Tonight was awesome!
They worked their way down to the lowest levels. Then Branth got teleported into a cell where Strahd charmed him. Fortunately, his intelligent lawful good sword was having none of it and stabbed Strahd in the chest. Strahd used a luck point to not go down, turned to mist and fled. when the PCs rescued Branth, the sword let them all know that he'd been charmed by Strahd, so they tied him up and put him in Zed's Ded Box. They also rescued a peasant and put him in the box, not knowing he was in fact a werewolf, but the paladin had detected evil so at least they tied him up too.
eventually, they found themselves trapped in a room, trying to figure out how to get the magically held doors to open when they found the Deck of Many Things. I've never seen so many cards drawn from that deck before. Irivar had to fight Death and he barely survived, he gained the services of a rank one fighter. Ganog got three wishes and we decided he was not to draw anymore cards so we wouldn't lose the wishes. Vale hopes he never has to save vs petrification, he also changed from lawful neutral to chaotic good. Maura had very bad luck. She lost all her magic items and she had the most in the entire party. She is now hated by an arch demon and she's also hated by an entire cult. Which demon and which cult I will have to decide, but I want it worked into the overall plot. I'm leaning towards hated by Pyraray and all of Pan Tang. Torvald went up in his charisma and power. He also will know the answer to his next dilemma. Zed, gained a +2 longsword, went up in all his requisite skills and was then Donjoned by the Dharzi Lord. Since Zed had the Ded Box, that meant Branth and the werewolf were gone too. At this point, Ganog used a wish to learn that a Dharzi Lord on a hidden plane had Zed. He used another wish and a Melnibonean appeared who possessed a demon of knowledge that could help them hunt down the Dharzi Lord across the multiverse. Ganog used his third wish to say that everyone in the party had no problems with the Melnibonean joining them. I'm not going to punish the paladin Torvald for being under the influence of this wish since it could be argued that he's doing a greater good and for plot expediency.
So Bob, who lost his character Zed, got to roll up the Melnibonean.
Dear Mother of Arioch!!
He rolled max power for a Melnibonean - 30!!!! With a 22 Int that made her a Rank 5 sorcerer. She is a warrior noble hunter. We spent two hours rolling her up, her name is Terhali
. She starts with 4 demons. Demon armor that can help her swim, adds to her stealth and has chameleon properties, plus shapeshifts from armor to a dress. She has a demon weapon that can shapeshift into any weapon she knows how to wield. It gives her leaping ability as well. And it hates bears. Her demon of knowledge sucks one level of fatigue worth of blood for each question asked and wont stop until a willpower roll is won. While this happens it immobilises Terhali and gives off a hideous stench in a 10 ft radius roll Endurance vs 80 or fall and vomit. she calls it her stink bomb defense. And she has a ring of teleportation that refuses to teleport demons of desire.
She could wipe out the entire party with ease if she desired. Bob noted that she doesn't really need the other PCs to carry out her quest, but it's always good to bring cannon fodder.
Branth being charmed by Strahd and then captured by the Dharzi Lord makes for an interesting situation. Now Strahd has a mole inside the Dharzi lair. I'm thinking this link explains how he knows how to find the Dharzi across the multiverse and Terhali's demon of knowledge can follow Strahd, leading the heroes to their friends.
They've decided to continue searching Castle Ravenloft to finish off the vampyr. Then have Terhali open a portal to the Young Kingdoms where they must seek a special flower at the Vale of Xanyaw that will open the portal to the place they must go next. I intend to keep them busy in the Young Kingdoms for a half dozen or so adventures including an involuntary visit to Pan Tang.
The downside is that we were going to playtest Enlarge, but Zed is gone now. So unless Vale or Iskandar learn the spell, we won't be using it for a while.
Oh, and while I know the Melnibonean is already powerful enough, since High Melnibonean is the language of magic, she need only roll her 57% High Melnibonean to read one of the PCs spellbooks. In effect, her High Melnibonean is her Arcane Casting and Arcane Knowledge rolled into one. so there's that.