Werewolves in the Mist

Finally able to get rid of Irena and Ismark

Finally, we made it back to Krezk and got the okay to leave Irena and Ismark there.

Andor, Adrien, Thad and I started walking around exploring the town. We came up on a house that seems to be more active and we saw some women run to the house. We realized that a woman in the house was giving birth. We walked in to offer our help. They need our help and delivered a healthy baby boy that does not cry. Which I thought was a bit strange. Andor did his spell thing that checks for undead creatures in the room and the baby checked out to be alive.

We made it up to the pool and Irena started have this weird conversation with a figure in the water. After the conversation, Irena went into the water and disappeared. Then a thunderstorm came with the voice “She is Mine!”. The thunder Hit Ismark killing him.

We went back to the burgomaster’s house to reconnect with the rest of the group. The next morning, we headed up to the Abbey and encountered two very weird creatures named Zigfrak and Otto.

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Musings

Well the longer we stay here, the more depressing it gets. From the craziness of Valaki, now this winery who supplies the entire valley. I do have to admit, the wine is good..and I be needed it to deal with all of this.

My companions have proved to be more..interesting then I thought. The young sorceress is slightly insane. Our paladin is now on a death cursade to avenge his friends turning into vampire thrall of Strad. The theif/budding sorcerer can only eat dead or rotten things.

The Mists have taken another from the sword coast. A bard of all things. Mother was right bards are weird.

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Ven's Journal Entry 44

Sasha turned on us. I don’t know what that stones for brains paladin said to her but she turned. They were yelling at each other when I stepped in between them and that’s when she hit me. I still don’t know exactly what happened because as much as we tried she wouldn’t talk to us. She ran off when Strahd came to the figure atop Yester Hill.

I hope she trusts us enough to come back. As I write this, my companions have gone up the hill to investigate. I hope they don’t encounter any other foes there.

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New Friends At Last!

Barrimos here (Two Rs and one S please remember!) and at last! I’ve found companions who know what the sword coast is. I feel so pleased to have found them. They are quite the group and seem to have run afoul of some druids and some legendary vampire lord. At least the vampire isn’t some sort of angsty teenager! The group itself seems okay but their wizard seemed to want to stress on me the importance of what his hands look like while casting a fireball spell v a fire bolt…I’m not sure if he is warning me or trying to teach me a lesson?

Needless to say I hope to tag along with them and record their epic adventures. Speaking of adventures we were thrown into one almost immediately! I was able to join the group in tackling those zany Druids and putting an end to their nefarious plot to destroy the winery. Of course the winery until all the gems are found is out of business anyway. Still the adventure was quite amazing and will certainly make for a good song…Maybe a poem?

Unfortunately one of our companions turned out to be a vampire and when the Paladin pointed this out to her she grew quite distressed. It was about this time we saw the giant plant man the druids were bringing to life. So here we were fighting among ourselves when giant twig man (evidently an effigy of the aforementioned Vampire Lord) began to walk towards us. A pitched battle ensued and we successfully destroyed the creature! Huzzah!

We made our way up the hill and encountered more Druids and eventually an old tree which we theorized was the source of the power of the twigs. Despite being tired we once more launched ourselves into the fray and destroyed the deciduous evil from this plane of existence!

Now…as long as the wizard doesn’t cook with me a fire bolt or fireball, I think things will be much better going forward!

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Enough with the Plant Creatures

Plants and more plants. Why can’t we find something normal like goblins of orcs or something like that, but no, we find more plants who are bent on killing us.

Well let me digress a little. After we took care of the druids and plant creatures in the winery, the owners showed up. Naturally they thanked us and said we could have a wagon full of wine to take to Krezk. They then proceeded to tell us that it may be the last of the wine to be produced here. It seems that there were at one time, three magic gems that were hidden within the fields of the vineyard that made it possible for the grapes to grow and ripen even without the sun. The gems each helped produce a different variety of wine.

Well one of the gems had been stolen many years ago and the other two just recently. It appears that in the last few weeks the other two gems had been dug up and are missing. Now the vineyard is in trouble. Davian Martikov thinks that the druids have taken one of the gems to Yester Hill.

