You are in a small glade at the top of some long wooden stairs.
You are standing in a small glade at the top of some long wooden stairs, to the south the trees and brambles grow thickly and there is a high wooden pallisade blocking your way. In the pallisade wall is a large oaken door.
There is also a little cabin near the oaken gate, maybe a guard house of some sort. Outside the cabin stands a hooded figure wearing a long brown shimmering cloak. Power emanates from his presence and he seems to be standing, or hovering. Maybe you can ask him some questions before venturing further.
Despite the power emanating from him you couragely step forward towards the cloaked figure. His voice booms out from beneath the cowl as if reaching deep into your soul. You can runaway or talk to the cloaked figure.