Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"   Posted by DM.Group: 0
Oswald Weiss
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Wed 20 Sep 2017
at 18:29
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In reply to DM (msg # 298):

Oz drums his fingers along his staff thoughtfully.

"Was Strahd antagonistic toward you from the very start, or did things begin cordially between you?"
Joaquin
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Wed 20 Sep 2017
at 20:29
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Joaquín doesn't know what they say about great minds, but he soon forgets what Gadof was talking about when the talk turns back to weapons.

Never fear my good man, El Gran Dios Boo will provide us with the necessary silver eventually. I may have to smite more evil-doers to get it, but it will happen.

Whispering conspiratorially to Gadof, Joaquín offers some quid pro quo:

I am given to understand that a properly silvered weapon can harm weirdwolves, and since there seem to be a lot of those evil creatures around here, I'm sure el Gran Dios Boo would help me help anyone who helped me obtain a silvered weapon. I can cure most wounds and I can mend most anything if you need that done.  I can even help you find things that you might have lost.
You scratch his back, and I'll scratch yours.


Continuing normally, Joaquín asks about money.

So then, for the sake of knowing how much I would need to obtain, what would something like adding silver to my weapon and making a beautiful holy symbol cost? And if I wanted some quarterstaves with fancy silver filigree to give to any converts to el Gran Dios Boo, what would that cost me?
Oswald Weiss
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Fri 22 Sep 2017
at 00:47
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In reply to Joaquin (msg # 300):

The vampires are locked in the attic and the group moves on to Vargas's gaudy tower.

A dinner party occurs. Little of value is discussed, though Vargas is suitably mocked behind his back. Servants have gone missing.

Some of the group splits off afterward to attempt to loot Vargas's home. In a subtle fashion.

A book on vampires is found, but not stolen. And a wedding dress.

Doors successfully inconvenience Spycat the Bold. The lack of opposable thumbs is blamed.

Udo (sp?) is chained to the back of a closet somewhere, badly beaten. Instead of being rescued, he is told that the guy who found him "had to poop". The door is then quietly closed once more.

Astrid uses a crowbar to access a separate "weird room". This room contains a "fuckton" of dolls. So many dolls. Everywhere. LOTS of dolls. All of these dolls are exactly the same. They all look exactly like our travelling companion Ireena. They are not "sex dolls", but rather porcelain dolls.

Astrid opens a chest, and finds a shortsword beneath some clothing there.

Joacquin, pronounced with the HARD J, attempts to use insight on Vargas and his wife. He fails. Once Vargas wanders away, however, Joacquin succeeds in getting Lillian to unleash her marriage-related angst and drunken rage in a long, meandering story.

Oz is informed to "create a diversion". He obliges and excuses himself to "use the restroom". He heads into the foyer to set things on fire...

Astrid heals Udo, releases him, and starts to lead him from his impromptu prison. She attempts to use stealth for this process...and fails. A cook spots her, but Astrid talks her way around that and she gets the cook to lead her around. Message is used to tell Udo how to escape from the back door in the interim.

The fire, no longer needed, is nonetheless present until Viktoria puts them out with Rays of Frost. This make Oz sulky, because they'd gotten his hopes up about getting a nice blaze going.

Oz and Viktoria are caught doing this only after the fire is out, and they convince the maid who caught them that they had SAVED THE DAY by putting out a RANDOM FIRE. Viktoria, initially successful, continues to talk. In doing so, she makes the story unbelievable and the maid decides to go tell Ms. Vargas about it.

Lillian continues to chat with Joacquin. She tells him Vargas was always a shit riding on his father's coattails. And uncaring. She married him for money. Joacquin asks about the son -- who wasn't there this evening -- and his wizardry. Vargas talked the kid out of that line of study deeming it an unfit occupation for him. He asks about the vanished servants. Lillian doesn't know, and deflects the question. Joacquin uses his Insight to infer that she definitely doesn't know, though she's remorseful that they are gone. Particularly her lady-in-waiting, who is among the missing. Joacquin asks if anyone else vanished. She says, the Butler but aside from that, no.

Lillian is told (by Astrid) that there was a fire in the foyer, which has been extinguished "by our magic". She gives zero fucks, being rather drunk and generally ambivalent, and calls the maid "Sally" to deal with it.

We then bid our farewells to Vargas and leave. Go team.

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Oswald Weiss
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Fri 22 Sep 2017
at 13:28
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In reply to Oswald Weiss (msg # 301):

After Udo is secured at the estate of Vargas's enemy, the party makes plans to awaken early, dispatch the remaining vampires at the carpenter's shop, and then depart for the Abbey. Of course, Joacquin will want to stop by the toymaker's shop to pick up his order or arrange a future delivery before departure.

