Jal, Braap and Klept continue along the road with the Vistani caravan towards their main camp, moving back into the forest and crossing the river. After an hour the forest opens up to the foothills of the valley and the road continues west, climbing steeply into the valley while to the right is a lesser path which the Vistani take. At the crossroads is a hanging tree in which Jal, and only Jal, sees a swinging corpse. He falls back to investigate seeing the corpse is a spitting image of himself, dressed in Barovian attire. he works to free the corpse but it melts away to nothing as soon as he gets close. Spooked, he quickly moves to catch up with caravan.
Another 30 minutes has the group arriving by a large pool at the mouth of a canyon. Here a more permanent camp is setup for the Vistani with several tents. The caravan is great warmly with drink and a bonfire, most of the Vistani at the camp are already drunk. Our heroes join in some refreshments and hear the tale of a great wizard who came to Barovia to defeat the devil Strahd a few years ago. He amassed a peasant army and faced the creature at his lair, Castle Ravenloft. The army was slaughtered and after a great magic battle, the mage was sent plummeting from the cliffs.
After the story, the heroes are invited to meet Madam Eva, the leader of this band of Vistani. She offers to read Jal’s fortune (see “The Reading” below) using her Tarokka deck and lays out a possible future that would allow Fizban’s Heroes to defeat Strahd and save the land of Barovia. She offers no additional information apart from a general lay of the land of Barovia and welcomes the heroes to stay with them for the night.
As night falls the dwarves arrive in the camp with Ismark and Ireena in two. The two Barovians are fearful of the Vistani and the heroes setup watches to secure their camp for the night. Some of the heroes hang out with the Vistani drinking wine and telling tales. Gromthar decides to eat one of his dream pies and immediately falls into a deep sleep
In the morning, after kicking Gromthar awake, they begin heading west towards Krezk and the Abbey of Saint Markovich to find a safe place for Ireena. Just after passing the hanging tree and ascending into the mountain pass, they are beset by a pack of wolves which are quickly defeated. They continue along, finally reaching a bridge over the Ivlis River and the canyon it has created. They continue through the steep foot hills and switchbacks, passing the road to Castle Ravenloft and eventually leaving through the east gate of Barovia, but only after navigating off the road around the gatehouse. By late afternoon they notice a strange windmill on a hill a 1/2 mile off the road and decide to investigate.
Madam Eva shuffles two decks of ancient looking cards, drawing three from one pile and placing them face down in a triangular formation on the table. She then draws two more cards, one under the triangle and one in the center making a cross.
She breaths deep and looks at you while exhaling and begin the reading.
“This card tells of history. Knowledge of the ancient will help you better understand your enemy”
1 of Glyphs – The Monk – The treasure you seek is hidden behind the sun, in the house of a saint.
“This card tells of a powerful force for good and protection, a holy symbol of hope.”
Master of Glyphs – The Priest – You will find what you seek in the castle, amid the ruins of a place of supplication
“This is a card of power and strength. It tells of a weapon of vengeance: a sword of sunlight”
7 of Glyphs – The Charlatan – I see a lonely mill on a precipice. The treasure lies within.
“This card sheds light on one who will help you greatly in the battle against darkness”
The Ghost – I see a fallen paladin of a fallen order of knights. He lingers like a ghost in a dead dragons lair
She finally flips the center card.
“Your enemy is a creature of darkness, whose powers are beyond mortality. This card will lead you to him!”
The Tempter – I see a secret place – a vault of temptation hidden behind a woman of great beauty. The evil waits atop his tower of treasure.