:: Started off the morning at the Winery. Discussed a plan to proceed. It was decided that we should finish what we started and run down the Blighters that attacked the ravens. The hope was that we could catch them and retrieve the stolen artifacts. Haldor showed uncharacteristic guilt and readily agreed to the plan.
:: Before heading to the Druid mound south of the Winery, Victor asked The Lawgiver for his blessing and assistance. His prayer was seemingly answered in the form of a twisted Caliban Stag.
:: We headed at full mounted speed to Yester Hill. Muriel transformed into a raven to scout ahead. What she noticed was two Druids performing a ritual around a large tree (gnarled by decoration) and a large procession of Druids coming in from the opposite side of the hill. Pavel urged the group to interrupt the summoning and we charged up the hill. Combat ensued, but we were too late to stop Treebad from awakening. Inara massacres the two Druids that were attempting to run away. At which point, Muriel notices they dropped the artifacts we were looking for. Inara grabs the artifacts and we pile on the shambling tree until it falls.
:: Jacob and Haldor check out the Cairn that was calling to Haldor. They find the grave of a fallen warrior and proceed to fight over his spear. Haldor grabs it and runs. Victor and Jacob burn the Blight staves and Pavel starts to burn Treebad.
:: The party hides to create an ambush for the incoming procession of Druids. A significant amount of time passes, after distant sounds of battle, Davian emerges onto the mound. After a quick chat, the ravens head back to their winery. A dark cloud descends upon the hill, led by a dark rider. The party assumes it is Strahd and hides. At closer inspection, the cloud is actually a mass of bats. And after a brief pause at the top of the mound, the dark horseman and his bat entourage flies at full speed towards Vallaki. The group debates the urgency of heading off the dark cloud in Vallaki while Muriel flies back to the Winery (she receives an amulet).
:: We opt for the quickest, most direct path back to Vallaki. Muriel informs us that there is a manor house on our way that would be ideal to stay the night. The guard at the manor house is very welcoming. Informing us that this is the stronghold for Lord Mormot (aka Ceeral Stovanovich?). Victor notices this conclave still clings to the old ways, putting the Lady of the Night on equal or higher footing with The Lawgiver. The party settles into their rooms, experiments with their new found treasures, and argues the morality of inanimate objects. In the morning, at breakfast, we met the Lord who informs us that a child was ripped to shreds. Both Jacob and Victor convince him to let them assist in the investigation.