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Episode 1: Velcome.
The characters are 3rd level and they've been adventuring together for a while.
It all begins with our heroes cooking wieners over a campfire. We learn a bit about each character:
- Strix: She wears crusty clothing that she always picks at and she has... a cranium rat named Mr. Stinky. She scratches its brain. Apparently Stinky is a little slow.
- Diath: He's a tomb-raiding type who is cleaning his trusty lockpicks. He has a mysterious ring of keys that he carefully protects.
- Evelyn: She wears white and gold armor. Her face is described as "cherubic." She has a pet mouse, named Juniper.
- Paultin: He plays the lute and the bagpipe. He can be a little mouthy. He has a rival who may or may not be a voice in his head.
After a bit of chatter, a roiling mist washes over the camp and the group is transported to Barovia, a domain of dread in the Shadowfell. Their campfire becomes a bonfire. A dark figure appears in the flames and glowers at Evelyn. Strix soils herself.
The group decides to do some exploring. They come upon a rusty gate and pass through it. The gate swings shut behind them.
The adventurers come upon the corpse of a commoner who has been clawed to death. He is clutching an envelope. In it is a letter from Kolyan Indirovich, the Burgomaster of Barovia. The group learns that there is a vampire causing problems in this realm.
The Village of Barovia
The group follows wagon tracks and comes upon a village. They spot the Blood of the Vine Inn and they hear sobbing coming from a boarded up building.
Evelyn finds the crying lady, who appears to be holding a dead baby. Evelyn looks closer and sees it is actually a doll missing an eye. She says "the devil Strahd" took her baby, Gertruda. Evelyn promises to get the baby back.
They go into the Blood of the Vine tavern. Paultin fires up his bard ability to perform in exchange for free food and drinks. His bagpipe-playing impresses 3 women wearing colorful clothes. It turns out that they are owners of the bar and are vistani.
That's where the session ends.