I believe we saw the power of Strahd when Lester was thrown back into the church when the dark form that rescued Doru, whom he referred to as “father.” He must now know we are protecting Ireena. We seemed to have some luck as a pair of ravens appeared to spook the wolves before we were stuck in that dingy church.
We eventually found the opportunity to bury the burgomaster Kolyan Indirovich, and headed west into the forests. Ireena and Ismark refer to this land as Barovia, no region or village or duchy any of us knew as part of Faerûn. We would travel on the Old Svalich Road towards Vallaki. Along the way we encountered a cross roads, the main road heading into the hills to the west and a small path that went north towards what Ismark referred to as Tser Pool that had the sounds of carnival music. There was also an empty gallows, but as we went towards the music the sound of creaking revealed that a body had appeared. To the surprise of Marek he saw himself hanging from the noose, and this was confirmed by Eddie with thorough inspection.
We came upon a, what Ismark would disgustingly refer to as Vistani, camp. Along with the offer of a long rest, food and drink they also were given a prophetic reading of the terroka, by the leader Madam Eva. I stayed outside watching Ismark and Ireena while the other would partake in learning their fortunes and destinies. What was a card reading revealed that it was know to Madam we would come to Barovia for a reason. We needed 3 items of power to defeat Strahd, and a companion will help us when they encounter the devil in a specific location in which he would be weakest. They also learned that Ireena, whom we escort would meet her brother, living in Valaki. His name was Izek Stazni and he was a evil man to be feared.
We would find one of these items right there in the camp. Many of the party looked for a tome of some sorts, while Marek and I listend to a story about a strange and power mage who had a great wizardly duel with Strahd. Great! Not only is Strahd a vampire, but he’s a great wizard vampire.