The True Dreamers
Hut (portal): Jaythier awakens. He has several fully and freshly healed wounds. He is disoriented and lying amidst the rubble of a ruined stone hut. The building’s collapse was recent and the dust has not completely settled. He sees the remains of a magical portal behind him as the radiance of the runes flickers and dies. He is alone. Him eyes begin to adjust and he sees light filtering through a gap in the fallen wall nearby. He realizes he has only basic armor and a single melee weapon; on him belt is a hammer and a coil of rope, and a belt pouch containing three iron spikes.
Exit: Jaythier chooses to crawl out and exit the hut. He leaves the ruined hut and a small group of simple travelers are gathered as if waiting for him.
Their leader, a grizzled cleric speaks up.
“Are you okay? We heard the roof collapse. You look alright. We were supposed to meet our guide through the mountain here about. Are you him? We found the door. We were returning to our homes from having visited the old shrines and ruins of Mesthelome. We are pilgrims and curiosity seekers not warriors.”
Help or not: Jaythier chooses to help them.
“Thank you. My name is Altham I brought the pilgrims here and I appreciate your assistance.” The cleric says.
Stone Door: They take him to the large stone door leading into the mountain. Two of them bear light stones; stones that illuminate a large area. He look them over as they travelled here. Of the fourteen pilgrims only one seems like he’d hold his own in a fight. An older cleric who was the one who spoke to him and seemed to be leading them. He has deferred to him since he agreed to help them. One by one they file through the door way.
Follow or not: Jaythier chooses to follow.
Entrance Hall: He enters a large chamber with stairs leading up to a archway. 4 large pillars, strategically placed hold the roof up There is a body lying halfway up the stairs. He seems to have been killed by large chopping weapons within the last several days. He is cold and the blood dried but no animals have been at him.
“that was our guide on the first half of the journey through the mountain. He was supposed to meet us at the stone hut where you were. I’d like to stop and build him a cairn at least, perhaps outside?”
Jaythier notes that it was almost evening when they first found him.
Bury the dwarf or not: Jaythier chooses to bury the Dwarf.
Jaythier and several of the pilgrims lift the body of the dwarf they tell him was called Burress Grinkle. They take him outside. Not far from the entrance he finds a shallow depression on a large flat rock. He and the pilgrims gather stones and pile them on the deceased dwarf until he is completely covered.
Altham holds up his hands and the pilgrims go quiet.
“Brothers and sisters. Burress guided us well through Mulhandro, Mountain of sadness. because of his sacrifice we have located the Jewel of Tharnasses last king of Mesthelome. Once more it will protect us from disease and famine thanks to the efforts of Burress. We thank him and wish him a speedy and safe journey through the afterlife. As is his custom, I will give up my vow of temperance and drink to his honor at the next tavern we pass. There are several ‘here heres’ and then they bow their heads and pray silently. Altham looks up, Makes a sign with his hand passing over his arm and moving heavenward and says, it is done”
Jaythier and the pilgrims return to the Entrance hall. They climb the stairs and enter a waystation.
Way station: beyond the entrance hall is a way station. And crumbs and leavings indicate food was once stockpiled here in a side room to the left. Jaythier sees outlines on the ground where much of it seems to have been taken away, recently. A large keg of ale sits recently open in the middle of the table just over a dozen glasses are on the table with the cask. The room to the right has rows and rows of bunk beds and a steel door with an iron bar.
Avoid the Ale: Jaythier decides that now is not the time to be drinking and avoids the ale.
Sleep for the night in the bared room: He decides that the room to the right is the safest place to sleep. Everyone enters and he closes and bar the door. Altham says a short prayer and suggests they all get to sleep, which most seem to right away.
Sleep: Jaythier joins them in sleep without a watch. He hears a cry in the night. He awakens and are on him feet in a moment’s notice., But third of him people are already dead. The ones nearest the door stood no chance against the Duergar who holds a thin knife and the door bar as weapon. He quickly surmise he must have used his knife in the door frame to raise the bar. Jaythier threatens him and a fight ensues. He fights furiously for him life as he seems to have the advantage. Finally he lies dead, beaten before him. He see that he has several serious wounds. Altham calls upon his god to heal him but says because it is almost morning he will be unable to heal him later in the day.
Into the mountain: Jaythier and the pilgrims eat a hasty meal and continue on down the nearly endless hall. Deep into the mountain. After walking half the day He sees a large crack to the left leading to a natural chamber. Dust on the floor shows many heavy booted tracks leading into and out of the crack. At some point the wall partially collapsed and opened this feature into more natural caves. Large rubble lies strewn about.
Seal the hole: Jaythier uses the largest boulders, and his hammer and one steel spike to seal the crack. He appraises his work satisfied. It will take hours if not days for anyone to clear the hole. They continue on.
The Chasm: In the late afternoon he arrives at a chasm. A rope bridge once spanned it but has been cut away. Large stone blocks on either side mark where the bridge was once attached. He sees a narrow ledge below that leads somewhere but likely not across. There seems to be better purchase on the far rock face.
Use the rope to get across: Jaythier tries to use the rope. He finds that the rope is a little longer than the chasm. It is long enough to span the gap if it was spiked on both ends or lengthened in some way.
Tie rope to the hammer and use the hammer as a weight to snag on the pylon on the far side: First Jaythier uses the hammer to spike the rope on this side. Then he ties the hammer to the un-spiked end and swings it out across the chasm. The first shot is short and he hears the hammer clatter on the wall below. He fishes it up and tries again. On the second shot the hammer firmly wedges in the y-crook of the far pylon. He and the pilgrims climb safely across. He is able to recover the hammer but the rope is firmly spiked to the opposite side.
Dwarf attack (front only, not weakened from poison, 7+ pilgrims remain): As they arrive on the other side Jaythier sees a small patrol of four Duergar in front of him. The Duergar make to attack.
Attempt to throw them into the chasm: You lure them to the edge and manage to throw two of them in. The rest you are able to defeat but not without losing a pilgrim.
The other side of the mountain: Jaythier and the pilgrims finally reach the far end of the mountain. He finds an empty way station similar to the one he first say but cleaned out. The beds have been removed and the steel door has been taken. He continues on into the exit chamber through the pillars and down the steps to the far door. He passes through the stone door and breathes in the fresh air on the other side of the mountain. Sadly he hears the sounds of more Duergar charging down the hall still a few hundred feet from the group.
Attack: Jaythier is quickly overwhelmed and killed.
Jaythier awakens again. This time he is in a strange room 10 feet high and 60 feet wide. In the center of the room there is a dais 10 wide and 6 inches high. The edge of the northern wall is a silver disk 10 wide and 6 inches high. An identical disk is along the southern wall. He awakens within a egg shape receptacle against one wall. He sees eleven more against the circling wall. Just off of the dais is a crystal chair and a metal stand with a crystal ball, set in it. A shimmering spirit in ethereal mage robes looks up from the orb and begins speaking to him.
“I am Selennelor and I mean you no harm. Though I bear a spirit form it was by choice. When the curse took me I choose to continue to serve and my god, Welexian Svratorean, and test both the mettle of those fall to night walkers and their good intentions.
While you have failed the test you have done so with no dishonor and faced it bravely and with concern for the others you encountered. I cannot reward you save with this. The barrier that surrounds this tower will now allow you to pass. Thus you will have protection whenever you pass this way from the night walkers. I will send you now, rested and healed to the base of the tower. When you arrive it will be morning and your friends will have completed their trials.”
The spirit makes a motion with his hand and Jaythier disappears.