The Twilight Lands

The Pursuit

The trail disappeared down from the mountains into dry broken rock. Hours passed and the party followed the trail into a valley and soon they were red crumbling rock cliffs on either side. The rocky floor slowly blended more with sand and ash.

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Prelude-The Raid

A long time ago, great kingdoms and warrior tribes ruled the lands. They lived lives of indolence and greed and were lured away from the true God. They let themselves be lured by the dark one and his witches with promises of wealth and power. Soon wars raged all across the land, fires burned, demons and evil sorcery were unleashed and many thousands died or were changed into hideous monsters. Monsters roamed the land and killed both the sinners and righteous alike. In the end God smote them down for their sin and his prophet led the righteous away to the green lands.

You, the people of Covenant are the chosen ones. Joseph Shepherd guided and protected you and has led you to this valley and you have been safe ever since. The elders of the Church of the Covenant guide you in lives of hard work and prayer, and all is good. No monsters haunt you and other than the occasional wild animal there is no danger. The only others you have ever seen are the occasional traders from Eden. You are safe here.

3 days ago your lives were changed when evil cultists attacked your town. Under cover of darkness they came, injured several of the caretakers of the Church, and stole the Sacred Shrine of the Blessed Waters. The next day, you went after them.

1 day ago you passed the furthest any of you have ever been from Covenant.

This morning, you said your prayers and continued the pursuit. You’ve come to the end of the green lands and stand on the edge of a broken desert. The tracks of the cultists lead into it.

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Into the Wastelands

The band walked into the broken lands, a dry rocky desert where the only sound was the wind and the only movement other than themselves was the dust sweeping along the ground. For hours they followed the trail as it slowly descended and narrowed and they soon found themselves in a canyon.

Eventually it narrowed to the point where only a couple of hundred meters or so separated the walls and the rocky floor had turned into mostly sand, with dunes often blocked their path until they finally came to a large pit. The sand sloped down into a depression at least 50 meters below the group and only a thin and treacherous path could be seen at the edges of the canyon. The path of the raiders went along the left side of the pit.

Not trusting the look of the pit and keeping a wary eye around them they tied themselves together to take the trail around while several kept watch. The going went well and they made it almost all the way across before they slipped and started sliding into the pit.

As they desperately tried to stop their descent down the slope the other characters watching helplessly saw a monstrous sight. At the bottom of the pit a hole opened and a giant spider larger than a horse scrabbled out at blinding speed.

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