Five travelers made a pilgrimage to Sandpoint to celebrate the dedication of a new cathedral by Father Zantus, one dedicated to many gods. During the ceremony, local goblin tribes attacked. The goblins were easily driven off, with very little damage done to the town or its residents. During the battle, the party met a local noble by the name of Aldern Foxglove, a charming yet odd local currently living in the nearby city of Magrim.
In the aftermath, the party met with the town mayor and sheriff. They encouraged the five to stay in town until things settled down, and set up a meeting with Shalelu. Shalelu explained that she gathers intelligence on the local goblin tribes and prevents them from causing too much harm to local settlements. She also said that the tribes were beginning to cooperate, a new and troubling phenomenon.
The party secured indefinite lodging free of charge at the Rusty Dragon, a tavern run by Ameiko Kaijutsu. Some investigation around town revealed the following:
- The goblin raid on Sandpoint was a ruse to disguise the theft of the lateFather Ezakien’s bones.
- Seven years ago, a local artist went mad and murdered many people. Also, seven years ago was when the church of Desna burned to the ground, killing Father Ezakien and his foundling child Nualia.
- Chopper’s Isle is empty except for a small, weatherbeaten shack containing a gigantic and disturbing stone idol.
- A partially fallen tower is suspected to be a Thassilonian structure of some importance by a strange scholar.
During the investigations, Aldern took Qisma and Oleander on a boar hunt as a token of thanks for saving his life during the goblin attack. He spent the entire trip speaking of high life in Magrim and flirting with Qisma. He notably let his man-servants do all of the actual boar hunting. Qisma and Oleander returned to Sandpoint with light riding horses and many pounds of boar meat which they cured into jerky.