Apache Vampire

Ghosts, Gricks, and Good Riddance to Traitors

The party found stairs to get up to the attic. Balthasar explored another room in the attic, and found the remains of the nursemaid. He inspected the remains and discovered she was stabbed to death. Spatula City used a key he had found earlier to open a door in the attic that led to a room. The room had a dollhouse, a toy chest, and the remains of two children, wearing very familiar clothing. Spatula City and Ysuran tried to open the toy chest, which angered the the ghosts of the children. The ghosts appeared before them and yelled at them for messing with their toys. Spatula was briefly possessed by Thorn until another member of the party intimidated the ghost out of his body.

The children lamented about their loneliness and said their spirits were lingering because they did not have a proper burial. Spatula and Ysuran offer to find their crypts to bury their remains and the ghosts agreed happily. The children revealed to them there was a stairway to the basement down the hall, which they could see on the Dollhouse.

On the way down to the basement, Balthasar took the nursemaids remains down to the first floor and left them there. In the basement, they found the family’s crypts. Spatula was able to pull the crypt door aside to bury Rose even when nobody else could. Then Spatula shot a thunder blast through the door of Thorn’s crypt. Ysuran acrobatically tossed Thorn’s remains through the hole into the coffin, where they landed perfectly (SWISH). He received a high five from the ghost before it disappeared.

The group continued to explore the basement. Dalinar entered a dining room area and saw some Gricks hanging out in an alcove, then backed away before they noticed him to wait for help. The party fought the two gricks. The beasts dealt some serious damage to Rakanishu but they made it. They rested uncomfortably on a picnic table before moving on…

When the party woke from their rest, they noticed that Balthasar and Rakanishu had disappeared without a trace. They continued to explore the basement. Down the hall on the other side of the crypts, they found some abandoned bedrooms. They eventually got the chests in each room open, and received various treasures. Spatula City bought Kozac’s eyepatch, so that he could sew his diamond into it and then wore it.

Vanna drank from the well in the middle of the quarters. Then she dropped a silver coin down the well and wished that her family and farm will be avenged. Spatula went down the well with Dalinar’s help. The chanting was amplified down the well and Spatula was stunned in fear. They carried Spatula while he was stunned, and went down the corridor but found one path blocked by a Wall of Force. They continued into a Shrine.

Walls of force suddenly blocked the exits. Vanna pulled Ysuran to one corner of the room and shouted “My wish will be fulfilled. I will avenge my carrots! And my family.”

Ysuran also shouted at the group: “You fools! You were all brought here by Strahd, don’t you see that? Didn’t you sense the sinister force all around us? It’s obvious that I am the only one worthy of his gifts!”

Vanna cast Spike Growth on the ground in the room, making the terrain difficult and painful to cross. Ysuran cast Gust of Wind to keep the party from attacking immediately, and it pushed them through the spikes. Spatula shouted over the wind “This is different from the Vanna I knew!” and could not sense anything strange about her. She yelled “The Vanna before this was a facade!”, her face contorted with rage. He replied grimly “This means war.”

Ysuran animated a skeleton to assist him in attacked Samurai Jack, who had been able to hold his ground against the gust. Kozac used vine whip to bring Vanna closer to him so he could attack her. This broke her concentration on the spike growth spell, and the terrain improved. Kozac beat Vanna ruthlessly with his club, and her life began to fade. She shouted “Prince, why have you forsaken me!” before falling unconscious and eventually bleeding to death.

Spatula turned his skin blue and cast Chromatic Orb to attack Ysuran, which broke his concentration on the gust spell. Ysuran managed to deal a killing blow to Samurai Jack with magic missiles before Dalinar snuck his way to Ysuran and stabbed him through the eye socket. The rogue stabbed the traitorous wizard one more time after that for good measure. Kozac made short work of the animated skeleton. An ominous, disembodied laughter filled the hall and the walls disappeared, leaving the exits clear.

Once the threat had passed Dalinar turned to the party, exhausted, and shouted “What the hell just happened?!”

Into the Death House

Vanna Helmsong, Spatula City, Rakanishu, and Dalinar met another group who were swallowed and transported in the fog. They were Samurai Jack, Kozac, Ysuran Auondril, and Balthasar. Ysuran said “hey” and that meant they were to adventure together. Rakanishu licked the stone wall and discovered it tastes like stone. Ysuran checked for any creatures hiding on the path and found nothing.

The group ventured down the path to the town under the cliff. All the houses, shops, and taverns were boarded up and had no lights in the windows. They encountered two children in fine clothing standing in the road across from a large house. One was an 8 year old girl and the other was a 5 year old boy. Rakanishu sensed something undead in their vicinity. The boy was whimpering and clutching his doll. The girl answered the group’s questions, and they learned:
There is a monster that their parents keep in the basement of the house
The children were never allowed in the basement, but they can hear the howls of the monster
There is a baby on the third floor whose name is Walter

Spatula City tried to be thrown onto the third floor balcony. Rakanishu threw him but he just hit the ground. Samurai Jack also threw him and he hit the wall of the second floor.
The group walked inside the house and explored. Balthasar kept a close watch on the children, checking in on them when he could, but they stayed outside.