Thus settled, the party sets their normal watch...and waits.
Oswald Weiss
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Fri 22 Sep 2017
at 15:03
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In reply to Oswald Weiss (msg # 302):

Having now listened in on exactly what went down during the feast while he was otherwise occupied, Oz has some harsh words for his companions.

"Our plan is to abandon this town and its people to that greasy monster? What's the point of defeating Strahd if this land's mortal masters are little better?"
Astrid Gunnarsdottir
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Fri 22 Sep 2017
at 16:35
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Priorities, Oz.  Strahd is a much bigger threat than that sad, little man.  We have promised to help Irina deal with her curse, or whatever it is.  Time is of the essence.  Once she's safe, we can come deal with Vargas.
Oswald Weiss
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Fri 22 Sep 2017
at 17:36
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In reply to Astrid Gunnarsdottir (msg # 304):

"It may be too late for Udo or Henrik by then," Oz grumbles.

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Alaric von Innsbruck
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Fri 22 Sep 2017
at 17:38
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Alaric nods. Udo and Henrik aren't our concern. Henrik least of all. Once we get Irina cured, or at least safe in the Abbey and beginning what treatment they can provide, we can always return. You can do all the justified burning you like, and I'm sure there is somebody in this town who would be willing to pay handsomely for us handling their local wolf problem.
Ireena Kolyana
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 Chosen of Strahd
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Fri 22 Sep 2017
at 19:12
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Ireena herself, who has been enjoying a nightcap of herbal tea with the innkeepers and her brother, watches the rapidfire exchange with increasing confusion.

"Udo?  That fellow we met this morning?  Whatever happened to him?"

Her blue-green eyes narrow suspiciously.

"And what exactly happened tonight that we're suddenly taking our leave so quickly?"
DM
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Sat 23 Sep 2017
at 15:18
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Urwin Martikov stands up from the table, placing a hand on his wife's shoulder.  His black-bearded face, typically full of good cheer, is now rather grim and you're all suddenly aware that he is a rather imposing man.

"Am I to understand that you caused some sort of a disturbance tonight at the burgomaster's residence? Did I not tell you just hours ago that he was not a man to be crossed?  And now you come in here talking of fires and beaten men and vampyres and the like?"

Danika places a hand gently over her husband's, and some of the bluster goes out of him.  He heaves a sigh.

"I apologize.  You seem like decent folk, and my sons--especially Brom--are quite taken with you. Brom went on and on about how exciting it was to explore the town with real heroes today. That was the word he used. Heroes."

"However, I'm not going to sit idly by and let you bring trouble down on my home and my family with your meddling in the affairs of Vallaki.  You can stay here tonight, but if you continue to run afoul of Vargas then I am afraid that I can't guarantee our hospitality beyond that."

Joaquin
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Sat 23 Sep 2017
at 19:42
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Smiling sadly at Ireena, Joaquin blows out a deep breath letting it vibrate his lips before telling her of the strange dolls that Izek has been ordering.  He clearly isn't sure how to tell her what he has seen, so he decides to just have out with it.

bbbhhhbbhbhbhbhbhbh. Huuuh. Well Ireena, umm... There are lots of reasons to go forward, not least of which is that Izek has been ordering one doll per month from Gadof Blinksy, and as Tobias or Brom will tell you, they bear an uncanny resemblance to you.  Staring a bit coldly at Astrid, even though he almost certainly would have done the same thing, Joaquin continues Staying here is almost certainly unsafe for you, whether or not Astrid acted precipitously by freeing Udo before we knew the situation. Just couldn't wait and ask the blowhard some questions first, before acting could you.  Just like this dummy

Realizing that maybe he should admit that he would have done the same thing, and almost certainly would have attacked Vargas as well, Joaquin goes on while gesturing at Urwin and his wife. While I agree with having saved Udo, I think we have put these good people in danger by doing so.  Personally, I think that we can make the Burgomeister happy again by holding the remaining vampyrelings and sacrificing them to the sun during his festival in 2 days time, but if you feel we must leave immediately, then I suppose I will go along with it, even if it means I won't be able to wait for Gadof to complete my order.

Taking his holy symbol in his hand, Joaquin starts out looking hopeful, but dips towards looking dejected before brightening up when he makes his request.  As for myself, I have asked Gadof Blinksy to try to silver my Warhammer.  I'm working on being taken more seriously, since even you all who have seen my powers still look at me funny when I speak of the Gran Dios Boo. So perhaps a shinier weapon and a better holy symbol will help me with that.  I'll need 70 silver to melt down to have him try it, so with the groups's permission I'd like that silver now so that he can give it a shot.  Do any of you have any alchemical or blacksmithing skills?  I suspect he may need the assistance since he has only worked on small toy-sized items in the past.
Ireena Kolyana
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Sat 23 Sep 2017
at 20:56
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"Leave immediately?  Absolutely not!"  Ireena exclaims.  "I don't care a lick about this exploding sun festival, or whatever it's called, but you're quite mistaken if you think I'm leaving town without having words with, or at the very least seeing this man who you say is collecting dolls that look exactly like me."

