As the party walked to the graveyard to lay to rest the last remains of Barovia’s Burgomaster, Kolyan Indirovich, Strahd and a small army of undead creatures and direwolves ambushed them. The vampire seemed almost jovial, playing with them while making a small display of his power.
Taking charge of the initial strategy, Little Wing organized the group’s response to this unprovoked attack. They came together as Elhof’s intense faith in Kord helped him turn several of the wretched undead creatures away from the party. Kaladin somehow multiplied himself providing a good source of distraction while Granik smashed several of the direwolves. On the opposite side of the graveyard, Kuric marked with fairie fire one of the Wights, giving Janus an opportunity to rain magical darts on the foul creature. Through all this, Strahd seemed amused, smiling to them before even moving a finger.
Sudden scratching noises came from somewhere underground and a severely bruised Urth Stormind together with Akame came back to the aid of the group. How did they escape?
Alas, not everything was meant to go well. Little Wing boldly charged against the source of all the horror that has befallen Barovia, and succumbed in a moment of weakness to Strahd’s charms, willingly letting him take a first taste of her blood before turning against the party.
Seeing this, Elhof went to her aid. Strahd’s interest in the follower of Kord rose and he offered the fierce priest an opportunity to become his consort. He however was able to resist his advances for the moment and turn the tide as Strahd turned one of the zombies into a gigantic dinosaur.
After a few minutes, the vampire lord decided to end this charade and retire back to his castle.
The party now shaken to their core after getting a peak into their opponent’s strength, finished setting the remains of Ireena’s adoptive father to rest before heading to Vallaki.
While on the road, they came across a small Vistani camp on the shore of the Ivlis river, where in a small red and gold tent they met the mysterious Madam Eva. The Rabbit Skull started to shake as they entered the tent. Glints of light flashed from her crystal ball as she hinted details about each of the heroes deeds or secrets. After cackling like an old hag, she grabbed five cards and proceeded to tell them some hints about their future:
This card tells of history. Knowledge of the ancient will help you better understand your enemy.
Search for the crypt of a wizard ordinaries, His staff is the key.
This card tells of a powerful force for good and protection, a holy symbol of great hope.
A man is not what he seems. He comes here in a carnival wagon. Therein lies what you seek.
This is a card of power and strength. It tells of a weapon of vengeance: a sword of light.
What you seek lies in a pile of treasure, beyond a set of amber doors.
This card sheds light on one who will help you greatly in the battle against darkness.
I see a young man with a kind heart. A mother’s boy! He is strong in body but weak of mind. Seek him out of the village of Barovia.
Your enemy is a creature of darkness, whose powers are beyond mortality. This card will lead you to him!
Look to great heights. Find the beating heart of the castle. He waits nearby.
As the group prepared to discuss the significance of this new information, light shone from Kaladin, the rabbit skull and Madam Eva’s eyes as they entered some sort of trance and in unison spoke these words:
In the midst of darkness
The lord of horror rises
Pain and Misery in its wake
The forbidden union will bring
Thanks to the forgotten ebony child
An evil pact forged in despair
Knowledge and beauty
A relic lost in time
Sorrow and madness
Tragedy and death
Pushed to the edge
The one will come
The lost children came
All hope is not lost
This event awoke mystic runes on the skull who offered Kaladin his protection in exchange of his promise that he will not let him go, a kiss and a lick to his forehead. After the ceremony, the party decided to leave the Vistani group.
Where will they go now? Will they risk it back to Barovia or proceed to Vallaki as they promised Ismark? What are the implications of Madam Eva’s words? What is the meaning of the prophecy?