Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"   Posted by DM.Group: 0
Joaquin
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Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 15:30
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While Oz searches the room, Joaquín cheerfully sets about plundering the vampyrlings' for marrow bones.


Cometuetanos came to our aid!  What a blessing we have received!  And the Great God Boo spoke!You all heard it too, right? It wasn't just us? Jimminy Crickets this is fucking weird.

While continuing his work, Joaquín murmurs to himself:

Now they have to believe me.  Maybe I can convert someone soon. Maybe even this Vargas...yes, he seems to need help avoiding evil.

When Vargas and Brom come upstairs, one of the sealed crates starts to rattle. Joaquín, jumping up like someone who forgot the other vampyrlings were there asks the group:

What shall we do with the rest of them?
DM
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Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 15:52
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Joaquin's search for bones sadly proves fruitless.  Perhaps due to the magical reaction of vampyre flesh with sunlight, all that remains of the vampyre spawn are three small piles of fine, gray dust.

And yet. . .perhaps the mysterious Boo made his presence known regardless. Each of the party privately swears to him or herself that they felt that. . . something had aided their fight.  Whether it was indeed a giant miniature space hamster, none can say.

Brom idly kicks at one of the piles of ash and bolts backward with a yelp when a hiss and a scratching noise suddenly emanate from one of the locked crates.
Oswald Weiss
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Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 16:13
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In reply to DM (msg # 250):

"Can these things talk?" Oz says. "Maybe we can make use of them."
Joaquin
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Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 18:05
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Realizing that there is nothing in the pile of ash, Joaquin exclaims:

The Great Bod Boo has claimed the marrow bones for himself!  Another miracle! And proof that he eats the bones of his enemies!Or it's the natural process by which vampyre spawn die when exposed to sunlight.  Don't mind me, I'm just the sane one...

Ignoring his outer monologue, Joaquin gathers the hammer he so poorly threw at the window during the fight, and proceeds to take a direwolf marrow bone out of his pack.  He cracks it open with his new baby hammer [stores hammer in pack], and between slurps on its marrow, he reminds Oz of Doru,

Well, schlorp Doru, the priest's boy from Barovia could talk. schlorp Remember?  schlorp He begged to be let out of that cellar so that he could eat. schlorp

The obvious parallels between Doru's need for flesh and blood and his own need for marrow escape Joaquin, even as he satisfies his own ghoulish hunger.
Oswald Weiss
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Fri 25 Aug 2017
at 18:43
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In reply to Joaquin (msg # 252):

Oz seems somewhat taken aback by the cleric's appetite, but manages to focus on the task at hand.

"That's very true," he agrees. "Let's see if they get more talkative once they get hungry. If they can't free themselves now, at full strength, they won't be able to do so after the hunger pangs have sunk in, either."

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Joaquin
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Sat 26 Aug 2017
at 19:58
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Joaquín, concerned that these are just the minions of the nobleman that paid off Henrik considers Oz's  plan.

Waiting could be a gamble.  The nobleman that paid off Henrik will probably miss them tonight since, according to Henrik, they needed the relics before the festival.

Turning to Vargas and deciding flattery will probably be more useful with this fool than honesty, he says:

Speaking of which, what with all this excitement and fighting I've forgotten when your wonderful festival will be held. Udo the cobbler told us all about it.  He seemed excited about it, and I must admit after hearing him talk about it I'm excited, too. I love a good festival.
DM
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Sun 27 Aug 2017
at 03:06
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Vargas smiles broadly at Joaquin and seizes the cleric's hand which isn't holding a half-masticated bone, pumping vigorously.

"Excellent.  That's what I like to hear!  Terrific.  The Festival of the Blazing Sun will be held in three days in the main square of the village.  You simply must attend!

Udo though, you can do much better than talk with that loser.  Victor tells me you'll be attending my party tonight though, which is terrific.  I can introduce you to a much better class of character than that cobbler.  He doesn't have the right idea of what's good for the town, see.  No sense of civic duty."

