The final trial is a version of one possible future where the group failed. They arrive just outside of Tower’s Edge via a portal. The portal is set to return at noon of the next day. The smoking ruins of what looks like a massive and heavily fortified city, crowned with a broken silver tower in the middle. This is five years from today.
The city is broken and the only humans still alive and about are a group of late teen to young men who call themselves the Stingers, who serve Jax, the lord of the city. In all there are maybe 500 people left in the massive city, there are bodies everywhere although in some areas there seems to have been an effort to clean them out. There are some massive graveyards, followed by some mass graves. The city was destroyed by a combination of elementals, elves, and undead. With Xaltoon dead, the city was defenseless.
The minor enchantments left behind by Xaltoon keep the city alive. Time is still slow, and some small crops can still be grown although food has become more and more scarce as supplies from the larders run low.
Jax killed Xaltoon after the last other human city fell. Having grown frustrated with Xaltoon’s defensive attitude, Jax slew him and took over the city. This proved disastrous, but Jax still rules the ruins. Jax’s child soldiers from Jaxus are now his trusted guard as he plans defense for the city while knowing he can’t win. Jax has become even darker and more prone to anger.
Leroy is now an evil cleric in the service of Tiamat. Even that service is really only lip service; Leroy is out for himself and a cruel laugh at someone else’s expense. He is still a drunk, and only stops drinking long enough to play some cruel trick on the remaining people within the city.
Gwyn has become an abomination, like all elves. Due to their intimate connection with nature, the corruption has directly effected her body and mind. She and her mangy companion Kaida now stalk the area around Towers Edge, seeking to capture humans for her pack.
Sonya has become exasperated and doesn’t know how to deal with their defeat. She is angry and has a short fuse. She frequently unleashes her power at random objects just to sate her rage, and is always toying with fire in some form. Everyone’s concerned about her mental stability, but none question her.
Plexar has begun hording luxuries and people. He lives by himself on the other side of the city, not wanting to live in the military dictatorship of Jax, and on this day Jax assaulted his compound and killed him for defying his rule. Before his death, Plexar married Samantha and several other women, and continued to seek out and acquire wealth even though it was useless.
Edith is a stone statue sitting next to a lake in the center of the city, where grass is still green. She has a split from her forehead down the middle of her body. No magic can turn her back to life. Orion’s grave is nearby.
In this trial, future-Jax has just slain future-Plexar and looted his mansion, and as the players arrive Sonya destroys the tavern Leroy is in when they get into an argument over a decision gone wrong three years ago (sneaking into the guard house in Lyr vs. talking to the captain). Leroy comes out near dead but fighting and he and Sonya begin to fight near the players.
The players walked around with their future selves for some time, mostly Leroy and Sonya. Gwyn attacked them as they entered Sonya’s workshop where she’s been trying to find a spell to destroy the Corruption. Sonya looked askance at the real Gwyn, and told the players they couldn’t trust her, she would turn on them at some point. After staying the night there, Sonya left. The players attempted to leave and go back to the portal, but found that Gwyn was trapped inside the building. Sonya returned and informed them that they could leave, but Gwyn had to stay. She then departed to go deal with Jax. Gwyn and the players tried several methods for getting out of the house before Gwyn decided to polymorph herself using a potion in Sonya’s house. Gwyn turned herself into a cat, which allowed her to bypass the spell.
The heroes ran back to the portal, which had just opened. As they stood watching, the Corruption of Earth attacked and destroyed the city.
In the aftermath of the trial, the dragonkin boomed their names out as champions and warriors of the light. This was heard by everyone. They left the tower to wild cheering, and journeyed back to Tower’s Edge. As they rested, Leroy wandered off to make some more Oli’s Ale, and was kidnapped by bandits. Those bandits then stole some horses and rode out of town. A man ran out of the tavern yelling that his horses had been stolen, and the party realized that Leroy was strapped on to one of the horses being ridden out of town.
The man introduced himself as Merrik Lee, and offered to join the players in tracking down their friend and his horses.