A Fain-ed Death
As told by Trif Teak
17th of Elient
Sitting here in Perthius with just a few minutes to reflect on the last day before heading out again, my mind seems to revert around one question: "How did I survive this?" Could we have avoided the fight and still helped the Wareravens and obtained the wine for the people of Krezk? The cost of this endeavor has been high, too high and my role in the whole thing can’t be denied. I'm to blame for much of the pain and loss we have experienced. My heart is in the right place; I know it is.
When Pike and I arrived at the winery Ezra and Fain had cleared the rooms but the ravens were still there, watching. If they're part of the so-called Keepers of the Feather why aren’t they helping us? Perhaps they're bound by other forces. We heard Ezra fight one of the witches in the main wine room, she tried to stop the witch from pouring the poison into the wine, but too late.
I could feel the anger well up inside, the forces of nature are being mistreated in Barovia, I know my dad wouldn’t want me to succumb to this anger but how can I not react? I wanted to burn the poison stop the witches and free the winery, I didn’t even see Stradh’s face before it was too late and the doors and windows slammed shut and the poisoned wine had been activated by my Moonbeam.
Everything that happened next was a blur: Pike running, Fain falling Ezra gone and the thought that I'd just killed everyone rushes through my mind. I turn into a horse picking Pike up, rushing him upstairs where the door is still open, falling, grapping, dying but my dad is there. Where are Fain and Ezra?! I hear only one set of footsteps, Ezra’s, keep my eyes open, get up, what is she carrying? Fain is he alive, his chest is still moving, goodberries will stabilize us, we're alive but only barely. I did this. After taking refuge in the stables I use the last of my last strength to turn into a horse again. I need to pull us out, I got us into this state - I need to get us out. Ezra talks to ease me.
We're not ready for the wolves and our minds not prepared to think clearly. We should've turned on the lanterns, but we didn’t. They attack, I fall, odd dreams follow. I wake up and see Pike and Ezra huddled up over a figure in the mud but am too weak and fall back into dreams and darkness. When I wake a giant creature has joined us, he breathes so very slow. My heart sinks when they tell me Fain is gone, not sure how to process, we had not traveled long together but I feel a tremendous sadness. Fain must be feigning! He always seemed to have his secrets and is this yet another trick?
Ellumin, Dorne, Jessie and now Fain, I know the path has been dangerous, but I can’t help think the common denominator is me. I hate how the lands we have traveled force us to continue to move and shake our feelings off.
We buried him in Krezk and quick headed to the Abbey of Saint Markovia. I was too scattered inside to think clearly, so I sat back and let the giant, Ezra and Pike do the talking. The Abbot wants us to help free Barovia and the surrounding lands by heading to Perthius, the city of Autum to kill a princess that aids the darkness of Stradh. He explains Ezra’s top will get us there using the stones behind the Bone Grinder and the Tarokka card I picked up outside the Coffin Maker's shop will lead us to her.
Blindly trusting the Abbot we now find ourselves in Perthius, a city, my first city and the bustling of noise from people is so foreign to me. I don’t know how to behave so am hiding behind the giant, hoping people will not see me.