Rise of the Runelords (Anniversary Edition)

Game Session #1: Sandpoint!

The journey begins

Current Year: 4707 AR
Date: 23 Rova (the Autumnal Equinox)

The heroes of gathered together at the coastal town of Sandpoint, home of the group’s resident rogue, Astrid, and locale of the great Swallowtail Festival. The group, who casually refers to itself as “The Drunken Brigade”, has come to join their ally in her town’s celebration.

The Swallowtail Festival is a celebration in honor of Desna, and on this particular occasion, it is also being used as a time to dedicate the new cathedral. The new religious center was erected to replace the one destroyed in a tragic fire that occurred five years prior, claiming the live of priest Ezakian Tobin and his adopted daughter, Nualia.

After playing a variety of games, with varying degrees of success (and failure!), the group gathered to hear the remarks of Father Zantus. As the thunderstone struck the lectern, high-pitched cries and chanting could be heard, and in seconds, the town was overridden by swarms of goblins. The Drunken Brigade performed heroically, dispatching the goblins in their area and saving the life of Magnimarrian nobleman, Aldern Foxglove. Foxglove, thankful for the assistance of the party, invited them to join him in two days on a boar hunt, offered to pay for their mounts, and paid them a small some of money for his rescue.

As they surveyed the damage, they were approached by Ameiko Kaijitsu, owner of the Rusty Dragon Inn. For their efforts in defending Sandpoint, Ameiko has offered them free room and board at her establishment.

Date: 24 Rova
The next day, the group was approached by Sheriff Belor Hemlock for their assistance. There had been a disturbance at the boneyard, and he wanted their help to investigate. Upon entering the vault which had been disturbed, the party was attacked by two animated skeletons. The undead were easily dispatched by the group, though two important discoveries were made: first, a robe of bones was found (which Kharrum, as the expert in matters undead was able to determine, was used to create the skeletons); second, the remains of former priest Ezakian Tobin were missing. Sheriff Hemlock asked that the group not inform anyone as to the his last fact, lest a panic might ensue. The group then went to speak with Father Zantus. They learned of Tobin’s adopted, aasimar daughter, Nualia, and the presumption that she had died with her father in the fire (her body was never recovered, but because parts of the fire had been so hot, they presumed that it had been completely destroyed.)

Date: 25 Rova
With the rising of the sun, the party, outfitted in riding and hunting attire, met Aldern Foxglove at the gates to Sandpoint. He gave them a brief instruction on the sport of hunting and, with the blare of the horns, the boar hunt was underway. It took little time to find a suitable quarry, and the massive beast was quickly dispatched. It was hauled off to the Rusty Dragon in for preparation for the night’s meal.

Later that evening, as the party dined with Foxglove, a loud and surly visitor burst into the dining hall of the Rusty Dragon. This man was Lonjiku Kaitjitsu. Looking at the party, he made a series of jibes about “vigilantes” and “leaving the job to those hired to do it.” Speaking in a language that no one understood, he bellowed and howled, until Ameiko appeared. The two exchanged heated words, and as the older man attempt to grab Ameiko, she hit him in the head with her ladle. Humiliated, the old man began to depart. As he reached the door, he turned to Ameiko and, in common, shouted, “You are as dead to me as your mother!”

As the commotion died down, the party returned to their meal with Foxglove, he indicated that he would begin his return to Magnimar the next day. As well, he invited them to visit him at his home should their journeys ever take them to the City of Monuments.

Date: 28 Rova
After spending a few days visiting the town, meeting residents of Sandpoint (who have come to view the party as heroes), the group was approached in the early morning hours by Amele Barrett. Her son, Aeren, had been having nightmares about a goblin in his room. Her husband, believing it to be the work of bad dreams, eventually quit going to the room to check out the situation. However, the previous night, the family’s dog, wouldn’t quit barking and whining, and such were the yelps of the dog that Amele grabbed her children and took them out of the house. She asked the party to investigate. Upon searching Aeren’s room, they found Amele’s husband, Alergast, face down in the closet. Turning him over, they noticed that his face had been almost entirely chewed off. At that moment, a goblin leaped from a hole in the closet and attacked the party, but was quickly slain.

As the day continued, Sheriff Hemlock asked the party to join him at a meeting with Mayor Kendra Deverin and a special visitor. The eleven ranger, Shalelu Andosana, provided information to the party about the five goblin tribes in the area, the rumors of goblin or goblin-allied heroes, and general information about goblins and how they work together. Sheriff Hemlock indicated that he would be travelling with some guards to Magnimar in an attempt to secure more soldiers to help defend Sandpoint should something more serious befall the town. As such, he asked the party to remain in Sandpoint to help keep an eye on things, knowing that doing so would help to maintain the morale of the town’s citizens.

Date: 29 Rova
Early in the morning, a halfling woman named Bethana Corwin approached the party at the Rusty Dragon Inn. She informed them that her employer, Ameiko, had not prepared breakfast that day and had not be seen. She indicated that she had looked in Ameiko’s room and discovered that the bed was unkempt and that there was a note. The language was unfamiliar to the party, so they sought out the services of the town’s sage, Brodert Quink. He translated the letter, which was from Ameiko’s brother, Tsuto. Tsuto asked Ameiko to meet him at the Glassworks at midnight (presumably on 28 Rova) to talk about some information he had related to their father’s involvement in the goblin attack on Sandpoint. The party paid Quink for his services (and his silence and discretion) and began the trip to the Glassworks.

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