Rise of the Runelords

Welcome to Sandpoint
Session 1

23rd of Rova, 4707 A.D.

The autumnal equinox is marked by the Swallowtail festival, a holiday in honor of Desna. In the town of Sandpoint, just north of Magnimar in Varisia, this year the festival doubled as the consecration rite for the newly-built town cathedral.

Festival Speeches

The festival morning started off with speeches made by three town officials:

Mayor Deverin welcomed everyone to the festival, and named the establishments that have provided free food for all festival visitors: The Rusty Dragon, The White Deer, Cracktooth’s Tavern, and The Hagfish.

Sheriff Hemlock urged everyone to stay safe, keep track of their belongings, and pointed out the locations of the guards in case there’s trouble.

Father Zantus asked for a moment of peace for Father Tobyn and his daughter, who perished in the great fire of the previous cathedral five years ago. After that somber moment, he reminded the crowd that the Swallowtail release will be at noon, and urged everyone to enjoy the food and games. Finally, Father Zantus pronounced the official start of the Swallowtail Festival.

Festival Games

In addition to free food, the festival had many games created by the town locals:

The Devil Hunt run by Jodar Provolost was an archery range, with two targets in the shape of the legendary Sandpoint Devil. The grand prize for hitting bullseyes on both targets was a masterwork longbow, but it went unclaimed this year.

The Goblin Toss run by Daverin Hosk was a bean bag tossing. This year, the grand prize for hitting with all three bags was a masterwork buckler, claimed by the vanaran called Boregard.

The Dragon Races run by Gressel Tenniwar, participants raced small lizards across a short track. A black-skinned elf, who declined to give out a name, claimed one of the lizards as a prize. A cure light wounds potion prize was claimed by a catfolk named Balan.

The Ogre Stomp run by Das Korvut was a simple test of strength, with a board hit by a mallet that flings a weight towards a bell about 10 feet up. While no one broke the contraption, there were a few who were able to ring the bell and earn an oil of magic weapon, including the orc Thadius.

Right before the Swallowtail release, Brodert Quink held a trivia contest to test the competitors’ knowledge. After several rounds of elimination, the grand prize of the giant encyclopedia went to the grippli knows as Kaylee.

Goblin Attack

Just as Father Zantus threw the thunderstone to signal the Swallowtail release, the festival was beset by goblins. The town’s losses, while unfortunate, remained relatively few thanks to a number of combat-capable visitors attending the festival who engaged the goblins. After killing two groups around the festival square, Father Zanthus asked their help in fighting off a group at the northern gate.

At the gate, the group found a visiting noble under attack by a goblin commando on a goblin dog steed and his three lackies. The group defeated the goblins with relative ease, much to the relief of the noble, who introduced himself as Aldern Foxglove. Aldern was saddened at the loss of his hunting dog who the goblins took down, but he was very grateful to have kept his life, and invited his rescuers to join him at the Rusty Dragon for meal and drink.

Having seen how this fresh group of adventurers defended Sandpoint, Ameiko Kaijitsu introduced herself as the owner of the Rusty Dragon inn, and rewarded the group with a week’s worth of free lodging and meals.

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Goblin attack aftermath
Session 2

23rd of Rova, 4707 A.D.

In the aftermath of the goblin attack, the group decided to investigate how the goblins had managed to get into town, with the exception of Darrius, who went to the Rusty Dragon to rest. It didn’t take long to track goblin footprints to a pair of covered wagons that appeared to have been abandoned. Searching the wagons revealed only that goblins had indeed been in them, but nothing else of interest. The group surmised that with all the festival activity, it would’ve been easy to smuggle the goblins in, as long as the drivers themselves were humans.

From there Balan went to look for Sheriff Hemlock to inform him of the wagons, and the rest of the group headed for the north gate to see if they could find out more about the wagons. Meanwhile, Darrius spoke to the halfling maid Bethana Corwin working at Rusty Dragon to see if this goblin attack was unusual.

Bethana said that she doesn’t think something like this has ever happened before. Certainly the goblins are a nuisance, but they only bother people in the Hinterlands around Sandpoint, and don’t enter the town itself.

As the main group was heading towards the north gate, Masaun noticed that something had recently broken a hole big enough for a small creature on the side of a house, leading to what looked like a crawlspace. As Thadius went to investigate, he was greeted with a dagger in the face as the group discovered a goblin gone into hiding after the assault went awry.

Panicked, the goblin tried to run out the other way through the access to the house. A goblin bursting out of the crawlspace access sent the family living there fleeing, and the goblin after them was ambushed by the group at the front door. After a short scuffle, the goblin was captured alive.

Goblin questioning

The group decided to take the goblin to the Sheriff for questioning, and thus met up with Balan again as well. Sheriff Hemlock noted that they had locked up two other goblins already who had survived the assault, and the group was welcome to question any and all of the three goblins.

The goblin Gresgurt, who had been hiding in the crawlspace, was very forthcoming with information, even if he didn’t actually know very much. Their chief, Ripnugget, had ordered them to join some “longshanks” (goblin slang for humans and elves) for an assault on the town, and they were inside the wagons for a short while.

Around this time Darrius rejoined the group, and reiterated what he had found out from Bethana. The group decided that they’d try to look for the horses that had pulled the wagons to town by visiting the Goblin Squash Stables. Unfortunately the stabled horses hadn’t changed, so the group concluded that whoever drove the wagons in must’ve taken the horses out of town right after.

At this point having run out of immediate leads and being exhausted from the fighting, the group decided to take Ameiko up on her offer for lodging at the Rusty Dragon, and settled in for the rest of the day.

24th of Rova, 4707 A.D.

During breakfast, the group was greeted by the exceedingly grateful Aldern Foxglove, who offered his rescuers 50 gold each as a way of thanking them. Eager to learn more about these adventurers, Aldern invited the group for a boar hunt in the nearby Tickwood. Everyone agreed to join the hunt, some more enthusiastically than others.

Before the hunt, the group did some shopping around town for supplies and weapons. It was clear that at this point pretty much the whole town knew of the new local heroes who had stopped the goblin attack, and in addition to gratitude, the new heroes were all given a 20% discount off of anything in stock at Savah’s Armory.

At noon, the group met up with Aldern Foxglove and his retinue, who provided horses for the 30 minute travel to Tickwood. During the travel, Aldern was very interested in the adventurers and their prowess, asking questions and conversing.

In return, Aldern was also forthcoming when the group asked him questions. Aldern is the current head of the Foxglove merchant family, and their business is centered in the city of Magnimar. One of their vacation homes, the Foxglove Manor, is near Sandpoint, and that’s where Aldern was heading when he stopped in town for the Swallowtail Festival. The Foxglove family has their fingers in many pies, and recently have made investments in fine cloths and clothing. Hearing this, Masaun immediately asked to buy a coat like Aldern’s, and Aldern said he’d have one made for a special price of 50 gold.

The boar hunt went well, and the party were able to take down a large wild boar, which is destined for the evening’s dinner at the Rusty Dragon.

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