Into the Underworld we go. Our heroes embark on a ferry boat to navigate the river Styx. Their destination may be clear, but these are murky waters, and the way is long, windy and treacherous. An experienced and knowledgeable ferryman is definitely a must if they hope to reach Acheron in time.
Eventually, the adventurers find themselves in a gray waste. In the distance, the forces of order, chaos, good and evil clash – formians, slaadi, demons, devils and deva. This must be Hades. Lucky for them, sinister ferrymen ply the river’s length, and they soon find a new “companion” to guide them – for a price. “Acheron, you say? Aye, I can take you there, for some coin. We’ll go through Gehenna and reach it in a few weeks. I do not guarantee your safety, though.”
A great spinning copper coin spans a portion of the river downstream. “Hang on tight, boys. Gravity is a little different over there. Also, my brethren might be hostile towards you.” The boat enters the spinning portal, and the transition is disorienting. Finding out which way is up takes a while, but they find themselves in a volcanic wasteland, in what appears to be a neverending mountain with a 45 degree slope, with some carved artificial ledges to house cities. You might be thinking a river in a 45 degree slope should be pretty fast – and you would be correct. “It’s time to go, boys! Look for a bottomless pit with the sound of metal clashing, then jump! It shouldn’t be far! Pleasure doing business with ya!”
The heroes curse the ferryman and jump to the volcanic ground. The lava’s heat is oppressive, and sweat rolls down their bodies. As they search for the bottomless pit, a full mercenary squad of daemons approaches, and there’s nowhere to go. “You’re a long way from home, fools. Get them!”
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