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Oswald Weiss
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Sat 9 Sep 2017
at 13:13
Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"
In reply to DM (msg # 273):

"Most, but not all," Oz says after Lucian has appraised his wound. "We trapped a pair of them in hopes of learning something useful. I believe they know who ultimately wanted to steal these bones, and why they wanted them in the first place. That information could help us protect you from the next attempt, if there is to be one. If they prove uncooperative, we can simply leave them out in the sun to turn to dust."
Joaquin
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Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 01:41
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Mr. Blinksy! shouts Joaquín as he steps up to shake his hand.  I am Joaquín, Arcipreste del Gran Dios Boo. My friends and I are staying at the Blue Water Inn, and in return for fixing some things up, Brom's parents fed us lunch.
One of the things I fixed was a the most incredible wagon that Brom here clearly loves.


Joaquín steps back and whistles admiringly  before pointing at some of the toys.  I don't think I've ever seen a place like this before.  So many incredible toys!  Good lord, does that windmill actually work?  How is it that you do all this?
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Tue 12 Sep 2017
at 17:33
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Lesser vampyre are capable of draining vitality, but not infecting others with the curse. It is as the priest says. You should feel better with food, water, and rest. The witcher furrows his brow slightly. I'm concerned about the remaining spawn, though. Whatever we decide to do with them, we should do it quickly. We won't want to wait until night falls.
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Tue 12 Sep 2017
at 23:08
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At the Church:

"Yes, I am inclined to agree with you in that regard," Lucian says archly.  "The sooner these. . .creatures are out of our town, the better, as far as I am concerned. Your decision to question them is a smart one, but I don't know how much information you're likely to glean.

I would like to keep the knowledge of their presence quiet.  People would panic if they knew we were harboring these things. Unfortunately, our burgomaster is unlikely to want to do so. Word of your feat is probably spreading as we speak.

When do you propose to act?"


At Blinsky's:

"Oh, you are too kind!" Gadof Blinsky enthuses, pumping Joaquin's hand, as his monkey climbs over to inspect the cleric's hair.

"It is as our good burgomaster says: the way to escape dark forces is to be hyappy, and what better way to make children hyappy than with toys!  It is simple, no?"

Gadof flushes under Joaquin's praise.

"Oh!  It is nothing.  Just a small skill."/DarkBlue>

That said, the toys in his store are really rather remarkable. Albeit unsettling.  More than a little unsettling. Some of the more "uneasy" items on display for sale include:

*a headless doll, accompanied by a sack of attachable heads, including one with its eyes and mouth stitched shut.
*a miniature gallows, complete with trapdoor and a weighted "hanged man."
*a set of wooden nesting dolls, the smaller each one gets, the older it gets, until the innermost doll is a mummified corpse.

<DarkBlue>"Ees there a special thing you are looking for?"
Blinsky asks, as Brom idly brushes his hand over another item, a wood-and-string mobile of hanging bats with flapping wings.
Oswald Weiss
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Wed 13 Sep 2017
at 15:36
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In reply to DM (msg # 277):

"Do they get stronger at night?" Oz asks. "We have them pretty well locked up. I think trading cooperation for food -- hen's blood or something -- might get us some answers. We have very little to go on right now, and they seem to be a direct lead to the vampire lord himself."

He sighs, looking a bit drained (eh? eeeh?).

"Look. Let's give it a try, and if they're not worth the effort, we can kill them."

Oz steadies himself slightly.

"How long until the banquet? Do we need to do this first?"
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Wed 13 Sep 2017
at 17:11
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Alaric shakes his head. They aren't any stronger at night, but they're unconstrained. Confront them in the daytime, they cannot escape us or venture outside without burning. At night, they would likely flee were they to somehow get loose.

We can also use daylight to our advantage, as a weapon or as a means of persuasion.

DM
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Wed 13 Sep 2017
at 18:21
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"Very well," says Lucian.  "Do you intend to bring them back here, or keep the boxes where they are?  And are you sure it would not be best to wait until tomorrow?  You and the young lady do look rather peaky,"

Outside the stained glass windows, the shadows are lengthening toward late afternoon.
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Wed 13 Sep 2017
at 18:35
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If we can ensure that the coffins are secured, then there's no harm in waiting. But with enough time - and left unwatched - I think it's likely that the spawn could smash their way out and escape into the night.
Joaquin
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Wed 13 Sep 2017
at 21:29
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Recognizing a kindred spirit, Joaquín confides in Gadof.