Considering how much the locals need the wine to stay at least a little sane, our illustrious group has volunteered to go and try to retrieve that gem.

While we were talking to Davian, we heard the door open and everyone was ready to kill whatever came through. In walked this half-elf humming to himself. The poor guy didn’t know how close he came to being dead. He said that he had been wandering around for a couple of months. I can’t figure how he managed to stay alive for that length of time. After a period of discussion it was decided to allow him to accompany our group. Some of us plan to keep an eye on him, as it looks a little suspicious for him to find us now.

Before we left the winery the next morning, Davian had one of his children fly over Yester Hill and report back with information (they are all were-ravens). The report is that at the top of the hill, is a very large stick or wicker effigy of Strahd. Other than that they saw no one else.

After a couple of hours hiking we came to the base of a fairly tall hill. Large rock cairns circled the hill every 50’ or so. We started up the path for a little ways when our paladin did a “Divine Sense”. Turns out that it wasn’t a good idea. Evidently our companion Sasha was undead. Andor mentioned it to her and she freaked totally. The rest of us tried to console her but to no avail. She ended up attacking several of us. Finally Ven levitated her, but that was when we saw what turned out to be Strahd flying toward the hill on a flaming horse.

We made fast tracks for the trees at the base of the hill. Ven dismissed the levitate spell and Sasha ran into the forest. We haven’t seen her since. Strahd continued on toward the top of the hill to see the effigy.

It was soon after that we were set upon by more of the plant creatures. Then the big effigy came striding down the hill. Leave it to us, to make things tough. Someone cast a spell at the big guy and the fight was really on.

Just as I was getting ready to get into the thick of things, I heard something in my head that called to me. Stealthily I crept to one of the mounds, taking no chances. Finally I got to one. Something was inside, but I didn’t know what. I started to pull rocks off the pile. Soon I uncovered a spear that looked to dried blood stains on the head. Once I took it in my hands, I no longer heard the voice. Turning back toward the group I saw that the battle was in full swing. I ran full bore to get back.

As I ran up, I saw the big guy fall, but there were several of the smaller plant things about. Not having used a spear before, it took me a little time to get the hang of it. I took a couple of hits and so did some of the others. Finally we were the only things moving. We looked up to see Strahd astride his flaming mount watching us. I figured he would probably come down and wipe us out. Instead he just flew away. Someone dug into the sticks and twigs of the dead big thing and came up with a glowing gem. I hope it is one of the missing ones.

Ven, Maylynn and I decided to stay where we were to rest for an hour to recover from the fight a little. Old Wolf stayed with us as protection. The others headed up the hill where Adrien’s raven said he had seen some druids doing something.

It wasn’t too long before the raven came and lit on Ven’s shoulder and cawed several times. We took this to be a sign that our presence was requested. We couldn’t and didn’t hurry so that we could still heal as we ambled up the hill.

On getting to the top, we saw the bodies of several druids and several berserkers. The others said one of the wounded druids had said that we would lose the battle because they had a tree that could make endless plant creature. A couple of the others had walked over to where the tree was but left quickly because it looked scary.

It took a while, but we finally prevailed and defeated the tree and its smaller companions. Like I said earlier, enough with the plant creatures.

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I hate plants

While at the winery, this new guy shows up and wants to join us in our adventure. So far he is a weird one, always wanting to hear stories. But we let him join.

At the winery we learn that the grapes were only growing because of some magical gems that were buried in the ground. Now all 3 have been stolen and the winery will no longer be able to produce wine for the different towns.

As we are on our way to yester hill looking for a magical gem, we learned that Sasha is an undead creature of some sort. While coming up on the hill, Sasha started yelling “Don’t touch me” and then she attacked Ven.

After calming Sasha, we noticed Strahad in the sky on a flying horse. Then noticed a big tree/plant thing on the top of the hill.

Meanwhile, back at the tree line, we see a big plant creature come to life and a lot of little twig things coming towards us.

Big plant thing hit Andor pretty hard but we took it down and all the stupid twigs no problem.
After that fight, Thad, Ven, Old Wolfie, and myself stayed behind to take a short rest as the rest went on up the hill. After a while, we decided to start walking slowly on the path towards the rest of the group.

