When the players arrive they will be placed on a cloud, five hundred feet from the
mountain. The cloud is one square mile in area and has no features on it except a paper
bridge joining it with the cloud where the Five Element Mountain is located.
The mountain is ten miles tall. Although this should place it beyond the top of the
atmosphere it is a special case and is exempt from this rule (by decree of the Jade
At the base of the mountain is a small temple dedicated to Budda. The monk is a servant
of the Jade Emperor who has a special spell cast on him to make him appear to have only
one hit point. When he has been hit for two or more hit points damage he will
automatically teleport back to the Heavenly Palace and activate the Gold Golem.
Inside the mountain are several tests to determine the abilities of the party. Reaching
Wu Tze Lee on the top of the mountain is considered to make them worthy of being Emperor.
Wu Tze Lee is on the top of the mountain as punishment for his misdemeanours. He cannot
do anything to the players except talk to them and likewise the players cannot do anything
The only way off the mountain is to use the path down the side of the mountain from
where Wu Tze Lee is imprisoned. The path is enshrouded in cloud and the players will not
notice the change back to their world. This path does not actually lead to the base of the
mountain but into the base of another mountain in hex B6. There is no temple at the base
of this mountain.
The Five Element Mountain has been put here to allow worthy potential E l Emperors to
reach Wu Tze Lee and get the Imperial Banner (confiscated from the Ming Emperor because he
was deemed unworthy). The Imperial Bureaucracy has set up tests to weed out the weak.
The party should have no trouble getting through the tests as there are always two ways
through. They can solve the puzzles or use a brute force approach.
There is no way up the side of the mountain or to fly to the top because it is too high
and too steep.