Upon a pale horse... (The Mists of Ravenloft)

Into Tepest

Burning house

  • The party and members of the Moreau family and staff fled into the woods outside the Moreau Estates, followed by the angry mobs. The mists arose from the ground and the party arrived at group of Vistani Vardos and was greeted by Raoul.
  • The rioters could be heard on either side of the wagons, but did not intercept the party. Kessler and Kira could sense the presence of their pack and the occasional scream meant that the hunting was good.
  • When the last of the Moreau family was loaded into the wagons, the mists thickened and the ancient Vistani Stanislova guided the caravans safely out of Dementlieu. The smell of the burning estates was replaced with that of salty air and when the mists thinned, the wagons were outside the town of Mordentshire, at the estates of Pierre Moreau.
  • Their arrival was a shock for Pierre as was the news of the rioting in Dementlieu. Pierre invited them in and there was a celebration of their survival and a mourning for those that were lost.
  • Colette approached Kira, Melantha and Kessler and thanked them for saving her and Lucas. She confessed that she was conflicted about Evan and his friends, feeling that despite his faults he was a good man, but not being able to reconcile his involvement with the death of Elizabeth Hawthorne. She was treated coldly by the group.
  • The group made plans for their next move and sought council from Stanislova. “One does not simply walk into Avernus” she reminded them, but it was decided that it might be possible to fly and drop down onto the highest spire.
  • Kira and Melantha discussed their previous trip to Avernus while traveling back in time. There the group encountered a shadow dragon and a banshee near the top of the tower. They also remembered encountering the cloning rooms and destroying all of the clones – except that Evan would not kill his.
  • Kira remembered a story about the Banshee who was enslaved by Azalin. According the story she was once a shadow fey of Tepest who was killed with her child when discovered. Legend recalls being able appease the banshee if she was given an infant. Melantha rejected the notion of stealing a baby and giving it to the banshee, although Kessler thought the idea was a good one (and even suggested finding a sick and dying child). Kira went against her pack master and mates direction and sided with Melantha.
  • Stanislova told the group about an ancient artifact called the Eye of Vhaeraun which might appease the banshee as it would appear to be whatever a person desired most. The eye was believed to be in the possession of the three hags of Tepset, foul darklords of the land. The party decided to head to Tepest and try to recover the eye.
  • Arriving in Tepest via the mists, the group was joined by a brother and sister from Melantha’s tribe – Iadrei, who was a violin player and Zora who was a dancer. Both were capable in combat were eager to help Melantha. Kessler was able to convince his pack to run interference with the Goblyns that typically aided the hags. His pack was not pleased, but followed their leaders wishes.
  • Kira, Kessler, Melantha, Zora and Iadrei were given a potion that would temporarily nullify the effect of the Vistani artifact and allow it to be seen as a simple black orb. They headed out following a trail and the scent of of decay.
  • The group eventually found a cabin withe the discarded remains of many creatures around it. The cabin appeared empty, but the muck covered windows made observation of the interior difficult. Leading the way into the cabin Kessler found a mutilated Goblyn that was still alive. Kessler put the thing out of its misery.

Hag

  • The group searched the cabin and found a trap door beneath the table the Goblyn was on. They also discovered a woman chained inside a large cabinet. Despite her pleas and begging to be set free, the group was distrustful of her and left her there. Kessler went into the crawlspace beneath the cabin to search for the eye among the other treasures.
  • With her ruse not working on the jaded adventurers, the woman transformed into a Hag and started to attack the party. Two more Hags appeared during the vicious fight working their foul magic on the party. Eventually two of the Hags fell and the third disappeared in a puff of smoke.
  • Kira went into the crawlspace and quickly discovered the Eye while the rest of the party stood watch in case the last Hag returned. The group then headed back to the Vardos.
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The Moreau Estates

