Key number 3 feels cool to the touch. Upon retrieving it from the fire you notice a snowflake imprinted on the blade of the key.
The old lady smiles with approval that you have chosen the correct key. You then use the key to unlock the book Lullabies of Terrible Unpredictability. Once opened, the book begins to play soft music.
However, rather than making the Jewel to stop ticking it only makes it tick louder. The trees bend and sway to the rhythm of the ticking as though a terrible storm is blowing in; the Cobweb Forest is awakening. Soon you start to hear murmering all around you; the trees start to develop faces and humanoid limbs. All the faces express anger, excitement, revolution; the Cobweb Forest is once again awake to further their domain.
“The book chose to use the song that will purposefully keep the Jewel awake, therefore raising the Forest.” says the old lady, “Such are the consequences of opening Lullabies of Terrible Unpredicability.”
You try to get more information out of the old lady but she silently returns to her campfire as if oblivious to the chaos all around her.
When you return to the small room made of trees where Herbert the mysterious figure was earlier you do not find him. Even the strange dancing lights are gone. Instead you find something of similar features except there is a feeling of dread about him.
“Did you bring me the item of importance?” he asks.
You did manage to bring the Jewel with you. In fact it was as if the Forest itself picked you up and placed you where you are now. Therefore this must be what they want. Before you can counter it the loudly ticking Jewel is snatched out of your hands and given over to the Herbert’s replacement. The thing looks at the Jewel; it immediately glows red to reflect his eyes.
“Thank you,” says the creature, “Had it not been for you We would not have had the chance to waken once again. As promised, here is your reward…”
For a moment everything goes black. When you wake up you find yourself connected with roots all over your body. You are connected to a large oak with powerful limbs and a sly face with a sharp nose. You are unable to move your body; rather, you are able to control the tree creature with your thoughts. Indeed it is quite a gift, but not the one you had in mind. With the slightest of efforts you move with the rest of the trees toward the other regions of the Forest to further the territory of the Cobweb Forest.
You have become part of the Cobweb Forest, an ancient yet unstable section of the Park, intent on expanding its borders. Your Hike in the Park has ended but this does not have to be the end. Go back to the previous page and try again.