Fear of the Dark

First Night
Death House

Keesya emerged from the fog while slipping away from her fellow companions in Greenst.

Walking through the fog, she emerged on three children in front of a large old Victorian house.

There is a brother and sister, and they inform Keesya that there are monsters in the house and that their parents need to be saved.

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They inform her that the oldest sister is named Rose, her little brother is called Thorn. The other boy is Maddox, who was simply wandering the town with nowhere else to go.

Keesya entered the house with the children, but as soon as she crossed the threshold the door slammed shut and Rose and Thorn disappeared. Sitting inside the house, strangely, was Karlotta—who Keesya had seen killed days ago. Karlotta has no clear idea why she’s in in the house or alive.

Kessya, Karlotta, and Maddox explore the house. While moving around, they notice a lot of windmill imagery. Closer inspection on almost anything else reveals elaborate designs to be complicated pieces of horrible things happening to people.

In a secret room, the group finds the following letter, seemingly from Strahd:

_My most pathetic servant,

I am not a messiah sent to you by the Dark Power of this land. I have not come to lead you on a path of immortality. However many souls you have bled on your hidden alter, however many visitors you have tortured in your dungeon, know that you are not the ones who brought me to this beautiful land. You are but worms writing in my earth.

You say that you are cursed? That your fortunes are open? You abandoned love for madness, took solace in the bosom of another women, and sired a stillborn son.

Cursed by darkness, of this I have no doubt. Save you from your wretchedness? I think now. I much prefer you as you are._

The group continued through the mansion, fighting haunted armor and other strange things. It was only when they found a locked child’s room with the skeletons of long dead Rose and Thorne, that a clue about how to escape the house prevented itself. The adventures found a doll house made in the model of the house they were in, and upon finding it could find secret passages that were otherwise hidden.

Leaving the room, the ghosts of Rose of Thorn, afraid of being alone, inhabited the bodies of Keesya (Rose) and Maddox (Thorn).

The group continues on to a basement where they hear horrible chanting all around them and dirt tunnels leading in all kinds of directions. After battling a little bit, the group is hurt; and when Maddox (haunted by Thorn) went into a panic, he fell into a pit of spikes.

Kessya, in the dark, pulled the body up and took him into a little room that they had cleared. Here the group slept…

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