Moreau library

  • Inside the library the group is afforded a brief rest where to tend their wounds from the fight with the undead.
  • Melantha examines the rose petals to find that they are mostly dead, but not totally. Kira begins searching through Evan’s research, with several books found by Kessler, and finds information to trapping the souls of the dead.
  • While Kessler and Melantha search for more useful books, Kira examines the roses and confirms that there is still some life in the dead roses. Interestingly, each of the roses appears to be exactly identical to the others, as if they were the same rose.
  • Finally locating some useful tomes, Kessler delivers them to Melantha, who discovers a magic ritual that can contact the souls of the dead. Kira’s lack of familiarity with the principles does not allow her to assist Melantha.
  • Kessler locates one of Evan’s journals that describes his ordeal with Lynn where he successfully captured her soul. Although it was a crude attempt, he was sure that there were better ways to perform such magic.
  • Melantha failed in her attempts to use the ritual magic, with her body ravaged by necrotic energy. At one point in her attempt she spoke with an unearthly voice, saying: “Your wizard is not here, stop looking for him.” Not wanting to risk further damage to herself, Melantha abandoned the attempt.
  • Kira took a different approach and attempted to commune with the roses. She felt herself journey to another land where she met the spirit of Sarah, who had given the roses to Evan. Sarah revealed that she had seen Evan die once in the crowd and twice more in “the place where birds fear to travel and death reigns from a throne.” She was still waiting for Evan to join her in the afterlife, but he had not arrived.
  • Recognizing that description as possibly meaning Castle Avernus, the home of Azalin in Darkon, the group decided to journey there in an attempt to free Evan’s soul. They decided to tell Sophie of their plan in an attempt to get her to leave the Estates.
  • As they left the library, strangely a long time had passed. Sounds of violence and screams could be heard coming from the main house. The group rushed in, finding the main house being attacked by an angry mob.
  • Kessler ran into Gerard who joined him holding off the mob at the front doors of the house. Kira and Melantha split up to search the house for any family members, particularly concerned about Evan’s son Lucas and Sophie.
  • During the long search, Kessler managed to hold the front, only retreating to the grand staircase when he was joined by more guards. Kira and Melantha managed to search the entire house, rescuing a large number of servants and family members. Eventually the group retreated through the woods.
  • In the end Louis Moreau IV was taken and Valerie Cross was not found. The rest that were sent out of the house were grouped with Fendrick, who miraculously survived, and led off the property into the countryside.
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The Moreau Estates

Moreau estates

  • Melantha, Kira and Kessler approached the Morea Estates to warn them of them impending danger. At the front gate they asked to speak with Colette but were forced to wait for over a half hour before Gerard who told they that they were not welcome at the Estates. They managed to convince Gerard that the situation was desperate and he allowed them to enter the Estates.
  • After waiting for another hour Colette finally makes an appearance and is upset with them for bringing up memories of Evan. They learn that the majority of the family thinks ill of Evan for going off and “getting himself killed”. None of the family believe that there is any real danger from the peasants.
  • They are gradually joined by many members of the Moreau Family, including Louis, Anton, Pierre and Sophie De La Rue. Despite impassioned pleas describing the dangers the family is not convinced and only Sophie, who wants to leave, and Gerard, who wants to increase the guards, appear to have any grasp of the situation.
  • Frustrated at the irrational behavior, the group attempts to do what they can. Kessler searches the grounds and discovers that there a few paths out of the Estates that could be good escape routes if needed.
  • Kira heads to the library and finds it to be unkempt and generally run down. One oddity was that the rose bushes were in bloom. The roses were only to be in bloom as long as Evan was alive. Kira felt a strong presence of magic but was not sure what was going on. As she watched, the roses began to die.
  • The Gerard informed the party that the family would be staying in the Estates. At the mention of the roses, Gerard mentions that they have bloomed once before and died quickly again. Gerard suggests that if they want to stay, they had better keep a low profile. Unsure as to the significance of the roses, the group examines Evan’s tomb and finds his body still within, decaying as Gerard has said it would be.
  • A further investigation of the library shows that the locks on the door have been broken. A search of the area reveals that several individuals apparently broke in and looted the entry way. The robber’s trail was followed and lead to a gate to the basement at the end of a long hallway. There were five corpses near the gate.
  • Horribly, the corpses stirred, rose and began to move towards the party. A fierce battle ensued with Melantha taking many wounds. Eventually the corpses were defeated and the party retreated from the gate to tend to their wounds.
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A Renewed Friendship
  • Roughly one year has passed since the heroes fight at Castle Ravenloft where Strahd Von Zarovich was defeated.
  • The winter in Invidia was cold, but quiet with good hunting for Kira and Kessler, who now was the wolfwere pack master following the death of Matton.
  • In the spring a conflict between Borca and Flakovnia, with northern Borca being occupied by Viggo. Ivan Dylsinia is captured or killed. The four tower’s treaty is invoked, with the majority of the aid coming from Dementlieu. Falkovnia in turn cuts off grain supplies to the four tower’s countries, which affects Demenlieu most of all.
  • In Barovia, without the Count’s protection, Shariza has run the Barovians mostly out of Barovia.
  • Rumors of the reappearance of Antoinette Reiner in Richemulot who is attempting to unite the country.

