The group girds their loins to somehow release Strahd from his physical madness. The party arrives at the castle during the rise of a powerful storm. Shadows are longer, colors are blend to gray.
Cautiously, then walk into the grand entrance. The slowly ascend the stairs, pausing as the suits of armor to ensure that they will not animate. They enter into the grand audiance chamber. The room is briefly lit up with flashes of lightning, revealing a large, dark sphere, hovering near the throne.
When you stare into the abyss the abyss stares back at you.