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Episode 57: Wrath of Strahd
The Fateful Wedding
Chris starts this session off carefully recapping the story. The group was pulled into Barovia by Paultin's Shadow, which was possessed by a fragment of Strahd. Paultin stabbed his shadow with his sunsword and somehow the waffle crew got shunted back in time, to the wedding where Strahd will kill his brother out of jealousy. Tatyana, the bride, will jump to her death. Strahd’s actions here will attract the dark powers and they will make a pact with him, giving him tremendous power and transforming him into a vampire.
So far, this wedding is playing out differently. The waffle crew found a wedding gift and they unwrapped it. In the package was a young, fresh, Simon, aka Murderbot. It shot poison darts into Tatyana's neck. She would have died if Evelyn hadn't healed her.
Jesper, the bard of Berez, is going to perform for the small wedding party. The group has been mistaken for the wedding staff. The group ends up going along with it.. Strix casts death ward on Sergei.
The group prepares to infiltrate the wedding dinner. Diath disguises himself as a servant. Strix decides to assume gaseous form. Paultin will be the performing bard and Evelyn will be his robot dancer.
The duchess is his mother. Her full name is Duchess Dorfinya Dilisnya.
Diath hears her saying that she has made arrangements to leave the present in the room, but if things go wrong, Leo should bring the guards in to take them out. "This marriage can not be allowed to survive."
Strahd has gifts for the couple! A tapestry of their father, King Barov, wielding the sunsword. Sergei is a man of peace, a servant of the Morninglord who never understood his father. This tapestry is a message to Sergei: This is who we are, this is who we have to be.
Here comes another gift. A gigantic painting of Tatyana. Strahd notes that the painter did not survive the experience. The painting is taller than she is and it captures her in an almost doll-like way. There's no life in her eyes.
Meanwhile, Strix loses Rahadin and sees Jesper creeping around. It looks like he's trying to quietly leave the gathering. Strix de-clouds and casts a spell so that she looks like Rahadin. Strix/Rahadin demands to know what he’s doing and threatens him.
Jesper tells her he's a vistani and that Strahd won't allow harm to come to him. Strix drops the magical disguise and admits who she is. She wants Jesper to help the waffle crew. Jesper tells Strix that he's preparing a coach for the couple to escape in.
Strix, in cloud form, floats into the room and becomes solid behind the tapestry. She sets it on fire!
Strahd stops playing and looks at the burning tapestry. He tells Rahadin to get Sergei and Tatyana to safety. He sees that his sword is gone, and pulls a sword out of a secret compartment in a chair. He points the sword at the throat of the duchess and says, "Your treachery is revealed."
Diath dramatically removes his servant clothes in a single sweeping motion.
Sergei and Tatyana head outside and get in the carriage. Jesper’s there, driving. The carriage gets moving, but Rahadin stands in their way. Rahadin gets trampled by horses. He's still alive, but half of his face is missing. His sword is broken. Despite his grievous injuries, he limps after the coach.
Strahd is going to chase the carriage! Strix stands in front of Strahd to block him from mounting Beucephalus. He stabs Strix with his back-up sword, doing a total of 32 damage, with most of it being necrotic damage.
Katarina: “The gods have taken her from you. They mock you.”
Strahd: “What do these powers offer me?”
Katarina: “They can defeat time. They can make can make you immortal. They exist only to serve you, my master.”
End of session.