Beginning to wonder if the Dragonlance campaign is DOA. Tonight we played Ravenloft once again. Four very young red dragons are laughable in the original D&D. Four size 37 red dragons are a bit more of a concern. Branths sword, which despises red dragons immediately spoke to them in their own tongue, saying "Die dragon scum!" and Branth charged straight in, his sword doing +6 to fire beings. All four reds flamed him, but the Frostbrand gives protection from that and between that and a crtical parry, he avoided taking any damage at all.
We then spent a long time trying to determine how the reverse of Enlarge would work, since that spell isn't detailed in CF, but Zed had the spell from before. We decided upon a 10% change in size per intensity. Shrinking one of the reds by 50% didn't seem like a big deal, but it actually made a lot of difference. Ganog shined with the crossbow again, critting the shrunken red which, after the stat change, turned out to be enough to maim a leg.. Torvald the paladin and Iskandar sprang to Branths aid. Zed shrunk another red and it went down, but then he was out of magic points and it became apparent that the reds were much tougher when not shrunk. Irivar suffered the greatest loss of the battle when his Python staff slithered up to a red only to see a 01 roll that bit the Python cleaning in half. Bye bye staff. Seeing as that was Irivars sole claim to fame, it was a devastating blow. the Battle ended with Branth critting the last dragon in the head for a clean decapitation.
After healinig up the wounded, they opened up a door that led down a long hall. Ganog went invisible and went in first. That's when Strahd sprung his trap. The door slammed shut behind Ganog, wizard locked. At the same time, a shadow demon attacked the rest of the party with complete surprise and a vampire attacked from the opposite direction. Amazingly, the battle was over in 2 rounds. Torvald ran his sword through the vampires chest and Iskandar decapitated it. Bam, Bam, dead. Just like that, one strike rank apart. I was like Wow! the shadow demon tore into Vale, but a light spell from I forget who drove it back into the shadows and then the party quickly cut it down. After Maura failed to Dispel Magic on the Mage Held door, they began hacking it down.
Beyond the door, Ganog found himself alone with Strahd. The vampyr smiled and insisted he meant the dwarf no harm. Ganog wasn't listening. He fired his crossbow, but it hit a mirror image. Then he used his boots of springing to leap to the other side of the vampyr. Strahd continued to insist he meant no harm, all the while staring intently at the dwarf who managed to resist the domination. It was only a matter of time, however, so Ganog whipped out his Daern's Instant Fortress and tossed it at Strahd, shouting the command word.
The damage to Castle RAvenloft was immense. the fortress did not cause the hallway to collapse, but it would not hold for long. As for Strahd, he took a major wound to every hit location, but used all 7 of his luck points to reduce them to serious wounds, turn to mist and escape. It took a while for him to recover from that. Ganog returned the fortress to normal size, leaped back across the devastation and walked up to the door just as they broke it down.
Then things took an interesting and very unexpected turn. Ganog lied about what had happened. He said he'd shot the vampire and it had bounced off, not that he'd hit a mirror image. He also said that Strahd had inflicted all that damage to the building. Iskandar took one look at the wreckage and immediately guessed that the Instant Fortress had done that. Ganog confessed. No one ever got an explanation for why he'd lied about what had happened, but immediately they all assumed that the vampyr had taken control of the dwarf and Ganog couldn't be trusted. A lot of discussion went on and Ganog had to surrender his ring of invisibility, which he quickly stole back from the paladin. Irivar was put in charge of keeping a constant eye on the dwarf.
After exploring a couple of levels and killing zombies, the organ music began again. The party discussed going back down to confront Strahd, but decided it was probably a trap. It wasn't, but I knew they'd think so and wanted to mess with their heads.
then they found the accountant and from him learned that the crypts were all in the lowest part of the castle and found their way to the nearest stairs down.
That's where we called it a night.
Some thoughts: The night went slow because too many creatures that don't exist yet in the game, such as Shadow Demons and lots of spells the original D&D characters had don't yet exist in the game either. But we're getting through it.
Strahd. I want to work him into the overall campaign plot, but not quite sure what relationship he has with the Dharzi Lord, if any. I did decide on two things though: Sun Sword = lightsaber. Even in the description, it's just a hilt that leaps onto one of the PC's swords. Instead, it's just a hilt that will leap to the Force sensitive player and viola, Lightsaber. Who that is, I haven't decided, but am leaning towards the paladin. He seems the most Jedi Knightish. Definately not Iskandar. He's a budding Sith Lord lol. Branth already has the Frostbrand. This means Strahd is either from the Star Wars univers or he's been there. I've already decided that the Dharzi Lord is probably going to be the Sith Lord so that creates the following situation: Strahd lured the party to Ravenloft, that's already written into the adventure. Strahd has a lightsaber on the premises - next to his coffin in fact. the Deck of Many Things will trap one PC by a Dharzi Lord. That Dharzi Lord is a Sith and a Disruptor agent. hence, Strahd may be a former apprentice or perhaps as the original vampyr, he's a creation of this Dharzi Sith Lord. So his bringing the party to Ravenloft has an even more sinister purpose.
I just need to work on what that is.
The other thing: Ireena is supposed to be the reincarnation of STrahds love. I'm changing that. She's this dimensions iteration of Strahd's love. Arkwright multiverse means there is one of us in each multiverse. The PCs may think she's a reincarnation, but in fact, she's just the local copy. HIS love died in the dimension he came from. So he's here to find her version and try to awaken her psionic powers so that she can remember who she was in the other dimension.
Which ties in with him possibly being from the Star Wars galaxy and having been the Dark Lords apprentice. Darth Strahd haha. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bzWSJG93P8