Ireena glares at the other members of the party.

"Thank you, Joaquin, for telling me this. I have a feeling that I might not have found out otherwise."
Oswald Weiss
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Sun 24 Sep 2017
at 02:19
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In reply to Ireena Kolyana (msg # 310):

"It's the first I've heard of it, too..."

Oz glares in earnest.

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Nico Viszco
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Mon 25 Sep 2017
at 13:33
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Ireena, I can certainly understand your disquiet at finding out about Vargas's creepy doll collection. It is all quite strange and perverse, and we certainly need answers - I am particularly puzzled how he could be obsessed with you when you don't even know the man... is there some connection to Strahd, who as we know, is also obsessed with you?

However, despite these unresolved questions, we still must insist on leaving town immediately.

First of all, our number one priority is still your health and well-being, so we need to get you to the abbey to see if they can help with your condition. Once you are healthy, we would be happy to accompany you back here to get to the bottom of this man's creepy doll fetish.

Second, after rescuing Udo - a foolhardy decision, but understandable considering he had been imprisoned and tortured merely for speaking out against Vargas and his ridiculous festivals - I think we have worn out our welcome here. I don't think we're going to stay and answer to Vargas on this matter, and I think we want to avoid any violent confrontations with guards who would only be doing their job and following orders (even if they do work for a despicable man).

Third, it sounds like our friend Oz is in favor of staging some sort of coup. If we want to do this right, it's likely a bit more complicated than just deposing Vargas with violence (or fire). We can work on a plan to work towards this goal once you are safely at the abbey and on the mend.


Ismark Kolyanovich
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Mon 25 Sep 2017
at 13:51
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"This is true," Ismark nods vehemently in agreement with Nico.  "If some mage in service to Vargas is obsessed with you, Reenie, then I'm not sure I want you going anywhere near him.  I'm fact, I'm quite sure."

"We should get some sleep.  It sounds like we're leaving bright and early."

Ismark gently guides a still-protesting Ireena up the stairs to their quarters.
Oswald Weiss
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Mon 25 Sep 2017
at 14:51
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In reply to Ismark Kolyanovich (msg # 313):

"It's not that I WANT a coup," Oz replies once their patrons have departed. "It's that these people require one. We cannot pretend to be liberating them by dealing with Strahd if we are not willing to deal with Vargas, as well."

His expression darkens.

"Besides, you saw the man. He's fueled by pride, and when Udo 'escaped', that pride took a massive hit. He's going to be in rare form in the days ahead. People WILL die, and if you can sleep soundly at night knowing you hit the hornet's nest with a stick and fled town, leaving someone else to hold the bat, I don't know how you manage it."

A tongue of flame leaps from the palm of Oz's left hand and travels to his right and back again.

"I'm not a blind idealistic zealot, as many have accused our friend the paladin of being. I pick and choose my battles not based on whether they are moralistically right, or whether they are technically lawful, but on whether they are worth fighting. Strahd is clearly one of them...but Vargas is just as clearly another. And we are both already here AND already capable of dealing with the latter."

He glances at Joacquin for a moment.

"The cleric and I will take first watch, if no one minds. I'd like to hear more about his adventures in the toymaker's shop..."

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Astrid Gunnarsdottir
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Mon 25 Sep 2017
at 16:13
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My main concern is the safety of everyone involved.  Udo should be all right, at least for the time being.  I was planning to tell you about the dolls once we were away from Vallaki, where you might be tempted to, I don't know, confront the Burgomaster in the seat of his power or something.  But all nine or ten cats are out of the bag now, so we'll do what we must.  I assume this means we're staying a bit?
Nico Viszco
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Mon 25 Sep 2017
at 17:28
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Since we are not all agreed on a particular course of action, perhaps a vote is in order.

It sounds as if we have the following:

In favor of leaving for the abbey without delay: Nico, Astrid, Alaric, Ismark

In favor of staying to deal with Vargas: Oz, Ireena, Joaquin?

Yet to weigh in: Viktoriya, Tobias

Of course, feel free to change your vote if I have misunderstood you or if the discussion has changed your mind.


