“Hahahahaha! You all are such… interesting creatures! What fun you’ve been!”
The group turns around to see before them a violet faerie dragon hovering above the forest floor. He introduces himself as Jivew, a faerie dragon from a “far away place” known as the Feywild. After a few tense moments, including a brief demonstration of Jivew’s power on Finnegan, the group decides not to attack the faerie dragon, choosing to listen to what he has to say instead. Jivew promises to lead the group back to the main road; however, he has a special offer for them: before the group returns home, he can lead them to a special place, not far from their current location, with an “interesting and special treasure.” After some debate, the group agrees to the offer, and they set off into the forest.
After about an hour, Jivew informs the group that they are approaching the location of the treasure. He pauses for a moment, then quickly flies ahead, seemingly disappearing in mid-air before our heroes. Upon further inspection, the group discovers a magical barrier in front of them. As they pass through the barrier, they quickly realize that what looked like a continuation of the forest from the other side of the barrier is, in reality, a collection of ancient elven ruins! The barrier, they surmise, must be some sort of protective cloak, keeping the ruins hidden from any passersby. Jivew, seemingly unphased by this revelation, quickly leads the group into the ruins to structure whose entrance is covered by a large statue of an elven figure, identified by an engraving below the statue as Sergin Melandrus. After discovering the entrance, the group proceeds into the depths below.
What lies before them underground is a large set of chambers lit up with a pulsing and glowing blue arcane energy. The entire chamber seems to be charged with this magical energy. The group soon realizes that they must complete a series of challenges within the chamber to reach a large treasure chest locked in the back behind a series of gates. The challenges include a series of practical jokes and slapstick moments, including pies to the face, electric shocks, tilting bridges, and several laughs along the way.
Upon reaching the end of the challenge and unlocking the chest, Jivew reappears next to the group and quickly grabs an amulet from the treasure. He explains that there has been some sort of a “disturbance” in the Weave throughout the Gray Forest, one that has weakened the boundary between the Feywild and this world, allowing him (and several other creatures) to travel here. While he has enjoyed his time observing and entertaining himself with the creatures of Faerûn, especially our heroes, Jivew wishes to return to his own world. He reveals that the amulet he has taken will allow him to do just that; he just needed a group of adventurers who could unlock the treasure chest for him. As a reward for the inconvenience he has caused the group, Jivew welcomes them to take the remaining items from the chest, which include a set of magically enchanted elven arrows, a gem of seeing, a mask of disguise, and a portable hole. With the items collected, Jivew provides directions back to the main road and then wishes the group farewell, promising to meet them again some day, as he vanishes into a magical portal.
With a new “friend” made, and a hidden location discovered (ripe for further exploration), the group makes their way back to the Viand Road and onto Momo’s Respite for a much-needed bath and a much-deserved peaceful night’s rest.
Did the group expect that this would be their first encounter with a dragon in their adventure? Where did these ancient elven ruins come from? Are we still not back in Sanctum Cross yet? Come back for the next story in our continuing adventures along the Path of the Polestars!