The group is disguised well enough by Senna to get to the Baron’s home in broad daylight even though there are tons of wanted posters of them plastered around town. Senna and Ismark, posing as whiskey sellers, approach the baron in his home to create a distraction. Others of the party sneak through the back door and make their way upstairs searching for the dress. Deckard comes across a naked man chained inside a closet who begs for freedom. Deckard ignores him and the ranger’s new found, good aligned, sentient sword (the one he found Castle Ravenloft) is not happy that he ignored the poor man named Udo. Eventually, Izek and his soldiers come down the main street towards the baron’s home so Breath of Wind decides to blow up the whiskey barrel cart in front of the house to create a bigger diversion (as planned). Most of the guards rush over to put out the fire. Izek, concerned for the baron, goes inside. Senna blows their cover and the Baron recognizes them as the wanted posse. A fight breaks out and, feeling outnumbered most begin to runaway hoping the dress was found. Breath finds the wedding gown upstairs but runs into the younger son of the baron, Victor, who turns out to be a mage and one that is not happy that they are there; spells start to go flying.
After much fighting with Izek, Victor, Baron Vargas, his mastiffs, and a dozen guards (and one poor cook stuck in the middle) the heroes escape. However, Breath of Wind is stopped dead in his tracks by the promise of power from his glove if he takes the gnarled demonic hand of Izek for his own; the glove says it is rightfully his. Clutching the dress and hearing the Raven Queen to give him his choice, he decides to run away with the dress, ignoring his glove. But his hesitation was his demise. A fire bolt from Izek’s demonic hand bursts Breath of Wind into flames. Ghrakis tries to help the charred body but realizes that he is already dead. He gives his war blessings to his fallen friend, grabs the dress, and runs away. The heroes quietly travel the whole way to Krezk without stopping. Another death has happened but it’s harder on the group for its real permanence this time; it seems the cat has used the last of his nine lives.
That night they give the dress to the Abbot who asks for them to wait so he can sew it into Vasilka. They agree and take rest in a side room. Senna senses Shep just 80 feet from them yet Clovin and the Abbott don’t know he is in the abbey. After a few hours of sleeping, Senna is approached by the angel and shows her the new “bride to be.” He says, “She’s almost done. What’s only needed now for the count to truly love her is a perfect voice, yours, in particular, is amazing, Senna. If you’re willing to give it I can help you or your friend, Breath of Wind, so that you no longer need to be as that cursed revenant and bring you back to true life. I can raise either of you from the dead if you just sacrifice your vocal cords to me now for this bride.” Senna thinks and agrees for the sake of Breath. But the hard part of that is that the deva needs the body of their catfolk friend which they don’t have and who knows if they will ever see it again. So she agrees to be cured of her undeath by the angel. Her vocal cords are ripped from her and she dies for the sake of Strahd’s bride.
The rest of the heroes find what has happened and are appalled. He guarantees that Senna is fully restored from her revenant self. Vasilka’s voice is now the same as what Senna had and though Senna’s heartbeat and complexion has returned, there is a large sewn up scar on her neck. With her voice gone, Senna wonders if she can still cast verbal spells so she tries to cast cure wounds on herself. The Raven Queen enters her mind and says, “YOU THINK YOU ARE DONE WITH ME!? JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE ESCAPED DEATH?! AFTER ALL I HAVE GIVEN YOU? YOU THINK YOU DESERVE THIS LIFE ONCE AGAIN?! THE ONLY TIME YOU CAN SAY A PRAYER WILL BE TO ME, AND YOUR VOICE WILL BE OF DISSONANCE!” She is able to cast her spells but her voice sounds horrible with guttural and screeching noises.
The heroes retrieve the Tome of Strahd (given to Ismark) and quickly leave the presence of the corrupt angel. The Abbot says to Senna as they leave, “I hope you find your friend, Shep, but I wouldn’t go towards the east inside the first floor of the Abbey, I can’t guarantee your safety there. If you so choose to save your friend Breath of Wind the same way I saved you, please see me again and we can find a similar…trade. That I am sure of, Senna.”