When we last left our tale The Child had just conjured up three legendary heroes: Bededdee the Wizard, Bolenarrow the Elf, and Strong Don the Fighter.
The story begins with our three heroes meeting at an inn when they overhear an old man entertaining a crowd with tales of mysterious events in a dark forest…
“Once, when I was a lad, I wandered off into the dark part of the forest near the ruins of the city of Klippons and there I found a tall, strange tower made of shining black stones. There was a faint blue light coming from tower and I saw shapes moving around in the windows, but not human shapes. Creatures! Things not from this world I tell you! Monsters and magic to be sure and I reckon that tower is sitting right on the site of the legendary Pool of Radiance”
Our heroes overhear this old man’s tale and decide to seek out this Pool of Radiance. They begin their quest as many do: singing, laughing and full of excitement at the prospect of an exciting adventure. Everything is going well until they spot a troll in the distance. Our heroes can ride around or confront the troll. The child chose to send Strong Don to confront the troll.
Strong Don climbs a hill to get the high ground and his silhouette against the setting sun looks to the troll like a charging titan of a monster. The troll panics and runs, dropping a sack he was carrying as he flees. Our heroes can search the bag or continue on their way. The Child Chooses to search the bag.
What our heroes find in the bag is less than amazing. The troll bag is full of troll food (according to The Child that means ‘cooked rocks, old timey fish bones and rotten carrots’). They continue on to the darkest part of the forest.
Before long they arrive at a tower. It is just as the old man from the inn described – made of glossy black stones and emitting an eerie blue light. Our heroes prepare for the next part of the adventure as the enter the Dark Tower of Klippons.
P.S. The Spouse points out that the trees, drawn in black and therefore correctly representative of a dark forest, also happen to look like palm trees. California is influencing my child’s art and world view. For the better, I assure you.