Rise of the Runelords

Session 2 - Local Heroes

Putting the pieces (back) together

As Sandpoint recovers from the attack and buries its (thankfully few) dead, the citizens do their best to get on with their lives. The cathedral is consecrated the next day during a much more subdued and indoor ceremony, but by the end of the week, the goblin attack is remembered mostly with chuckles. Now that the terror of the raid is over, images of goblins accidentally lighting themselves on fire, getting stepped on by horses, or drowning in half-full rain barrels color the memories of the raid in an almost comical light. But one thing the locals haven’t forgotten is their new heroes.

Our heroes faced down another goblin raiding party, including a goblin commando and it’s pony-sized-rat mount, rescuing a visiting nobleman (Aldern Foxglove) from nearly certain death. He was incredibly grateful for your assistance, and was especially impressed with Radnarok’s fighting style – raving about how he had never seen anything move like him (or even like him) before.

Aldern insisted that the party find him at the inn he was staying at (the Rusty Dragon) sometime over the next few days so that he could properly reward them for their aid.

The next morning, each of the party was awakened just before dawn by the town sheriff, Belor Hemlock. He thanked them for their assistance with dealing with the goblin attack, and then asked them to join him and Father Zantus at the sheriff’s office as Father Zantus had specifically requested their assistance once more.

Upon arriving at the sheriff’s office, Belor thanked the party for coming on short notice and then turned things over to Father Zantus. The kindly priest explained that after things had died down last evening, he had taken his nightly stroll through the Boneyard to reflect on those who had come before. But on this particular night, he noticed that the crypt in which Ezakien Tobyn – the former town priest who died during the Late Unpleasantness – had been broken open.

Not wanting to raise alarm in the town any further, he had asked for Belor to have the party look into it and see what they could find.

At the crypt, the party immediately opened the door and two animated skeletons spilled out – which were dealt with quite easily. Our heroes then searched the surrounding area and found footprints, which Pizt identified belonged to six goblins footprints – and one humanoid – and which led from the tomb to the town wall.

Inside the crypt, they found two things. First (thanks to Kitrifos’ Detect Magic spell) was a discarded robe which was later identified as a Robe of Bones with no remaining charges, discarded in a corner. Second, and more disturbing, the coffin containing Father Tobyn’s remains had been opened and the bones were taken.

The party reported their findings to the Sheriff and Father Zantus, who told them to keep the information quiet to avoid causing a panic. Next, they left to speak to Daviren Hosk of Goblin Squash Stables about the goblin attack. Daviren gave them some information about goblin behavior that he had picked up during his time ‘in the business’ and confirmed their suspicions that he had seen at least three separate clan’s represented during the attack at the festival – but his information was a little out of date.

He told our heroes that Shalelu (a local scout) would be a better source of information – and that he had seen her ride into town a little earlier like a bat out of hell, heading for the Sheriff’s office. The party left to go find the Sheriff and see if he could introduce them to Shalelu so that they could get her take on the situation and possibly help track the goblins that had raided the crypt (as they had lost the trail on the cliff face outside of the walls).

On the way to the Sheriff’s office, a hysterical woman with babe in arms ran into the road, screaming for anyone to help her. It turned out that her son had been up all night the night before, screaming about the monster in his closet. Early that morning, as he woke them for the umpteenth time, they found bite marks on the boy’s arm, but still no trace of the ‘monster.’ The worried family stayed huddle together until dawn, when they finallt convinced the boy to go back to sleep. Just a few minutes ago, he woke them up once more and her husband ran into the room to find a goblin on the boy’s chest, and it quickly scurried back into a hole under a loose floorboard in the closet.

Radnarok and Pizt went with the woman (Amele Barrett) to investigate, while Kitrifos went on ahead to find Sheriff Hemlock. Upon arriving at the Barrett’s house, they found Alergast (the father) dead in the closet, with his face and upper-torso partially-eaten. When the body was pulled out of the closet, a crazed goblin commando came flying out of the crawlspace and attacked. After a vicious close-quarters battle, he was defeated – but not before Radnarok suffered fairly severe injuries.

The commotion of the fight and the distraught mother (now a widow) had drawn attention, and Sheriff Hemlock soon arrived on the scene. He told Pizt and Radnarok that he had been out looking for them, and must have missed Kitrifos. They were to head to his office and wait there with her while he dealt with the grieving widow. Upon his return, they would meet with Shalelu and go over some information she had obtained regarding the recent surge in goblin activity.

When the Sheriff and Shalelu returned to his office, they gathered our heroes and went to meet with Mayor Deverin. Shalelu gave her report and spoke to the party:

“Belor’s told me of your work against the goblins – well done. I’ve dedicated the last several years of my life to keeping them from causing too much trouble around these parts, but they’re tenacious and fecund little runts. Like weeds that bite.

“There are five major goblin tribes in the region, an d, traditionally, they’re pretty good at keeping each other in line with inter-tribal squabbles and the like. Yet from what I’ve been able to piece together, members of all five tribes were involved in the raid on Sandpoint. A fair number of the Mosswood goblins I dealt with yesterday were already pretty beat up, and there was a lot of chatter about the ‘longshanks’ who killed so many of them. Now that I’ve met you, it seems obvious from their descriptions who they were talking about. Seems like you’ve made an impression .

“In any event, the fact that the five tribes are working together disturbs me. Goblin tribes don’t get along unless they’ve got something big planned, and big plans require big bosses. I’m afraid that someone’s moved in on the goblins and organized them. And judging by these recent raids, what they’re organizing seems like bad news for all of us.”

After Shalelu’s speech, Sheriff Hemlock announced that he would be taking a few of his guards south to Magnimar to see about securing additional soldiers to station at Sandpoint for a few weeks. While he’s out of town, he’s asked Shalelu to scout out the home of the local goblin tribes to see if she can discover anything else about what’s going on. He also asked the PCs to maintain a public presence in Sandpoint over the next few days. “The locals seem to have taken to you. And seeing you around town will do a lot for keeping worries down over the next few days.”

As Sheriff Hemlock left to get ready for the trip, Shalelu asked our intrepid band to join her for lunch and a drink at the Rusty Dragon, so that they could discuss things further. She gave them additional information on the goblin tribes over the course of lunch, and provided them with a map of where each tribes area of influence seems to be.

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