Curse of Strahd: Talia

A Tree, an Angel, and the Four Brawnswords walk into a bar...

Chapter 1 – Return to the WWW

Upon coming into view of the Wizzy Wines Winarium, a gaggle of worried Were-ravens stopped the Four Brawnswords. They explained that a situation was brewing at Yesterhill, and believed a band of Druids was preparing an assault on their home. With assurances that the Ravens would assist, the Brawnswords set out on a scouting mission.

Chapter 2 – A Tree to Remember

Staying out of sight, our heroes found a gaggle of druids at Yesterhill, at the tail end of a spooky ritual. As they watched, the giant tree abomination known as Winter-Splinter emerged. WS and his gaggle and druids and berserkers then started down the path towards the WWW. The Brawnswords quickly got off the path and Into The Woods. As the big mean tree and its twelve comrades walked into range… WHAM! Surprise round!! In the Brawnsword’s first ever sneak attack, they hacked into Master Splinter as the Ravens took to distracting the underlings. Woodrow’s new Shocking Dagger proved its worth as he proceeded to paralyze a giant fucking tree two rounds in a row. Wintre Splintre as no pushover however, as it knocked out Woodrow with the one round of attacks it got to make. However Ajani came in clutch and healed up ol’ Woody, letting him get the final blow on Treebeard.

Chapter 3 – An Unlikely Discovery

After defeating El Splintré, our heroes found the life gem thing in its remains. Back to the Winarium! Or it would be, if Mumnugget hadn’t started hearing things. Things being voices in her head, directing her back up the Hill. Eventually, and with the help of Ajani because Mums is too small and frail to move a rock, she found a magic spear, the Blood Spear of Kavan. The Spear seemed to defy all logic and shrunk to pratically toothpick-size in order for Mums to wield it. With that wrapped up, the Brawnswords finally made their way back to Wizzy Wines. A short stay later, and they were off with a delivery of wine to Krezk.

Chapter 4 – Good Night

Finally, our heroes were admitted into the walled town of Krezk. They were hailed warmly, having brought the oh-so-important wine to this conclave of alcoholics. Upon entering the town, Irena wandered over a pond and fell in. Also Strahd got mad and cursed the land into permanent night. Oh and Izmark finally died. Like, he got totally zapped. So did the gazebo, which is a good thing because it was probably a Legendary Mimic. Anyway.

Chapter 5 – Ajani Almost Gets The Gang TPK’d

The Four Brawnswords decide it’s high (noon) time to make their way up to the Abbey of Saint Markovia, where they hope they will find a powerful holy symbol. They heard strange things from the Burgomaster about the Abbey – strange, inhuman sounds come from it, and the bell rings seemingly without purpose. When they walked through the gate, they were indeed met with a strange sight – two humanoid figures came out to greet them, but exactly human they were not. They were medleys of animal body parts stitched onto a human frame. Nonetheless, they were not hostile, and led the group into the Abbey, to meet the current Abbot. The group did meet with the Abbot, minus one Woodrow who stealthed off to explore by himself. Woodrow opened doors on the second floor in order to get rid of black spots on the map, while the Three Brawnswords got a tour of the first floor from the Abbot. The Abbey was filled with the once-human animalistic creatures, who the Abbot explained had once been a family of in-breeders, and actually wished for their current fate. Woodrow met a drunk musician who seemed to be the most sane of the creatures, while the rest of our heroes had a meal with the Abbot and his mute companion. Woodrow, in typical wildcard fashion, rang the bell abbey bell, and all hell broke loose. This gave Ajani a chance to inspect and open the sun thing on the wall, where he discovered a sweet-ass holy symbol, some fly-ass Jordans, and a fancy-ass potion. In very un-cleric-like fashion he swiped them and the group made their excuses to hightail it out of there. Ajani, with one last spurt of brilliance, clued the Abbot in on the fact that he had pilfered some stuff. The group started double-timing down the steep path as the Abbot revealed his Final Form – a Celestial Deva, currently filled with rage. Luckily for the group, the Deva didn’t seem keen on chasing them away from the Abbey, and they got away without a TPK.

Epilogue

The Brawnswords leave the children in the care of the Burgomaster and his wife. Ajani now knows that he has the Holy Symbol of Ravenkind, but was not yet able to figure out the fancy boots. Our heroes grew two levels that day. They plan to head next to Argynvostholt. What hijinks await them at this dragon fortress? Find out on next episode of Curse of Strahd!

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