Poking through the ashes of the door, Kestrell says "Yep, that's him. That's the one that got me." As he looks up from the ashes he notices something in the room beyond that catches his attention. He walks into the room and takes a look.
(OOC): Assuming you're entering the room the door mimic was attached to.
Kestrell steps through the pile of ash, to enter the Darklord's Shrine. This room is festooned with moldy skeletons that hang from rusty shackles against the walls. A wide alcove in the south wall contains a painted wooden statue carved in the likeness of a gaunt, pale-faced man wearing a voluminous black cloak, his pale left hand resting on the head of a wolf that stands next to him. In his right hand, he holds a smoky-gray crystal orb. Kestrell is able to recognize that this statue depicts the man that he and the others encountered before arriving to Barovia. It's a statue of Strahd.
Kestrell walks around the room and looks at the moldy skeletons to see if there is anything useful around them. Then, as Kestrell approaches the statue of Strahd: "What in the good hell is this?" He inspects the crystal orb to see if he can determine what it might be used for.
Urgog grunts as Kestrell is taking so long to return. "Where is he?" He looks at the others "Should we go back to find him? He does know that we killed that door, right?" Urgog sighs as he can't move through the others. "Cinna or Eldon, can you go get that carefree... member of our party?
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Eldon just looks around and sighs "I'll go check on him - make sure he isn't food for another door." he says walking into the room with Kestrell "Why are you wondering from our party? This isn't a safe place for those actions."
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Eldon walks into the Darklord's Shrine, and immediately spots Kestrell meddling with the statue of Strahd. Kestrell glances over his shoulder once Eldon makes his presence known, but doesn't say anything as he suddenly sees copious shadows flow out from the statue, and the shadows surround Kestrell. The shadows arise from the floor, taking shape that resembles dark exaggerations of humanoid shadows.
Urgog, Zed, and Cinna aren't aware that Eldon and Kestrell have encountered shadows. Eldon and/or Kestrell will need to use a free action to call for help, in which a Perception check from the three will be in order.
Cinna will expend 30 feet of movement to travel through the basement, following the same route that Kestrell took when he announced that he's going to revisit the mimic that was previously slain. She takes this route as she knows this is the direction where the mimic was, not aware of Kestrell's dire predicament in the Darklord's Shrine.
It now goes to Shadow 2, 1, and 4. Kestrell's alone, so the shadows follow suit of Shadow 3 and extend a hand to Kestrell to drain his life essence.
The shadows consume Kestrell's life force, and he crumbles to the floor Unconscious. Due to their unique ability, the shadows also managed to reduce Kestrell's Strength score by 3 points. This will remain in effect until he finishes a short or long rest.
It will now go to Zed. Zed hasn't been alerted of what's transpiring.
OOC: Would I have been able to use my action to dash and go 60 feet?
Zed and Urgog both will expend 30 feet of movement to travel back through the basement, taking the route that lead them to the door mimic.
It now goes to Shadow 5. The fifth shadow is will focus its assault on the Unconscious Kestrell, and will drain his vitality.
Attack: 23 Damage: 23
Since Kestrell's Unconscious, and the damage received exceeded his total hit point maximum (which was 18), that means Kestrell suffers instant death. The shadow manages to drain the remainder of Kestrell's vitality, and his body shrivels like a raisin.
It now goes to Eldon, who doesn't have a line of sight on Kestrell's body since the shadows are have engulfed him from virtually every direction.
Eldon stands aghast by the sight of these amorphous shadows that have engulfed Kestrell and drained his vitality before his eyes. This causes him to panic for a few moments and he doesn't quite grasp the gravity of the situation as he's stricken with fear.
The shadow is sluggish as it passes through Kestrell's corpse. It begins the process of phasing back into the statue but it seems to be slacking in its attempt.
It now goes to Cinna. Cinna previously dashed through the basement in an attempt to regroup with Kestrell and Eldon. She's able to see that Kestrell isn't near the ashes of the door gimmick, and had moved ahead to enter the Darklord's Shrine in pursuit. She presently isn't aware of Kestrell's demise.
Eldon pulls out his holy symbol as he looks at the creatures and begins to pray in celestial for Kestrell hoping to spare his fate. He then turns his attention towards the shadows as he begins to try and determine if they are unleaded or not before planning his next move.