thac0hNo's Rise of the Runelords Campaign

Prelude, Part 1
A strange letter

Sometime in late Arodus, 4707:

Twas a fine day, a day like any other.

Nothing out of the ordinary to speak of.

At least, that’s how it had been up until a few minutes ago. A strange hooded man approached you from the shadows, confirmed your name, handed you a small scroll case, and vanished. It all seemed rather surreal.

Glancing around, looking at the passersby, it appears that no one else took notice of the transaction. Almost as if it had never happened. But sure enough, there it was – a tiny scroll case in your hand.

Opening the tube released a faint flash of blue light – certainly magical, but apparently harmless.

Inside, a small scroll which read:

I apologize for the impersonal nature of this letter, but I hope that you will understand. I am in need of your assistance, in a matter most urgent. Let us meet in the hamlet of Whisperwood, south of Sandpoint in Varisia, on the 20th of Rova, and I shall answer your questions.
~ Tobin

Meta

Josh / Eashen
XP: 200 (completion of character w/ requested backstory, 1st character completed)

Evan /Navi
XP: 0

Jim / Demarek
XP: 0

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Prelude, Part 2
The Adventure Begins

20th of Rova, 4707

The three adventurers gathered in the small hamlet of Whisperwood on the day mentioned in Tobin’s letter.
The day passed, with no sign of their friend. A discussion with the barkeep revealed that Tobin had been there the day before, but left in the night. He had asked the barkeep to pass along a letter to the three, but the barkeep mistakenly handed it over to a pair of travelers who arrived that morning looking for Tobin – a dark cloaked man and a surly looking tiefling.

Pursuing the mysterious duo into the night, the group traveled south where they met Jeb, a pig farmer who was recently robbed of a pig by a familiar sounding tiefling and companion. Following Jebs advice, the group raced eastwards to an old abandoned and decaying tower, often used by bandits and highwaymen.

Upon reaching the tower, they discovered a human, meeting the description of the cloaked figure, who had fallen victim to a giant poisonous spider. Deeper inside the tower, they discovered a small group of aggressive troglodytes who had taken residence in the old structure. The party fought through the creatures, eventualy discovering the body of a tiefling who had apparently been taken captive. Hidden upon the tielfing’s person the group recovered a scrollcase bearing Tobin’s crest, and a small holy symbol of lamashtu.

The group explored the remainder of the tower, slaying the troglodyte leader, a crazed druid named Tasskar.

On the way back to Whisperwood, the group returned Jeb’s pig, and broke bread with him. They also opened the scrollcase to read the letter inside. Virtually all blank, the parchment had a tiny script which read:

No legs have I to dance, No lungs have I to breathe, No life have I to live or die And yet I do all three

Meta

Encounter experience: 3000 XP
Bonus quest: Save the swine! : 300 XP

Josh / Eashen
XP: +1100 / 1300 (total)

Evan /Navi
XP: +1100 / 1100 (total)

Jim / Demarek
XP: +1100 / 1100 (total)

Treasure

(dark cloaked man in spiders nest)
Short Sword
shortbow, 12 arrows
dagger x2
adventurers outfit
12sp

(armory room)
MW silver dagger ( needs appraised)
MW light steel shield ( needs appraised)
Band of Phoenix Banner ( worth 100gp, needs appraised)
4 poor quality javelins
2 clubs

(barracks / braizer room / tiefling cell areas)
4 poor quality javelins
3 clubs
MW studded leather (needs appraised)
MW buckler ( needs appraised)
MW Rapier
scroll of cure moderate wounds
scroll of invisibility
wayfinder
climbing kit

(tasskar’s hoard)
MW short sword (needs appraised)
15 cold iron shurikens ( needs appraised)
2x flask of acid (needs appraised)
potion of cat’s grace
potion of lesser restoration
wand of magic missile ( CL1, 15 charges)
amethyst ( 100 gp , needs appraised)
247 gp

Misc

- Josh to secure location for next session.
- Josh & Evan – additional player possibility.

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Prelude, Part 3
The Riddle

21st of Rova, 4707

Opening the scrollcase revealed a letter inside. Virtually all blank, the parchment had a tiny script which read:

No legs have I to dance, No lungs have I to breathe, No life have I to live or die And yet I do all three

Upon closer examination, you note that the scrollcase containing the scroll with the riddle did bear an insignia matching the wax seal on the original letter from Tobin you received.

What do you do?

