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While exploring the town...
Tragedy strikes again

Moonday, 24 Rova 4707 (afternoon)

While waiting for the fine boar feast being prepared by Ameiko Kaijitsu the Heroes of Sandpoint, sans Alcea set off for the boneyard east of the cathedral after overhearing a rumor that a grave had been recently desecrated.

Upon their arrival, they saw the caretaker of the Sandpoint Boneyard Naffer Vosk looking over what appeared to be a recently dug grave. Vosk quickly recognized the heroes and explained that this was the grave of Ezakien Tobyn, the former Arch Priest of the Sandpoint Chapel. At this point, Fr. Abstalar Zantus joined the group and expressed his dismay at who would steal Fr. Tobyn’s body. He explained to the group that Fr. Tobyn was killed in the fire that destroyed the chapel. His daughter Nualia was also presumed killed, but her remains were never found. A search of the area revealed several sets of goblin tracks along with one set of humanoid tracks. Unfortunately, the tracks disappeared on the Lost Coast Road heading North. When the heroes inquired about a guide to help track the goblins, they were informed that the best tracker Shalelu Andosana is out of town. Further, Fr. Zantus asks that they keep this finding a secret in order to spare the town further distress.

The heroes returned to the Rusty Dragon in time for the delicious boar feast. Aldern Foxglove inquires to the whereabouts of the lovely Alcea The group explained that they have not seen her since the boar hunt and perhaps she was investigating goblins in the woods northeast of town. Aldern was very disappointed by this news. However, after few tankards of Ale, Aldern returned to being the life of the party. He peppered the group with many questions about their exploits. Near the end of the dinner, Sherrif Belor Hemlock motioned the heroes into a quiet corner. He explained that he received word that Shalelu was returning to town much earlier than expected and had news about goblin attacks all along the Lost Coast. He asked the group to come to his office in the morning.

Toolday, 25 Rova 4707

The day began meeting with Sheriff Belor, Mayor Kendra Deverin, and Shalelu. Shalelu reports that Sandpoint is not the only place in the region having troubles with goblins. There has been an increase in goblin raids up and down the Lost Coast Road, especially between Nettlewood and Mosswood. A day ago, a farm south of Mosswood was burnt to the ground by a group of goblins. Thankfully, Shalelu was nearby and was able to save the family. She describes to the party the five goblin trives that make their home in the Hinterlands. The five tribes are

    • Birdcruncher They live in caves along the western edge of Devil’s Platter. These goblins are the least agressive.
    • Licktoad They live in the south in Brinestrump Marsh. They are excellent swimmers.
    • Seven ToothThey live in Shank’s Wood. They raid Sandpoint junkyard and rebuild the stolen garbage into armor and weapons that trade to the other goblin tribes.
    • Mosswood They are the largest tribe but are held back by feuding families.
    • Thistletop They live in Nettlewood, atop a small island that resembles a decapitated head.

There is also a bugbear ranger, Bruthazmus, that lives in northern Nettlewood. he trades with all five of the goblin tribes and he and Shalelu have their own private battle. Neither, has been able to get the upper hand, but Shalelu is confident that she will emerge victorious.

After Shalelu shared her tale, Sheriff Belor informed the party that he was taking a few men to Magnimar to procure reinforcements. He asked the heroes to keep a high profile in the town to reassure the citizens that all was safe. “The locals seem to have taken to you,” he says, “And seeing you around town will do a lot for keeping worries down over the next few days.” The heroes are very happy to assist.

Later that day, Shayliss Vinder asked for Gaithan’s assistance with a rat problem in the basement of the General Store. Gaithan and Shayliss were nearly discovered in a compromising situation by Shayliss’s father, Ven Vinder, but fortunately they heard Ven’s heavy boots coming down the stairs. Gaithan successfully bluffed his way out of the delicate situation with a story of seeing an object roll down the steps. He went down to retrieve it and embarrassingly discovered Shayliss in the process of changing. Ven believed Gaithan’s story and thanked him for his assistance.

