Tami, a half elf ranger druid joins the party at the end of the festival battle.
The players have been busy as the Town Heroes. While the PC’s wanted to set out to the north to follow the goblin tracks, the Mayor and Sheriff asked them to remain in town for a few days to help keep the townsfolk calm. Gweave (Gweavanar’s new nickname) writes several songs and preforms them at the Rusty Dragon. His performance is so inspiring, that the townsfolk almost immediately take a collective breath and start laughing at the Goblin’s antics during the attack. True, some folks died, and the town rallies around their families, but more importantly the vast majority survived and are stronger for the ordeal. Kaddock gets mighty drunk and Ameko and Gweavanar must drag him to his room. Ameko locks the door because she is afraid the town girls might break in at “Take advantage” of the downed hero.
The day after the attack, the party continues to explore around the town. They discover several items:
1) The goblins sent a strike force directly to the cemetery to recover Father Toybn’s remains.
2) Someone opened the north city gates, which allowed the goblins direct access to the cemetery.
3) At the end of the raid, the party assisted the Sheriff in saving the Mayor, Father Zanthus, and Aldern Foxglove (a noble from Magnimar). At the time the party did not notice, but there were large ladders leaning on the wall that were much to large for the goblins to have brought with them. The Sheriff burned the ladders during the battle. The party wonders if the Sheriff burnt them to prevent the goblin’s escape, or to destroy evidence.
While investigating these rumors, the party finds out:
1) Father Toybn had a beautiful adopted celestial daughter with silver hair and silver eyes. The town treated her badly but she was beloved by her father. Her remains (Ashes?) resided in the crypt by her father’s ashes.
2) “Bodies” is not an accurate description of the remains of Father Toybn and his daughter. The townsfolk did the best they could, but all that was found after the fire were small shards of burnt bones in areas where the two lived.
3) Father Toybn’s coffin was literally “swept” clean by the goblins. Not a speck of ashes remained.
4) The Sheriff was overheard by several people asking the guardsmen if the north gate had been secured before they joined the festivities. Both guardsmen said Yes… But they both died.
5) The headmaster tells the party that there are several uses for remains. Zombies, Skeletons, Liches, you know, things like that…
At Finn’s insistence the Mayor quickly throws together a parade for the Town Heroes. The entire town turns out and follows the hero’s wagon around town, and a huge party breaks out in the honor. The party last most of the night.
The next morning, Aldren Foxglove invites the party on a Boar Hunt. Since Aldren wants to hunt in the direction of the original goblin tracks, the party agrees. Aldren buys the party mounts, and they head out. It is clear that Tami is having none of Aldren. After saving him, Aldren planted a big kiss, and groped Tami… She is not pleased. During the travels to Tickwood Aldren foppishly probes about the PC’s. He really wants to learn how to CHARGE an enemy and is truly enamored with the party’s bravery. The party continually tells Aldren that CHARGING is not always the best option. As they arrive at the edge of Tickwood, the party comes across the largest boar that any of them have ever seen. Weighing in at over 700 pounds. Aldren initially turns his horse to flee. But after the first few moments of combat he has a change of heart and CHARGES in to aid Kaddock. Seconds later, Aldren lies bleeding to death in the dirt. The Dire Boar is finally slain and the party revives Aldren who then cannot stop talking about his heroic charge of the boar. Gweave writes a song about the battle and Tami, fed up with Aldren, heads to a different inn.
Gweave preforms his “Ode to the Charge” at the Rusty Dragon Inn, much to Ameko’s, Aldren’s, and the patron’s delight. Aldren invites the party to his father’s estate to preform the Ode. As the party prepares for bed, a women, Amele) bustles into the inn with her young son and toddler daughter. She tells the party that since the goblin attack her young son has been having night terrors and awakening the entire family with tales of a goblin in the closet. Normally her husband, Alergast, would check on the children and put them back to bed, over and over each night. But after the fourth time tonight, he refused and decided to let his son cry himself to sleep. A few moments later they heard their infant and son screaming. Alergast burst into the room to find a goblin chewing on the baby’s arm, and the family dog dead. Amele collected the children and ran for the Rusty Dragon to get the Heroes of Sandpoint’s help. The PC’s send Aldren out to get the Sheriff and immediately head to Amele’s home. Arriving, they barge in and in one mighty blow Kaddock slays the Goblin Commando. But it is too late to save Alergast.
Heading back to the Rusty Dragon, they give Amele the bad news and the Sheriff takes her to the temple for the night. During the night, Kaddock has another dream. In the dream, he sees a pool of still water in a dark cave. His vision shifts to above ground, and he sees a flash 100’s miles in the distance. The site changes and he sees a young women sleeping in a dark room. Again his vision shifts to the pool, now violently bubbling and slowly glowing green. With a sudden burst of energy, a green mystical wave bursts from the pool and passes through the walls of the cave. In a final flash, Kaddock again sees a young women sleeping in her bed. The green wave bursts through the floor, passes over her and out of the room. The girl sits up in bed, and the last thing Kaddock sees is her silver eyes…
After telling the party about his vision, they prepare to investigate further who opened the gates on the day of the attack. As they set out, they are summoned to the Garrison with news that Shalelu (Shale) Andosana has arrived in town and would like to speak to them right away.