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Episode 55: Flesh and Blood
Paultin's shadow has pulled the group back into Barovia so that Paultin can link up with the dark powers and his shadow can link up with him. The dark powers want Paultin to be the new ruler of Barovia. To do this, Paultin will have to marry the flesh golem bride, Vasilka.
The heroes are on the roof, planning to disrupt the wedding somehow. A wereraven boy lands on the roof and tells the group that help is on the way, and to wait for them.
The situation between Paultin and the Abbot is diffused. As the situation was diffusing, Escher was messing with the rotting corpse of Falkon. Later, Paultin smells corpse-stink on Escher's hand and was about to ask when Vasilka enters the room. Escher asks where her bridesmaids are.
Vasilka opens her mouth to speak. She makes a croaking noise.
Up on the roof, the church bells ring. The belfry is right above the group. The doors to the chapel open and a line of ghosts enter.
Down below, Escher says that it's time. He's all keyed up. The witches are supposed to be the bridesmaids, but they've gone missing.
Paultin finally gets to asking about Escher's hand smelling gross, Escher takes him to see the corpse. It's Falkon. Escher says that he blames Strahd for his death. Escher's plan is for the wedding to happen, and then once it is complete, they'll kill Paultin's shadow. There's only one thing that can hurt the shadow. The sunsword!
The wedding starts. The group is about to spring into action. The wereraven kid tells them to wait - it's not time.
The ceremony starts. Paultin's shadow looms near the altar, watching intently as the Abbot performs the ceremony. It's not so much a wedding as an incantation. Evelyn gets the sense that once Paultin says "I do", the spell is completed and Paultin will be the new ruler, trapped in Barovia.
Wereravens are with him, as is Mordenkainen, who is drinking buttermilk!
Mordenkainen saw to it that the villagers all have polearms - each a different type.
Return of Ireena
The group sees that the Abbot tinkered with the golem. Vasilka now has Ireena's head. The head is frozen with the same scream on her face that she had when Strix accidentally knocked her off the nightmare and she fell to her death.
Diath is horrified when he spots the brooms of the witches flying right toward him.
Paultin spots his shadow creeping up on Evelyn. He runs over and attacks it. Natural 20! The shadow is obliterated! It scatters like a bunch of bats. He hears Strahd's voice howl. It looks like Paultin successfully destroyed what was left of Strahd.
Lightning hits the chapel. The dark powers are not happy. The roof crumbles. Strix, luckily, is outside the building, flying on the broom.
A chunk of the roof falls on Escher.
Mordenkainen realizes that this flickering indicates that there's a fracture in time. If the group stays here, they're going to travel either to the past or the future.
Diath is getting beat down by the witch brooms. Strix casts dispel magic and all of them clatter to the floor. The one remaining broom lands next to Strix and pats her. It doesn't want to be dispelled. Strix keeps it.
The waffle crew is fading away. They're going back in time. Mordenkainen hands them a 10 foot pole, an iron spike, a flask of oil and buttermilk.
End of session.