The party arrives there, and the paladin goes through the ceremony for entering the trials. Some incense is burned, a prayer is said for his safe return, and he is ushered in. Behind him, the doors are sealed shut. They will come back for him tomorrow, either to congratulate him, or to bury him.
Now we're caught up to my first post. He meditates, he comes to the meadow, and the spirit of Maximus gives him his advice. "Hold fast to your ideals, and the trials will bear you no threat. But if you should ever waver, then your doom will be guaranteed."
The first trial. The paladin awakens again, this time in a ruined village. The buildings are in shambles, and the dead and dying line the streets. On closer inspection, it becomes apparent that the villagers died of some horrible blistering disease. As he's examining one of these bodies, a young girl comes out of one of the ruined houses, her eyes are red and her throat is covered in terrible blisters. She starts sniffling, and begins to cry out meekly to no one in particular. "Please...anyone (hack)...help me."
Of course, the paladin goes over to try and treat her, but the question is, how? He can't lay on hands anymore, he has no idea what kind of disease this is, so what can he do? He did happen to have a healer's kit, so he rolls a heal check to try and heal her somehow. He takes a cloth to try and wipe some of the puss out of her eyes, but the moment he makes contact, her skin clears. And instead, his hand is shot with fiery pain, and several nasty blisters begin to form on the hand he touched her with. I roll a d4, and he takes that in CON damage.
The girl's condition starts to rapidly improve before his eyes, and before long she is clean and disease free. Even she can't believe it, as she starts to thank the paladin vigorously.
And then more show up, dragging themselves over to him. Some of them are hardly recognizable as human now, and they're all begging for help.