I see all kinds of amazing wooden toys, do you have any skill in working bone or precious metal?  You see, I am a cleric of the Great God Boo, chief Wargod of the race of giant miniature mutant space hamsters, and I am in need of an improved holy symbol so that people will treat me with more respect.
Sadly, no one seems to take a cleric with only a skull for a symbol seriously. Maybe it's not just the symbol, dummy

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Wed 13 Sep 2017
at 22:51
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At the church:

"Best get the deed done then," Lucian says, looking as if he'd rather be doing literally anything but questioning the restless undead.  After some brief instructions to Yeska, the parish priest accompanies Oz, Alaric, and Astrid, and Nico the short jaunt back to Henrik's shop.

It's somewhere between four or five, judging from the long shadows and the teeming people bustling about purchasing the ingredients for the evening meal.  Henrik's shop is unattended, but all seems quiet within.  The three padlocked crates in the attic are preternaturally still, until one gives a mighty *clunk* as its occupant catches a whiff of prey.

Lucian, a chalky shade, backs up and indicates to the adventurers to begin their questioning.

At Blinsky's:

"Oh yes, oh my!" Gadof ejaculates.  "I would be honored to make a most formidable symbol for you, my good friend Joaquin sir!  Bone is not an issue, oh no, not at all.  I have not had many customers of late, and I shall not rest until you have this thing you request!"

Practically vibrating with excitement at the prospect of an honest-to-god customer, Gadof swipes a miscellany of doll parts and cogs off of a table and pulls up a bit of parchment so as to get an idea of what Joaquin wants.

"Tell me of what you are imagining!"

Brom has meanwhile wandered off, but Joaquin and Tobias hear him calling quaveringly from the back of the store a small time later.

". . . . .Mr. Joaquin?  Mr. Tobias, sir?. . . . .you should come and see this."

A search reveals that the lad is unarmed, but shaken, standing staring at an exquisite doll. A doll that looks uncannily like the party's lovely traveling companion, Ireena.

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Oswald Weiss
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Thu 14 Sep 2017
at 14:00
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In reply to DM (msg # 283):

Oz nods toward Alaric.

"This is, perhaps, an arena you are best suited to," he says.
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Fri 15 Sep 2017
at 15:11
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Let's move these to the windows, and bar the door to the room.

Alaric grunts with exertion as he helps drag the coffins into position, making maximal use of the fading light. He draws his monster-hunting sword, holding it in his left hand. Let's do this quickly.

He hammers his gauntleted hand onto the lid of the coffin that was making the most noise, rapping it sharply.

Can you hear me?
DM
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Fri 15 Sep 2017
at 15:15
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The room is filled with the sound of hollow *thunks* as the respective spawn toss themselves against their confines.  Puffs of dust rise from the boxes, and although the wood shudders alarmingly, the makeshift coffins hold.

Quiet snarling comes from two of the coffins.  From the third comes a voice choked with grave dirt.

"Hear you.  And smell you too.  Come closer, that I might do both better."
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Fri 15 Sep 2017
at 15:39
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My what sharp teeth you have, Alaric quips darkly. Who turned you? And how did you come to call the attic of a woodworker your home?
DM
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Fri 15 Sep 2017
at 18:39
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The vampyre spawn is silent for a long moment, before letting out another horrible, choked noise that might be a sardonic laugh.

"Home, and also my tomb.  I know what you are.  Your smell gives you away. Why should I answer your questions? You will be my death in the end, witcher."
Oswald Weiss
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Fri 15 Sep 2017
at 19:18
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In reply to DM (msg # 288):

"You'd cut what remains of existence short on the knowledge that it will someday end? We contend with mortality every day, and strive to milk each moment for all that can be gained."

"Useful captives stay alive -- or undead, as it were -- longer than uncooperative ones. And the longer you're alive, so to speak, the greater the chance of your escape or rescue."

Oz lowers his voice.

"Don't you owe it to your lord and master to exist as long as possible? You were spawned for a purpose. It is not up to you when your service ends."
Joaquin
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Fri 15 Sep 2017
at 21:29
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Shaking his head, Joaquin says to Gadof, Oh, youth.  I wonder what he has found.  Pardon us.

After having found Brom, Joaquín begins examining the doll, My, what ability!With a start, Joaquín realizes where he has seen its likeness before    Say, Tobias, doesn't this look a lot like Ireena? It's uncanny! Where do you suppose Gadof got his inspiration? I'd rather not jump to conclusions, but it seems strange he would have made this by chance.

