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Twisted Mountain (August 3, 2021)
Han the Sage, a seeker of truth, appears at Mountain Foot. He looks for answers in this life and aids those who seek to find themselves. Han is aware of the curse and the artifact part sought, but he can’t remember what it looked like. Patience and humility will help reach the goal. One needs calm when attempting to remember the past because it takes a clear mind to reveal the artifact part. Introspective meditation is the last stage of mental preparation to help achieve inner peace. Han the Sage’s words may sound like cryptic doublespeak but, like a guiding star, they help him recall the memories he needs. He readies to astral project into his mind palace to remember the artifact part which will take his mind and spirit far away from this place.
Nearly lost in the infinite world of memories, Han returns with good and bad news. The good news is he remembers what the artifact part looks like; the bad news is he remembered the item was lost and only the harpies can find it. While the harpies have a bad reputation, one of them is a true friend, Olympe the Harpy.
Han, the Sage never doubted his friend’s generosity and appreciates the information. Armed with a direction to follow, Han knows seeing your goal clearly is paramount to any task. He begins searching as he visualizes the goal and hopes his gaze will soon fall upon the needed item. Initially eluding him, Han sees the item within his grasp. He’s glad he kept his mind sharp all these years.
Patience is rewarded when Han hands over the next artifact part, the Wing of Distinction.
Busy meditating, the subconscious self of Han, the Sage offers greetings. He senses the serpent’s awakening has created chaos in your mind but he needs someone with a clear mind and brave heart. Grief consumes Han’s mind and not even concern over the serpent can overshadow it. Fate was generous in granting Han a twin brother, although they walked two very different paths. Everyone must follow their own path and Han’s brother chose the way of the warrior, which caused the brothers to drift apart. Not willing to believe his brother is gone, Han enters a trance and searches for any connection to him.
Han feels life still flows through his brother, but can’t understand why he hasn’t visited in so long. Twins have a special connection and Han believes his brother’s mind is trying to tell him something. He feels his brother’s anxiety and decides to send his astral body in search of his brother. Han’s subconsciousness begins its faraway journey, but something won’t let him proceed. Perhaps his brother is in a protected area. Strengthening his astral body, Han manages to reach the soul that so closely resembles his. The path leads to the harpies.
Han, the Sage is very grateful the person most dear to him was rescued. Reuniting his soul with that of his twin helped Han regain his spiritual powers. It’s as if they share one soul. Han’s twin told him of a prophetic vision concerning part of the Chilling Belt. The artifact is hidden deep in Han’s subconsciousness, requiring a deep dive into his inner self that will create something so powerful from nothing. Han knows that if he can’t make it materialize, the artifact part may be lost forever. Many years of spiritual practice rewards Han with the artifact, but it leaves him weak and weary. Once recovered, Han says the universe rewarded you generously with the next artifact part, the Ice Salamander.
Twisted Mountain (August 3, 2021)
Olympe, the Harpy appears at Mountain Ledge. She blocks the way and demands proof you’re not an enemy. Caution is wisdom; these are dangerous times and harpies don’t trust outsiders. Olympe has known Han the Sage for a long time and he’s always been kind to the harpies. Olympe’s heard everyone’s in mortal peril but the harpies have survived by being cautious of outsiders. She doesn’t know your mind and is wary if your intentions are good. She asks not to judge their cautious ways too harshly and begins putting trust to the test. Once past the trust exercises, Olympe shares more information about her people.
The harpies are ancient and wise but many believe they’re birds of prey that should be exterminated. They’re never safe despite the fact they’ve never been cruel and, in fact, value kindness and justice above all else. The harpies are slowly vanishing at their enemies’ hands only because of the way they look! People don’t accept them so they live solitary lives to prevent extinction, but it has closed off their society.
Mistrust has become ingrained, almost instinctive, over many generations. But they still trust those that offer help. Trust takes time, but once Olympe’s trust is earned, she agrees to help find the artifact part. While flying is taxing, Olympe is positive the part can be found just over the mountain. It’s not a small mountain though and it’s filled with many dangerous twists and crags. The search could take some time. Luckily, the gift of flight isn’t all that aids the search; Olympe shares the harpies also possess an eagle eye. With it, Olympe can spot the item from high above. When Olympe begins searching the right area, the artifact part emits strong magical energy. Olympe approaches the sacred cave of the enlightened and confirms the artifact part lies inside but she is not allowed to enter the cave. Han, however, can enter the cave so you must return to him and give him this new info.
Olympe, the Harpy agrees to help search for Han, the Sage’s twin. Han’s brother is very important to the harpies; he protects them from destruction. Olympe readies for her flight to where the warrior twin should be and enlists your help to protect the vulnerable settlement while she’s gone. The news isn’t good. The location the sage saw was empty, but his twin had been there. His spirit still lingers in the air. Olympe says it’s possible to track the warrior twin’s lingering spirit, but only the oldest of the harpies knows how. She’s an outcast who lives somewhere near the settlement.
