Episode 115 - Live and Let Liven't
This show is live from TwitchCon 2018. Chris is wearing an elaborate Strahd costume. He explains that this is "unscripted", for the benefit of those in the audience who might have never seen anything like this before.
There is a festival called Sornin in Waterdeep. At this festival, enemies meet and agree not to kill each other. They have one peaceful night of reverie where they can relax. People are gathering at House Margaster, where our story unfolds. Chris introduces the Waffle Crew. Holly has a lantern. Paultin is the "human bard who goes hard."
At this event, the group notices that many people give Esvele the cold shoulder. Her family name was ruined long ago.
The room gets colder. A draft comes through the room. Lady Margaster, a ghost, tries to strike Paultin but her hand passes right through. She accuses Paultin of ruining her funeral. Apparently he ran through it, drunk, being chased by pigs. Paultin apologizes.
Lady Margaster says that she had been murdered. She suspects that she was killed by one of her own family members.
The heroes gather in another room, the armory, which has its own set. The waffle crew decides to try to solve the murder.
Dragomir and Balthzar, 2 nobles, enter. They are hunters. They're looking for Strahd. Dragomir says that he was putting on a show and his wife was in the front row. Strahd sunk his teeth into her right in front of him. He was contractually obligated to finish his set, so he is only looking for him now.
Somewhere in here, a hooded woman known as the Black Viper is creeping around in the background.
Some guards come to eject Balthazar and Dragomir, but Evelyn gets them to leave with a natural 20 on a Persuasion check.
A tall, mysterious stranger has arrived, according to some other nobles. They seem spellbound. The group looks around and finds Strahd in the library, having a conversation with Lady Margaster. Strahd reiterates that at this festival, enemies are not supposed to attack one another.
Balthazar suddenly attacks Strahd from behind and does 21 points of damage. Lady Margaster is very angry. Felicia asks the crowd if she should punish one person, or everyone. To everyone's surprise, the crowd yells "everyone". Lady Margaster lets out a wave of fear, but the group is protected by Evelyn's aura.
Dragomir fails his save by a lot. He ages 10 years and is frightened.
Strahd has some allies rush the heroes - wererats. One bites the Black Viper and rolls a critical. She may have contracted lycanthropy.
Diath holds out his hand and summons Moonsplinter. He attacks a wererat near the Black Viper. He rolls poorly, even with advantage, but he still hits. To his dismay, he does no damage because his weapons aren't magic or silver.
Strix decides to cast fireball at 5th level. She shapes it around the hunters and the Black Viper. A conflagration fills the chamber. Lady Margaster has 8 hit points. As a reaction, she tries to possess Balthazar but fails. She is destroyed. Chris points out that, as a ghost, she'll reform in 24 hours.
Strahd tries to charm Balthazar and succeeds. He forces Balthazar to protect him.
Dragomir attacks his brother, and does 12 points of damage. Malik rolls a save and succeeds - the damage has broken Strahd's hold over him.
Suddenly, vampire spawn explodes through the windows. One of them is a little orphan girl. The Viper drops her right away.
More vampires spill into the estate. The guards fight them.
Strix summons her spectral chickens, who attack the vampires.
Balthazar pulls out silver.. shackles/chastity belt. Something that contains. Strahd is under the effects of the hold person. The hunters want to take Strahd out of here. The group doesn't seem to like the sound of that. Balthazar has advantage. Malik rolls a 1 and a 3.
Dragomir tries to attack Strahd but also rolls poorly. The Black Viper points out that the only person Dragomir has been able to hit is his own brother.
Evelyn looks all around and says, "It's time." Anna rolls a 26 to hit. She cuts off Strahd's head! The head and the body turn to mist, which coalesces into the form of Strahd. It begins to slowly flee. Evelyn casts moonbeam and bathes Strahd in radiant energy. She brings the dawn down upon him, and he is obliterated.
Balthazar and Dragomir immediately start claiming that they killed Strahd.
Evelyn makes sure to wipe out the viper's lycanthropy. Diath notices that the Viper had stolen some jewelry. She tries to explain herself. The city watch arrives. Evelyn wonders if Todd is among them. She doesn't see him right away.
The Viper tries to sneak out while everyone's distracted. Diath sees her. The Viper whispers "Thanks for the key!"
The guards approach the heroes. Strix casts word of recall and the heroes escape.
End of Session