For five years, the faithful of Sandpoint have attended church in temporary structures erected after fire destroyed the previous temple, and while their new religious leader was helpful, kind, and wise, church just wasn’t the same. Now, the new cathedral is finally done! All that remains is for the Swallowtail Festival to renew the site’s blessings from the gods and it will be as if the Sandpoint fire had never occurred.
The Swallowtail Festival began promptly, as scheduled, on the Autumnal Equinox. The square before the church quickly became crowded as locals and travelers arrived, and several merchant tents featuring food, clothes, local crafts, and souvenirs were there to meet them.
Turnout for the opening speeches was quite respectable, and the four keynote speakers each delivered short but well-received welcomes to the gathered festival attendees.
- The mayor’s speech was full of her trademark charisma and enthusiasm. After a short, well-intentioned dig at local tanner (and notorious workaholic) Larz Rovanky, she turned the platform over to..
- Sheriff Hemlock , who brought the crowd down a bit with a serious reminder to be safe around the evening’s bonfire. He also held a moment of silence to remember those who lost their lives in the fire that claimed the town’s previous church several years ago.
- The next speaker was scheduled to be local nobleman Lonjiku Kaijitsu, but a sudden illness has prevented him from attending the ceremony (this isn’t something that surprised the locals, given Lonjiku’s well-known dislike of frivolity and festivals). Sandpoint’s own showman Cyrdak Drokkus was more than up to the challenge of bringing the crowd’s mood back up with his rousing anecdotes. He delivered a not-completely-irreverent recap of the long process the town went through to finance and construct the new cathedral. Not one to pass up ANY opportunity, Cyrdak couldn’t resist a bit of self-promotion at the end, so he billed his upcoming play
- Finally, Father Zantus stepped up to give a short speech, thanking everyone for coming before declaring the Swallowtail Festival underway.
During the festival, much fun, many games, and an abundance of competitions were had. Kitrifos competed in the baking competition, coming in a close second to the reigning champions from Sandpoint Savories.
The rest of the day was filled with the hustle and bustle of the fair, until time came for Father Zantus’ commemoration speech. When he used a Thunderstone to bring the crowd’s attention for the speech, the cries of terror arose as a group of goblins used the sound as a signal to begin their attack on the city.
Our group of would-be heroes found themselves in the thick of the fight, as a swarm of goblins, and then a second lead by a War Chanter set upon them, but they all survived both conflicts relatively intact.