This is Episode 28 of Dice, Camera, Action.
Episode 28: Everything's Fine
(Anna) Evelyn - Human Paladin of Lathander
(Holly) Strix - Tiefling Sorcerer
(ProJared) Diath - Human Rogue
(Nathan) Paultin - Human Bard
Evelyn had just summoned Mourning Glory with a lovely magical song. The group had also stolen a horse from the vistani.
After a bit of travel, they arrived at Argynvostholt, where the Holy symbol of Ravenkind is supposed to be, according to Madam Eva's tarokka reading.
Van Richten says that the ritual to kill Strahd will take 10 minutes and that he will have to swallow an egg. Evelyn asks him if he's ever done that before.
The group isn't entirely sure they even want to perform this ritual. There's a long debate. During it, Diath accidentally calls Madam Eva "Mommy Eva".
The heroes go to Argynvostholt, which is a ruined mansion. Standing out in front of it is a statue of a dragon. The right side of the building has crumbled away.
The Dragon Statue
Diath sees the dragon statue move and becomes alarmed. Strix tries to figure out what type of dragon it is. It's a silver dragon. She knows that silver dragons are normally good guys.
Evelyn tries to talk to it and make friends. Nothing happens.
The group climbs up to an upper floor of the ruined mansion. Once they all get up there, Van Richten sits down and pulls out the Strahd doll. The group is going to perform the ritual.
One member of the group will have to crack open the egg and dump it down Van Richten's throat. They do it. The ritual is completed without incident.
Van Richten says that the group will need to get Strahd to look at the doll and they will need to utter a phrase.
Paultin vs. Van Richten
Paultin wants to kill Van Richten now. They had made a deal that once Strahd was dealt with, Paultin could kill him and get revenge.
Diath urges him to stop. Paultin draws his longsword. Diath tells Paultin that he can't let Barovia turn him into a monster. Paultin decides not to do it and punches van Richten in the face.
The group looks for a room to rest in. A few ghostly creatures armed with bows materialize and attack.
Diath throws a dagger at one through glass, and rolls a natural 20. This is especially sweet because Diath normally rolls very low whenever he chucks his dagger at someone.
Anna keeps rolling high. Evelyn tears into the undead, who are no match for her. Once the undead are dealt with and the place is explored a bit, the heroes want to take a rest.
Paultin points out that he can cast Leomund's tiny hut. Paultin calls it a "vampire pillow fort." The rest of the group christens it, "The Waffle Hut." This spell creates an impenetrable dome that the group can rest in and it has adjustable mood lighting.
Paultin summons the waffle hut and the group is dismayed to see that they are about to run out of rations. Diath eats the last of his food and gets sick. He throws up right there in the confines of the waffle hut. The group thinks this might be a result of a vistani curse from Arabelle.
Evelyn casts Lesser Restoration on Diath by mushing his face with her hand.
The group rests. Diath doesn't gain the benefit of a long rest. He does get a short rest and spends his last hit die.
The Holy Symbol of Ravenkind
The heroes find a room with the holy symbol of ravenkind in it. There are a ton of ravens in here. Strix holds out her arms for one to perch on. 17 ravens flock to her and she is quite pleased.
Evelyn picks it up and feels a bond with it. She feels like she's held it once before. Evelyn remembers the first time she entered a church of Lathander, she met a young priest wearing it, and he let her look at it.
It's the end of the session. Anna works in the title of this episode to close the show. She goes, "Don't worry guys, everything's fine." End of session.
Anna says that Evelyn has a shield and she never roleplays it. Chris allows her to say that she uses her bracers as a shield to block attacks,