Northern Gate

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Northern Gate
Northern Gate

Krakrox stood before a massive stone wall, full twenty feet tall, encircling an elaborate stone building visible though the gaps in the huge iron gate. The wall was perfectly vertical, smooth and sheer as though it had been chiseled from a single gigantic block. Though Krakrox thought that was probably unlikely, his knowledge of masonry wasn't deep enough to make a better guess. The bars of the gate were tempered iron, as thick as Krakrox's wrist and discolored with rust but still quite solid. It was in the fashion of a portcullis, slotted into shallow grooves in the opening of the wall, and sunk into a deep slot in the stone below.

  • With neither stone block in place:

On the left and right sides of the gate, you note two geometrically-shaped holes in the stonework, each a couple of inches across. Above the left hole, a stone lever juts out of the wall (in the "up" position). There is a slot for a similar lever on the right side, but the lever itself is missing.

  • With only the left stone block in place:

On the left and right sides of the gate, you note two geometrically-shaped holes in the stonework, each a couple of inches across; the left one has been filled with the small stone block that the giant spider was guarding. Above it, a stone lever juts out of the wall (in the "up" position). There is a slot for a similar lever on the right side, but the lever itself is missing.

  • With only the right stone block in place:

On the left and right sides of the gate, you note two geometrically-shaped holes in the stonework, each a couple of inches across; the one on the right has been filled with the small stone block you found inside a giant snake. Above the left hole, a stone lever juts out of the wall (in the "up" position). There is a slot for a similar lever on the right side, but the lever itself is missing.

  • With both stone blocks in place, before pulling the lever:

On the left and right sides of the gate, you note two geometrically-shaped holes in the stonework, each a couple of inches across. The left one has been filled with the small stone block that the giant spider was guarding; the one on the right has been filled with the small stone block you found inside a giant snake. Above the left one, a stone lever juts out of the wall (in the "up" position). There is a slot for a similar lever on the right side, but the lever itself is missing.

  • With both stone blocks in place, after pulling the lever:

On the left and right sides of the gate, you note two geometrically-shaped holes in the stonework, each a couple of inches across. The left one has been filled with the small stone block that the giant spider was guarding; the one on the right has been filled with the small stone block you found inside a giant snake. Above the left one, a stone lever juts out of the wall (in the "down" position). There is a slot for a similar lever on the right side, but the lever itself is missing.

Krakrox stood before a massive stone wall, full twenty feet tall, encircling an elaborate stone building visible though the gaps in the huge iron gate. The wall was perfectly vertical, smooth and sheer as though it had been chiseled from a single gigantic block. Though Krakrox thought that was probably unlikely, his knowledge of masonry wasn't deep enough to make a better guess. The bars of the gate were tempered iron, as thick as Krakrox's wrist and discolored with rust but still quite solid. It was in the fashion of a portcullis, designed to be slotted into shallow grooves in the opening of the wall, but it appeared that when the chains holding the counterweights broke, the gate crashed to the ground violently enough to dislodge itself from its track.

  • After destroying the gate:

Krakrox stood before a massive stone wall, full twenty feet tall, encircling an elaborate stone building. The wall was perfectly vertical, smooth and sheer as though it had been chiseled from a single gigantic block. Though Krakrox thought that was probably unlikely, his knowledge of masonry wasn't deep enough to make a better guess. The gate which had previously prevented access now lay uselessly inside the courtyard.



Go South

Put stone block into left hole

Krakrox plugged the small stone block he found in the basement of the abandoned building into the hole on the left side of the gate. There was a loud *click* noise, and he heard a grinding sound somewhere far below[sic]


Put stone block into right hole

Krakrox plugged the little stone block he had found in the belly of the giant snake into the hole on the right side of the gate. There was a loud *click* noise, and he heard a grinding sound from somewhere far below[sic]


Pull lever
  • Without the left stone block in place:

You pull on the lever, but it is locked in place and does not move.

  • With the left stone block in place:

The lever slides down and stops with a ker-chonk.


Kick gate

Krakrox gave the gate a mighty kick; the metal rang dully with the vibration, but made no sign of moving.

You give the iron gate a mighty kick -- the metal groans and scrapes against the stonework as it vibrates boomingly. You give the metal a couple more kicks in various locations, probing for the weakest spot, then back a few yards away from the gate for a running start.

Krakrox charged up to the gate with a mighty roar, slamming into it full-force with his shoulder. The gate spun free of the stone wall, and crashed violently onto the cobblestones of the interior courtyard. Smirking, Krakrox nodded curtly at a job well done.

Cracking his knuckles, the barbarian returned to the jungle in hope of using up his leftover adrenaline on a passing goblin.


  • After destroying gate
Go North

Use grappling hook to scale wall

You swing the grappling hook in a wide arc and launch it toward the top of the wall. It reaches easily, but fails to grip when you pull it back. You try several times, with the same result. It seems that the inside edge of the wall must be specially rounded to prevent a grappling hook from gaining purchase.


Leave the City

Poking around in an abandoned ruin was starting to grate on Krakrox's nerves. He was a man of action, ill-suited to scavenger hunts and puzzley nonsense.

You decide to return to the jungle and find something to kill instead.


Occurs at The Jungles of Ancient Loathing