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Burnt Offerings, Chapter 1, Part 1
The Swallowtail Festival

21st of Rova, 4707

Gathered back in the sole tavern in Whisperwood, Damerek, Eashen, and Navi examine the recovered letter when they are interrupted by the appearance of Abhishek and Daladriel. The two introduce themselves as associates of Tobin and have come at his request, having received a similar letter. Together, the five solve the riddle and discover the hidden message.

Friends,
I must apologize for not meeting you in person. It appears I have made a grave miscalculation, and fear my life is in danger. I must flee before they catch me here. If you would still aid me in my cause, go to Sandpoint; watch with a keen eye and seek suspicious activity. I carelessly dwelt there too long and have become too recognizable, but I am certain there is trouble brewing underfoot. Make no mention of me. Act with caution. I shall contact you when it is safe to do so.
Tobin

The group sets off for Sandpoint , and arrive near midday to a town bustling with activity. Settling in at the Rusty Dragon Inn , they procure rooms for the night, and then explore the town. They discover that tomorrow is the annual Swallowtail festival , and that the town is preparing for the celebration. In addition, this extra special festival will be capped off by the consecration of the new cathedral, recently rebuilt after a disastrous fire.

22nd of Rova, 4707
After breakfast, the group heads out to the greenspace before the cathedral to witness the opening ceremonies for the festival. Mayor Kendra Deverin provides some opening speeches, and Sheriff Balor Hemlock provide some safety tips, and then the festival begins. The group spends the day playing festival games, watches the swallowtail release at noon, then gathers for the closing ceremony at the cathedral.

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Just as Father Zantus tossed out a thunderstone to mark the beginning of his ceremony, a great raid of goblins swarmed the town. The group was able to fight off several waves of goblins, and defeat them, helping to turn the tide and thwart the raid. However, the citizens of sand point remain very shaken, and much of the city is in disarray.

The group managed to capture a goblin, and through some coercion, are able to discover that the goblins were led in their raid by some longshanks, a slang term they use to refer to humans.

Meta

Defeating the Sandpoint devil ( festival game) : 50xp
Winning the Goblin Toss ( festival game): 50 xp
Defeating the Goblin raid: 2150xp
Bonus: Saving wounded citizen of sandpoint: 200xp

Josh / Eashen
XP: +490 / 1790 (total)

Evan /Navi
XP: +490 / 1590 (total)

Jim / Demarek
XP: +490 / 1590 (total)

Angela / Abhishek
XP: +490 / 490 (total)

Marcus / Daladriel
Bonus! Solving the riddle of Tobin’s letter: 100 XP
XP: +590 / 590 (total)

Treasure

Goblin studded leather ( worthless)
Masterwork Horsechopper
Shortbow, 13 arrows
Potion of Cure Moderate wounds

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Burnt Offerings, Chapter 1, Part 1, Session 2
The Aftermath of the Raid

22nd of Rova, 4707

Late that evening, with most of the chaos from the raid having died down, the party returns to the Rusty Dragon Inn to retire for the day. Upon entering, they are met by a visibly tired Ameiko Kaijitsu, the owner of the establishment. She is so impressed by the groups selflessness and bravery while fighting the goblin raid, that she offers them free room and board for a week as a token of gratitude.

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23rd of Rova, 4707

The next morning, as everyone is busy eating breakfast, a well-dressed, heavily perfumed man enters the inn and immediately heads up to the group. The group recognizes him as the citizen they saved from the dog-riding goblin during the raid, and he introduces himself as Aldern Foxglove. He is uncomfortably gracious as he thanks the group for saving his life, and insists that they accompany him on a boar hunt tomorrow morning in nearby Tickwood forest. Do you accept the invitation?

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Shortly after the departure of Aldern Foxglove, an armed & armored man enters the inn and, after intently scanning the room, approaches your table. Introducing himself as Sheriff Balor Hemlock, he requests that you accompany him to the Cemetery behind the new cathedral. The sheriff explains that Father Zantus contacted him this morning after noticing an old vault had been disturbed. He was hoping that the party of skilled goblin-slayers would accompany him, in case some goblins remained from the previous day’s raid. Do you help the sheriff?

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Burnt Offerings, Chapter 1, Part 2
Rescuing Ameiko

Updates
Updated 12/1 @ 14:20 Updated some player secrets to respond to requests/instructions.

Updated 11/26 @19:30: Fixed dates

Updated 11/24 @ 22:35: In case you missed it, here’s a link to individual side quests: Side Quests and link to Rusty Dragon Help Wanted Board

Updated 11/22 @ 16:00: minor edits for Father Tobyn’s backstory, added additional notes about Brodert Quink, added some player secrets, and link to sandpoint hinterlands map.

