From the Central Barovian Library
Excerpt from the Journals of Wilhelm de Beers volume XXII.
It’s been 30 years since those disturbing events long ago in old Barovia. I say old Barovia because the village has changed much from those innocent days long ago. Maybe now, with the years between us, I can put to paper those strange events that I witnessed so long ago.
We had just returned to the village from recovering Iryna in the forest. She had not been lost as we told some of the villagers, but had run off to meet someone. I initially believed it was with a Vistani boy, but we soon learned otherwise.
We tracked her to a small clearing and we found her being intimate with some sort of beast. When we attacked the beast and defeated it, it turned into a pillar of dark smoke and flew away.
We returned to the village in an agitated mood and Dylith and Péter stirred up the villagers into continuing work on the palisade in the middle of the night. It was duing all this commotion that two little children went missing. Valeria, yes, that Valeria, when off to track the missing children and we followed not far behind. The trail let to the old abandoned Ravenloft castle where we found some undead monsters waiting for us.
Inside the castle we found the children bound to an alter by some corrupted Vastani who were in the middle of a ritual. Again Valeria rushed into battle. Her namesakes would be proud.
Valeria killed the Vestani leader, he called out for help to his master before burning into a pillar of black ash. Who was this master of his? What was the ritual going to do? What caused him to burn into ash? I still have no answers.
These questions still haunt me as well as the image of sun and raven in the stained glass window behind the burning Vistani.