The snake’s rage cut through Hasan like Kaldemont’s fiercest snowgale. The elf worked his hands in hypnotic spirals, slender fingers extended verticaly, and chanted feverishly, “Salim volen a volar! Cap amunt violar!” Feldard gasped as the elf slowly began to float up toward Ludo and his adversary. As the elf approached, he called out to the fearful animal, “Away from him, young rattler. Leave this place, and find your burrow.” The elf sensed his magic bond with natural creatures remained in place, but that his time was ending. “Hurry now, Ludo, and lower that rope. Friends, you must climb quickly.”
Ludo paused only for a moment as he saw the snake but as the snake hissed in confusion at Hasan’s words quickly resumed his climb up the chasm moving out of strike range of the snake. At the top he pulled himself up and over the ledge and with a few flicks of his wrist secured the rope around a stout branch. Leaning over the edge he gave the thumbs up that all was well and waited for the group to climb up one by one.
Feldard watched as his companions climbed/ got hauled up by the rope and waited, alert below. Thus far the only dangers this day had been natural predators but he knew others things lurked in the mountains. When it came to his turn Feldard tied off the end of the rope to his belt and began the long arduous climb up.
Stephan secured his gear and followed the others up when his turn came. The exposure on the cliff face was none too pleasing but his stalwart nature saw him to the top.
Eventually, all of the adventurer’s were back at the top of the gorge and able to continue on their way. The rest of the day was spent navigating the ancient road as it climbed through the mountains, through rockfalls and narrow passes. It was getting close to nightfall when, after rounding a bend, the road ended suddenly at a sheer drop above a gorge.
On the far side, a rock wall bars the only way forward. The wall is pierced by a pair of large stone gates, but the spans of the bridge which once led to them have long since collapsed. All that remain are a rank of jagged stone pillars which rise from the depths of the gorge.