Summary
23rd of Rova, 4707

Accepting Sherrif Hemlock’s request for assistance to investigate the disturbed crypt, the party heads off with the sheriff to the Cathedral where they meet Father Zantus. During their investigation, they discover that there are tracks leading away from the crypt – many goblin tracks and a single set of human or humanoid tracks. The humanoid tracks seem to end at a tree near the northers wall surrounding Sandpoint. Upon entering the desecrated crypt, the group is attacked by two skeletons, which are easily dispatched. Inside, they find an open and empty sarcophagus, as well as a cloak lying in the corner of the crypt. The cloak held residual traces of magic, and was of fine craftsmanship. Further discussion with Father Zantus revealed that the crypt was that of Father Ezakien Tobyn. Father Tobyn, the previous priest of the shrine, perished in a great fire which burnt the shrine to the ground ( and was subsequently replaced with the newly built cathedral).

Seeking more information on the death of Father Tobyn, the group spoke to Maname Mvashti, who informed them that the late priest was well liked and respected in the town. During his time here, he raised a daughter of great beauty, who fell into an illicit affair with a nobleman and became pregnant. Shortly after the miscarriage of the child, and around the same time as the shrine fire which killed her father, the distraught daughter left Sandpoint and was never seen again.

Following that, the group headed over to the Turandarok Academy to speak with headmaster Ilsoari Gandethus. While turning up little about Father Tobyn, Eashen discussed the finer points of magick with the headmaster, and learned of his research on nearby magical lines of power – ley lines – and the possible location of a nexus of these lines in nearby Tickwood forest.

24th of Rova, 4707

Demarek, Eashen, and Navi set out with Aldern Foxglove to go boar hunting in nearby Tickwood forest. Though the hunt was largely unsuccessful, they did uncover a strange circle of stones. Eashen takes an interest in the strange circle, and Aldern provides a map of its location to aid the group in returning to it at a later date.

Returning to town, the group is immediately summoned to the garrison by the Sheriff, who takes them to the Town Hall. There they are introduced to Mayor Deverin and a new face – an elf named Shalelu Andosana. They learn that though she lives in the Sandpoint Hinterlands , she often aids the town of Sandpoint by providing them with information on events in the region. Though she often encounters goblins in the wilderness, their recent activity has given her cause for concern, and she has come to Sandpoint to warn the town that something may be afoot.

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From Shalelu, the group learns of five nearby goblin tribes:

  • The Birdcruncher Goblins of western Devils Platter
  • the Licktoad goblins of Brinestump Marsh
  • The Seven Tooth Goblins of Shank’s Wood
  • The Mosswood goblins of the Mosswood
  • The Thisletop goblins of the Nettlewood

Shalelu points out that the goblins seem to be working together, which is odd, since goblin tribes normally do not.She believes this is an indication of a more powerful person or group who is directing the tribes.

Sheriff Hemlock then informs the group that he is headed south to Magnimar to request additional support and soldiers to help Sandpoint in the event of another attack. Since the town has largely taken a liking to the goblin-slayers, he asks that the group maintain a visible presence in the town during his absence, thinking it may help.

25th of Rova, 4707

The next morning, the group returns to visit Ilsoari Gandethus at the Turandarok Academy. They explain to him their findings about the circle, and he takes them to visit the town sage and historian, Brodert Quink. Brodert theorizes that the circle, dispite no longer being magical, may have been a ruin or artifact from an ancient time. The party learns about ancient Thassilon during this time. Brodert offers significant compensation for any Thassilonian artifacts the party can bring to him.

Upon returning to the Rusty Dragon, they are approached by a plump halfling waitress, Bethana Corwin. She asks for the groups help in a strange disappearance of Ameiko – the owner of the Rusty Dragon. Typically up and working in the kitchen early every morning, Ameiko was nowhere to be found when Bethana came to work. Concerned, she snuck into Ameiko’s quarters, where she found the following letter:

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Bethana explains that Content Not Found: tsuto-kaijitsu is Ameiko’s bastard half-brother, and tells the group what she knows about his past ( see link).

The group heads off to the Glassworks to search for Ameiko. Inside, they are confronted by a large group of goblins. Most are slain but some flee. They also discover the body of Ameiko & Tsuto’s father – Lonjiku Kajitsu, mutilated and quite, quite dead. Chasing after the fleeing goblins, the party encounters Tsuto in the basement, and after a brief clash, Tsuto is able to escape down a dark tunnel. Searching the basement, they discover a nearly-dead Ameiko, heal her, and take her to Father Zantus for additional care.