Vistani wagon

  • Melantha has been travelling with her tribe, the remnants of the Tribe of Hyskosa. As the 1 year anniversary of Evan Moreau’s death approaches, Melantha has a vision of the Moreau Estates bathed in blood. In order to preserve the pact that Evan made with the Vistani, Melantha feels bound to come to their aid.
  • Melantha travels to Invidia and lures Kira and Kessler to her camp with the smell of curry. Kira agrees to help Melantha protect the Moreau Family and Kessler decides to come along to help his mate and repay the debit he owes Evan. Together they travel the mists to Dementlieu where they encounter a noble’s hunting party chasing a 10-year old boy.
  • A fight ensues as Kira, Kessler and Melantha come to the rescue of the boy and quickly dispatch most of the hunting party. When the question the boy, they find that he’s part of an underground movement called the “Son’s of Enlightenment”. They claim that the nobles are starving the peasants because of the wars. Sympathetic to the plight of the peasants, they set the boy free.
  • The remaining member of the hunting party claims that they are not simply a dissident movement, but a well organized terrorist group. The Moreau Estates have not been attached yet, but there is a movement against them. Apparently Louis Moreau IV arranged to have a pig farmer sent to debtor’s prison when one of his pigs disrupted Louis’ daughter’s equestrian show, causing the horse to break an ankle. Feeling that the noble would cause nothing but trouble, they finished him.
  • Kira, Kessler and Melantha managed to sneak through the back country of Dementlieu and reached the Moreau Estates.
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Book Two, Prologue the Second
A murder most vile...

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Book Two, Prologue the First
Deadly secrets discovered in the jungles of Sri Raji
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Interlude (Book One to Book Two)
Eight long years pass in the lands of the mists

Richemulot lies in chaos following the death of Jacqueline and Louise Reiner. This in compounded by the disappearance of Antoinette Reiner whom the people would rally behind. Several factions battle for control of the country, but ultimately the nation deteriorates into independent city-states.

Evan Moreau is now a married man, taking Colette Blanche as his wife. He is a Professor of History and Occult Studies at University of Dementlieu. He has had many adventures in the lands of the mists which he has chronicled in a series of “fiction” books. Evan Moreau 747 to 755

Helen of Verbrek traveled to many lands with the Vistani. She eventually was married to Raul and raised Nicco as her own son.

Vilim Steinadler married Anja Drakov and the two returned home to Falkovnia. The Golden Lion Army, was called into service by Vlad Drakov for the 5th Dead Mans War. Vilim lead his troops in Darkon and quickly realized the futility of the war. He defied Drakov’s orders and retreated from the lines to save as many men as possible. In punishment, Vlad ordered his keep barred shut and all within (including his wife, child, and mother) burned alive. Vilim was never heard from again.

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Book One, Chapter Eight
Heroes battle for the fate of Richemulot and beyond

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Book One, Chapter Seven
Heroes have an unexpected diversion courtesy of the Vistani

A surprise visitor

October 5, 747 – Upon returning to the city following the parlay with Jacqueline Reiner, Helen hears the familiar call of the vista chiri alerting her that the Vistani are close by. She excuses herself from the party and locates the gypsy wagon down in the harbor district. To her shock, the only Vistana who is present is her old friend Raul. Raul has left the caravan in his sorrow that his dear wife Nicoleta has died in childbirth. Raul shows Helen (whom he knows as Melantha) his newborn son, Nicco, who has fallen deeply ill. To Helen’s horror, Raul explains that the spirit of Nicoleta returns every night to attempt to nurse the baby.

Helen returns to her companions and enlists the aid of Evan Moreau, Lydis Solnychnev, and Cara Emeir.

That night they huddled around a warm fire while waiting for the spectral image of Nicoleta to appear. Just past midnight, Nicco awoke and began to wail as the mists rose around them… and then she appeared. Nicoleta, her lithe dancer’s body twisting through the mists and gliding into the camp. Raul sat transfixed, his eyes unable to leave the vision of his departed wife. Helen stepped forward to block her path.

“”/campaign/ravenloft-game/wikis/melantha" class=“wiki-page-link”>Melantha!" Nicoleta exclaimed happily. “You have come to see my child!” Helen’s eyes were filled with tears.

“Yes. She is a beautiful child my dear friend.”

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Book One, Chapter Six
Heroes defend a town under siege

September 25, 747 – The people of Mortigny awake to papers nailed to walls and littering the streets:

BY ORDER OF HER ROYAL MAJESTY JACQUELINE REINER

Louise Reiner and her illegal mercenary army are hereby accused of treason against the sovereign nation of Richemulot. She has committed a coup d’etat on the legally appointed governance in the city of Mortigny and executed them without charge, trial, or authority.

LET IT BE KNOWN THAT all citizens of Mortigny are hereby ordered to leave the city or face the wrath of the Grand Army of Richemulot. No quarter will be given to those who take up arms against their fellow citizens.

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