The party battled the fearsome "Wintersplinter" summoned by the druids of Yester Hill. The 30-foot-tall creature proved more than formidable as he seemingly ignored most attacks against him, and even appeared to be regenerating from the blows that did seem to have an effect. The Tree Blight lashed out with it's thick roots in an attempt to restrain the party as it reigned down vicious blows with its massive arms.
Eventually the party overcame the monstrosity and retrieved the magical gem the druids stole from the winery's vineyard. In rough shape after the battle, and fearing the druid's imminent return, the party opted to travel back to Krezk in the dark of night rather than wait for the sun to rise. The Martikov family greeted the party as the returned, but the weary adventurers insisted on immediate rest before discussing any of the night's events.
The following morning the party met with Davian Martikov and relayed the events at Yester Hill. When Davian asked for the winery's stolen gem, the party attempted to leverage him for more support in the fight against Strahd. While the exchange seemed to ruffle Davian's feathers a bit, he did pledge the support of the Keepers of the Feather in achieving their goal. The family instructed Rolen in how to use the family's trained ravens to send messages, and said they would keep an eye out for the party whenever they travel in the civilized areas of the valley.
Then the group took possession of four barrels of wine, and set back out to Krezk.
Shortly after delivering the wine to the burgomaster, the Abbott unexpectedly paid a visit. The Abbot told the burgomaster and his wife that he wanted to raise their son, Ilya, from the dead. He claimed that the “gods of light” wanted the Krezkov bloodline restored. The party was escorted out of the home as the burgomaster set about the task of digging up his son's body.
Before long a scream could be heard from inside the home. The party rushed in to see Ilya, stunned and dishevelled but fully alive, being held firmly in the embrace of his hysterically overjoyed parents. With a soft smile on his face, the Abbott turned and headed toward the door without a word. As he passed the party he stopped and extended an invitation for the party to visit the Abbey and join him for dinner.
Following the Abbott's departure, the party roamed the roads of the small town encountering several of the locals.
gathered krezk lore