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Additionally, they find a small room which likely served as Tsuto’s quarters. Within, they discover his journal:

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Meta
Defeating the Skeletons left in the Crypt: 270
Discovering part of the History of Ancient Thassilon: 400
Discovering the history of Father Tobyn: 400
Defeating the Goblins in the Sandpoint Glassworks: 1350
Defeating Tsuto: 800
Rescuing Ameiko (alive): 1200

Josh / Eashen
Bonus! Character pic: +100 XP
XP: +984 / 2674 (total)
LEVEL UP! 2

Evan /Navi
Bonus! Character pic: +100 XP
XP: +984/ 2574 (total)
LEVEL UP! 2

Jim / Demarek
Bonus! Character pic: +100 XP
XP: +984 / 2574 (total)
LEVEL UP! 2

Angela / Abhishek
Bonus! Character pic: +100 XP
XP: +984 / 1474 (total)

Marcus / Daladriel
XP: +884/ 1474 (total)

Treasure

Eashen, Demarek, and NAvi: 50 gp each from Aldern Foxglove

From the Glassworks:
10x sets of goblin armor ( worthless)
10x dogslicers
Tsuto’s Shortbow – Composite Shortbow <notextile>+1</notextile>
Potion of Cure light wounds
Tsuto’s Journal
MW Thieve’s Tools
MW Lute
6 pouches of gold dust worth 50 gp each.
8 pouches of silver dust worth 5gp each
10 pp

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Burnt Offerings, Chapter 1 Part 3
The Catacombs of Wrath

Updates
Updated 12/18 @ 2000 – Added Demarek commissioning of Armor.
Updated 12/16 @ 1300 – Added letter to Aldern, trip to Fatman’s Feedbag.
Updated 12/15 @ 1800 – Added info on Kaijitsu Manor House Purchase, extended log into 27th Rova

Summary

25th of Rova, 4707

After placing Amieko under Father Zantus’ care, the party visits the Sandpoint Barracks and instructs the town guard to place a watch around the Glassworks for the night. They speak with Shalelu, who offers to accompany them as they investigate the smugglers tunnel underneath the Glassworks tomorrow.

Dal’aldriel heads with some guards to investigate the Kaijitsu Manor, but uncovers nothing of note. Abhishek joins the Sandpoint Theatre for an impromtu play, and wins the crowd over with her singing. She spends an evening of revelry with the actors of the theatre. Demarek and Navi wander off to Fatman’s Feedbag.

26th of Rova, 4707

The next morning, the group investigate the remainder of the Glassworks, finding the murdered corpses of nine people, presumably workers there at the Glassworks. They then explore the smugglers tunnel, discovering the beach exit on the western side of Sandpoint, near the Old Light.

Following a side tunnel, the party uncovers the Catacombs of Wrath, an ancient, underground tunnel complex. They explore the ruins, finding a mysterious red marble statue, a shrine and cathedral to the Goddess Lamashtu, and a strange spherical room – among other things. Within the Cathedral, the party finds a strange pool, capable of summoning hideous humanoid monsters – one that looks eerily similar to the stone structure they found in the Tickwood forest. Investigation reveals that it is magical, and extremely powerful (artifact level), but its secrets remain a mystery (DC too high). They are able to vanquish the creatures in the catacombs, and return to the surface with their plunders.

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Brodert Quink is ecstatic to receive the shredded papers from the caverns below, and gives you a small reward. Much more for intact relics!, he stammers. After describing the pool and its behaviors, Brodert suspects you have discovered a Minor Runewell – artifacts of power created by the ancient Runelords of Thassilon. He begs for more time to look though his books – he may be able to provide more advice.

Davieren at he Goblin Squash Stables pays you for the goblin ears.

You see Ameiko when you return to the Rusty Dragon inn. She approaches.
I suppose I owe you a great debt, coming to my rescue like that. I know its but a trifle, but you’re welcome at my inn anytime, free of charge. If there’s anything I can do to help…. [trails off]
Ah, well. Now I’ve got a damned mansion to deal with, a glass business to rebuild, and funeral to plan. Know anyone who wants ‘em? I sure as hell don’t.

27th of Rova, 4707

After haggling late into the previous night, Eashen and Ameiko agree on terms for the sale of the old Kaijitsu Manor house. Early the next morning, they meet up with Mayor Deverin to finalize the contract papers for the transaction.

