Herman, Ireena, Trin and Galen help the Vistani girl, Arabelle, into their boat as Bluto holds half-halfheartedly to his, weeping at his missing fingers. A slow wave forms on the far shore and moves toward them; behind it, the colour of the water shifts and brightens. Bluto is soon surrounded in the bright blue water. As the group reforms on the shore a sharp scream comes from across the lake, and suddenly the entire body of water is bathed in magical lightning. Bluto is incinerated. The lightning ceases and a satisfied cry is the last sound from the base of Mount Baratok. Briza decides to investigate while the others return Arabelle to her father.
They arrive at a Vistani camp on a hilltop ringed by ancient houses carved into the hillside. These are the homes of Dusk Elves, Rahadin’s people, living alongside the Vistani. The follow the sound of screams to find Luvash and Arrigal, Vistani brothers, whipping a bound Vistani man, chastising him for losing Luvash’s daughter Arabelle. Her safe arrival brightens thier mood, and Coral teaching them a cruel new whip trick makes their day. The group join the Vistani for drinks and learn that this particular group are loyal to Strahd, but for returning Arabelle Luvash promises that, if Strahd calls upon them to harm the party they will turn the other way. They are offered a reward fors saving Arabelle and of course they chose a throne. They purchase a horse and a rickshaw to ferry their prize around, so they actually lost money on the deal.
After making a great impression on all of the Vistani except Arabelle the party prepare to return to Valaki. They are secretly summoned to the home of a hooded Dusk Elf called Kasimir. After learning the party are enemies of Strahd, he shares his story: centuries ago, his sister had been a love of Strahds. Rather than let her be transformed into a Vampire the Dusk Elves killed her. In retaliation, Rahadin and Strahd executed every dusk elf female and sliced Kasimirs ears off. Kasimir worries for his sisters soul and believes he can save it, and he claims to knows the source of Strahds infernal power. He asks the party to accompany him to the Amber Temple someday soon.
The party and their throne return to Valaki to find Bluto’s mother weeping at the church. Her unhappiness catches the attention of Izek. Before he can detain her Izek spies Ireena and is almost hypnotized. Coral fakes a runaway horse to distract him as Ireena and Trin and Mira head into the church. Izek tosses a fireball, sending Coral on a wild ride throught the streets. Herman almost ruins everything before he and Galen rush to find Coral. Along the way they pass the town square, where they see the guards who ate the dream pies being stoned and humilated.
In the Church the group learn that it is no longer a sanctuary: the bones of a saint made the building hallowed, but they have been stolen. The oung gravedigger did the deed, and from him they learned that he sold them to the coffin maker as he was desperate for cash. Meanwhile, Corals joyride ends at the toy shop of Blinksy. Inside he is confronted with an array of morbid toys, but most upseting of all is a series of dolls that are the spitting image of Ireena. Blinksy shares these were made at the behest of Izek. Galen and Herman arrive and Blinksy agrees to make a doll of Herman. They buy a few Ireena dolls and a Strahd marionette.
They store the horse at the Stockyards next to Rictavios wagon. Inside, something huge lurches and growls, but thats a problem for another day. They finally regroup at the Blue Water Inn and confront a man that has been following them all day. He quickly cops to it and identifies himself as Ernesto, a spy for Lady Wachter. He tells them he can arrange a meeting and they agree. Coral shows Ireena the dolls and she is horrified and confused. Herman enjoys his time in the throne, but is interrupted when the dream pie guards drop by for a drink and decide they want some payback. Herman fights them both in the barn and wins tidily, mortally wounding one. The victory celebration leads back to the bar, where they discover Ireena has disappeared in the chaos.
Mira and Coral rush to find her. From a rooftop Mira locates her as she arrives at the Burgomeisters mansion. The door is opened by Izek and she is lead inside. Mira takes a shot and hits Izeks hand. Izek mobilizes the guard to find his attackers.
The pair sneak back to the Blue Water to tell the others what they’ve learned. Soon after Briza returns, with a story of his own…