Meanwhile, Remicus, Abiyram, Atavian, and Dalton Lockridge were approached by Amele Barrett. A goblin had holed up in their home after the failed goblin raid. The goblin had killed the Barrett’s dog, Petal, and tried to eat her son’s arm. Her husband, Alergast was trying to kill the goblin and she hoped the heroes could assist. Alas, they arrived too late to save poor Alergast but were able to slay the goblin ranger, Gresgurt.

The remainder of the day was spent exploring the town of Sandpoint. The party split into two groups. Remicus and Atavian explored the north and western part of the town and Abiyram, Dalton, and Gaithan explored the south and eastern part of the town. Atavian was able to purchase a map of Sandpoint and rent a map of the Hinterlands from Veznutt Parooh at The Way North He made a copy of the Hinterlands map.

Just before dusk, the group gathered at Rissa’s Place, an out of the way bar, popular with locals. As they approached the bar, they heard a half howl, half scream echo from overhead. The heroes looked up and caught a glimpse of a large, demonic creature flying overhead. The group headed into the bar and inquired about the creature. The bar grew quiet and someone gasped that the creature may be the Sandpoint Devil. Several rumors and stories were shared about the creature. Some say its a bad omen, any who see the devil are cursed to suffer an ill fate. The devil flies over Sandpoint in warning before tragedies, murders and shipwrecks. Others suggested that the devil is the son of a widow named Agatha Leeds who practiced dark magics and consorted with evil beings. Or it may be an immortal protector protecting the Lost Coast from those who would exploit the land. Soon, the patrons recovered from the scare and resumed enjoying their drinks. Gaithan befriended two young ladies and took them back to the Rusty Dragon. Unknown to him, Shayliss spotted him entering with the ladies on his arm, and turned in a huff.

Wealday, 26 Rova 4707

Morning came, and the heroes were greeted by a distraught maid at the Rusty Dragon named Bethana Corwin. Her employer, Ameiko Kaijitsu had not started breakfast and was nowhere to be found. She went to Ameiko’s room and discovered a note to Ameiko from her brother Tsuto Kaijitsu. Bethana explained that Tsuto was something of a scandal when he was born 21 years ago. He is a half-elf, but both of Ameiko’s parents, Lonjiku Kaijitsu and his late wife are human. Tsuto was sent off to the Turandarok Academy to be raised outside of the family. He was ignored by his father, who also forbid his mother from visiting him. Ameiko would visit in secret a few times a month. That all changed six years ago when they had a terrible argument where Tsuto struck Ameiko. Ameiko left Sandpoint for a year and did not return until the funeral of her mother five years ago. There was a confrontation in which Lonjiku nearly broke Tsuto’s jaw. Tsuto has not been seen since.

The heroes immediately set off for the Glassworks. As they investigated the Glassworks, the heroes found a grisly scene. Twelve goblins were wreaking havoc on the bodies of 8 deceased employees of the Glassworks in an attempt to mimic a gruesome monument left by Tsuto. Tsuto had taken a lifeless body and encased it black runny sheets of hardened glass. The heroes defeated half the goblins before the remaining goblins fled to the basement of the Glassworks.

The heroes followed right behind the goblins and discovered Tsuto poised for attack near a secret office. It was short work to slay the goblins and capture Tsuto. Despite their efforts to intimidate Tsuto, he refused to provide any information. Fortunately, they found his journal which detailed both the recent goblin raid and future planned raids on Sandpoint. The most surprising nugget of information found was that Nualia was actually still alive and that she had masterminded the theft of her father’s body to use as a sacrifice to Lamashtu to begin some sort of transformation. A search of the remaining rooms in the basement led to the discovery of Ameiko, alive but badly injured. The heroes took her upstairs where she identified the body encased in glass as her father, Lonjiku. Ameiko took the news of the demise of her father stoically. They returned the gold and silver dust that the Tsuto had stolen to her. She thanked the heroes for their service.

The heroes delivered Tsuto to the Sandpoint Garrison so that he could be held until transport to Magnimar for trial could be arranged.

Oathday, 25 Rova 4707

The next day, The heroes returned to the basement of the Glassworks to investigate the long tunnel that leads off from the basement. They discover a brick wall that has been recently dismantled and leads into seemingly deserted catacomb.The heroes successfully battled against two sinspawn that were guarding the entrance. As they explored the remainder of the catacomb they found a red marble statue of a beautiful, but at the same time, monstrously enraged human woman. None of the heroes were able to identify the woman but they were able to wrestle a masterwork ranseur from her grasp. The heroes followed a set of stairs leading to a washing pool where they encountered and defeated an ancient Vargouille.

