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Note: I'm French, and while I'm quite fluent in English, sometimes I get stumped by a sentence.

On p. 46, under room 12 ("Smelter Cavern"), it says that the flameskull's orders are to prevent anyone from passing through the room he defends.

Does that mean that the flameskull only attacks if you try to cross the room?

If someone takes a couple steps in then goes backwards into the same corridor they came in because of the zombies, would that trigger the flameskull or not?

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The flame skull has its orders. It is also intelligent so it has discretion as to how it carries them out. That is, the DM decides what it does and when it does it.

As an aside, the orders do not require an attack, just prevention.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Thou Shall Not Pass \$\endgroup\$ – NautArch Dec 13 '18 at 20:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ I would posit that given its alignment that attack is more likely than a gentle nudge the other way. \$\endgroup\$ – Slagmoth Dec 13 '18 at 20:37
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Slagmoth posit away \$\endgroup\$ – Dale M Dec 13 '18 at 21:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ ..well now I'm imagining the flameskull as Randal from Clerks. "Aw, man, don't go in th-- don't go that way! C'mon-- Geeeeez, I wasn't even supposed to be here today..." \$\endgroup\$ – Darth Pseudonym Dec 14 '18 at 16:43

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