You get the keys when I get the first payment! says Ameiko with a grin.

After returning to the Rusty Dragon late that morning, Eashen is able to find a merchant headed to Magnimar who will transport a letter to Aldern Foxglove. He charges a couple of gold, but promises to deliver it as soon as he arrives ( about 2 days from now).

While Eashen is busy signing papers, Navi heads down to Fatman’s Feedbag and asks about Jubrayl Vhiski. The gruff bartender laughs as he replies ‘tis before noon! He’s upstairs sleepin’ off a bender. Yer better off catching him this evenin’ – don’ worry. He’ll be here.

Also during this time, Demarek visits Das Korvut at the Red Dog Smithy to commission a fine set of full plate. Das agrees, throwing in a 10% discount for a Hero of Sandpoint – but only if he can advertise the purchase.
(1485g total, 700 up front, the rest on delivery. 31 weeks crafting time. )

Meta
Defeating the sinspawn in the prison room: 1800
Defeating Elyrium, the Quasit Cleric of Lamashtu: 1200
Defeating Koruvus, the mutant goblin: 1800
Defeating the sinspawn in the cathedral to Lamashtu: 1200

Note: Shalelu gets a cut of xp.

Josh / Eashen
XP: +1000 / 3674 (total)

Evan /Navi
XP: +1000/ 3574 (total)

Jim / Demarek
XP: +1000 / 3574 (total)

Angela / Abhishek
Bonus! Participating in the Sandpoint Theatre re-enactment of the great goblin raid: +100 XP
XP: +1100 / 2574 (total)
Level Up! 2

Marcus / Daladriel
XP: +1000/ 2474 (total)
Level Up! 2

Treasure

Ancient Masterwork Ranseur from statue ( worth 400gp, Brodert will tell you it is Thassilonian if you show it to him. He wants it, as well, and will pay full price – not the typical half – for it)
Scroll of Flaming Sphere ( CL 5) from prison room

From Sphere Room:
Scroll of Burning Hands (CL 3)
Ancient Prayer Book to Lamashtu (100g)
Wand of Shocking Grasp ( 28 charges)

From Cathedral / Elyrium / Koruvus
Magical Longsword +1
Masterwork Handaxe
Masterwork Silver Dagger
Magical +1 Cold Iron Returning Dagger ( Tiny size)
Tiara (50gp, tiny size)
Fine Black Silk Gown ( 25gp, tiny size)
Obsidian unholy symbol of Lamashtu (10g, tiny size)

For Goblin Ears: 11g
From Brodert Quink for torn pages form Thassilonian Book: 100gp

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Burnt Offerings, Chapter 1 Part 4
The Nettlewood

Updates
1/1 @ 17:30 – Bonus XP for Demarek.
12/20 @ 1630 – Added images, link to map of Thistletop(explored area).

Summary

27th of Rova, 4707

After the morning activities, Eashen goes off to spend some time studying, while NAvi, Demarek, Dal’aldriel and Abishek head down to Fatman’s Feedbag to meet with Jubrayl Vhiski. After meeting him, and having Demarek examine the fellow, they determine that he is evil and decide not to trade the magical sword. The group, uncomfortable as they are surrounded by rough looking patrons of the bar, decide to leave.

After discussing what to do next, the group decides to head up the North Coast Road to investigate Thistletop. On the way, they encounter a wounded merchant, who claims that he was attacked by goblins, and his companions killed. The group later stumbles on the remnants of the merchant’s wagon, where they find goblin tracks. They follow these tracks through the Nettlewood, until they come to a hidden entrance to a network of tunnels through the brush

Exploring these tunnels, they discover a hole leading to a water filled cavern below, where something dark lurks. They encounter and defeat a small group of 10 Birdcruncher goblins who claim they came to Thistletop after the raid on Sandpoint. After interrogating the survivors, they discover that a female ‘longshanks’ is directing the goblin tribes, and she is hiding inside the Thistletop fort.

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Afterward, the group encounters Grogmurt, a goblin druid, and his companion, Tangletooth. After a furious fight, the group slays Tangletooth and drives off the goblin. Wounded and tired, the group spots Grogmurt fleeing over the rope bridge to Thistletop, but chooses not to pursue him.

They head back to Sandpoint to rest and heal their wounds.

Some things of note:

  • Shalelu is still nowhere to be found.
  • Sheriff Hemlock has not returned.
  • When you get back to the Rusty Dragon, Ameiko points out a rough looking individual in the corner and tells you he is one of Jubrayl’s gang.
  • Assuming you visit the Cathedral, Father Zantos cures you of your wounds, but currently has no potions for sale.

