Strahd places a magical charm on Herman and asks he retrieve a pound of flesh from Galen for Ireena’s injury. Galen doesn’t like the sound of that so he levitates out of reach, but Strahd calls the wind and smashes the halfing into the Pillar of Ravenloft. Galen gets stuck on an outcropping as he crashes to the earth, just in time for Herman to hurl an axe into him.
Briza, Trin and Mira retreat into the church where Father Donavich madly chimes the bell. Ireena runs toward the santuary but is set upon by Strahd. Ismark panicks and bites the Vampires throat to free his sister. His plan works, but he is violently thrown and knocked unconscious. Donavich’s mad ringing causes the the bell to break free and it crashes into Mira. The creature under the church grows even more wild at the first sight of the outside.
Meanwhile a Halfing Rogue has entered the church unseen to survey what is happening and watchs as Herman whips his axe – Galen and all – at his friends. Ireena finally makes it inside, and a sudden shroud of silence descends. Strahd can be heard stalking outside before he too grows silent. Dawn breaks over Barovia, or at least what passes for it. Moments later, the badly mangled corpse of the Burgomesiter is violently thrown through the church window. Strahd floats in the shattered stain glass, bids farewell to Ireena, and flies away.
The Rogue decides now is a good time to figure out what’s been screaming in the basement. He opens the door to the undercroft and is dragged down by Donavich’s son, now a vampire spawn. Mira opens the door to help, but is tackled by Donavich. Galen pulls the Rogue free while Herman, himself again, thinks it’s best to throw the priest into the undercroft. The vampire immediately descends upon its father. Briz tosses a molotov but the Rogue believes it’s meant for him, so he catches the bomb and throws it back. Galen magically floats both father and son into the church as the son feasts upon his fathers blood. The morning light lacerates the monster and the party dispatch it. Overwhelmed with grief Donavich collapses on the remains of his son. And then the Rogue murders the priest.
So that went well.
Ismark is resuscitated and together they come up with a plan: Trin will wear Ireena’s funeral garb and go to the Burgomeisters Manor so people will believe Ireena has not left. The group, including Ireena, will travel in disguise to Valaki. Ismark retrieves their belonging from the inn while they rest up. He hands Galen a familiar looking black journal when he returns containing a fresh entry in it. Meanwhile, Mira makes a quick trip to the local shop which proves fruitless; useful gear in Barovia is as rare as sunlight.
The party follow the mountain round out of Barovia. They come to a crossroads with a gallows; a corpse hanged by the neck twists in the wind. As it spins to face the party it is revealed to be the spitting image of Briza. As they examine the corpse a familiar skeletal rider on a dead horse appears out of the fog and descends from the gallows into the forest. The road sign says the path leads to the Tser Pool, home of Madame Eva; whom both Stanmir and Donavich suggested they seek out. Once again, the party follows the dead rider.
After a few miles they arrive at a clearing on a lake. Vistani wagons and tents are scattered abut. Vistani drink, eat, dance and play music. The group is welcomed and enjoy a few drinks and hot food. while they wait for Madame Eva. Galen and the Rogue play a few hands of cards and cheat their way to victory; no way that can come back to haunt them!
Finally Madame Eva welcomes them into her tent. She recognizes each of them as if she’s known them her whole life. She tells them that there is a way to lift the King’s Curse; to do so, they will will need to find powerful artifacts and allies about Barovia. She performs a Tarokka reading which provides clues to where they might find these treasures.
As night falls the party decide to spend the night at the Vistani camp. Darkness falls over the forest…