That first Quest is always so d*** hard for the hero's! It's funny how they made the first Quest the hardest in the entire Quest book for the Gamesystem! Here is a alternate Quest Skulmar made for Quest 1 the Trial because so many times whoever plays it has to redo the quest!
The same quests notes can be used from the original game system version.
Please try this alternative layout and post your feedback in comment or on the original thread.