1 Rova 4707 continued
…and then the scream is followed by another. Not knowing what was happening, the townspeople looked to each other and the mayor. All too soon, the danger presented itself: goblins! A swarm of goblins raced into the cathedral square brandishing their dog slicers and mostly attacking anyone unfortunate enough to be caught in their way. The crowd panicked and started surging away.
“Goblin attack!”, yelled Sheriff Hemlock, “Get those kids into the cathedral!”
Goblins seemed to be pouring out from behind the houses south of the square when the group acted. Pushing through the crowd each member struck out at the attackers and drew their attention while the townspeople got to safety. Not all needed help however. Amieko Kaijitsu grabbed the closest weapon she could find, a heavy iron ladle, and leapt out into the fray. Belor Hemlock stepped up to protect the Mayor and Father Zantus all the while directing people into the cathedral.
True to rumor, the goblins acted erratically. Even in the middle of a charge, their voracious appetite would make them pause to stuff food from the tables and tents into their mouths and pockets. Others chased dogs and townspeople. The mayhem continued for moments until the goblins met their fates in the group. Ulfin and Darius stepped up first and struck two of the little fiends down. Gus let loose arrows hoping they find their mark. Valadon release the arcane energy to attack the enemy while Zelkerut attacked those on the fringe to prevent any flanking. An unknown wizards stepped up to help the group and releasing elemental chaos in the form of fire brought down goblins left and right. Slowly the tide turned against the goblins and finally the beasts were put down with the last dazed gobling falling.
The crowd has mostly gotten to safety inside the cathedral and the town leaders were stupefied as to where the goblins came from. Belor tell Father Zantus and Mayor Deverin to go into the cathedral and calm the townspeople while he organizes the watch and checks out the rest of the town. This may be a smaller advance attack for something bigger. He joins the group as they head south, having heard singing and see a large plume of smoke rising from behind a building. Going down High Street, they see a group of goblins carrying torches, obviously having just set fire to a cart that was loaded with the makings of a bonfire to end the evening’s festivities. When the goblins see the group they yell with maniacal glee and rush to attack. As one goblin continues singing the group quickly realizes he is using bardic powers to enhance his allies. Gus singles out the bard while Ulfin, Darius, and Drazz advance. Sherrif Hemlock attempted to assault the bard as well but was taken down by a grease spell at the last moment. The group made quick work of the band of goblin pyromaniacs.
Sheriff Hemlock split from the group to make his way to the garrison and try to assess the situation. The group continued south along River Street to see if they could figure out where the goblins had come from when they came upon a scene of a goblin commando mounted atop a goblin dog tearing the throat out of a dog in front of Wheen’s Wagons. Attacking from a distance, the commando turned and charged the group calling to a hidden group of goblins to attack as well. The group handled the commando handily with Darius striking a mighty blow that felled him. All but one other goblin had been taken care of and at this turn of events, the final goblin dropped his weapon and begged for mercy. A duo of watchmen showed up and took the goblin in custody. It was then that Drazz noticed a man kneeling over the dog. The man, distraught at the death of one of his prized hunting dogs, is Aldern Foxglove a minor noble from Magnimar who had been visiting the town for the Swallowtail Festival. He offers his sincere thanks for rescuing him from certain death and vows to reward you properly in the next few days for your efforts as soon as he has calmed his nerves from this incident.
Visiting the garrison to offer assistance, Sheriff Hemlock says at the moment it seems that things are well in hand. The watch has double the sentries on duty and some of the militia has been mustered to patrol outside the gates and guard the bridges that allow entry across the Turandarok River. He welcomes you checking back in with him occasionally as he is still not sure of the reason for this attack and doesn’t know what to expect in the following days.
Returning to the Rusty Dragon, the group finds Ameiko having a drink in the empty bar area. She offers a round to the table and hops over the bar for glasses. The bottle’s contents could only be described as “rotgut” but it does help to ease aways some of the tensions of the past few hours. After some idle talk about what could have been the reason for the attack she turns in politely declining Valadon’s offer to turn down her sheets (though the group cannot help noticing she says it with a smile.) The night passes uneventfully (sorry Valadon.)
