Chapter 3: "All Will Be Well"   Posted by DM.Group: 0
Tobias Greysen
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Thu 18 May 2017
at 09:46
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Yes.  I also would like to hear more about the burning fellow and also this Lady Wachter.
Astrid Gunnarsdottir
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Fri 19 May 2017
at 05:42
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Astrid continues to listen.  I'm also curious why someone hasn't replaced this burgher man.  I suppose his henchman protects him.  Like the others, I'd like to know more about the Watcher and Izek.
Tobias Greysen
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Fri 19 May 2017
at 20:35
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You make a good point, Astrid.

I am confused about this man. He is gregarious enough to throw festivals in an attempt to cheer his people but is callus enough to imprison people for being displeased?
Maybe he gets something out of these festivals?  That would make more sense for the kind of man that could imprison someone for talking.


Tobias grew more and more aggravated as he went on.
DM
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Tue 23 May 2017
at 22:21
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Father Lucian watches with a bemused eye as the many unusual strangers in his church begin discussing amongst themselves, with no sign of leaving.

"Brom, go to my quarters, if you would be so good.  There's a little stove.  Perhaps you could make tea?  Bring cups for--" Lucian does a brief head count and throws up his hands.  "Just bring all the cups you can find."

Brom nods and scurries off to do the priest's bidding.

"I don't know why you would be curious about our small town affairs," Lucian says, "but I've little to tend to in the way of a congregation at the moment. People have been wary to attend church ever since the saint's bones went missing."

Lucian runs a hand through his greying blond hair. [I picture him looking like Martin Freeman.]

"But you didn't come here to hear about that.  Izek, you say?  I don't see why not.  Everyone in town already knows the story; can't exactly be thrown in jail for telling you common knowledge."

"Helps that I'm Vargas' brother-in-law."


He tips the party a wink.

"Izek and his sister were borin in Vallaki. One morning--this must have been oh, twenty years ago?--their father and their uncle took the children fishing on Lake Zarovich. On the way back to town, a dire wolf attacked the family.  The two men managed to fend the creature off, but not before it had savagely assaulted Izek. His right arm was wounded so badly that it had to be removed at the shoulder.  His sister ran and hid in the woods during the attack, and was never seen again.  Probably eaten by more of the same pack."

"The poor boy's parents died soon thereafter.  Sickness, though I imagine a broken heart helped them on their way. Izek grew cold and distant in the absence of a loving family, and it didn't help that the other children teased him for his missing arm.  But Izek was a large, strong boy and soon learned how to deal with his bullies.  There were. . . . .incidents."


Father Lucian opens his mouth to elaborate, before deciding better of it.

"At any rate, Izek was caught pummeling another boy half to death and was taken to Vargas for punishment. But instead, Vargas pardoned the boy.  Izek's been loyal to him ever since."

Lucian turns his attention to Oz.

"I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that you're interested in the fire. Well, I'm afraid I don't know how that came to be. The story is that several years after Vargas took him in, Izek awoke from a drunken stupor one morning to find that he had grown a new arm to replace the one he had lost as a child.  I know, I know" he says, in reply to the party's incredulity, "but that's what I heard and it's all I know on the matter."

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Joaquin
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 Now a cleric
Tue 23 May 2017
at 23:41
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Joaquín waves quite distractingly at Brom as he gets up to make tea.  Once he has his attention he says: Brom, if you see anything broken, would you bring it so I can mend it for the good father?
Oswald Weiss
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Tue 23 May 2017
at 23:54
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In reply to Joaquin (msg # 103):

Oz nods thoughtfully.

"Thank you for sharing that story," he says. "Could you perhaps elaborate on the missing bones?"

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Alaric von Innsbruck
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Wed 24 May 2017
at 03:35
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Alaric raises an eyebrow. What sort of saint would find rest in a place like this? he asks.

After a sufficiently awkward pause, he adds no offense intended. It just seems to me that the gods - if they do exist - have turned a blind eye to this place.
Oswald Weiss
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Wed 24 May 2017
at 13:20
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In reply to Alaric von Innsbruck (msg # 105):

"Not all of them," Oz says, nodding quietly toward Joaquin. "But I share your curiosity."
DM
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Wed 24 May 2017
at 21:09
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"Ah, so you are a man of god as well.  Do you worship the Morninglord?", says poor, unsuspecting Father Lucian politely to Joaquin.

