Rise of the Runelords

Goblins Everywhere!
...where the adventure starts with a BANG!

1 Eleint 1478 DR

The annual Swallowtail Festival takes place on the first day of autumn, which is the first of Eleint. The party, having never met before were either passing through Sandpoint, or were residents there. Vara, having grown up in town, was home visiting family after having been training at the temples of Sune. Bleddyn <insert>. Lukas <insert>. Nim <insert>.

Orsik was dispatched from the Temple of Pelor in Waterdeep to spread the word of faith while attending the dedication of the new temple in Sandpoint, the old having burnt to the ground in 1473 DR after a disastrous. This fire claimed the previous temple, but also the White Stag Inn and several other notable establishments in the area. It also claimed the life of Father Ezakian Tobyn.

In a day of immense celebration, the individuals attended the fair and enjoyed the oratories of several key citizens including the mayor, the sheriff and Father Zantus. As sunset approached, Father Zantus ignited a thunderstone to begin the final blessing of the new church. Within moments, Orsik spotted a small figure scamper from the shadows of one building to another at the north end of town, followed quickly by a dog’s bark then a yelp in pain. Within moments, goblins were pouring into the city stabbing the festival goers whereever they could reach. Thinking quickly, Vara charged the small group of 5 goblins and engaged them in combat at the steps of the new cathedral.

The goblins died quickly (and easily), but more appeared, 4 of which were wearing pieces of scrap metal and leather that served as their own special armor. This group charged at Bleddyn and Lukas and, as they approached, launched javelins at the two. Lukas was pierced through the side by a javelin, but, fortunately for him, Orsik, a cleric of Pelor, was at the ready to quickly heal him and get him back in the fight. Nim, the resident warlock spent the entire fight teleporting AROUND the field of battle slinging spells that caused a great deal of consternation in the goblins. Finally, Bleddyn summoned his Spirit Wolf to aid in the fight.

Within minutes, the goblins were dealt with. However, chaos still ran through the city as this was not the only group of goblins to invade Sandpoint. As the party caught their breath, they saw the citizens flee for their homes, trying to fight off, or run off, individual goblins that were having a field day of looting and burning. A large explosion detonated to the south of the fairgrounds and the party first noticed another large group of goblins that had lit a wagon afire.

In an effort to scare them off, Nim cast his Ghost Sound spell, mimicking the sound of a horse (as Goblins are deathly afraid of horses). This shook one warrior up so badly that he broke and ran to the south, leaving the party 5 goblins cutters, 2 goblin hexers and one remaining goblin warrior. All of which saw the party and immediately charged them. The goblin hexers were able to get off their vexing cloud spells, which provided concealment and cover to the goblins, making them difficult to see, much less hit. However, they were quickly dealt with as Vara and Lukas stepped outside the cloud and, swinging wildly where they thought the goblins would be, connected, quickly slaying 2 of them. After that, the remaining three proved little challenge, and the hexers, targeting first Nim, then Vara, managed to successfully blind them. The blindness was temporary and both Nim and Vara quickly shook off the effects of the spell. Quickly enough to recover and assist in dealing with the remaining hexers once the nuisance of the goblin cutters was dealt with.

As the last goblin died, the party heard a scream from the North section of the fairgrounds and saw a man named Aldern Foxglove of Waterdeep (whom Vara recognized) surrounded by a group of goblins, one of whom was sitting astride a goblin dog. After the goblins killed the dog accompanying Aldern, Lukas climbed the roof and began firing his crossbow at them, while Vara charged into combat swearing vengeance for the death of the puppy. Lukas was able, through two VERY lucky shots, to quickly kill the goblin atop the dog, leaving Vara to attack the dog. The goblin sharpshooters fired back, while Bleddyn and Orsik moved in to assist Lukas.

Thinking quickly, Nim teleported around the party and slammed one of the other goblins against the wall, pinning him there magically. As the goblin dog and goblin sharpshooters fell to the might of the party, Lukas leapt off the roof in an attempt to kill the pinned goblin skullcrusher. However, the goblin managed to avoid his poorly timed blow and broke free of the magical restraint. Just in time to prevent Lukas from being surrounded, the party was able to kill the first of the two skullcrushers allowing them all time to quickly, and quite viciously, deal with the remaing skullcrusher.