Sundown then! I'll see you then."


Vargas tousles Brom's hair as he takes his leave, causing the lad to grimace and try to flatten his hair back.

"So what now?" the boy asks.  "Are you just going to leave the monsters in the boxes?  There's not much time until sundown.  Are you going to take the reliquary back to Father Lucian, or visit Mr. Blinsky like you wanted to?
Oswald Weiss
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Sun 27 Aug 2017
at 16:42
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In reply to DM (msg # 255):

"We can split up to cover more ground. There is much to do and not much time. Who wants to do what"
DM
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Sun 27 Aug 2017
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"Mr. Joaquin, sir, did you still want to visit Mr. Blinsky?  I can show you where his store is.  I just have to be back for dinner.  Mom will be real mad if I'm not."

Brom shudders a bit, the thought of his mother's wrath equally if not more terrifying than the boxed horrors scratching at their wooden prisons not ten feet away from him.

"But I don't understand why you want to visit a toymaker.  You're a grown up and a warrior.  Do you have kids?"
Joaquin
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Mon 28 Aug 2017
at 00:31
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Joaquin thinks about it for a minute, and agrees that it is probably safe enough to split up for now.

Well Brom, I don't have any children, but I think a man that skilled at toy making might be skilled at making other things, like weapons.  Or he might know someone who does make weapons.  We've had to fight many strange things, and we keep running into even more strange things.  I think the more help we have, the better off we'll be.  So yes, you can take me to Blinksy's place, and if you know of anybody with a store that has weird and interesting things, you can take me there tomorrow.  And don't forget to tell your friends that I can mend things for them tomorrow if they need it.  I should be able to take care of their things in the morning.

DM
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Mon 28 Aug 2017
at 13:38
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"That does make sense.  Let's go there now!"

Brom edges toward the stairs, trying to play off his unease at being near the boxed vampyres as eagerness to visit the eccentric toymaker.
Oswald Weiss
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Mon 28 Aug 2017
at 14:16
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In reply to DM (msg # 259):

"I have no need to see the toymaker, and will assist in transporting the relic back to Father Lucian. We should probably take the...cargo...with us."

He glances around and lowers his voice so that only the party is privy to what comes next.

"If Henrik has been arrested and won't be back any time soon, someone with keen eyes should stay behind and search every nook and cranny of this place for clues. He certainly knew more than he let on."
DM
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Tue 29 Aug 2017
at 23:56
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Brom leads the party back through the streets of Vallaki, past the town square, where the paths to the church and to Gadof Blinsky's shop diverge.  The shops and homes that enclose the square are "decorated" with limp, tattered garlands and and painted wooden boxes filled with flowers that have seen better days.

At the north end of the square stands a row of stocks, locked in which are three men, two women, and two boys of perhaps Brom's age.  Udo is not among them, nor is Henrik.

In the center of the square, peasants in patchy clothes eye you suspiciously as they use cups and vases to draw water from a crumbling stone fountain.  Standing tall at the center of the fountain is a gray statue of an impressive man facing west.  A couple of town guards are tearing down pieces of paper from various buildings and are in the process of pasting up new ones.  One of the old, faded proclamations blows past your feet, and you can easily see that it reads:

"Come one, come all,
to the great celebration of the year:
THE WOLF'S HEAD JAMBOREE!
Attendance and children required.
Pikes will be provided.
ALL WILL BE WELL!
~The Baron~"


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Meanwhile, a thorough search of Henrik's home/shop reveals nothing further of interest.

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Joaquin
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Wed 30 Aug 2017
at 21:32
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Joaquín reads the handbill, and seeing the people in the stocks he reaches the obvious conclusion:

Uh, Brom, why are there people in the stocks? Is it because they didn't come to this festival?
Oswald Weiss
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Wed 30 Aug 2017
at 21:39
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In reply to Joaquin (msg # 262):

Having found nothing of interest in the carpenter's shop, Oz helps himself to a staff-length piece of the best wood he can find then heads back to Father Lucian's to accompany the others not bound for the toymaker's shop.

