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A PC in Curse of Strahd has the opportunity to be cursed by Mother Night, at which point they are (emphasis mine):

haunted by horrible dreams every night lasting from dusk until dawn...A creature cursed in this way gains no benefit from finishing a short or long rest at night (resting during the day works normally, since the curse is dormant from dawn to dusk).

On the other hand, a PC who eats a dream pastry (emphasis mine):

must succeed on a DC 16 Constitution saving throw or fall into a trance that lasts for 1d4 + 4 hours, during which time the creature is incapacitated and has a speed of 0 feet. The trance ends if the affected creature takes any damage or if someone else uses an action to shake the creature out of its stupor.
While in the trance, the creature dreams of being in some joyous place, far removed from the evils of the world.

As luck would have it, one of the PCs in my current CoS campaign has been cursed, although he has not yet slept. He is also the only PC to have previously eaten a dream pastry. If he realizes the effects of the curse and decides to counteract it with a dream pastry, what would happen?

RAW are ideal, perhaps drawing on precedent for the power of curses vs. magic items, or divine magic vs. fiends. If no RAW answer is forthcoming, an answer can separate itself from mere opinion by relating experience (what happened in your campaign and how it was received), lore relationship between hags and Mother Night, or lore from the Ravenloft setting in any edition.

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A long rest requires sleep.

The dream pastry description says:

must succeed on a DC 16 Constitution saving throw or fall into a trance

This is not sleeping. Problem is, a long rest is defined as:

A long rest is a period of extended downtime, at least 8 hours long, during which a character sleeps for at least 6 hours.

The pastries aren't going to help your player get a long rest, since they will not be asleep.

What kind of dreams did I have last night?

So I was cursed by Mother Night and decided to eat some dream pastries. First, I will say that Mother Night's curse as presented in Strahd is not entirely clear. It just says you are haunted by dreams at night, but doesn't say if these dreams only happen while sleeping, or if they happen also when you are awake.

So it is going to come down to how the DM wants to narrate this. Personally, I would go with a blend of the two dream effects. Horrible dreams in a joyous place. Something like Happy Tree Friends - cute woodland creatures dying brutal deaths.

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    \$\begingroup\$ The PC in question is a gnome. But if they were an elf? \$\endgroup\$
    – Kirt
    Oct 3 '20 at 3:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ I am interested in the mechanical question of rest - but also whether they would have nightmares, joyous dreams, or something else. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kirt
    Oct 3 '20 at 3:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ I’ll add more details in the morning, just ate some dream pastries. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 3 '20 at 3:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ Pleasant dreams. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kirt
    Oct 3 '20 at 3:22
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The two scenarios are not mutually exclusive

One possibility is:

Nightmares of being in a joyous place beset by horrors not of this world. (in other words your typical Dr Who story)

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  • \$\begingroup\$ In think this is a reasonable as hoc solution that would work from the players' perspectives but wouldn't being "far removed from the evils of this world" as the dream pastries effect reads seem to conflict with this from the DM side of the screen? \$\endgroup\$
    – Rykara
    Oct 3 '20 at 6:16
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    \$\begingroup\$ Eldritch horrors are far removed from the evils of the world \$\endgroup\$
    – SeriousBri
    Oct 3 '20 at 8:42
  • \$\begingroup\$ @SeriousBri Until they're not. \$\endgroup\$
    – Kirt
    Oct 3 '20 at 15:01

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