"Not everything is what it seems, you know. If I were you I would brace myself, but it's really quite useless anyways." Wonderful, I thought.
"Hello?" I exclaimed. No response. Then...
I was struck down by a crippling pain in my head. (ROAD OF TRIALS)
"You can give up now, and the pain will be lifted from you. But make it through, and great reward awaits you. Unfortunately, your fate is the former. You can simply know me as the Dreamkiller." His name echoed throughout the forest. (SHADOW) (THRESHOLD GUARDIAN)
The pain immediately became a thousand times worse, and I was quickly losing my will. (ROAD OF TRIALS) I somehow managed to stand back up.
All of a sudden, I heard another voice... That of the old man's! "You have to make it through. This means everything. You can't leave yet..." I was puzzled, but found new strength. (CROSSING OF THE SECOND THRESHOLD)