Holly is joining us from Australia today. She says it is winter there. It's 6 AM and it is raining.
Jared's not here this week.
The group hit level 5 last week and they use some new spells in this session.
We're told that Diath is with the party, but he's so weak from being raised from the dead that he's useless. We talk about how the group sensed that the Abbot was using necromancy and that the players were confused about how a celestial could be evil.
Paultin spots Ezmerelda on the stairs and immediately evaluates her appearance. He says out loud that she's an "8." Evelyn quickly scans her skeptically, thinking the score might be a little high.
Ezmerelda greets the group. She doesn't like the Abbot either. She decides to accompany them. She says she is a vistani, but doesn't associate with them any longer.
Ezmerelda looks Paultin over and says he isn't too bad. He's at least a 6 in her evaluation. Paultin is impressed with her banter.
The heroes go down into Krezk to collect their wolf hunter allies and their buddy Ireena. There is a wagon there, with villagers mustered around it demanding wine.
Brigands "found" this wine cart and they are trying to get a lot of gold in exchange for the wine. It appears that they ambushed the driver and stole the cart.
One brigand has already been brought to the Burgomaster's wife. The heroes don't like the sound of that.
The Battle of Krezk
Suddenly, the group hears shouts. Brigands are dragging Ireena from the Burgomaster's house. Evelyn orders them to release her in the name of Lathander.
There are a total of eight fur-clad brigands. Ezmerelda picks out the leader and tries to use the "evil eye" on him, to charm him.
The lead bad guy, Kiril Stoyanovich, tells the group they're here on behalf of Strahd. They're werewolves! Kiril transforms. Everyone rolls initiative.
One werewolf grabs Diath by the foot and starts dragging him away.
Ireena stabs a werewolf in the groin. Strixmisty steps onto a rooftop. Ezmerelda tosses Ireena a silver sword and challenges the werewolves to come get her. She makes a charisma check for that and rolls a natural 20. For the rest of this encounter, almost all of the werewolves are focused on her.
A swarm of bats drops from the sky and attacks Strix on the roof. She clutches her cranium rat close to her, protecting little Stinky from the bats. Strix uses misty step to teleport onto one of Paultin's horses and yells for somebody to heal Evelyn.
Ezmerelda has a potion of superior healing. She uses it on Evelyn and heals her for 16 points. Evelyn wakes up and says that she met the Morninglord and he told her to continue her battle.