You have assembled East of Barovia and are hanging out at the Grey Wolf Inn. A woman, Helene, has begged for Richard to bring her husband back alive or at least his wedding ring. While suspicious of Helene, Richard seems to have accepted this noble mission in search of Jeref. Soon after Helene left, a Vistani on horseback entered the dining hall. He sized up the clientele and claimed that you looked like a “good group of heroes” and promptly deposited a letter from the Burgomaster of Barovia. Not that anyone needed another reason to head there, this call for heroes was a final solidification of the groups plan.
The path to Barovia was foggy and eerie but no trouble arose. The perimeter gates were unusual with two decapitated statues greeting guests. But the gates opened as if welcoming the group and eagerly accepting their entry with a slam shut as the last member entered. The sounds of the nearby Slavic woods did not indicate the current state of the Village of Barovia. The town revealed itself to be in a state of disarray and desolation. Charred homes with claw marks spoke of misery. Finally the fog revealed the source of this destruction, zombies, “rat-wolfs” and a Deathlock engaged the party in combat. The Deathlock whipped up magic the party was able to withstand and the “rat-wolfs” were taken easily. But the Zombies fought valiantly and strongly. A powerful prayer from Dewey managed to only turn 2 of the Zombies. The remainder sought out Richard who wisely cast a Shield spell protecting him from the mindless Zombies too stupid to attack more vulnerable prey. Valimora pumped arrows into the Zombies and Richard beat them. Mandel dealt a series of killing blows while Chalice used her poison dagger and a powerful fiery mind blast. After an initial penetrating bite on Richard, the enemies were dispensed with. After considering their options on chasing the Deathlock through the dense fog, the party carefully proceeded forward deeper into town.
Some growls were heard behind the party, but the party pressed on. After passing some basic stores including a clothing shop, moaning and combat could be heard above the muffled screams of humans. Through the rubble, the group could see a number of Zombies who had broken a barricade trying to enter a building and others engaged in combat with a lone female, seemingly a Paladin by her half-plate and requests from Pelor. She screamed “let the light of Pelor give me power” as she attacked the Zombies. Also a flying skull with tentacles instead of hair and leathery wings could be seen descending. One of the Zombies in the distance is encrusted with dirt. Something is wrong with his mouth.
…to be continued…