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.
You open your mouth to talk to the figure, but he quickly interrupts you with his booming voice.
“You can venture past me traveller, or you can answer my questions and hear stories of the land you walk upon!” You can runaway, go through the gate, or answer the cloaked figure.