Today we head out to the village of Vallaki, after having finished the burial.
On the way we come to a crossroads with a gallows and a sign giving directions. As we contemplate a direction the gallows that was empty suddenly had a corpse on it. Morwyn throws a dagger into it and the body melts. Shortly after this happens two large wolves attack the party but are readily dispatched.
We decide to take the shorter path that will also take us by some friendly people, the Vistani. We find their camp and Aelous asks to speak with their leader, at which point we are directed to Madam Eva, who has been expecting us. She greets us all by name before introductions are even made.
The lady reads our tarot and pulls these cards:
the knowledge of an ancient will help you better understand your enemy
the mill has treasure within
a powerful force for good and protection
That which you seek lies in the womb of darkness, the devil’s lair; the one place to which he must return
a card of power and strength. It tells of a weapon of vengeance; a sword of sunlight. A sleeping prince, a servant of light, and the brother ofdarkness. The treasure lies with him.
This card sheds light on one who will help you greatly in the battle against darkness.
A Vistani wanders this land alone, searching for her mentor. She does not stay in one place for long, seek her out at Saint Markovia’s abbey, near the mists.
Your enemy is a creature of darkness, whose powers are beyond mortality. This card will lead you to him! He haunts the tomb of the man envied above all.
She could not help with much of this but said the mill is off the road towards Valkaki but it is quiet dangerous. When asked a bout the danger she said there are three women who are more than they seem.
She also said that to reach the abbey we follow the Svalich road past Valkaki and eventually we will come to Krezk and the abbey.
We come to a gate in the road and at the gate stands Strahd himself. He greets us nicely and most of the party is timid towards him but I call him out for what he is, no follower of Helm will grovel before such a fiend. Stand strong and protect those in need of protecting, no matter the opponent, that is the teaching of Helm.
I spoke my mind to Strahd, and called him out on what he is. The rest of the party didn’t much care of my tact and Aelous actually smacked me to try and make me shut-up. I suddenly remembered that Strahd is a dear friend of mine, I’m not sure what I had been thinking before. I turned to square up on Aelous, not appreciating his attitude towards me, and a large number of wolves come out of the forest.
It was a hard battle but we did manage to dispatch the wolves. Now what is to become of the party…