We return to the city of Barovia after visiting the castle to visit with Johanna and inquire as to the results of her research.
1. She gives us the coordinates (at least, as closely as she can) of the memory containment device, somewhere in the Eldritch Woods.
2. She gives us the name of the plant used by the barbarians on Mount Baratak – kiteweed – to give them their berserk abilities.
3. Something else that we’ve now forgotten
We decide to retrieve the memory device first, then make our way to Kresk, possibly stopping by the mountain on the way. So it’s off to the Eldritch Woods. We decide not to take horses, but to instead walk through the crisp winter air. The path is not much more than a deer path, since there isn’t any real civilization beyond Barovia in this direction.
After a few hours, we see something up ahead. It looks like some crumbled ruins, or perhaps the remnants of a tomb or mausoleum. Rotting leaves are everywhere. There is a drawing of a planetary system on the structure (3 moons orbiting a central planet?), with the words “the only good is knowledge, the only evil is ignorance” on it.
There is a door on the structure, currently closed, as well as what appears to be a nest with a metallic object glinting in it. So Mads investigates, and pulls out a bronze scale, which is then followed by the dragon that dropped the scale flying overhead. Fortunately, we all manage to conceal ourselves (even Mads, just a few feet away), and the beast settles back down into its nest. Mads stands up to reveal himself and tries to make conversation with him it, but it demands that he leave immediately and does not respond to his pleas to listen. It implies that it was left here as a guardian, but doesn’t give the details of its deal.
So we decide that we need to kill it (personally, i think it will become a threat to civilization, and Milosh maybe just likes to kill stuff). Mads wants to go and explore before we attack, just in case there is a back door, or perhaps some other place where the orb might be kept. But we override him. And then we superbowl a dragon fight.
After it is dead, Mads picks the lock on the door and we enter the building, which is not a tomb but rather a covering over a stairway going down. The hallway they we pass through has symbols with a similar planetary motif. At the end is a relief of a scholar bearing a scroll and a quill, along with a series of words on the wall.
Strong – weight – made
Hot – fly – cuff
Arrow – sand – left
Closer inspection and a kind DM reveals that there are certain areas of the statue that have been groped before – the head, left hand, right hand, stomach and left foot. So obviously head – scroll – hand. Sure.
At that point, the door behind the scholar slides open to reveal a dark passage behind…