Previously on Roll Die Repeat,
Having arrived in the mysterious town of Barovia our adventurers navigate the eerie streets and arrive at the town square. A strange lone wailing comes from the middle of the town, and the party moves to investigate. In the middle of this heavily boarded up village, they find a Tavern, The Blood of the Vine and a general store, Bildaths Mercantile.
Following the wailing, they come to a villa, its rusted gates lay strewn on the ground, garden overrun by weeds. The door lays slightly ajar, and the party attempts to make their way quietly inside. The house interior suggests that someone lives here, but they have not been active in some time. Following the wailing upstairs they meet Mad Mary, grieving over the loss of her daughter Gertruda. Her daughter has fallen under the charms of a person Mary describes as The Devil Strahd, and fled the village for him. Now all Mary can do in her anguish is rock back and forward with her Daughter's doll.
The party attempts to console her, but their attempt leaves Mad Mary broken, and she decides to slit her throat with a shard of glass from a broken window. The players look on in horror at the scene in front of them, then decide to bury Mary in the front yard. Tarla keeps the doll.
Making their way back to the middle of town, they visit the Tavern. Its is a quiet, dour place, lit by a giant fire. The occupants are a borish simpleton barman, Taric, a group of three strange and colorfully dressed women who seem to be the owners, and a lone man in the corner sipping on some wine. He introduces himself to the players as Ismark Indirovich, and happens to be the adopted son of the late burgomaster, Kolyan Indirovich.
After some altercations with the barman, Tarla decides to press her luck and shoulder checks one of the women sitting down. The woman regards her with an evil eye, and Tarla feels a sharp pain inside her mind. The woman smiles.
Talking to Ismark they find out the late Burgomaster has recently died after nightly attacks on their family mansion by the forces of Strahd caused him to have a heart attack. To make matters worse, Ismark reveals that Strahd is a Vampire, and has fed on his step sister Ireena Kolyana twice already after charming his way inside their mansion. After showing Ismark the letter delivered to the characters by Arrigal, he informs them that the handwriting is definitely not that of his late fathers. Someone has tricked them into coming to Barovia.
Ismark asks them a favor. He wishes to see his sister leave the village and go to the town of Vallaki which he has heard is well defended and far from the reaches of Strahd. The characters accept and leave to the mansion.
Arriving at the mansion they notice the heavily boarded up building looks like the site of a final siege, blood and fire stans the outside, and the grasses are trampled down from human and wolf feet. Knocking gently, Ismark calls for Ireena and she opens the door. She is a striking young woman with auburn hair. The characters enter, and a long nights rest sets in.