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I’m a warrior seeking peace and an end to bloodshed. I’m on pilgrimage to the Temple to No Gods in the distant City of Gulls. My pilgrimage has brought me to the Ragged Forest, inhabited by warring cannibal clans. My goal is to pass safely through and continue my pilgrimage.

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I have instincts honed by a life of violence, and a long knife under my shirt.

I have been trekking through the forest for hours when I come across a brook. I crouch down to drink from it.

Something warns me of approaching danger. What warns me?

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The noises of the forest die out, leaving just the sound of the water sloshing down the brook...
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I freeze and try to inconspicuously look around me.

Do I see anything? Do I hear anything?

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You hear weeping willow tree whispering in a dead language.
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I sit still and listen.

Do I understand what it's saying?

Does it know I'm here?

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You can not understand the words spoken, but their subtle nuances wrench at your very soul, threatening to overcome you with emotion and bringing a tear to your eyes.
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Although my life of bloodshed and brutality have prepared me for a lot, they haven’t prepared me for this song. It seems to remind me of all the lives I have taken and the children I have orphaned.

I stick fingers in my ears and try not to think about it.

I rise up and try to hurry away from the tree. Can I do this without its notice?
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As you start running, a branch from the tree reaches toward you...
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Running faster now, I pull my long knife and and hack madly at the approaching branch.

Does it withdraw or am I able to cut the branch?
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You slash at the branch, drawing forth a few drops of Ichor. As these drops splash to the ground new growth suddenly springs forth and two extra appendages spring forth to grab at you.
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The branch withdraws with a soft choking keen, shattered by your betrayal.
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I scream victoriously as I connect with the branch and it recoils.

But then I notice the two new growths at my feet.

Am I able to jump away from their reach?
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As you leap forward, the branches reach up. Neither is able to grasp you, though one manages to clip your foot, tripping you up.
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I fall down painfully on my stomach, but manage scramble forward on my hands and knees.

When I get well away from the reach of the tree, I stand up and take deep breaths, trying to calm myself down.

Did anybody or anything hear my scream?
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Yes. You notice a bird on the ground with yellow and green feathers and black eyes, watching you.
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I can't believe I almost let a damn tree kill me. Even that bird seems to be laughing at me.

Angry at myself, I grab a stone from the ground and throw it at the bird.

Do I scare it away?
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The bird deftly dodges the stone. Takes a few hops toward you, turns its head to one side and chirps a little song for you.
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I look around me.

What's the safest way across this forest?

And what's the quickest?

Two people should answer. One question each.
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Thinking through his store of knowledge the Pilgrim remembers the stories told him by his grandfather. Enlisting the help of a trail-expert from the Pentali tribe is by far the safest way to cross this vast expanses of forest.

But is it the quickest....probably not...
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Following the stream that flows through the forest would definitely be the fastest, but animals and other things are known to congregate near its edge.
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For a moment, I consider my options.

Then, cursing under my breath, I start jogging along the stream.

At this pace, will make it out of the forest by nightfall?
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No, it would take you till midnight at your current speed.
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Since I can't outrun the dusk, I might as well slow down a bit and save my strength.

When the night falls, can I see where I'm walking?
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At first the moon lights your path but as the weather is turning very bad the moon is soon hidden from your view. It couldn't be more dark than it is now.
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