Heroes of the Shadowfall
The Duskwardens’ mission to protect Kaer Maga extends also to the Halflight Path, a complex of tunnels and dungeons leading up from the Twisted Door at the foot of the Storval Rise to the city at the top. While it is not the most frequently-used method of reaching the city,[ it is for several reasons the most cost-efficient, and therefore vital to the city’s trade. The Duskwardens serve as both guides and guardians to travelers using the Halflight Path.
Travelers and traders seeking to ascend the Path gather at the Twisted Door to await their escorts. At dawn each morning, the door opens and a contingent of about a dozen Duskwardens take charge of the accumulated travelers. Once travelers have paid the Duskwardens the fee for passage, they are organized into small groups, each group entering the Path with its escort at staggered intervals, so as to provide the Duskwardens with easier control of the group (and room to fight if attacked) and to prevent a large group from becoming a tempting target.
The trip up the Path ordinarily takes a caravan about eight hours. While most of the Path is subterranean, occasionally the Path emerges onto goatpaths along the cliff face. The Duskwardens also provide travelers with pendants that provide light in the darkness of the tunnel complex, collecting these again when the caravans reach the stone-walled corral at the top of the Path, only a few yards from the city walls.