If you keep going in the direction of the portal, and keep going past it, across the sea, you come to a quaint town. I think it is the only known human habitation in that direction. the atmosphere is a bit drab, as the villagers seem to enjoy sitting in their tiny cottages, pacing back and forth. I stayed the night in one of these, and fond it cozy, if not well furnished. The villagers were good enough to share their apples to appease my hunger. While some of them were willing to trade, their prices were outrageous. They seem to value gold little, and expect us to do likewise. I wish I could sympathize with them, but I lack the means.
Continuing on from thence, I came upon a strange cove at the base of the mountian. There, a poor chap had expired, and left his inheritance to me. He didn't need it anymore, though if I should ever come across him, I will do my best to make good the generous gift he so unhappily bestowed. These items enabled me to continue my quest.
For many days, I traveled further. I came across a desert, from the green thorns of which I crafted my armor. I also, found a great monument forgotten by the ages, in the shape of a rectangular cone. There was a door, and I entered, but to my great trepidation, a mummy appeared in the room beyond! I hastily quit his quarters and continued on my journey.
I soon came to a great ravine, but being an adept swimmer I forthwith plunged myself in thence, and made for the opposite side. I came to another great mountain range, and beyond that was a shallow sea. Night was falling, but I did not fear, for growing from the floor of the sea, where a great many glowing ferns. These I collected, in the hopes that they should prove useful at a later time, though I left enough that the population should recuperate. I swam until I thought I was drowned, but I persevered. Finally, behold, a shore!. I crawled apon the beach to rest from my ordeal, yet a hungry monster attacked me where I lay! I only just escaped by swimming back into the sea, yet still my adversary followed and bit me once more! I swam further and attempted evasive action, plunging myself into the depths, until I lost him. Then I found a small Island, and set up a torch upon it, that I might await morning or his return, whichever came. When dawn broke, I found that, not too distant, was a cove of the strangest trees ever seen by man! They had leaves, if they could be called leaves, of solid red, with white spots. I had heard tales about them, but had never seen them in this life, until now. I knew from the tales that their soft, spongy under-leaves had amazing properties, that they could break the fall of a man from any height, though I later discovered that that was an exaggeration (however not far from the truth). These I collected, as well as the outer leaves, which were to my architectural taste. I now had a heavy load, which I bore willingly. However, it was time to return to my humble home. I set out back across the land and sea. For a time, I lost my mind, and wandered aimlessly through the great mountain ranges, but when my senses returned, I found the ravine of which I have previously mentioned, and followed it back to the desert and from there to home.
Then I rested, for my travels were long, and my foot was weary. I am recording this account, that others, braver perhaps than I, may find it useful in their wandering, and may have the better of knowledge previously acquired.