Kabald - Rise of the Runelords

A Burnt Offering

Sunday, the 1st of Rova, 4707 A.R.

Our adventure began as the PC took part in the Swallowtail Festival in the town of Sandpoint. Yet, as the celebration drew to a close, a band of goblins attacks! It is at this time where our stolid druid, Lavender Gooms learned the perils of charging into battle without her trustworthy animal companion, Knick Knack.

Even with the first wave of raiders defeated, few of the locals were willing to emerge from the nearby buildings to which they’d retreated. Father Abstalar Zantus continued to tend to the wounded and comfort the fearful.

Yet in the distance to the north came the sounds of combat, the harsh barking of the goblin invaders, and the cries of the town guard calling for assistance. The party rushed to the north gate, where Aldern Foxglove was trapped behind a rain barrel by a goblin mounted atop goblin-dog. Nearby were also six more goblins wielding torches and a warchanter lending support.

When the fight was over, Aldern lay dying from vicious wounds inflicted by the goblin warchief’s attack dog. Lavender bandaged his wounds and carried him to the cathedral, where Father Zantus healed him as well as the party. Immediately upon gaining conciousness, Aldern began to fawn over Lavender in thanks for his rescue.

Lavender and her friends, of course, were invited to join Aldern for dinner at the nearby inn, the Rusty Dragon. Aldern also provided Lavender a token of his affection, his silk handkerchief, which she could present to anyone to show that he was willing to vouch on her behalf.

No one could understand why the goblins had attacked, but few attributed to them the ability to plan such a daring daytime raid. The party began a tour of the town in order to ensure that no goblin patrols had managed to evade the vigilant watch of the town guard. Lavender soon discovered that Aldern’s handkerchief was more of a token of affection than an effective means of negotiating the right of passage for her animal companion through the town. Shortly thereafter, she was able to get a letter from Sheriff Belor Hemlock to vouch for safe passage in recognition for her efforts to save the townsfolk.

The party then retired to the Rusty Dragon, where Aldern proposed the party to join him on a boar hunt. Repulsed, Lavender awkwardly rejected Aldern’s offer to engage in such a brutish and wasteful exploitation of nature. Aldern attempted to brush the rejection off as though it were no big deal as he retired for the evening alone.

The innkeeper, Ameiko Kajitsu invited Ando Bonovoce to perform an oration of the valiant events of the day. Ando’s performance was well pleasing to the crowd, and their spirits were raised. However, this elation was quickly crushed by the arrival of Ameiko’s father, Lonjiku Kajitsu who verbally and then physically abused his daughter in front of everyone. As Lavender moved to stop him, Ameiko pulled out a soup ladle and smacked Lonjiku across the face with it. Lonjiku stormed out of the tavern promising that this wasn’t the end of things between the two of them.

Moonday, the 2nd of Rova, 4707 A.R.

Upon returning to the cathedral in the morning, the party discovered that in the dark of the night, one or more grave-robbers were hard at work in the local Boneyard. They exhumed the body of the Ezekien Tobyn, a priest of Desna who’d been killed in a fire during the late unpleasantness five years prior. His remains were seemingly carried over the north wall of Sandpoint and into the wilderness for an unknown purpose.

The party went to the Sheriff’s office to investigate whether there might be any suspects in the desecration of Father Tobyn’s remains. Upon arriving at the Sheriff’s office, the party met with Mayor Kendra Deverin, Sheriff Belor Hemlock and Shalelu Andosana. Shalelu, a local scout, came to inform the Mayor about what she’d learnt about the local goblins. After thanking the party for their efforts in saving Sandpoint, she shared what little information she had. Evidence seemed to indicate that all five of the local goblin tribes were working together; which was most unusual they were known to war with each other. She’d never heard of even two tribes working together.

The Sheriff wanted to go to Magnimar to acquire more men to help in the investigation. He said he would only be gone a few days and would appreciate it if the Heroes would care for the town in his absence. The party agreed, though the question of payment was left unanswered.

During the day, while he and his newfound friends were exploring the town, Ando Bonovoce was approached by Shayliss Vinder. She supposedly needed his help to kill a rat in her basement. She assured him it wasn’t a very large rat, and convinced him to come to her aide. He brushed off her invitation as he had no time to dally with naive young women.

Upon returning to the Rusty Dragon for lunch, the party was approached by Bethana Corwin, a maid who works for Ameiko Kajitsu at the Rusty Dragon. Bethana showed the party a note which looks to be written by Ameiko’s stepbrother, Tsuto, which suggested that their father, Lonjiku was culpable in the goblin attack and inviting her to join him at their father’s business, the Glassworks. Ameiko was nowhere to be seen and it appears that her bed had not been slept in the previous night.

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Thwarting the Goblin's in Sandpoint
Journal of Hex McBog

Wednesday, the 4th of Rova, 4707 A.R.

What an eventful couple of days!

After the goblin’s shocking attack on Sandpoint during the Swallowtail Festival, Sheriff Hemlock asked Lavender, Ando and me to keep an eye on things around town while he went to Magnimar for aid.

I was happy to help, especially since I’m rarely asked to keep an eye on anything. We must have really made an impression during the invasion, because Lavender is usually persona non-gratis due to her constant haranguing about the sanctity of nature. Along with the new fellow in town, Ando Bonovoce we set out upon our new duties.

Things were quiet until Bethana over at the Rusty Dragon found a cryptic note from Tsuto to his sister Ameiko. Everyone in Sandpoint loves Ameiko, but Tsuto is another story. Anyway, Tsuto claimed that their father was somehow involved in the goblin raid and that she should meet with him at the glass-works.

