Curse of Strahd
Vestige of Zhudun, the Corpse Star
The remains of this god, once powerful enough to nullify the power of a star, lay dormant in one of the Amber Sarcophagi. When Kasimir Velikov presented The Holy Symbol of Ravenkind as a bargaining chip in order to obtain the vestige’s power, Mahel attempted to interrupt the ritual but it was already too late. The deal had been made, and the power had been given. With a burst of light, the crystal in the symbol flashed and the hold that the vestige had over Velikov released. The effect of this new found power, however, was two-fold – the charges resident in the symbol were halved, from 10 per day to 5. Also, shortly aftewards, Velikov took on a corpselike appearance, easily mistaken for an undead.
Zhudun’s gift is the power to raise the ancient dead. As an action, the beneficiary of this dark gift can touch the remains of a dead creature and restore it to life. Velikov wishes to use this power to resurrect his long dead sister, Patrina Velikovna, entombed now in the catacombs under Castle Ravenloft.