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Oswald Weiss
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Mon 25 Sep 2017
at 17:46
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In reply to Nico Viszco (msg # 316):

"I am also in favor of catching up with those who wish to depart immediately at the Abbey later, if those who wish to depart are adamant."
Joaquin
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Mon 25 Sep 2017
at 18:18
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I, too, am worried that we have started something which cannot be stopped. Joaquín shakes his head sadly, wondering if there is a way out of this mess that doesn't result in the deaths of innocent villagers. In truth, though, I don't think that starting a struggle for power would be a good idea. The son of Vargas doesn't seem to be a better fit for the job based on what we have seen.  I don't know that Lady Wachter would be a better choice, because according to the wife of Vargas, Lady Wachter is quite proud of her kinship, however distant, with Strahd.

Realizing that things could really get out of hand, Joaquín continues:Besides, Ismark is now the Burgermeister of Barovia, unless I misunderstood how that sort of thing works.  Neither he nor Ireena should be involved in overthrowing Vargas, lest we spark a war.

Breathing deeply, Joaquín continues.  Much as it displeases me, I think we must stay, and I think we must be prepared to confront Vargas in public if a private confrontation produces no results. I'd much rather put the fear of the Gran Dios Boo in him and leave him in place doing his job correctly than throwing this place into chaos.Time to scare him into decency with vampyrlings, eh?
 

Eating the rest of the direwolf femur from earlier, Joaquín looks at Ismark, Nico, Alaric, and Astrid, and he asks them. Now, that I've said my piece, I must ask you all a question, how do you plan to keep Ireena from confronting Vargas? If you mean to carry her away from here, how are you any better than Strahd?You already know what this one does to the bones of his enemies, are you trying to be on the menu?
Astrid Gunnarsdottir
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Mon 25 Sep 2017
at 20:55
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Astrid gives Joe Quinn a sideways look.  How are we better than Strahd?  Well, we're not actively killing her, for a start.  I'm all for you confronting Vargas, Irina - if you want to - but that won't do much good if we don't see to your more pressing problem.
Joaquin
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Mon 25 Sep 2017
at 22:06
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Picking a piece of splintered bone out from between his teeth with more bone, Joaquín casts a withering look at Astrid:

You ignored the thrust of the question, oh slippery bard.  You know, the part about taking her away from where she wants to be without her consent?  In doing so, you would take her ability to choose her own fate, just as Strahd would do. So, do you intend to carry Ireena off if and when she wants to stay here, even if you disagree with her choice?
Tobias Greysen
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Mon 25 Sep 2017
at 22:26
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I am not understanding why we are even questioning this.  We have obviously started something here in town that will go off as though we had set a fire....another fire.  All the same, Vargas is sure to take this out on the town.

I obviously hope that I am wrong but I doubt I am.  I say that we stay here and observe for the next day or two.  We can intervene if we need to but we can not simply light a fuse and then walk away.

DM
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Tue 26 Sep 2017
at 13:30
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Heads swing expectantly to the still-somewhat-mysterious Viktoriya, awaiting her verdict.
Oswald Weiss
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Tue 26 Sep 2017
at 13:39
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In reply to Tobias Greysen (msg # 321):

Oz shakes his head slightly.

"We can't stay here after tonight, so unless you want to move into the vacant carpenter's shop, we'd be making camp."

He frowns, pondering the situation.

"If an overnight raid isn't in the cards, I think perhaps a more complicated plan is in order. Based on snippets and suggestions from everyone, I propose the following:

Step 1: Head to the carpenter's shop at dawn and secure the vampire spawn. The shop becomes our new home away from home while we're here. It's the perfect place to rest, make repairs, and fortify our position if needed.

Step 2: Approach Vargas once more, as though nothing were wrong, and suggest that a grand Burning of the Spawnlings take place as the centerpiece of his upcoming festival. This will allow us to get a better sense of his disposition while demonstrating that we are not his enemies. He'll know a crowd-pleasing idea when he sees one. It'll be huge. Plus, by boldly acting as though nothing went wrong, he'll have less reason to suspect anything happened other than Udo fleeing or a servant betraying him. Or something more sinister. He already has servants disappearing, so why not a prisoner?

Step 3: Spend the time between now and the festival pitching in to help make arrangements for the festivities. At least, publicly. That will give us broad access to buildings (for decorating purposes) and people (for logistics), both important and servile. We'll need to speak to both sorts to succeed. That will allow us to learn more about the disappearances and take a better pulse of the populace.

Step 4: Determine whether it is even possible, with any amount of evidence and public support, to legally supplant Vargas without violence. Don't hold your breath on this one...

Step 5: If possible, present evidence and allow the law to work its magic. But I think it will come down to blood and steel and more than a little fire to effect change here. The people are too scared, too cowed...and Vargas's cronies are too corrupt, too bold.


Oz looks at his companions.

"After Vargas is deposed and the jails/stocks are cleared, we can collect Blinksy's work and continue onward to the abbey, as planned."