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Bridge of Sorrow

rd tier (
(less than 1 hour)

A narrow bridge made of polished black marble crosses a deep and fast-flowing river ahead. Ominous clouds cover the sky in a 2-mile radius, casting the area into shadow. Each adventurer feels an urge to plunge into the water, and the entire area dampens their very spirits. 

Suppressing Aura. All magic within the shadow of the clouds is suppressed (as if in an antimagic field ). In addition, each of the adventurers sees visions of their worst fears reflected in the bridge.

Possible Solutions
  • The bridge is physically safe to cross, as long as the adventurers can resist the urges tugging at their minds. A group check focused on bolstering the party’s resolve is needed. For example, a Performance check to lift the party’s spirits, a Religion check to recall and recite an inspiring prayer, or a Wisdom check to keep the oppressive magic at bay. 
  • Alternatively a boat or raft and a group Survival check (rolled with advantage for any characters with proficiency with both Survival and water vehicles) can be made to cross the river without setting foot on the bridge.

Potential Outcomes

Critical Failure: The adventurers are compelled to plunge into the river 60 feet below, each making an Athletics check to dive, taking 21 (6d6) bludgeoning damage from impacting the water, or half damage on a success. In addition, they each suffer two levels of strife .

Failure: They make it across, but their very souls are dampened. Each adventurer suffers a level of strife .

Success: The adventurers cross the perilous bridge without incident.

Critical Success: The adventurers cross the perilous bridge without incident, stronger for having been tested. For the next 11 (2d6+4) days they have advantage on saving throws made against mental stress effects. Roll twice on the Boons and Discoveries table.