The party spends the night in Lowerton, and sets out early the next morning. They walk a few hours west of Gatetown, leaving the city just barely in sight, and piece together a plan to traverse the Great Ridge. Cham casts a Solipsism spell, creating a huge magical set of illusionary stairs that wind all the way to the top of the Ridge. He informs the party that the stairs will be real for whoever has faith and truly believes the stairs exist. The party members each take turns testing their strength of belief, but to Cham’s disappointment all of them fail to tread the stairs. With only the cleric able to climb the stairs, the rest of the group uses a combination of the Boots of Levitation, and a Potion of Flying to magically reach the Ma’Rook Plateau above.
Though they are very distant from the city, the party is apparently spotted, and two demons fly out of Gatetown and attack the party. They are eyewings – dark, hairy creatures that sport bulbous bodies with one large eye and leathery bat-like wings. Cham casts a powerful Protection from Evil spell that spreads across the entire group, making a magical barrier the demons cannot cross. Unfortunately, the eyewings are content to rain huge acidic tears down on the party from above that explode on impact. Swashy and Barlongren pull out their bows, and Myx unleashes a Magic Missile spell. One of the demons quickly drops from the sky, and the other goes speeding back towards the city. Before it gets out of range, Cham picks off the fleeing demon with a well-placed sling stone.