On the 12th of Eleasis on the continent of Faerun and in the city of Waterdeep, four beings accepted a seemingly innocuous job of escorting a wagon of mining supplies to the small mining town of Phandalin for the dwarf Gundren Rockseeker. They set off with his cousin, Therdir Rocksmasherwhen they fell into a goblin ambush. They found that Gundren and his partner Sildar Hallwinter had been captured by this tribe of goblins and bugbears known as the Cragmaws. So after dispatching of the goblins they followed a trail that led to a hideout of goblins. here they ran into [[:xiamara | Xiamara]] who was on her way to Phandalin to find a crimelord known as The Black Spider One thing led to another, including striking a deal with the second-in-command, [[Korg]], they found Sildar and were about to leave the hideout when Korg was killed by Frederick, the Black Spider. After the party took too long to hand over Sildar to Frederick, Frederick killed Gundren. The party handled Frederick pretty easily HOWEVER reinforcements sounded close and the party was gonna be overwhelmed. Thankfully (?) the sight of two mysterious people deep in the force brought in a mysterious mist that transported everyone in the battlefield to [[Barovia]].
Misadventures in Barovia
In Barovia, the party sacrificed a man named Nikolas who requested to tell his daughter Gertruda to be good to her mother and don't wander and that he loves her very much. The party unceremoniously slit his throat and they were allowed access into the gates of Barovia into the town of Denton, a village with terrible roads. The roads were nearly completely empty and the sound of wailing filled the streets. Following the sounds of crying, they found a woman named Mary who said her daughter Gertruda had gone missing and she was hysterical. They found their way to the [[Blood of the Vine Tavern]] to rest up where they first ran into members of the Vistani who owned the bar. While sleeping, a man named Ismark barged in their room and begged them to help him and his sister from a man named Count Strahd von Zarovich. He claimed that "the Devil" Strahd has been trying to reach his sister for weeks now and his siege on their home led to their father's death. So they decided to help and met his sister Ireena a strong, independent woman who don't need no man. (literally strong tho). Ismark said that they needed to take Ireena to the town of Vallaki where he claims there's a church dedicated to the Morninglord that protects the town from the forces and senses of Strahd. However, Ireena refused to leave until they properly buried their father at Father Donavich 's church in Denton. The party reluctantly agreed and one thing led to another and they buried the Kolyanavich's father. They also ended up burning down the church and killing Father Donavich's son. Sad.
Vistani camp and Madam Eva's Fortune Telling
On the road to Vallki, they ran into two Vistani who REALLY wanted them to go to the Vistani Camp nearby and claimed that their leader knows the past and future of all in Barovia. Ireena and Ismark said they'd meet the party up ahead past the camp as they didn't trust the Vistani. The Vistani were very friendly other than the time Arkantos tried cheating. Celeste was told that only ten percent of the people in Barovia have souls by some girl. Then they went to go have their fortunes told.