Willow, at the very back of the pack, decided she was going to take her time and not rush straight down one of the three paths and into the heart of the island as many had done.
Walking at a reasonable pace down the center path, she kept her eyes open for anything that didn’t fit in this tree paradise.
As she entered the woods, something drew her attention to the right side of the path. Stopping to see what it was, she realized that it was a wooden plaque stuck into the ground, covered in vines.
Tearing off the vines, she read the runes on the plaque:
What you search for is within your sight,
If you remember these clues with all your might.
Three trials you will pass through and have to defeat
To find the prize for which you seek.
First, Mother Nature is forever giving
Instead of taking, give what is yours to her in thanksgiving.
Her welcoming arms will show you the way,
Be filled with gratitude and be sure to obey.
Second, remember what the world has taught you
Be it from the Sea’s Water, Winter’s Ice, Spring’s Fire, or the Earth’s Dew.
Match them with their Natural enemy,
And you shall be rewarded handsomely.
Finally, only the Brave of Heart can pass through this Undying Fire
Look inside and have faith, you will be rewarded and be inspired.
For within you will receive,
The ultimate prize if in yourself you simply believe.
So continue along the path,
Being aware of the others’ wrath
For the start of your quest
Will come in the form of a stony test.
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