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You’ve been paid by a worried father to find his missing son. He accepted a challenge with the other men to race to the nearest town to collect a token for a lady. Whoever collected it and returned it to her first would win her hand in marriage, as well as a considerable inheritance.
The problem is, this was days ago and all the other men are already back, without the package. He suspects his foolhardy son took a dangerous shortcut through the mountains, known as Bleakbarrow’s Bridge. No-one knows what’s up there, only that those who wander through it never return. He wants you to recover his son and bring him home safely. Or his body, so that he may give him the burial rites he deserves.
WHAT’S HAPPENING? The man’s son, being of a rather thin build, planned to outwit his brawny opponents by taking the shortcut through the mountains. This would have been a good idea if his belief that the other villagers were overly superstitious were actually valid.
While he made the first crossing safely at daytime and managed to collect the package from the far village, unfortunately for him his second crossing was at dusk. While he attempted to return via the broken bridge, the giant spiders who were nesting beneath it ambushed him.
Luckily for him, he can still be saved. He is paralysed and cocooned within the lair of the spiders, but still alive. For now. Unfortunately for you, however, the package dropped off him and fell deeper into the lair. Should you cut him loose, he begs you to try find it.
If you follow him you’ll find lots of loot on the dead bodies, as well as spider eggs which start hatching at the disturbance. Should the man be returned to the village safely with the package he’ll claim the lady’s hand in marriage—they did, after all, plan the challenge for his success, so he could finally win acceptance from her disapproving father.
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