After hearing stories the a few goblins jump off the cliff rather than get caught, Drazz thinks something smells fishy and leads the group to Junker’s Edge. Finding a way down to the small beach, you do indeed find the bodies of goblins who presumably took this way out. Curiosity satisfied, you return to the town passing Old Light and a few businesses along the way. You later learn that if you want to know anything about the ruins the person to ask is Brodert Quink.
2 Rova 4707
The next morning comes and the town, though still reeling from the unexpected assault, is on the ball. Fires doused, broken windows being patched, and general clean up underway the township pulls together as they always have. The consecration of the church was rescheduled to tonight and most think that will be a positive turning point. After breakfast, the group decides to head over the garrison to see if there were any developments over night. People take notice of them as the move towards the garrison, pointing, whispering with the occasional giggling group of girls who look their way before blushing and turning away. It finally becomes apparent what is going on when random people approach to give them sincere thanks for assisting Sandpoint against the assault. Looks like the group has a growing reputation in Sandpoint!
Arriving at the garrison, they find out that Sheriff Hemlock is not there but that they have managed to get some information from the goblins. Seems that the group was being led by a “longshanks” which generally means a human to goblins. The group asked to see the goblins in hopes that they could get something more out of them and the watchman eagerly accepted the offer of assistance. Talking to the goblins Valadon and Ulfin were able to intimidate them into revealing another tidbit of information: there was a secret mission to the boneyard led by the “longshanks”. Beyond that, they did not know any more (even the identity of the mysterious human leader.) From there the group decided to go to the Sandpoint Boneyard (by the Cathedral) and see what they could find.
Splitting up, Gus and Ulfin entered the Cathedral to talk to Father Zantus but unfortunately he was not there. The acolytes reported that he had gone to the Mayor’s office. When pressed for anything strange happening lately however, they became anxious and evasive saying only the Father Zantus said they shouldn’t speak to anyone. Joining the others outside, they had met the caretaker of the boneyard, a deformed fellow by the name Naffer Vosk. He had challenged the group upon them entering into the area, but Zelkerut had convinced him that they were there to help and so he showed a most macabre scene: someone had dug up the grave of Erkazen Tobyn, the former priest of Sandpoint who perished in the fire that consumed the church five years previous. Further he reported that they’d found a ladder by the wall. The group found evidence of a large object (probably the casket) being dragged to the wall and other evidence on the other side of a cart leading to the road. From there the trail disappears as the road was well traveled due to the recent traffic coming and going due to the festival.
Unable to follow the trail any further, the group decides to go to the town hall to see if they can get any more information there. Mayor Deverin welcomes them and offers them a sincere thanks on behalf of Sandpoint for their assistance in repelling the assault. After offering information about their recent discovery, Mayor Deverin reports that Father Zantus came to report the same. She goes on to relate some of the story of the fire and that Tobyn’s daughter, a strikingly beautiful young girl who could heal with a touch, also perish with him in the fire. She asks the group to keep the information about the grave robbery to themselves for the time being since she did not want to cause the town any more undue anxiety at the moment. The conversation done, the group moved along back to the garrison to find that Sheriff Hemlock was in (having returned from the Mayor’s office discussing Father Zantus’ grisly find.)
Hemlock says what we all know now: the point of the assault was to steal Tobyn’s remains, but that still doesn’t make any sense. Why would someone want to do that in the first place? He goes on to mention that they don’t know a lot of details about the goblins in the area and that they mostly get information on the goblins (and other goings on) from a ranger that passes through once a season (but it will be a couple months before she comes through again.) In the course of the conversation, the topic of The Chopper came up. Hemlock related to the group the story of the Chopper: a old man, Jervis Stoot, who was renowned for beautiful wood carvings (of birds) went crazy a little more than five years ago (just before the church burned, as you learned “The Late Unpleasantness”.) He killed twenty-five people altogether. The last one was the previous Sherrif, Casp Avertin but Avertin managed to get in a telling blow. This allowed the watchmen (which included Hemlock) to follow the trail to Stoot’s home on the island off the coast of Sandpoint (then called Stoot’s Rock, but since renamed to Chopper Isle.) There they found the eyes and tongues of all the victims including Stoot’s who had torn his own out in a final insane act as he lay dead at the foot of a demonic altar.