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This is Episode 29 of Dice, Camera, Action.

Summary[ | ]

Episode 29: Dark Horses[ | ]

The Party[ | ]

(Sam) Mordenkainen - Human Wizard

(Anna) Evelyn - Human Paladin of Lathander

(Holly) Strix - Tiefling Sorcerer

(ProJared) Diath - Human Rogue

(Nathan) Paultin - Human Bard

The Black Carriage[ | ]

Evelyn examines the holy symbol of ravenkind. She can tell that it contains sunlight.

The group isn't sure where to go next. Diath suggests going to Castle Ravenloft. Strix notices that Diath smells like decay.

The group goes outside. They hear wolves howling, and a large black carriage pulls up. Everyone hides except for Evelyn. It's empty.

They get in, and the horses take them down the road. There's wine in there for Paultin. Diath spots a bundle of four potions of healing and four vials of holy water. Diath finds the holy water repulsive.

The horses abruptly stop. There's a mysterious person in the road blocking the way. It's the Mad Mage. He has an invitation to Castle Ravenloft, too. The group lets him in.

He tells them his real name - Mordenkainen!

Strix realizes that this guy is the one from the spell "Mordenkainen's Magnificent Mansion."

The carriage is heading through Vallaki. Somebody jumps onto the coach. It's Izek Strazni! He smashes his demon arm through a window and grabs Diath.

Strix casts enlarge/reduce to make Izek tiny, but he makes his saving. Paultin casts fear, and Izek runs away.

Castle Ravenloft[ | ]

They arrive at Castle Ravenloft. Outside of it is a dead body - Falkon.

Sam makes a bunch of jokes about how the group doesn't have 10 foot poles and isn't tying themselves to one another. Being a veteran of the original Castle Greyhawk, Mordenkainen is expecting an old school dungeon complete with sloping passageways that need to be detected, and a group with a mapper and a caller.

Evelyn humors him by tying her wrist to Paultin's wrist for safety reasons.

There's a flash of lightning. Paultin spots someone in the window and then they're gone. It might have been Escher.

The Tome of Strahd[ | ]

Diath has an uncontrollable urge. He races forward and begins eating Falkon's corpse. He took a bite out of his arm. Mordenkainen thinks they should kill him. The heroes disagree.

Diath pulls Evelyn aside and tells her she might have to kill him. She tells him that won't be necessary.

The group enters the castle and they are surprised by Kasimir. He tells the group to hand over the Tome of Strahd.

Kasimir reveals that his name is actually Rahadin. Diath says, "We're still going to call you Ass Smear."

Rahadin points out that Paultin has been to the castle before. The group is shocked. Paultin kind of stammers.

Suddenly, some gargoyle statues come to life and attack. The group rolls initiative.

Diath tries stabbing Rahadin with the hag pin, hoping it will kill him. It does 1 point of damage.

Paultin hits him with dissonant whispers while Mordenkainen destroys almost all of the gargoyles with a cone of cold.

Strix shrinks Rahadin. He's 3 feet tall.

Rahadin drops Diath to 0 hit points and then Strix kills him with a hellish rebuke. Evelyn heals Diath and saves 15 points of her lay on hands. She assumes she'll need them for later.

Mordenkainen says he's going to go find the Heart of Sorrow, a magical device in the castle that makes Strahd more powerful. End of Session.