At this point, Brom returns bearing a large pot of tea and a teetering tower of mismatched, empty cups. A few of the cups fall the the ground and crack, mortifying Brom, but Joaquin's eyes light up with maniacal glee.

Once everyone has been served their beverage--including Willemina, who seems content to merely sit and listen--Lucian continues.

"You're not the only one to think so," Lucian says to Alaric"But then, you did say you were going to the Abbey, so you must know that the saints do exist. This church is dedicated to Saint Andral, and his sacred bones protect this church from the depredations of Strahd. They are kept sealed in a crypt beneath the main altar."

"Or they were, until a few nights ago, when somebody broke in to the church and stole them."

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Tobias Greysen
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Wed 24 May 2017
at 22:10
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Stolen?  Tobias asked curiously  Are they valuable or useful besides to the church?

Might we see the crypt ourselves, Father?

DM
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Wed 24 May 2017
at 23:30
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Lucian gives Brom a long look.  The boy shrugs and nods.

"They're my friends, Father.  They had lunch at our inn."

Lucian sighs and rubs a hand down his face tiredly.

"Well if Brom vouches for you, I suppose so. Come on then," he motions to Tobias and anyone else who desires to see the crypt.

"No, I wouldn't say the bones have any value aside from their spiritual significance. They were kept in a plain wooden box--nothing valuable. I have no idea who could have taken them, and the one person who might know isn't talking.  At least not to me"

"Yeska, the altar boy. His parents died when he was very small, and as he had no other relations, I took him in. He sleeps in one of the rooms off the main hall, and claims to have heard nothing that night."
Joaquin
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Wed 24 May 2017
at 23:32
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Wondering if confessing to a certain youthful atheism will offend the good Father Lucian, Joaquín decides to tell him the hurried summary of how he came to be the Arcipreste del Gran Dios Boo.  Joaquín begins mending the broken cups between telling parts of his story, almost making it into the refrain of a very wordy, not very poetical free-verse poem.

Well, father, I don't worship the Morninglord. Until being transported here by the fog, I'd never heard of him.
(que se remiende)
In fact, I had little use for gods as a soldier. I had seen too much of death in the name of one god or another to feel that there was much point in all of that.
(que se remiende)
That is until I nearly died during a war a few years ago.  Instead of dying though, I was visited by the Great God Boo, War God of the Giant Miniature Space Hamsters.
(que se remiende)
He promised that if I pledged my life to do his work, he would keep me from dying and make me his Arcipreste.
(que se remiende)
Since then, I have nearly died a number of times, but he comes back and gives me more renters of the faith, and more signs to show his power.
(que se remiende)
As it is my job to set chaos into order, I try to mend as many things as I can, and right as many wrongs as I can.
(que se remiende)
Even though he is not a saint in my faith, the loss of his bones has set your town on the path to chaos.
(que se remiende)
If you would describe the bones to me, the Great God Boo will assuredly guide me to finding them if they are in some way out of the ordinary.
(que se remiende)
For instance, are they coated in anything, or perhaps they were in a reliquary?All the other children venerated St. Andral, except Joaquín, he gnawed the saint's bones phalangal


Ignoring the outburst from his own mouth, Joaquín begins looking for other things around that need mending since he has taken care of all the cups already. When he tries to fix a large splinter in his seat, (que se remiende), he knocks a piece of what is obviously a femur bone out of his pocket, causing the good father no small amount of internal struggle as he decides whether or not the saint's bones might be safer lost than in Joaquín's questionable care.
Tobias Greysen
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Thu 25 May 2017
at 00:07
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Tobias steps towards the alter and looks for anything that looks curious to him.

[Investigation: 4]

Tobias confirms that yes, that is an alter.
Tobias Greysen
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Thu 25 May 2017
at 00:16
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We need to watch our time Tobias mumbles to his friends. We have a dinner invite and a son to plead for.
DM
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Thu 25 May 2017
at 01:07
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[Tobias, it is about 2 in the afternoon now.  Party's at 6, assuming you still wish to go.]

As Joaquin outlines the tenets of his faith, Lucian gives Brom another look that says, quite eloquently, that he blames the boy entirely for the fucked-up afternoon he's had.  Brom shrugs again and grins as Joaquin mends all of the things.

Tobias stares blankly at the altar and nods knowingly.

"More or less correct," Lucian says, gently moving Tobias out of the way and, with a bit of effort, moving the altar aside.

