Ravenloft: Curse of Strahd
Toymaker of Vallaki
Blinsky is a heavyset man who wears a moth-eaten jester’s cap during store hours, more out of habit than to humor visitors.
When he meets new customers . Blinsky recites a well-rehearsed greeting: “Wyelcome friends, to the House of Blinsky, where happiness and smiles can be bought at bargain prices. Perhaps you know a leetle child in need of joy? A leetle toy for a girl or boy?”
Vallaki’s toymaker, Gadof Blinsky calls himself “a wizard of tiny wonders,” but he has been consumed by despair lately because no one seems to like him or want his toys. His fascination for eerie playthings causes most other locals to avoid him. Blinsky wants to to make everyone “hyappy”. He does his part by making sure that all the children of Barovia have fun toys. The previous burgomaster had enabled Blinsky to stay in good business by giving him a couple of gold pieces a month to make festival decorations, but his future is now more uncertain.
Rictavio came in several weeks ago and bought a life-sized stuffed Vistana dummy. Realizing that the toymaker was lonely, he gave Blinsky his pet monkey, Piccolo. Overjoyed, Blinsky began training the monkey to fetch toys from hard-to-reach shelves and fitted Piccolo with a custom-tailored ballerina tutu.
Blinsky considers himself a student of a great inventor and toymaker named. Fritz von Weerg. Blinsky has heard rumors that von Weerg’s greatest invention, a clockwork man, lies somewhere in Castle Ravenloft.