Yesterday a deadly event took place on the Catskills shard as part of Summerfest 2011. EM Adris and his Maze Monster invited players to try and make it through “The Mysterious Maze”. Everyone who took part was forewarned that there would be many surprises and deadly inhabitants of the dark underground waiting upon them. Yet all that had gathered at the fairgrounds still showed enthusiasm to enter the Maze Monsters domain. A gate was opened and the stalwart adventurers rushed through to find themselves in a tunnel deep underground where through a wall could be seen a true maze. The Maze Monster then reminded those gathered that this was a race to see who could complete the maze first, or better yet who could complete it at all, before throwing open the entrance to his maze. With the path open the enthusiastic mob rushed forward into the maze trying to find their way through. Once you found your way through the box maze you were faced with a choice of gates to move beyond the next barrier. If you chose wrong you found yourself back in the maze of boxes. If you chose correctly you were gated to the next part of maze and met the first denizens of the maze including a slight nicer rat (Guardian), A truely evil beast (Guardian), A big nasty rat (Guardian) and An unknown pile of gore (Guardian) just to name a few. Battling down the hall through these monsters you went around a bend to see a bookcase and a stone wall blocking the way forward. There the hated Imp that has plagued the lands recently popped in and out looking like he was taking much pleasure at the sudden stop of the groups advance. Till it was realized that maybe the bookcase contained the way beyond the wall. Opening it a book containing a riddle was found. Many answers were called out by the gathered till someone yelled “Imp!” and disappeared before everyone’s eyes. Then the hallway rang with many voices yelling the same thing and advancing on to the next part of the grand adventure. After saying the word you found yourself beyond the wall that prevented you from advancing before. The adventurers that came through found themselves amongst a nest of giant hungry spiders that pounced upon their prey as they appeared. The hall was blocked half way down, by crates stacked in front of gravestones, causing a small deadly area. Till the spider menace could be cleared and the crates moved out of the way of the groups advance was stopped temporary. Once the spider threat was removed a path was made through the crates. Beyond the former barricade at the end of the hall was another wall with another Moongate awaiting the intrepid group in front of it. Stepping through the Moongate the first thing you noticed when you came through was the foul smell of rotting flesh and death. Right before you were swarmed by an army of undead such as A cranky skeleton (Guardian), just a zombie (Guardian) and A very very nasty dragon (Guardian). At the end of the long hallway was another bend and a wall once again blocking the groups way. There everyone worked together to try and clear this section of hall of monsters while working on a way through the next obstruction of the way forward. When it looked like the adventurer had gained the upper hand in this section of the dungeon the sound of the wall around the corner falling echoed through the hallway. Rushing forward to see what had just happened our small force was greeted with the sight of angry ice fiends, daemons and balrons advancing on us from beyond the now fallen wall. Once again battle raged in the hall that was nearly cleared a few moments before. The rugged battle weary group of warriors, mages and tamers rallied once more to remove this threat from their determined advance though the maze. When victory was ensured the party advanced down the hall that the unholy spawn had come from and found yet into another room full on moongates. Some of the moongates would transport you to another of them, but one gate let you go to the final area of the maze. There the Maze Monster announced who had completed the Mysterious Maze first and that was… Cyanide. The Maze Monster then announced the prize for completing the maze for everyone else was... You got to leave. With that he opened a gate that the tired group once again entered and found themselves standing at the bank in Luna. Being that a few others and I think being dropped in Luna is a punishment almost as bad as death we gated to Britain behind the West Britain Bank. Where while having a pleasant conversation the maniacal Imp did appear to poke at me and then rapped as hard as he could on my helmet. He then danced off with glee, with me screaming for anyone to capture him. A few gave him chase that he joyfully avoided while taunting and teasing them. Before he disappeared he called one of his pursuers a man of inaction while madly laughing, not to be seen again that night. I say it is high time we organized a party and hunt this vermin down!