I’ll soon be starting a new arc in a campaign that’s been going off and on for two years. Dreams have been a common element so far, and I’d like to try something new with them this time around. About 2/3 through the arc, the PCs will find an unexpected NPC in a strange place, who will tell them to “wake up”. They open their eyes to find themselves back where the arc began, implying that everything they’ve done was a dream. In reality, they’ve just now been put to sleep and must recognize that they are dreaming and escape from it.
The questions I have are:
- What kind of challenge should the PCs face within the dream? I’m thinking a puzzle or skill challenge to become lucid would be appropriate.
- Up until this point, I’d like to drop subtle hints that they might be dreaming, so that they aren't completely blindsided by this scenario, but I’m not sure how to do this effectively.
Any input or ideas would be much appreciated.