The adventurers took their absinthe back to the cart.
Arrigal called up some reinforcements to guard the valuable cargo on their way to Krezk. Three figures joined, the Vistani Eddie and Tyler, as well as a Dusk Elf female named Nymeria. They brought news that the children of the Vistani had disappeared, aside from Arabelle.
As they travelled, they came across a Will o’ the Wisp that Arrigal encouraged them to ignore, and they followed the advice and moved forward.
Arrigal appeared before the gates of Krezk and through a bottle of absinthe to one of the guards. Overjoyed, they opened the gates.Karlotta immediately objected.
Arrigal tried to mediate, explaining that they still had five crates of bottles, more than enough to secure entrance into the commune.
Uther stepped up against Eddie and Tyler, both of which drew their knives.
Arrigal again tried to intervene.
Nymeria took the opportunity to walk into Krezk, letting the doors shut behind her.
Sabastian started to hulk-out and prep for a fight.
Tyler took both barrels and started rolling them away while Eddie got into Uther’s face and asked what he was going to do about them taking the barrels. This helped move Uther’s decision to simply get access into the commune and the others followed.
The adventurers entered Krezk. Immediately they were questioned about whether they were Vistani or not. Uther lied successfully about Karlotta’s heritage, while Arrigal agreed to wait outside the walls with the cart.
They were directed to the burgomaster, Dmitri Krezkov. Meanwhile guards took the absinthe they brought and distributed it through the town.
Upon arriving at the burgomaster’s place, Dmitri offered to let them spend the night.
Inside the house was a wedding dress being made. When Karlotta questioned about it, Dmitri simply said that someone they met named Keesya had retrieved it for them.
The group had plenty of questions for what had happened to their former comrade, but there weren’t many. Just that she had come, offered to get the dress, and then disappeared again.
The dress itself triggered memories for Karlotta, however. She remembered poking around in Varga’s house in Valaki on the sixth night.
The vision was as such:
When Karlotta looked into the mirror, she first saw herself. Then herself in a wedding dress. This changed to a reflection of herself as Ireena—wearing the same wedding dress. Seeing that it was not the same wedding dress in the room, she realized that she was both herself and Ireena a third wedding dress. In a horrible panic she saw that she was the bodies of both Ireena and herself, stitched together, to make someone new wearing the wedding dress in the room. She saw the reflection scream in an inhuman voice as blood poured from the stitching binding the body parts together. And then the vision ended.
The wedding dress in this room was the wedding dress the corpse version of her and Ireena wore.
And now, of course, she realized that it wasn’t Ireena’s reflection she was seeing, but that of Tatyana.
Dmitri’s wife, Anna, was making dinner and stretched what they had to accommodate the guests. The meal was mushrooms, dried goat, chicken, and a few root vegetables.
Nymeria’s hood was blown off by Baz (I think?) who then questioned Nymeria about her parentage. She mentioned that she was a Dusk Elf that was under the training of Kasimir. The fact that there are explicitly no female Dusk Elves didn’t seem to warrant any further questions.
Though friendly, Dmitri was most excited about the absinthe he asked Uther about the Raven Queen and made sure Uther was drunk. He then asked Uther to go to a sacred pool on the far north side of town and give a prayer for Dmitri’s dead son, the last of his line.
Uther agreed and Karlotta insisted on going too.
Once the two were away, Dmitri turned his attention to Baz and Nymeria. He asked them if they had any sympathy for an old man’s dead family.
Baz was mostly taken aback, but agreed it was a tragedy.
Dimitry then asked if they were parents, and they lost a child, would they do anything to get the child back.
Both Nymeria and Baz agreed that they would.
Then Dmitry asked for their help. A few moments went by and there was a knock on the door.
Upon opening the door, a beautiful, though weirdly distant, figure barely wearing the robe of an Abbot emerged.
The Abbot slid into the room and asked where the boy was. Dmitri led the group upstairs to a dark loft.
Baz was having none own this and stayed downstairs while Nymeria peaked into the darkness.
There was a strong stench of death and fresh dirt. When a dim lantern was lit, the decaying corpse of a boy was on the bed.
The Abbot asked everyone to bind the corpse to the bed. They did so, and then the Abbott put his hands upon the corpse and reanimated it. The corpse made horrible sounds and struggled to get off the bed, gurgling and kicking violently.
“”/characters/ilya-krezkov" class=“wiki-content-link”>Ilya!" Anna cried.
“He is back with you,” The Abbot said coldly, “Show him love and he will return as he was.”
Going back downstairs Nymeria confronted the Abbot.
“What gives you the right,” Nymeria asked.
“The greater call,” The Abbot said, “The call of love.”
Baz pushed back on the Abbot too, demanding to know what the wedding dress was for. Again, there was a cryptic response about love beating all.
Baz and Nymeria were not having this in the least, and so they demanded to know if the Abbott could get the rings of warmth. The Abbott agreed and invited them up to the Abbey in the morning.
Karlotta and Uther got to the holy pool which was an unnaturally beautiful shimmering color. Uther made a ceremony and asked the Raven Queen if he had done the right thing by coming to this pool and leaving the others behind. The pool turned black.
Karlotta and Uther argued over whether that was a good thing or not.
Karlotta and Uther joined the others at the Burgomaster’s house to find that furs had been laid out for them to sleep in. Baz told Uther about the Abbot having resurrected Ilya, and Uther confronted Dimitri about it but decided that it was the Abbot that he should deal with
The next morning the group got up and made their way to the monastery outside of town.
The party was sufficiently creeped out by the Belviews and were brought to a courtyard to wait for the Abbot. The courtyard was full of people that had parts of animals grafted onto them. Some were held on leashes and in cages.
Nymeria pushed The Abbot further demanding to know why the residents in the monastery were partially part animal. The Abbot said that he did it to them because it’s what they wanted and that, as an act of love, he gave them what they desired.
The adventurers decided to continue to find the rings of warmth and asked where they were. The Abbot told them upstairs. When pressed as to why he was doing what he was doing, the Abbot again said everything was out of live.
Uther threatened the Abbot, who then turned into winged figure in raining gold; His body was like beryl, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the roar of a multitude. The adventurers backed off after that.
So the group went up the stairs, bypassed Clovin Belview, went into some rooms, and pretty quickly found the rings.
The adventurers decided not to look at the rest of the monastery after finding the rings with relative ease. They returned to Krezk and there they saw that Dmitri Krezkov’s house was guarded.
Still having absinthe, they decided to open up a table and try selling it. Krezk, having just received booze, was in something of a hangover mode, but the adventurers kicked things back into a kind of party.
Bastian Steele (Baz) opened up the note to find that it read:
MEET ME BY THE GAZEBO AT MIDNIGHT. COME ALONE!
But they wanted a place to stay for that night. Bastian Steele (Baz) solved this problem by finding the most beautiful woman in the town he could see, Jessica, and seducing her.
To do this, Uther and Karlotta Szardos had to distract her husband Jeffree.
This worked neatly and, staying on the ground floor of Jessica and Jeffree’s house, they waited until around midnight.
Rudolph van Richten explained that he had a dream about Bastian Steele (Baz), that they had been wizards at a wedding. He explained that he had come to Barovia in order to kill Strahd von Zarovich, as he had a theory about a master vampire of his status. He then explained that he had possession of Ireena Kolyana and that…
…Then he abruptly put his hat on and hurriedly walked away with a look of disgust on his face as he left Baz.
Uther had jumped down from the tree and come to join them—something Rudolph van Richten evidently did not like.