Meta

Healing and Arming the Merchant: 500
Defeating the ten Birdcruncher Goblins 1350
Defeating the Four Goblin Dogs: 1600
Defeating Grogmurt & Tangletooth: 1700

Josh / Eashen
XP: +1030/ 4704 (total)

Evan /Navi
XP: +1030/ 4604(total)

Jim / Demarek
Bonus! +500 XP for having a mistake-free character sheet.
XP: +1430 / 5104(total)

Angela / Abhishek
XP: +1030 / 3604 (total)

Marcus / Daladriel
XP: +1030/ 3504 (total)

Treasure
None

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Burnt Offerings, Chapter 1 Part 4, Session 2
Assault on Thistletop

Updates
1/7 @ 16:00 – Clarified Treasure sizes.
1/10 @ 00:30 – Added Friends of Ameiko

Summary

28th of Rova, 4707

Eashen visits his wizard friend, Ilsoari Gandethus, and studies another spell per their agreement. He is also able to convince Ilsoari to create him a scroll of Animate Rope, as well as scribe a scroll of his own.

The party spends time equipping themselves, and acquiring a wand of cure light wounds from Vorvashalli Voon at the Feathered Serpent.

Abhishek, Navi, and Dal’aldriel scout the island of Thistletop using a fisherman’s boat. They discover an eastern cave entrance, and the hint of an underwater cave or tunnel on the west side of the island.

29th of Rova, 4707

The group is confronted by Jubrayl Vhiski in the Rusty Dragon early in the morning. He barters a trade of Navi’s magical sword for a ring of protection +1. Navi agrees, though he does not know why Jubrayl is so interested in the weapon.

The group heads off to Thistletop. After a fierce battle to cross the rope bridge, the party wins the gates. They explore the topmost level of the fortress, freeing a half-starved horse, Shadowmist. Eventually, they break through into Warchief Ripnugget’s throne room, where a fierce battle ensues with the Warchief, Gogmurt the druid, and the remaining tribe members.

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Afterwards, they return to Sandpoint with Shadowmist to heal and recover. Upon arrival, they run into Shalelu, who informs them that she has been out scouting, and brings dire news.

It appears the goblin tribes are on the move, and they seem to be converging on Thistletop – like something is drawing them to the island. I fear this is a bad omen.

When you finally settle back in the Rusty Dragon common room, the presence of three new faces sitting together at a table grabs your attention. The first is a one-eyed, grim looking human warrior sporting sword and shield. The second: a talkative, smiling, and laughing human male carrying a longbow and wearing a holy symbol of Erastil. The third : a quiet tiefling female carrying a scimitar. Ameiko eventually drops you a clue: Old friends of mine, she says, from my more… adventurous days.

Some things of note:

  • Sheriff Hemlock has not returned.
  • Assuming you visit the Cathedral, Father Zantos cures you of your wounds, and has four cure light wounds potions for sale ( 50gp each)

Meta

Crossing the trapped rope bridge: 1200
Defeating the Nest of Goblin archers (6): 810
Defeating the goblin dog riders (4) : 2140
Saving Shadowmist: 600
Surviving the chest trap: 800

Defeating the Throne Room
Warchief Ripnugget: 1200
Stickfoot: 400
Gogmurt: 1200
Goblin Commandos (3): 600
Goblin Warchanter: 200
Goblin Dog Riders(3): 1605

Total: 10755

Josh / Eashen
XP: +2151 / 6855 (total)
LEVEL 3

Evan /Navi
XP: +2151/ 6755(total)
LEVEL 3

Jim / Demarek
XP: +2151 / 7255(total)

Angela / Abhishek
XP: +2151 / 5755 (total)
LEVEL 3

Marcus / Daladriel
XP: +2151 / 5655 (total)
LEVEL 3

Treasure
This list excludes the mundane goblin equipment which would be largely worthless.