The elder did her best to hide from outsiders; otherwise, the harpies would have died out long ago. Harpies never completely vanish; they always leave behind clues. But the elder harpy, being the wisest of all, left very cryptic clues as to her whereabouts. Unable to completely decipher the elder’s clues, Olympe says a possible hint leads in four different directions. Harpies never refuse to help those close to them, but they do require payment. Olympe readies gifts for four harpies, who split up and travelled in the four cardinal directions in search of the elder harpy.
The elder harpy determined the warrior’s last location, so while there’s hope, there’s no telling what state he’ll be in. The elder found him and departed quickly, without another word. Apparently, the warrior was fighting to protect the harpies from invaders. Olympe can’t tell the cause of his wounds, but they’re very deep. The warrior is a skilled fighter and Olympe can’t imagine who could have done this kind of damage. Luckily, the harpies have remedies that can handle these wounds. Once his wounds have been cleaned to avoid infection, the warrior is placed in the healer’s tent to recover.
Olympe is told the protector is awake and feeling much better. Olympe is glad the harpies could help and she’s sure the brothers will contact each other soon. The warrior has important information.
Shaman Glen, October 4, 2021
Helma, the Shaman Outcast says ancestors talk to us through the sounds of nature. You’re out of sync with nature but once you let it into your heart, the world will open for you. These lands used to thrive when shamans from all over lived here. To prevent this place from perishing, Helma remained while everyone else left for more peaceful lands. The nature spirits once revealed a prophecy about a threat coming from this mountain. The shamans heard the prophecy and did their best to suppress the mountain’s power. But they had no way of knowing the true source of the threat. On the day the prophecy came true, the shamans used all their power to subdue the mountain...and that’s when the miners came.
The miners exploited the opportunity to search for precious ores and treasure. Legend says that the ancient spirits who created this world put treasure under the mountain and left a powerful guardian to protect it. The miners’ greed was limitless and the shamans were powerless to stop them. That’s why they decided to seek refuge elsewhere.
The miners’ digging almost awakened the guardian of the treasure but a miracle happened when the mountain erupted with lava, taking those who disturbed its peace. Helma was chosen to be the mountain’s caretaker and she can’t leave it under any circumstances.
According to the prophecy, the land can be saved from the guardian of the mountain, but it’s too dangerous to go into the mountain. Helma says “your aura shines like a thousand suns on a cloudless day. You must be the savior from the prophecy!” A minor eruption sealed off the entrance to that part of the mountain and Helma calls on the powers of nature; air, water, earth and fire, to heed her call. “Let the savior enter the mountain.”
The path opens and Helma says nature will protect you.
LEVEL 110 cont.
Helma, the Shaman Outcast knows the Fire Elemental suffered because of human interference. Even though the harpies knew the prophecy, they couldn’t protect him. Trying to remember where the shamans kept the artifact needed to pacify the mountain, Helma says when she was little, she saw an old shaman use a peace pipe to communicate with the ancestors’ spirits. After recreating that ritual, Helma’s powers grow and she knows the artifact should be in the old shaman settlement. But she must go alone since only shamans can enter that sacred ground. Helma found the artifact, but it’s sealed in a case made by the royal artisans. Succeeding in opening the case, Helma presents you with the next artifact part, the Polar Bear.
Lava Cave, October 4, 2021
The Fire Elemental warns this is a dangerous place. He’s guarded the treasures of the ancient spirits since the mountain was created. Only someone with a pure soul and brave heart can hope to get even a glimpse of it. Once satisfied you didn’t come for the treasure, the Fire Elemental confides his fire essence is tearing him apart from inside. His inner flame was meant to protect the mountain, but because of human greed, he could end up destroying everyone.
He remembers one day was particularly fine until he heard the overwhelming anguish of the mountain caused by the miners. When the miners found out about the limitless treasure, greed took over. They decided to take everything for themselves. The ancient spirits tied the Fire Elemental’s spirit with the mountain, so when the miners reached its core, the Fire Elemental was filled with pain. His wounds are so deep that he’s barely able to hold off his fire.
The shamans weakened the mountain, but they had good intentions. He’s afraid his molten fire could cause the mountain to erupt at any moment, destroying everyone and everything in the castle. Only the Chilling Belt can stop it, but there must be some temporary way to calm it.
The Fire Elemental says the ancient spirits foresaw this possibility, so they created a unique stone flute covered in gems. This stone flute from the mountain depths can buy some time, but the Fire Elemental is having a difficult time remembering where it is. Finally, the spirits’ powers helped him remember; the calming instrument is in the mountain’s treasury hall. Rendered weak from his wound, the Fire Elemental says the hall is vast and full of unusual artifacts. He finally locates it, but there is still one obstacle protecting it.