Legends of the Mark

Expedition to Castle Ravenloft Chapter 1

Barovia

This log begins near the start of the adventure, Expedition to Castle Ravenloft.

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Lizzie, Roguer and Boop along with their companions Dina and Ahlissa Brightblade were asked by Constable Ferrule Garde to look into some strange belts in the possession of local wererats. The belts provide resistance against silvered weapons. These belts have turned the wererat nuisance into a deadly threat. He sent them to the Valley of Barovia since he suspects smugglers known as [[Vistani]] to be the ones smuggling these belts into Hookhill.

 

On the road to Barovia, the party encounters a rude and loud Barovian who presents the party with a letter from the Burgomaster of the the town.

The party continue to Barovia and arrives to find…no one. Homes and businesses are boarded and shuttered and the town is under assault from Zombies. The zombies carry a disease that turns a person into a zombie.

Zombies and other strange, fell creatures stalk the streets and finally the party arrives to the town square to find the sqare under assault. Lizzie, Roguer and Boop rush to the aid of brave Lightbringer by the name of Ashlyn. After defeating the zombies and a strange creature known as an entomber, Ashlyn informs the group that they must seek out Madam Eva and that she may be able to provide them with the guidance to end the infestation.

 

The next day, after a fitful night, the adventurers as well as Ashlyn set out for the Tser Pool where Madam Eva is said to be camped. On route, they assist and heal, Sir Urik who fought some cruel Murks. Sir Urik is a Knight of the Raven. Sadly, he is the last living member of his order.

Madam Eva receives them and immediately likes Ahlisa Brightblade. The reading goes very well and they learn a great deal about the Zombies, Strahd, the Sunsword, the Tome of Strahd and the Holy Symbol of Ravenkind.

 

The party has returned to the villiage and after some debate, decided to set out for Church to see about ending this disease.

 

The following is the reading Madam Eva provided to the party:

Strahd Before she places covering card, Madam Eva said: He who dwells in Castle Ravenloft is a powerful man whose enemy is light and whose powers are beyond mortality. You will seek him in the castle, and though he might find you many times, you will find him once. After she places the covering card, Madam Eva said: (Red Dragon 12) You will find him in the very heart of darkness, his home, his source. This place is the center of his life, the one place to which he must return. Madam Eva elaborates: You should seek the crypts in the deepest recesses of the castle. Madam Eva says that this card carries with it an omen: There is a good influence in this place. Your blows will strike true and hard. Before she places crossing card, Madam Eva said: Out of the darkness and chaos, this card finds its reason and foundation. It shows the purpose of all things-the key to life and death and else beyond. After she places the crossing card, Madam Eva said: (White Dragon 3) The darkness desires a light; death seeks warmth from the living. To win the light, the darkness seeks to be illuminated, to face the rays of the sun without fear. Madam Eva elaborates: The lord of the castle seeks to found a dynasty, ruled with a lady by his side. Sunsword Before she places covering card, Madam Eva said: What you seek is a blade of light, a weapon for vengeance. After she places the covering card, Madam Eva said: (Green Dragon 4) Seek it in the heart of the wilds, far from human hands. Madam Eva elaborates: This card speaks of the wildness of nature. The weapon is deep in the woods, perhaps guarded by a fey spirit. Before she places crossing card, Madam Eva said: The sword’s light sleeps. After she places the crossing card, Madam Eva said: (Gold Dragon 9) To wake it, bring it to where the light lies dead, slain by the darkness that shrouds the castle. Madam Eva elaborates: Seek the tomb of the fallen prince in the deepest recesses of the castle. Holy Symbol of Ravenkind Before she places covering card, Madam Eva said: This symbol is a powerful force for good and protection against the forces of darkness. After she places the covering card, Madam Eva said: (Bronze Dragon 11) Seek it where the river flies. Madam Eva elaborates: This is a card of water and air. They symbol should be near the falls. Before she places crossing card, Madam Eva said: The holiness in this item waits for hands of holiness to touch it once more, but that is not enough to bring its power back to life. After she places the crossing card, Madam Eva said: (Gold Dragon 11) You must bring it to where virtue lied dead, slain by the unholy hand that rules the castle. Madam Eva elaborates: Seek the tomb of the fallen prince in the deepest recesses of the castle. Tome of Strahd Before she places covering card, Madam Eva said: The tome you seek holds knowledge of the ancient and knowledge of the land. After she places the covering card, Madam Eva said: (Blue Dragon 9) Seek it in the place of blasphemy, where humans plumb the darkness of their nature. Madam Eva elaborates: This is a card of debasement and debauchery. The tome has become a manual for witches. Before she places crossing card, Madam Eva said: If you find the tome and delve into its secrets you will discover the source of the lord’s strength. If you read it carefully, you may also discover how to rob him of that strength. After she places the crossing card, Madam Eva said: (Red Dragon 2) Strip away his strength and make it your own. You must find the three defiled places described in the tome. At each one, keep a vigil through the night and make its power yours. Zombies Before she places covering card, Madam Eva said: Death walks the streets of Barovia. Death leads to death, all stemming from a first death. After she places the covering card, Madam Eva said: (Brass Dragon 7) Put an end to the blasphemy of the death that refused to die, and the plague will cease. Before she places crossing card, Madam Eva said: To end the plague of death, you must end its source. After she places the crossing card, Madam Eva said: (Copper Dragon 1) You must visit the church in the village, which is desecrated by its presence.

 

The party returned from Madam Eva’s to rest. They then went to Barovia’s Church. They charmed Danovich but only after losing Ashlyn to a terrible spell. The party learned that Danovich, driven to grief by the death of his son, had created a blapheme and it was the root cause of the zombie infestation.

The party used its lightning bolts to deadly effect against the Blaspheme and after a difficult and long battle defeated it. Amazingly, all the zombies collapsed and the infestation was defeated.

The adventurers were happy to have defeated the Blampheme but were sad at the loss of the Lightbringer, Ashlyn. She seemed to have strong powers and would have been a great addition to the party. Everyone vowed to save her and find a cleric powerful enough to bring her back.

 

After defeating the Blaspheme, the party rested and learned that each night, ghosts travel to the Castle Ravenloft, only to be defeated by Strahd. It seems very sad. When out after midnight, they observed a beautiful woman watching them with two villiagers. She attempted to speak with the party, but no one would speak to her and they returned to the tavern.

The next morning, they traveled to the Tser Falls and battled worgs and a dire wolf. It was a sharp battle but the party won again. The found a cave behind the falls and are about to enter.

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