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This is Episode 27 of Dice, Camera, Action.

Summary[ | ]

Episode 27: Thing in the Rug[ | ]

The Party[ | ]

(Liisa) Arabelle - Vistani

(Anna) Evelyn - Human Paladin of Lathander

(Holly) Strix - Tiefling Sorcerer

(ProJared) Diath - Human Rogue

(Nathan) Paultin - Human Bard

Murderbot[ | ]

The group is being rewarded with treasure from the vistani. Strix picked a rug. Something is in the rolled-up rug and she is about to unfurl it.

Arabelle uses her tarokka deck and does a reading. The cards tell her that the hag pin is close. The group needs the hag pin for the ritual.

The rug has a unicorn on it. Chris points out that this is not Strix 's style at all, and that it would look terrible in her hovel.

Rolled up in the rug is a humanoid. It's a short jester. He has a little club. Strix snatches it from him. He is a silent, evil little golem.

His eyes open. Evelyn senses evil coming from him. She commands him to no longer be evil. It doesn't seem to work.

Arabelle thinks he looks cool and wants to be friends with him. She asks him to find the hag pin. Diath has it. He says nothing.

Luvash declares that the evil toy is now the property of the heroes in a most gregarious manner. Jared wonders if they will one day turn him into a real boy.

Paultin goes to scope out Van Richten and somehow gets lost in the tiny camp by rolling a natural one. It is a maze of horses. He eventually finds Van Richten, who seems to be crying. Paultin has no sympathy whatsoever.

The adventurers grab some more treasure. They get non-magic jewelry and a potion.

The Vistani Tent[ | ]

Someone is cooking waffles for the heroes in a vistani tent. Most of the group goes into the tent.

Strix stays outside.. She's sure something bad is going to happen. She spots two vistani talking quietly outside. Strix goes into gaseous form and learns that one vistani is leaving to inform Strahd that the adventurers are here.

Diath rolls a natural 20 on his perception. He sees that the shadows of the vistani and Paultin are moving of their own accord. He joins Evelyn dancing and warns her that something's up, and they nonchalantly dance out of the tent.

Chris points out that the waffles are still being made.

Van Richten tells the group that Strahd is linked to the vistani and that their shadows are representative of that. Diath grabs Paultin and asks him what he did. Paultin goes, "Is this the part where we kiss?"

Murderbot's First Murder[ | ]

Arabelle shows a kid named Joseph her new buddy. The group is calling the little serial killer golem "Murderbot." The kid spits on Murderbot. Murderbot opens his mouth and fires a dart into Joseph's neck. He falls over. He's dead!

Van Richten says he can bring the kid back to life, but he won't do it unless the group agrees to stick the hag pin in Arabelle (killing her).

Evelyn grabs Van Richten and says, "You heal this child, you dirty cockroach." She intimidates him and throws him to the ground.

The group rolls initiative. Arabelle runs and Diath tries to grab her, but he rolls a 3. Paultin casts sleep on Arabelle, which works. Diath pulls out the hag pin and stabs Arabelle. She reaches up and smears her blood on his face. Then she shrivels into a husk, dead.

Strix has see invisible going and rolls a 20 on her perception check. She spots an individual watching from the shadows. Strix decides to cast enlarge/reduce on this person, but they make their saving throw.

Vistani Retaliation[ | ]

The mystery person steps out of the shadows and stabs Van Richten . It's Arugal the vistani.

Paultin casts thunderwave, hitting Arugal and a couple of party members. Strix's moths and dirt clumps go flying everywhere.

The vistani in the tent have heard the activity. Strix panics and uses a fireball to set the tent on fire.

An angry mob rushes Diath, who is holding dead Arabelle. He chucks her corpse at them and turns to run. He turns and there's Luvash, her father. Diath avoids eye contact.

Luvash starts choking him with his whip. Diath slips free and jumps on Strix's horse. Paultin turns invisible and heads for a horse. Evelyn flies into the air with her magic boots, crying.

She wants to get the dead kid, Joseph, and take him along, but ultimately she decides to let him go to The Morninglord.

Van Richten rolls a critical hit on Arugal. Strix can see Paultin because she can see invisible.

Arugal kills the horse that Van Richten and Paultin are on.

Strix and Diath are actually torn on whether to go get Paultin and Van Richten or not. Strix decides to go back for them and yells, "Friendship!" Diath mutters, "we're dead" over and over.

Strix casts darkness right on top of the mob. Paultin gets off the horse and puts Van Richten on.

Paultin and Diath hold hands in the magical darkness and everyone starts yelling "friendship!" Evelyn flies down and grabs onto Strix's horse, which is fleeing. She is "horse surfing."

The vistani get on their horses. Paultin and Diath are running. The group actually gets away and makes it safely into the woods. Evelyn casts cure wounds on Van Richten, who was at 0 hit points. Evelyn summons Mourning Glory with a Disney Princess mini-tune. End of session.