only looking, not touching" and the Fighter also actually remarked about this, that it wasn't mentioned).
I explained to the bard that while investigating the object, there must have been a moment when the Bard even lightly touched the wheel and the trap was such in nature that when the first molecule from the tip of your finger lightly touched the rudder wheel, magical necrotic damage was transferred to you. But this didn't make it OK to him.
I kept the ruling in place, they weren't in combat and the damage didn't even end up taking him down. But unhappiness or annoyance was super clear, and I promised I will get back with a ruling on how these things are supposed to be run in the future.
And here I am, asking for a help from fellow colleagues.

  1. Do you think I ran the situation in an unfair way?
  2. How do you run situations where a PC wants to investigate a trap, whatever kind in nature?
    1. Do you ask the PC do describe what they are actually doing to investigate, like describing if they stand or crouch and if they use fingers or tip of a weapon to touch a floor tile they are investigating?
    2. Do you simply rely on the roll and let the results be very bad / bad / good / stroke of genius depending on the roll?
    3. Do you see any difference here in case player is investigating a floor tile that has a mechanical pit trap versus pretty hostile, advanced "magical damage transferred on touch" type of trap?
Help me out to describe a framework on these investigations for my party in the future, thank you! :)
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