We made it up to the group and then some creatures started coming at us and we started attacking them. While fighting these creature things, Barry (new guy) decided it would be fun to make it where I couldn’t move during the fight. We finished that fight no problem and headed back to the magical tree and saw more of those stupid twig things.

Old Wolfie took the magical battle ace out of the tree.

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Ven's Journal Entry 43

This area seems both familiar and unfamiliar. Like going back to a town you haven’t been to in years. When we came upon the winery it had been over run by monsters conjured by druids. I have met a few druids in my travels and these were nothing like the ones I had met except for the use of plant magic. We delt with these druids and their creations handily and spoke with the owner of the winery, Davian who is Danica’s father in law.

I can still feel Rogelio with me. His memories and mine are so near. When Davian told us about the missing gems that gave the land its fertility I thought surely Rogelio would remember such powerful artifacts. But their existence was a closely held secret of the Martikov family.

If we are to defeat Strahd, and I truly believe that is the only way we will be able to get the potions the Vistani spoke of, we must have the support of as many people in this gods forsaken valley as possible. We must get these gems back.

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Damn this fog

Damn this fog. I’ve never felt more cold or alone in my life. It seems like I’ve been wandering…no, stumbling around in this accursed fog for an age. It can’t be though can it? I wish I had never agreed to join those…what did they call themselves? Vish…vish…Vistani that’s right. By Deneirs inkblots they had such wondrous tales and such wondrous wine! They must have cast some curse on me or perhaps trapped me in some strange dimension? I’ve heard tales of such things but perhaps it is nothing more than me lost in the fog? The few travelers I have met don’t seem to perturbed by the fog though, so maybe it’s normal in this part of Faerun…though I hadn’t heard of any land perpetually blanketed like this. What’s odd is the usual songs seem new to these people and when I mention Waterdeep, I get blank stares. Their eyes show they know not what or where the sword coast even is! So I sing to them songs they’ve never heard and spin tales they know nothing of! Seems like a lifetime since I’ve had a good glass of wine or ale.

Damn this fog.

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Plant Creatures Yuck

If I never see another plant creature it will be too soon. Even the filthy stinky druids that seemed to be controlling them were just as bad.

Well, let me elaborate a little. Our group had gone to the Wizard of Wines vineyard to try to get some wine to take to the village of Krezk so that we could get rid of Ireena and Izmark.

Even before we got quite to the area we were set up on by a bunch of plant creatures and a human wearing dirty, smelly animal skins. It wasn’t too tough of a battle, but little did we know what was to come. As soon as we entered the vineyard area, we were attacked by more of the plant creatures, only this time there were two different types; the smaller ones that weren’t too much of a problem, and a larger variety that were downright nasty. The bigger ones could throw pieces of wood that were kind of like darts. They hurt.

I guess we took care of about 25 -30 of them before some of them were accompanied by a couple of druids. Finally we finished off all those that we found outside and proceeded to enter the winery proper. Inside we again encountered more of the plant creatures and druids. During this fight, we saw one of the druids pouring something into one of the large wine vats (it turned out to be poison).

It took a while and a few wounds, but we prevailed in the battle. One of the druids had this wooden staff and was facing off against Ven. A raven flew into one of the upper windows and told Ven to break the staff. It took a little time for others to get into the room to assist Ven, but they finally arrived and killed the druid. Ven told them to break the staff.

As soon as it was broken, all other plant creatures in the area died. When this happened, the owners of the winery came out of the woods and thanked us. This is when we found out that all wines in the vats were poisoned. Maylynn cast purify food and drink to salvage all remaining wine.

No more plant creatures please.

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interesting as we got to wizard of wines

We head to the wizards of wines, on the way we ran into some tree looking things and an old person that tried to attack. We dealt with them no problem and continued on our way.

We have Wizards of Wine in our sight, we start walking towards the building and got stopped by a man in the woods. He told us he was the owner and that druids and tree blites were taking over the building and the land which explains why the delivers have stopped. We told him that was why we were there and asked where these creatures were.

We headed towards the house when some tree looking things popped out of no where and started attacking. More and more of them came along with some druids. We dealt with them and then all got to the porch of winery to catch our breath before the next round of things come. We all know there is more….

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