After defeating the shadows that emerged from the walls when the dwarven sorcerer Helga took the glass ball that had swirling clouds in it (she later discovered she could use it as a focus for her magic), the party continued to explor the rest of the basment. They encountered a mimic disguised as a door, to a bed camber, from which two ghouls emerged from the dirt walls.
After dispatching these undead the party divined, from the silver signet rings they still wore, and that Barakai pocketed, that they where the former Mr. and Ms. Durst, the lord and lady of the house.
Proceeding in to the sub-basment they found an assortment of disturbing artifacts. Helga was particularly drawn to a cloak made of undead skin, which she decided to start wearing. Proceeding to explore they discovered what looked like a prison where prehaps the cult kept it’s victims. They discovered a secrete door that lead to an alter.
As Barakai approached the alter the chanting changed to One must die! One must die! As it became apparent the heroes would not sacrifice one of their own on the alter the the house turned on them and a giant shambling mound rose to attack them. Our heroes fled up in the house to find it was now filled with smoke and swinging blades. Deftly defying death they scrambled out of the front door and turned to see the house had returned to an old decrepit ruin.
Now free to explore the dreary town of Barovia the fine adventures first set out to track down the pie lady as they thought their was something suspicious about her. They trailed and saw her take a child from a house apparently as payment for the pies. Using subterfuge they free the child, seven-year-old Lucian Jarov, while Valarynna trails the pie lady as she leave Barovia and proceeds down the Old Svalich Road. Though eventually unwilling to attack they old woman who appeared to present no immediate danger she let alone and returned to Barovia.
In the meantime the Barakai and the others returned Lucian to his parents whom were in some sort of trance from eating the pastries. When they where shaken out of state where they where happy to see their son returned, while the boys father Kobal cried at the sight of his son while the mother Mathilda simply sat their. Barakai threaten to kill the parents of they let the pie lady take their child again. Though he expressed unease that it would be an effective threat.
While Val was tracking the pie lady the rest of the party found a old lady willing in her house. Know as Mad Mary some effort the characters console her and discover that her daughter Gertruda has run away and Mary fears the worst. While promising to do something for Mary, they get the impression that Gertruda had been imprissioned in the house.
After this the heroes went to the Blood of the Vine Tavern, apparently the only such establishment in Bravoria they learned it was owed by three Vistani women Alenka, Miracle and Sorvia, who suggest the characters visit Madam Eva and have their fortunes read. They also meet Ismark Kolyanovich who asks the heros to meet him at his mansion to help his sister Ireena.
Before going to see Ismark the characters go to see Madam Eva who performs the Tarokka Reading. Now the sun beginning to set as the characters return to the town of Barovia.