By P.N. Elrod
...Some of the parchment pages have been the colour of cream, thick and huge, made to final many, many lifetimes. different pages have been skinny and desiccated, certainly yellow from age, and crackled alarmingly as Van Richten grew to become them over. there have been no ornate illuminations, no fussy borders, merely traces of simple textual content in demanding black ink. The flowing handwriting was once a piece tough to keep on with in the beginning; the writer's variety of calligraphy had now not been in universal use for 3 hundred years. No desk of contents, yet from the dates it appeared to be a few form of history.
He grew to become to the 1st web page and read:
I, Strahd, Lord of Barovia, good conscious sure occasions of my reign were desperately misunderstood by means of those people who are larger at garbling heritage than recording it, hereby set down a precise checklist of these occasions, that the reality might ultimately be identified . . . .
He stuck his breath. by way of the entire solid gods, a private journal?