On the first floor, Dalinar picked the lock of one of the cabinets in the den and took a crossbow. Ysuran looked at a tapestry depicting a dog hunt in the den. He saw the dogs were frothing at the mouth from rabies and the flesh on the faces on the hunters were decaying; he went temporarily mad from the scene and ran outside to eat some dirt. Vanna Helmsong searched the dining room and noticed that the carving on the wood panelling had twisted faces and wolves among the trees. It frightened her so badly, she hallucinated a friendly spider to make herself feel better. Spatula City found a dumbwaiter in the kitchen he could fit into. Samurai Jack hoisted him up to a servants room on the second floor.

On the second floor, the group found a library with a desk and chair. Rakanishu cut the legs off the chair because he doesn’t like chairs. Spatula City started pulling books off the shelves to try and find his brother in them, and found a book-shaped switch that opened a secret door. In the secret room, they found a treasure chest with a skeleton inside. The skeleton was someone who had triggered a poison dart trap inside the chest and died. It was clutching a letter signed by Strahd Von Zarovich.
Ysuran inspected the tomes in the secret room and found that they were rituals for the cult of Osybus, but the spells were bogus.
Across the hall on the second floor, Vanna Helmsong explored the conservatory. She looked at some figurines on the mantelpiece and discovered that they were well dressed skeletons. She was stunned from fear for a short amount of time. Kozac played the harp in the conservatory just for kicks while Vanna was stunned. Having left the library and entered the hall, Spatula City touched the painting of the Durst family and started screaming for 10 minutes like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2E6d5j3qrss

Something freaked out Ysuran in the second floor hallway, and he fled to the third floor. While running in terror, Ysuran was grabbed by 1 animated armor which cleared his terror. The group caught up to Ysuran and defeated the armor. Kozac explored a closet and discovered two angry brooms, which he slowly backed away from. Down the third-floor hall was a nursery with a black veiled crib, just like the children had told them. Spatula City unwrapped the bundle in the crib and found the skeleton of a baby. His disturbing the remains summoned an angry specter. Spatula was able to speak to her though she was enraged. While distracting her, he stealthily and totally on purpose cast invisibility on the rest of the group. He learned from her:
She was the nursemaid of the family and had an affair with the father of the family, Gustav Durst
Rose and Thorn, the children of the family, are dead
Her baby, Walter, was sacrificed for the cult

Something very disturbing indeed is going on in this house…

Wolf Hunt

Vanna Helmsong, Spatula City, Rakanishu, and Dalinar happened to arrive at the same tavern at the same time, and all took on a bounty listed on the notice board there:

There is a pack of wolves causing mischief in the woods near Daggerford.
The party that brings their heads to the Lord of Daggerford will receive 500gp each.

The barmaid in the tavern told them that the wolves had been terrorizing the village folk. Children who had wandered into the forest had gone missing, assumed to be taken by the wolves. The only other strange thing happening lately was a pervasive fog that had settled in the town. The group decided to enter the forest to find the wolves. Spatula City made howling noises so that the wolves would hopefully find them more quickly. Vanna Helmsong lit a torch to help guide their way through the fog.

After traveling down Daggerford Trail into the forest, they walked through a heavy fog. They noticed the trees had changed and Vanna Helmsong noticed the dark red sap running down the trees like blood. The group (except Dalinar, who is potentially the wisest of them) took turns licking the sap, learning that it tasted metallic like blood but was still, in fact, sap.

Further down the trail, they encounter a wolf pack headed by a Dire Wolf. The Dire Wolf had glowing red eyes and could cast a Shield spell to protect itself. During battle, with the pack, the Dire Wolf did not attack the party but simply watched them. Spatula City helpfully cast confusion on himself, Rakanishu, and Dalinar during battle. After defeating the rest of the wolves, the Dire Wolf disappeared in the fog.

The party attempted to turn back down the road with the heads of the wolves to claim the bounty, but encountered a grove of trees on the path that had not been there before. Spatula City tried to set the trees on fire, but the humidity of the fog and the presence of sap made this impossible. Dalinar jumped into the trees to scout and learned that the town of Daggerford was nowhere to be seen, and all around was forest.

Seeing no other path but the one ahead of them, they pressed on. They came upon a gate flanked by large stone walls and humanoid stone statues, which opened as they approached. The group warily moved into the gate. Spatula City attempted to climb one of the doors for some reason but failed. As they entered, the gate slammed shut behind them and pushed them inside. Trapped inside the gate, the group decided to camp since the sun was setting and Dalinar kept watch.

In the horizon, they could see large cliffs with a castle atop it overhanging a small village about two hours away…


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