After that, if nothing that requires more attention occurs, he'll regroup with the rest to join in the dinner.
DM
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Wed 30 Aug 2017
at 21:57
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Brom looks uncomfortable as they file past the figures in the stocks.

"That's Mrs. Adamova," he whispers in an undertone pointing to one of the females, an early middle-aged woman who under other circumstances might have been pretty.  Now she just looks worn out and hungry.  "Her son Petru was sick the day of the last festival, the wolf head one. He had a bad cold, so she stayed home with him. The burgomaster gets really mad when people don't show up."

A sneeze comes from one of the not-quite-adolescent boys in the stocks, as if to confirm this fact.

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Father Lucian is in his office reading a book, while Yeska the orphaned altar boy practices his letters on a slate when Oz (and whoever else is with him) returns to St. Andral's, triumphantly bearing the reliquary.

"Bless you!" Lucian cries, a huge smile breaking across his face as he gratefully accepts the precious bones.

"You look terrible though," he says, peering closely at Oz.  "Was there any trouble acquiring them?"
Joaquin
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Wed 30 Aug 2017
at 22:40
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Joaquín takes a few deep breaths to cool his newly boiling anger.  After a moment, he whispers back to Brom, careful to avoid being overhead:

How long have these festivals been going on and has the Burgermeister always required attendance or is this all very recent?  Have you any idea when he started acting this way?  Did he lose a child or something?
DM
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Wed 30 Aug 2017
at 22:58
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"We've had these festivals at least once a week for several years," the lad explains.  "The burgomaster always wants everyone to show up.  Says it creates "good civic feeling" I think is what he calls it. But Mom says it's just so that he can make the same big speech he always does about what a great turnout there is. She thinks that she likes to rub it in Lady Wachter's face."


Brom, for all his apparent fearlessness when faced with vampyres in boxes, glances warily about to make sure that no guards have heard his apparent sedition.

"He and his wife only have one son, Victor.  Sometimes I think that they don't even like *him* that much.  I know I don't!  He's weird."

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Joaquin
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Wed 30 Aug 2017
at 23:29
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Joaquin, realizing that maybe it would be better to ask these questions in a less public place, whispers to Brom:

I do want to know more about why you think Victor is weird, and more about Lady Wachter, but maybe we should continue this conversation someplace quieter.  Any idea where we could do that before we go to Mr. Blinksy's?
DM
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Thu 31 Aug 2017
at 00:03
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Gadof Blinsky's toy shop is not too far from the village square, but Brom leads Joaquin (and company?) to a bench on the opposite side of the square from where the guards are busy hanging fliers for the Festival of the Blazing Sun. (A cursory glance at these fliers reveals them to be identical to the ones for the Wolf's Head Jamboree, with the exception of the name.)

"Victor's just. . . .weird," says Brom.  He pulls a crust of bread out of his pocket and begins tearing off pieces and throwing them idly in front of him.  In short order, a small conspiracy of ravens has gathered to consume the treats.  The noise of the large, black birds in conjunction with the burble of the fountain fairly well conceals any conversation.

"He's older than me so we don't play together or anything, but he doesn't even like to hang out with the older boys either.  He never plays ball with them, never hangs out with them in the square so that they can look at girls."  Brom pulls a face of an 11-year-old boy unsure as to whether or not girls are desirable things to look at.

"He doesn't come out into the village much, and when he does, he always has his nose in a book. Says he's studying to become a wizard.  I mean, that's pretty weird, right?  And lately--" Brom lowers his voice further "Lately people who come to eat at the inn say that they've seen purple sparks coming from the attic of the manse at night sometimes.  Do you think Victor was telling the truth about being a wizard?"
Joaquin
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Thu 31 Aug 2017
at 00:50
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Joaquin, impressed by Brom's spycraft sits by him, and listens intently.