Once safe, Aldern Foxglove, who seems to be quite taken aback by the “beautiful” Vara, thanked the party profusely, giving them each 5 gold, asking the party to dinner with him at the Rusty Dragon, and offering an open invitation to attend the boar hunt scheduled 2 days hence.

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The Shopkeep's Daughter, a Boar Hunt, and, of course, GOBLINS!
...where the party enjoys their celebrity and almost dies

2-5 Eleint 1478 DR

Following the events of the Swallowtail Festival, the party has become famous around the town of Sandpoint. The whole city is abuzz with the Saviors of Sandpoint and the fact that they not only saved countless lives, but stopped the goblins from destroying their city.

As their celebrity grew, the party was courted by many businesses and individuals seeking to capitalize on their fame. Ven Vinder, owner of the Sandpoint General Store was one such individual. He offered the party a substantial discount of his inventory if they would patronize his shop and spread the word that he was one of the merchants that “supported” them in their needs.

On the afternoon of 2 Eleint, the group agreed to pay a visit to Vinder’s establishment, thinking that they might find something of use. While Vin wasn’t there, his attractive daughter, Shayliss Vinder was left to mind the store. Shayliss’ older sister, Katrine has been quite the talk of the town, having moved in with one of the men who works at the lumber mill (and who is twice her age!)

Shayliss seemed quite taken by Orsik and followed him throughout the store, asking questions and being slightly flirtatious. She then asked him to come back to the store room so that they could talk in private, as everyone else in the group was asking questions and generally making a nuisance of themselves (in her opinion). Orsik, not use to the flirtations of a human girl, followed her back where she promptly sat on his lap and continued her conversation. She told him about how miserable her life was with her dad, as he always kept an eye on her and never let him out of his sight. Especially since her sister Katrine had “gone and shacked up with Kleive”.

Fearing that Vin may return and catch one of their own in a compromising position, Bleddyn, Lukas, Nim and Vara tried to intervene. Orsik tried to extricate himself from the situation, but Shayliss was quite persuasive and he really didn’t want to offend her. Lukas decided to create a distraction by climbing onto the roof of the store. There he hoped to keep everyone, including Vin, upon his return.

Bleddyn, Nim and Vara all tried to reason with Shayliss, but very little convinced her to leave Orsik alone. In fact, she led him to the basement of the shop in an effort to claim some “real privacy”. Until the threat of having her reputation ruined was used. As Shayliss stormed up the stairs, Vin entered the store and, finding no one in the store itself, demanded an explanation as to why he had a one person on his roof and everyone else was in the storeroom. The party explained that Shayliss was looking for an item that she thought was located in the back, and that she had told them of a rat problem, so they were checking things out. All was eventually smoothed over and Vin believed the story. Shayliss, however, is quite angry at the party and at Nim in particular, as he tripped her coming up the stairs. She’s not going to reveal anything, for now, because she knows Vin will further tighten the limits on her if he even suspects her of being inappropriate.

As they exited the shop, Amelie Barett came running up to the party with her infant Verah, and 4 year old Aeren, her son, in tow. Visibly shaken, she tearfully recounted how, since the festival and Aeren witnessing goblins setting a cat afire, the poor child has been plagued by nightmares. Aeren had screamed that he saw a “closet goblin” when he was tucked in for bed, and after repeated soothing, and discipline by Alergast, his father, the poor boy cried himself to sleep. That morning, however, they heard the family dog, Petal, yelp in pain and when they threw open the bedroom door, they found a nasty goblin trying to get to Aeren, while Petal lay whimpering on the floor dying. As proof of this attack, Amelie showed the party Aeren’s arms, covered in scratches and bites and tells them that Alergast flew into a rage and was destroying the house in an effort to get the goblin, who fled in a hole in the closet floor. She begged that the party please go save her husband, and her home, and rid them of their goblin problem.

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