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Tragedy strikes Sandpoint Swallowtail Festival
Goblins run amuck

Sunday, 23 Rova 4707

The town square of Sandpoint was filled with citizens and visitors from around Golarion participating in the annual Swallowtail Festival. The day began with speeches from Mayor Kendra Deverin, Sheriff Belor Hemlock, Cyrdak Drokkus, and Father Abstalar Zantus. At noon, Father Zantus and his acolytes wheeled a covered wagon into the square and released a thousand swallowtail butterflies into the air to celebrate the legend of Desna transforming a blind child who nursed her back to health into an immortal butterfly as a reward for her aid.

As the sun began to set, Fr. Zantus used a thunderstone to gather the crowd’s attention. As the crowd hushed to listen to Fr. Zantus, a woman’s scream pieced the silence and a stray dog toppled over, its throat cut open from ear to ear. Goblins streamed into the square from all directions.

Amid the chaos, six brave souls (later known as the Heroes of Sandpoint) stepped out from among the crowd and struck back at the goblins. They easily dealt with the initial assault of five goblins but a second wave, led by a goblin warchanter, proved a much more difficult task. A Cheliaxian sorcerer by the name of Atavian was disabled by a goblin but a Varisian monk named Alcea came to his aid and was able to fend off the goblin invaders before more harm came to him. Meanwhile, a Shoanti Fighter named Remicus, a local half-elf cleric named Gaithan, and rogue named Abiyram came to the aid of wizard named Dalton Lockridge who unfortunately was standing near the fuel for the bonfire that a group of goblins had set ablaze.

It was a see saw battle with goblins seemingly having the upper hand until Remicus landed a devastating critical blow on the goblin warchanter. When the warchanter fell, the goblin resolve immediately began to wane and the remaining goblins were quickly defeated.

Gaithan healed the party and the battle moved away. Suddenly, the party saw a goblin commando and a group of 5 goblins threatening a nobleman, Aldern Foxglove and his dog. They did not arrive in time to save the dog, but after a spirited chase, the party took down the goblin commando, his dog and his henchman. Aldern thanks the heroes profusely. He tells the heroes he will be in town for a few days and will be staying at the Rusty Dragon. He urges them to visit him there so that he talk with them more and also provide a more substantial reward.

Two goblins were captured after the raid and questioned by Sheriff Belor Hemlock while the heroes listened in. The goblins yielded little information except that they came from the Sandpoint Hintererlands and were part of the Birdcruncher tribe. They did not remember the name of their leader, except to refer to him as “one of you longshanks”.

Word quickly spreads through town about the six brave heroes who drove the goblin threat out of town. When the heroes visit the The Hagfish tavern, a great cheer rises up and a round of free drinks swiftly appear in front of the heroes. Remicus, Abiyram, and Atavian accept the challenge to drink from Norah’s tank with only Remicus successfully downing the foul water. Remicus adds the 29th name to the list on the ceiling of adventurers with the fortitude to succeed at Norah’s challenge and accepts a pouch of silver coins as a prize. Gaithan appears to have caught the interest of a local young woman named Shayliss Vinder but her friends drag her away before the conversation can go very far.

Moonday, 24 Rova 4707

Several party members are staying at the Rusty Dragon. When the group meets for breakfast, they see Aldern at anothe table. He bids them to join them. Aldern makes good on his word to reward the heroes for saving his life and gives each hero 50 gp. He also invites them to join him on a boar hunt. When he finds out that the party has no horses, he takes them to the Goblin Squash Stables and buys each of them a mount. During the ride to Tickwood Ford, Aldern peppered the group with many questions about the their adventuring background. He seems to have been particularly enamored with the young monk, Alcea. The boar hunt was successful and Aldern’s manservants gathered up the slain boar and take it back to the Rusty Dragon where it is given to Ameiko Kaijitsu, the Inn’s owner. Aldern invites the party for a boar feast that evening at the Rusty Dragon. The heroes spent the remainder of the day exploring Sandpoint.

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