Turning to Brom, Does Mr. Blinksy ever travel Brom?
DM
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Sat 16 Sep 2017
at 21:15
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At Henrik's

"Unlikely," rasps the spawn. "With no sustenance, we will not perish but our torments will be great. Will you help to stave off our pangs with your blood?  I thought not.  Not terribly humane."

The vampyre spawn lapses into a thoughtful silence for a time, if an undead monster trapped in a box champing at the bit for hot blood can be deemed "thoughtful."

"Still, I suppose that talking does keep the hunger at bay, if only slightly. In life, I was one who tried to join the assault on Ravenloft perhaps a year ago now. It didn't end well, as you can see."

At Blinsky's

Brom shrugs, while Gadof comes hurrying back to find Joaquin, his monkey clinging to his back.

"Such a thought I have had!  What if we were to be using *real* teeth in your symbol to hold the bones in place?  Oh!  I see you have found her.  Yes, this is a most special order, oh yes.  This is for Mr. Izek! He orders a new one every month. Always the same doll, with pretty golden hair and blue eyes. It is puzzling, no?  Mr. Izek does not have a little girl. And one would think he would want many different dolls!  But I do as I am bade."

"So, what are you thinking of the teeth?"

Joaquin
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Sun 17 Sep 2017
at 21:36
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It is a beautiful doll.  I'm sure you are the man to make my symbol. Joaquín continues looking at it. But it is quite strange.  It bears a striking resemblance to someone we know.  Do you know the Burgermeister of Barovia's daughter?  It looks a lot like her.Should have kept that to yourself dumb dumbIgnoring the voice outside of his head, Joaquín continues on, Izek orders them you say, hmm he seems much more the type to be interested in weapons, not dolls.

As the thought occurs to him Joaquín, breaks into a wide smile as he asks Blinksy:

Oh, yes, speaking of weapons, if we are going to make a beautiful symbol perhaps you would be able to silver my Warhammer and add The Great God Boo's war cry in silver filigree. I'm very ready to be taken seriously, and a new symbol and a more impressive warhammer could only help. Have you ever worked on weapons before?

Oswald Weiss
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Mon 18 Sep 2017
at 14:37
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In reply to Joaquin (msg # 292):

"Yes, we've heard of this ill-fated assault," Oz muses. "What happened? Were you simply outmatched, or rather outwitted?"

He narrows his eyes slightly.

"Or, perhaps, were you betrayed?"
DM
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Mon 18 Sep 2017
at 23:29
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At Blinsky's:

"Yes, I have often thought much the same thing about Izek!  Perhaps you have heard the saying about great minds?  And no, I have never heard of this maid of whom you speak. How strange that this doll should look like her!"

Gadof Blinsky's face falls somewhat when Joaquin asks of his experience dealing with weapons.

"Sadly no, sir.  The only weapons I have any experience with are small ones for toy soldiers. Toys are much nicer than things for killing, no?  But then, I suppose it is only a matter of making the toys bigger!"  His face brightens and then sags again.  "Alas though, I am possessing no silver to use.  Only silver paint."

At Henrik's:

"You're a suspicious sort, to jump automatically to betrayal.  Speaking from experience are we, o fiery one?  I can smell your charred scent from here.  Nice.  A bit smoky, like rare, bloody beef passed briefly over a open flame. . ."

The vampyre sounds increasingly excited and animalistic as it speaks of delicious food, then manages to rein itself in.

"I suppose we were both outwitted and outmatched," the vampyre spawn continues in a more conversational tone.  "My master Strahd is more clever and powerful than any of us might have guessed. Not that he was on his own. The castle contains many more of my master's loyal servants. . .and the castle itself possesses a dire magic that is not, shall we say, welcoming to uninvited guests."
Oswald Weiss
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Tue 19 Sep 2017
at 21:43
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In reply to DM (msg # 294):

"Were all of you turned, or just a select few?"
DM
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Tue 19 Sep 2017
at 21:59
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"None that I know of escaped.  All were either turned, at least those who were still intact enough to be of use. Though it's good of you to think that I was singled out for special treatment."
Oswald Weiss
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Wed 20 Sep 2017
at 15:08
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In reply to DM (msg # 296):

"He'd have been foolish not to. You're clearly capable," Oz lies replies. He frowns as a thought occurs to him. "A child of Vargas wasn't among your number, was it?"
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Wed 20 Sep 2017
at 15:21
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"Vargas?. . . . . . . ah, you mean the master of this unfortunate town. The one in here earlier that stank of fear and attempted to hide it behind his position."

"No, there was not. He has only the one, I believe."