Now, old Lonjiku Kajitsu certainly isn’t loved around town, but the idea of him being involved with goblins raids seemed farfetched. He’s run that glass-works forever and as grumpy as he is, I can’t see any profit for him in parlaying with goblins. Unless goblins have developed some sort of glass fetish, that is.

Even stranger still, Tsuto’s note asked Ameiko to meet him at midnight – long after the glass works would have closed. It seems that Ameiko heeded her brother’s request though, because she didn’t return to her rooms that evening. Bethana is worried and since the Sheriff asked us to keep an eye on things, we decided to take a look around.

Lavender thought the note was complete nonsense and was quite worried about her friend Ameiko. She knows the family better than I do, and she definitely doesn’t trust Tsuto. She seemed more than certain that he was up to no good and insisted that we check out things out right away.

A newcomer to town, Fredric Van Haas, overheard us talking and asked if he could accompany us to the glass-works. He was wearing the insignia of Sarenrae and I figured him for a paladin or warpriest. Either way, he carried his flail like he knew how to use it, and we figured that might come in handy.

We walked over to the glass-works and found it to be closed. We could hear roaring furnaces inside and a neighbor told us that he thought they were working on some sort of huge project. He hadn’t seen anyone come or go all day. The doors were all locked and the windows all covered with curtains.

We heard what sounded like breaking glass and giggling inside so Lavender hopped up on some crates and broke a window and looked inside. She saw a gruesome scene – several dismembered bodies surrounded by a group of wicked goblins.

The goblins spotted her and streamed out windows like a plague of locusts. Like most melees, this one was short and pitched. In the end, we killed them all.

The scene inside was horrific. Not only had they killed all of the workers, but they had murdered and tortured Lonjiku. Molten glass had been poured over his still living body, though we didn’t know if it was for information or sport. Lavender echoed her earlier mistrust of Tsuto and muttered “I knew it!”

Finding no sign of Ameiko on the ground level, we descended into the basement to look for her there. (Lavender looked longingly at many of the beautiful glass works. In her communal upbringing, the idea of “ownership” was vaguer than here in town, but she respected the laws of Sandpoint and took nothing.)

While searching, we stumbled across Tsuto and despite numerous attempts by Ando to calm him, he came at us with fists and feet flying. After a short fight, we incapacitated him and tied him up.

In another room, we found a bound and unconscious Ameiko and at least felt good that we’d rescued her, if not her father and the villagers who worked the glass forges.

Tsuto was carrying his journal, which confirmed that he was working with area goblin tribes to attack the town. The reasons for this were less clear, but it appeared to be a combination of hatred for Sandpoint and love for Tobyn’s daughter.

Tobyn’s daughter was thought killed in the same fire that killed father Tobyn, but at least according to Tsuto’s journal, that wasn’t the case at all. She appears to be trying to perform some ritual that will release Malfeshnekor into her command.

I’m not quite sure who Malfeshnekor is, but it seems that the point it to offer up Sandpoint as a burnt offering to the demon Lameshtu.

We visited Father Zantus and he confirmed that Lameshtu was bad news indeed and implored us to do whatever we could to put a stop to it. He also asked for and received aid from Desna to close the wounds we had incurred freeing Ameiko.

While Fredric and Ando took Tsuto to the town jail, Lavender and I escorted Ameiko back to the Salty Dragon. After ensuring that she was ok, we sat down and had some lunch while we reflected on recent events.

During lunch, one of the goodwives in town approached me and asked if I could look into a rat problem at her home. She told me that her son claimed that there was a monster in his closet and asked if I would take a look. Her son was about eight and normally “monsters in the closet” isn’t something I’d be worried about.

But, with the goblins and other strange happenings in town, I decided that prudence was in order. Lavender agreed to come along and we went to their home. When we arrived, we could see that the child had bit marks up and down his arms and seemed genuinely afraid of the “monster” in the closet.

Strangely, his father was also missing – having been last seen watching the child while his wife sought out our aid. When I looked into the closet, I found a small tunnel leading into the darkness. It was too small for me to explore, but Lavender cast a charm on the family dog, which confirmed that there was a goblin inside and that she had protected the child from it.

A little more exploration yielded the dead body of the husband and father, who had been killed and partially eaten by the goblin. As we dragged out the corpse, the goblin jumped out
its hiding spot but we cut it down quickly. We were too late to save the father, and I feel quite miserable about that.

We decided to head over to the jail and see how Aldo and Frederic were doing. They were interrogating Tsuto but not having much luck. Upon seeing Lavender, Aldo got an evil gleam in his eye. Turning to Tsuto, he suggested that he was going to allow Knick Knack in to gnaw on him some today and then again tomorrow.

Fredric seemed a little taken back by this and implored Tsuto to tell us everything he knew as a way of redeeming himself in the eyes of the gods. Lavender seemed a little uncomfortable but not so much that she refused. I guess she was pretty angry about all the death and destruction that Tsuto caused around town.

I don’t know Ando well enough to know whether this was a ruse to try and intimidate Tsuto or not, but I help my tongue. My only clue was Ando’s repeated attempts to parlay with Tsuto during our first encounter. I’, generally opposed to torture on principle and certainly wouldn’t consider it as a punitive measure. But, there are obviously plans afoot to attack the town and I’m not sure our little group plus the remaining town guard would be enough to thwart an all-out goblin attack.

If Tsuto could give us information about that would help us save the town, perhaps it would be justified? I don’t know and fortunately, it didn’t come to that. When Tsuto refused to say anything useful, Ando eventually gave up and there was no Tsuto snack for Knick Knack.

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