Prompts used: (Tinder Peak) ; ((...)if it were me I'd go to the cavern. Don't wanna sit around doing nothing, but a dragon would be troublesome to encounter. (But what if there's a dragon living in a cave... hum. Well that'd be a bother. OH WELL LET'S IGNORE THAT POSSIBILITY.))
Nursing your Briarglow, you think to yourself as you stare at your map. Dragons do sound like a bother, but the thought of climbing that volcano is starting to sound more and more like a good idea. You’d better get some heat resistant clothes! You finish your small meal, pack up your things, and leave a few gold coins at the table before departing the tavern.
Your first stop is to the local tailor’s, where you pick out some flame-resistant boots and a long jacket of the same nature. These are both lightly enchanted so that you won’t burst into flames as you near lava. They’d save you from a regular flame, but not from the magical fire a dragon breathes, so you’ll have to keep that in mind. The tailor also reminds you that those boots are not lava proof, and not to go tromping around in firey puddles, as tempting as that thought may sound.
You also buy two more waterskins and another weeks’ worth of rations, dropping an even 140 gold coins on your little shopping excursion. Your last destination before leaving for Tinder Peak is the well at the center of town, where you fill your three waterskins to the brim. These things accomplished, you organize your belongings and then set out towards the volcano.
The trip takes about four days, and soon you’re standing at the base of the volcano. As you climb upwards, you watch as the trees begin to thin out and the dirt and rocks on the ground slowly become ash as you gain more and more altitude. You’ve been climbing since morning, and it’s now late afternoon, and as you stop to rest you notice the trail up ahead splits into two. You take out your map and study it for a minute. You determine that the right path will lead to the very top of Tinder Peak, whereas the left path will branch off somewhat and lead you to what looks like a large lava lake. You look up and notice there’s a good amount of smoke drifting up from the top of the volcano, though you haven’t noticed anything like earthquakes that would indicate an imminent eruption. After some squinting, you can make out some caves on the map towards the peak, and the words ‘Lavan territory’ near the lava lake. You don’t know what a Lavan is, and you’re still not sure what the smoke at the top means.
Either way, daylight is slowly fading and you need to make a decision; should you go right or left?
--> Which path do you choose?