Below the altar is a small trapdoor, rather like the one in the church back in Barovia. This door was at one point secured with a padlock.  Now, however, it appears as though someone has set at the door with a heavy instrument of some sort. The padlock is smashed, and a splintery hole has been driven right through the floorboards to the "crypt" below.

Instead of an entire basement level--as in Barovia--the crypt here is merely a smallish niche dug out beneath the floorboards, large enough to contain a small box.  Now, of course, the niche is empty.
Oswald Weiss
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Thu 25 May 2017
at 13:13
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In reply to DM (msg # 113):

Oz follows along, frowning slightly at the bashed-in panel but having nothing further to add on that subject.

"Any intruder would have needed to know where the bones were -- both 'within a plain box' and 'beneath the altar.' I assume the bones of the saints are common knowledge, but the crypt is likely not -- else why hide it?"

Tendrils of smoke begin to rise from his fingertips as he absently strokes his chin.

"Forgive me, father, but I suspect that your altarboy is lying to you. Even if the intruder knew where everyone slept and crept inside, they were not prepared to pick a lock. They used brute force...and smashing something like this in a chamber like this one would have made a lot of noise."
DM
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Thu 25 May 2017
at 21:02
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"Wooden church; I'd really prefer if you didn't do that," Lucian says, watching the smoke drift up from Oz's fingers warily.

"I suspect you are right. My guess is that Yeska is covering for someone. But, as I said, he won't speak to me of it.  Believe me, I've tried."
Oswald Weiss
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Thu 25 May 2017
at 21:30
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In reply to DM (msg # 115):

"Can't help it," Oz replies. "But if it makes you feel any better, I've never burned down a church before, and I've been in several. So you probably have nothing to worry about."

He frowns slightly.

"Does he have any friends or family members or debtors or similar folk whom he'd be obliged to protect more so than yourself?"
DM
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Thu 25 May 2017
at 23:48
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"He's an orphaned only child and he's seven," Lucian replies.

"The former rules out any family, and I should hope the latter rules out any debtors.  He has friends of course. . .other village children."

"If Yeska is protecting someone, I'm very much afraid it's out of fear rather than a sense of obligation."

Tobias Greysen
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Fri 26 May 2017
at 01:54
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Fear? This I think we could work with.  With your permission Father I would like to speak to the boy.


Try and look impressive everyone Says Tobias with a slight smile.  We need to convince a child we can protect them - ragtag as we are.
DM
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Fri 26 May 2017
at 02:20
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"I suppose," Lucian says. "But I would like to be present.  With all due respect, I just met all of you not half an hour ago."

That thought suddenly seems to occur to him.

"I just met all of you not half an hour ago.  Why are you so interested in helping us?"
Oswald Weiss
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Fri 26 May 2017
at 10:34
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In reply to DM (msg # 119):

"Like I said, we're in the business of helping people," Oz says dryly. "Although the paladin would deny that altruism is a business at all, and of course the Witcher would counter that it surely is."

Oz shrugs.

"The mists brought us here. If we can do some good before they release us, so much the better. Besides...without those bones, you'll be at Strahd's mercy. And we hate anything that makes his life easier.

He grins slightly.

"You can pay us for services rendered if doing so would make you feel better about our motivations, but we're the goods guys here. Or trying to be."

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Tobias Greysen
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Sat 27 May 2017
at 03:35
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The way I figure it is that at some point I may need help.  I'd want someone to help me.
DM
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Sat 27 May 2017
at 15:22
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"That's. . . .well, remarkably altruistic of you."

Lucian frowns.
"Damn, I just realized. . .Yeska clearly doesn't want to discuss this with me.  Who's to say that he won't feel the same way with me present while you speak with him?  Willemina, will you be so good as to chaperone in my place?"

The small woman readily agrees; clearly this is the most interesting thing to have happened to her in a long time, and a welcome distraction from her son's plight.

Father Lucian leaves the main sanctuary and is gone for several minutes.  After about ten minutes or so, a small boy of about seven enters the sanctuary timidly.  He lowers his eyes shyly upon seeing so many people and actually gasps with fright upon seeing Alaric, taking a hesitant step backward.
Alaric von Innsbruck
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Sat 27 May 2017
at 15:30
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It's alright, there aren't any monsters here, he says with what he hopes is a reassuring smile. We're here to help.

This message was lightly edited by the player at 01:29, Wed 31 May 2017.