From Gogmurt:
Wand of Produce Flame ( 34 charges)
Wand of Tree Shape (4 charges)
Small Leather Armor +1
Small Sling
Resizable Cloak of Resistance +1

From the Trophy Hall:
Medium Dagger
Medium Pearl-inlaid Dagger ( 100gp)

Shadowmist, an Advanced Horse

From Warchief Ripnugget
Potion of Cure moderate Wounds x2
Small Masterwork Breastplate
Small Short sword +1
Dented Crown (20gp)
Thistletop key

From Throne room Commandos:
Potion Cure moderate wounds x3
Masterwork Horsechopper x3

From Throne room Warchanter:
Potion of Cure light wounds
Wand of silent image ( 5 charges)

From the Armory:
Masterwork Dogslicer

From the Treasure Chest:
7432 cp
2490 sp
89 gp
3 pp
34 gems worth 1 gp each
Medium chain shirt
Medium Masterwork scimitar
masterowk manacles
gold holy symbol of Saranrae ( 100gp)
jade necklace ( 60gp)
fine blue silk gown with silver trim ( 150gp)

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Burnt Offerings, Chapter 1 Part 4, Session 3
Beauty and Madness

Updates
1/19/2015 – Added notes on what happened with Arcobolt. Fixed typos.

Summary

30th of Rova, 4707

After brief introductions with Ameiko’s friends, the party has a quick discussion with Shalelu. She warns them again that the Goblin tribes are on the move. She then heads back out into the Hinterlands, hoping to slow down the Goblin tribes and buy the adventurers some time to find what is drawing them to Thistletop – and stop it.

The group reaches the island later that morning, and despite finding the entrance barred from the inside, manage to regain access to the fort. They quickly scout the first floor, but find only the bodies of the slain goblins from the day before.

Heading down some stairs, they progress to the basement of the fort. Exploring the basement they discover:

  • An old prison / torture room, where they free a beaten and hung-over gnome named Arcobolt Wisslespinner.
  • An eerie Chapel to Lamashtu, where they are attacked by two Yeth Hounds. Inside, they discover the half-burned remains of a human skeleton – part of what looked to be some bizarre ritual – at the feet of a grand statue of the evil goddess.
  • A small network of natural caves leading out to the ocean, where they are attacked by a lurking Tentamort.
  • Bedchambers of some non-human residents
  • A war room with evidence that the raid on Sandpoint was planned here.

After discovering a secret door with another stairwell leading down, the group descends into a room where they battle a small group of non-goblins:

  • Lyrie, a wizard of some sort
  • Bruthazmus, a bugbear who apparently hates elves
  • Orik, a human fighter who they manage to capture
  • Tsuto, a half elf monk who managed to escape from their previous encounter in the Sandpoint Glassworks
  • Nualia, a beautiful assimar/demon who apparently had strong ties to Lamashtu.

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After the fight with Nualia, the group is able to search through the room from which she emerged. This room is well lit, bathed in light that emanates from four burning skulls evenly spaced on a red marble ledge running almost the entire length of the wall of this circular room. The ledge is covered with books, scrolls, teeth, bones, scrimshaw artwork, jars of deformed creatures soaking in brine, taxidermied animals, and other strange objects. To the north, large round fountain bubbles with frothy blue water and fills the room with the gentle sound of bubbling.

As best you can determine, most of the items in this room are holy texts and relics sacred to the worship of Lamashtu. However, a small, plain-looking book catches your eye, and closer examination reveals what appears to be a personal journal of some sort. Reading further, it becomes clear that this is the journal of Nualia herself.

The journal tells a sad story of an outcast child, ostracized by the common folk of Sandpoint for her unearthly beauty. It tells of an affair with a local youth – Delek, one forbidden by her adoptive father, Ezakian Tobyn – the local Priest – and his overbearing insistence that she remain pure for life at a convent. When she became pregnant, her lover ridiculed her as a harlot and fled Sandpoint. Her father’s anger and condemnation turned her fear and embarrassment into rage. Months later, when she miscarried a monstrous, deformed child, she fell into a coma from the shock.

When she awoke several days later, she would recall dark dreams and visions of demons and monstrous, deformed creatures. In a fit of madness, she wedged her father’s door shut and set fire to the chapel in which they lived. Fleeing Sandpoint, she would find out much later that Father Tobyn perished in the blaze that burned the cathedral to the ground.

It mattered little, as her anger led her to Magnimar, where she gained the aid of a group of Norberger-worshiping killers calling themselves the Skinsaw Cult. With their aid, she tracked down her former lover Delek and murdered him.

Soon after, her dreams and visions returned, guiding her back to Sandpoint and leading her to the Catacombs of Wrath, the shrine to Lamashtu and the runewell within, and her soon to be ally, Elyrium the Quasit. Under Elryium’s tutelage, she became a powerful believer and follower of Lamashtu. Lamashtu then granted her a great vision: one that showed her transformation to her rightful demonic form – a purging of her celestial taint – all while she stood in he chaos of Sandpoint burning to the ground.

