I will be DMing the Death House adventure very soon. Because I have players that tend to exploit every little loophole, I am wondering the following:
Once the party refused to sacrifice someone and have to escape, would there be an easy escape route by climbing up through the trap door opening in the basement, then going through the wall near the exit and then getting out through the front gate?
To illustrate what I mean, here is a map with the escape route I'm thinking of:
As written, once you re-enter the house, all doors will become scythes and all windows will become bricks and inner walls will become brittle and turn into rat swarms. But, there is nothing written about the front gate and whether the wall next to it, is considered an outer wall.
In someone's notes, I read that the only valid escape would be
from the balcony.
Is that really true?
I mean, of course it would be up to me to decide and most likely it would be too easy to just shortcut in the first floor, but I think it still could be argued nonetheless and I want to be sure I didn't overlook anything.