Well, he might be.  I can do magic, and most of my friends I'm travelling with can, too.  Are there any other wizards around that he might be learning from?  Or do you think it is all in books?
Oswald Weiss
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Thu 31 Aug 2017
at 01:04
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In reply to Joaquin (msg # 269):

"There were vampire spawn in Henrik's workshop," Oz says grimly. "We dispatched them, but unfortunately Astrid and I were both bitten."

He pauses to breathe for a moment.

"I do, in fact, feel rather winded. Like I just can't catch my breath. Do you know what's wrong with me, or how to cure it?"
DM
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Thu 31 Aug 2017
at 01:34
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"That's a good point.  I think he's learning magic from the books, I guess," Brom shrugs.  "He doesn't really like talking to other people that much.  And the school teachers *definitely* don't teach us anything as cool as magic!"

Two ravens get in a tussle over some bread, and Brom watches them in amusement.

"Oh!  You wanted to know about Lady Wachter.  That's Lady Fiona Wachter.  She lives in a big fancy house near our inn.  And she *hates* the burgomaster.  More than anyone.  What's that thing she always says?  Oh, right: "I'd rather serve the devil than a madman!"

The last is uttered in Brom's best impression of a cultured, feminine voice.

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"Vampyres???  Here in Vallaki?  That's. . .that's dreadful!" Lucian cries out.  He places the reliquary carefully on his desk and comes to inspect Oz (and Astrid's?) wound.

A true vampyre like Strahd would have never attacked with a such lack of precision.  Oz's bite mark is more on his shoulder than his neck, while Astrid's decorates her collarbone. If the wounds have been healed using magic, they are now healed over, leaving only two white marks that will fade in time.

"That looks like it smarted," Lucian says, stating the obvious.  "Blood loss will have that effect. My advice is to get some rest and eat a hearty meal. In the meantime, some tea will go a ways toward helping.  You're likely dehydrated.  Yeska, could you please make us some more tea--well sugared for Oswald and Miss Astrid here?"

Yeska dutifully leaves the room to prepare the requested beverages.  Once he leaves, Lucian leans forward.

"I assume that all of the beasts have been dispatched, yes?"
Joaquin
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Thu 31 Aug 2017
at 02:16
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Joaquin suppresses his laughter, though a couple of snorts do sneak out, causing the ravens to eye him before they get back to eating Brom's bread.

She sounds like someone I'd like to meet.  Do you have any idea why she calls the Burgermeister a madman, or is she just a cranky old lady?
DM
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Brom pulls a face.


"I mean. . . .have you met the man?  And she's not an old lady.  Only a few years older than my mom."

If there is nothing further to be said on the topic of the weird Lady Fiona Wachter, or the weird Victor, then Brom will take Joaquin and whosoever else might be interested to the shop of Gadof Blinsky.

The cramped shop has a dark entrance portico, above which hangs a wooden sign shaped like a rocking horse, with the letter "B" artfully engraved on both sides.  Flanking the entrance are two arched, lead-framed windows.  Through the dirty glass, there are visible jumbled displays of toys.  It looks like a cross between a toy store, an antique store, and a deranged grandparent's attic.  Small wonder Brom finds it enchanting. The fascinating array of clutter continues inside the store.

The proprietor, Gadof Blinsky, is a heavyset man with a moth-eaten jester's cap atop his head. He sits behind a counter, stroking a monkey--a live one, not a toy.  The monkey chitters and seems to enjoy the attention, although Blinsky has a rather morose expression on his face.  He quickly perks up though when Joaquin's entrance sets off a tinkling of bells.

"Wyelcome, friends, to the House of Blinsky, where hyappiness and smiles can be bought at bargain prices!  Perhaps you know a leetle child in need of joy?  A leetle toy for a girl or boy?"