Starts like a regular investigate/slay/recive reward adventure, but with a macabre twist in the end that should get your players thinking… a low level adventure
There are many scret places in the old forests; the least of which is by no means Old Stone Face
Those Terrifying Tumbling Tubers: The Tale
The villagers are having a fit, they've found something in the woods!
"Was it… just a dream?"
You’re walking through the forest when you encounter…
Some parallel worlds have different time-flows, like the fabled dwelling-places of the elves: those who visit them under the hill for a night return to find that years have passed in this world. Perhaps it is the gate leading between the worlds which causes the alteration. If a gate were 'misaligned', the shift from '| |' to '| \' or '| /' as it were would lead to that difference, much as a light-beam split and bent by a prism ends up taking a longer path. There might even be a mathematical function linking degree of misalignment to alteration of time-rate.