Curse of Strahd

To the Mists

  The party was sent south to get rid of some drunken travelers who had been robbing merchants and casting charms on guards by Duchess Morwen Daggerford. They stopped for food, drink and information at the Dragonspear Shaft Inn. Many eyes were upon them, due to their recent exploits, and the current bard troupes song was even about them. They ended up getting most of their information about the mischief makers from the very composed, but "star struck" waitress. Apparently no one was successful in sending them away yet, and the mists in the forest had grown so thick that most couldn't even find them. 

  Learning that they were camping out east, the group got ready to head out. On their way out, a man burst through the door, brining heavy mist with him. He was dressed very colorfully and elaborately. He strode right up to the party and handed them a letter. The letter was from Kolyan Indirovich, a Burgomaster. It pleads for the party's help with is daughter, Ireena Kolyana, who has been inflicted with an illness. He offers great reward if they come and help save her. The man then explains that you can find his master east, through the Svalich Woods, in the town of Barovia. The man was gone by the time they left the inn, nowhere to be seen. The mist that came with him had also receded back to the forest's edge

   After a little discussion, the party knew with certainty that the only woods east of here were The Misty Woods and there was no such town as Barovia. Still, the ones they were after were east, so that's where the party headed. The party had little trouble moving through even the mist-filled forest with Alexander paving the path ahead.

   Eventually they started hearing music. Alexander and Iodos snuck up further on ahead to scout it out. They found a clearing filled with Barrel-style wagons and many revelers. Alexander notched his bow while Iodos sent word for the party to move ahead. 

   The rest of the party were not so stealthy, though. An older man at the campfire saw them and welcomed them. Kieran, Tenera and Althea went down to meet them. The man identified himself as Viktor and was apparently waiting for the party. He told them he was sent to be their guide to Barovia and wished for the other two had heard of to join them. When questioned about the mist, he admitted that his caravan brings the mist, explaining that it was the path to Barovia. He promised to leave forever if they came with him for now. Despite being incredibly straightforward for someone who caused so much damage just to lead them to him, the party could find no lies in the man's eyes.

     With a mix of curiosity of what "Barovia" is (or if it's real in any sense) and a desire to finally clear the Trade Route of these drunken trickster, the party set off with them. It wasn't long before the mists started to thicken and everyone's eyesight grew very poor. With Darkvision doing nothing against the mists, everyone except Alexander soon fell behind the caravans, yet they did not stop. As the mists filled everyone's eyes, Iodos and Kieran froze a moment. Iodos growled, shook it off and moved forward, but Kieran fell to his knees, panicked. 

     A claw lashed out at Alexander, raking into him. A werewolf appeared between him and the caravans. As he backtracked to the group he fired off arrows, one hitting the enemy in the eye. Seeing (with the one eye still left) that his prey was surrounded by comrades, it fled.  Pushing forward in the direction they last saw the caravans, the group found their way out of the mists.





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