To complete the destruction of Sandpoint, she was told to perform a ritual that would grant her a great boon and then seek a powerful ally – a creature named Malfeshnekor – buried deep within Thistletop. To her surprise and pleasure, the ritual of burning her father’s bones began her demonic transformation by changing her left arm a fearsome clawed appendage.

The last page of the journal noted that although she could hear Malfeshnekor’s whisperings, she had been unable to find him. One thing was clear, however – Nualia wanted to become one of Lamashtu’s children now. She wanted to become a monster herself.

Notes:

  • Updated Maps of Thistletop
  • Arcobolt is nowhere to be found. After being overcome with fear during the Yeth hound fight in the cathedral, he fled, and has not been seen since.
  • I am assuming you are holing up in the room where you fought Nualia and her cronies. If this is all you do, then you have enough time to identify the magical items from the treasure as well as read through the notes and papers form Nualia’s room ( past the battle room) and the room with the secret doors.
  • I’d like to play through the interrogation of Orik during next session.
  • Also in Nualia’s notes and papers you find the following information on minor runewells:
    • the death of wrathful souls near the runewell fuels its power
      • it is clear that Nualia believes the death of so many goblins in an attack on Sandpoint will fill the runewell to an immense level of power.
    • entering a runewell can cause you to become overwhelmed with wrath, or even kill you. She notes that it may be interesting to torture her enemies in this way.
    • by allowing a few drops of ones own fresh blood to fall into the pool, a person can summon sinspawn (twisted, vile creatures) to do their bidding. Doing so drains the runewell of some of its power
      • The notes caution not to summon too many sinspawn, as completely draining the runewell will cause it to deactivate, and the rituals to reactivate such pools have long been lost.

Experience
Rescuing Arcobolt Wisslespinner: 400xp
Yeth Hounds in Chapel (2) : 1600XP
Tentamort: 1200 XP
Lyrie: 800XP
Orik: 800XP
Bruthazmus: 800XP
Tsuto: 800XP
Nualia: 1600 XP
Nualia’s Yeth Hound: 800 XP
Total: 8800 XP

Josh / Eashen
XP: +1760 / 8615(total)

Evan /Navi
XP: +1760 / 8515(total)

Jim / Demarek
XP: + 1760 / 9015 (total)
Level Up! 4th

Angela / Abhishek
XP: +1760 / 7515(total)

Marcus / Daladriel
XP: + 1760 / 7415(total)

Treasure
This list excludes the mundane goblin equipment which would be largely worthless. All gear is Medium size unless otherwise noted.

From : Tsuto
Ring of Protection + 1

From Secret Door room:
20 stone artifacts of Thassilonian origin. ( Runes, tablets, parts of statues, etc…)

From Bruthazmus:
4x + 1 elf bane arrows
Potion of Cure Moderate wounds
Studded leather
Heavy Flail
Masterwork Composite Longbow (+4 strength required)
4 pp

From Orik:
Potion of Cure Moderate Wounds
+ 1 Banded Mail Armor
MW Heavy Steel shield
Composite Longbow (+3 strength required)
MW Bastard Sword
2pp
95gp

From Tentamort Lair:
+ 1 Hide Armor, small size

From Lyrie
Potion of Cure light wounds
Scroll of Comprehend Languages
Scroll of Minor Image
Scroll of See invisibility
Scroll of Sleep
Scroll of whispering wind
Wand of Magic Missile ( 37 charges)
Dagger
Cloak of Resistance + 1
Silver comb (25 gp)
Fine Silk gown (60 gp)
Everburning torch
Pearl earring (50gp)
3pp
278 gp
1 Spellbook with the following spells:
Invisibility, Mirror Image, shatter, Burning Hands, Grease, Mage Armor, Ray of Enfeeblement, comprehend languages, floating disc, detect secret doors, identify, locate object, minor image, obscuring mist, see invisibility, sleep, spider climb, 0th – all

From Nualia
+ 1 Breastplate armor
+ 1 bastard sword
MW Composite Longbow ( +2 strength required)
Gold holy symbol of Lamashtu ( 100gp)
7pp
5gp
Magical medallion (shaped like a 7 pointed star) – This medallion grants the following:

  • + 1 bonus to all saving throws (fort/Ref/Will)
  • 1x a day, it allows the wearer to gain the effects equivalent to that of a false life spell ( assume Caster Level 5)
  • If placed on the neck of a dead body, it preserves the body infinitely via a gentle repose effect.
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