Evelyn and Paultin take a look at the wedding gifts. They really want to see what's in the big box. Paultin makes a sleight of hand check and is able to remove the wrapping paper without ruining it.
They open it. inside is Simon. He's a fresh toy, well-painted. Clownish and freakish, but not the evil thing that the group knew. Paultin drops to his knees and cries out, "my son!"
Strix is able to figure out that the group was sent back in time by either a god or someone with a wish spell. She thinks that they might be in a version of Barovia that is locked in time, replaying over and over.
Strix thinks that whatever they do here will affect Barovia only, not the entire multiverse. The characters won't have to worry about being erased. They might be altered but no matter what happens, they'll know what they know.
Despite this very clear information, Diath is really wary about changing the timeline. He says that it might undo everything and the group won't know each other. He tells the group that they are more important to him than anything else.
The group discusses using Gutter to call on Shemeshka for help. Evelyn wants it to happen. Strix actually throws it out there that they could use the sword to jump through the portal to Sigil.
Rahadin comes into the room and kicks the group out.
They spot a magic lute. An instrument of the bards known as the Caniath mandolin. Paultin claims it for his own.
Eva isn't around, so Strix goes to grab Eva's tarokka deck (Eva's gone). She sees the formation the cards were in during her reading.
Top Card: Two of Swords/Paladin (Evelyn)
Bottom: Raven (Paultin)
Left: Master of Coins/Rogue (Diath)
Right: Five of Stars/Elementalist (Strix)
The Card Between Them All: The Three of Glyphs - the Healer (Lathander?!)
Sergei and Tatyana stumble into the room, giggling. They are surprised to see the group in here. Evelyn politely tells them: "So. We're from the future..."
Then Strix turns into Sergei and says, "I'm you from the future." Paultin helpfully plays dramatic music on the mandolin. They try to explain to Sergei that he's in grave danger. If history repeats itself, Strahd is going to kill Sergei and Tatyana will kill herself.
The group sees that there are three other tarokka cards on the floor:
Suddenly, a dart sticks Tatyana in the neck. Simon shot her with one of his death darts.