Rise of the Runelords

The Thistletop Coup
Session 5 - 06/23/2017

Fireday 28 Rova, 4707

Players:
Pyresmoke – Mike
Yasuhdo – Andrew
Gladreich – Matt
Thaddeus – Alex
Ragnar – Sean

Pyresmoke crossed the rickety bridge first with his goblin Chris. With a combination of threats, bribes, and spectacle he convinced the goblins on the other side to join him in fighting the goblin warchieft Rippnugget. The group entered the stronghold killing the goblins who refused to join their ranks. A crazed warhorse was found locked away in a courtyard. Gladreich and Yasuhdo managed to calm and heal the beast.

The party bust open the doors to the throne room. Ripnugget, oddly calm, tried to hold a discussion with the group. He beckoned to Pyresmoke to approach his throne and discuss their terms, but this was in reality an ambush. The rest of the party and their goblins rushed into the room and began to fight. Just as it appeared Ripnugget was going to regain control over the goblins Yasuhdo managed to cut his arm off. The goblins turned on Ripnugget again and Yasuhdo killed the warcheif with a well placed slice that decapitated him. The warcheif’s lizard was chopped to pieces by Ragnar.

After looting the first floor of the stronghold the party began to explorer the basement. During their exploring a mage was encountered who fled the battle after being wounded. A tentacled monster surrounded by goblin corpses was left locked in its cave. The bugbear Bruthazmus was found among the warcheif’s harem, all of whom were slain. An unopened stone door lies before the party, carved with gruesome images of monsters clawing their way out of pregnant women.

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Well of Sin
Session 4 - 06/16/2017

Oathday 27 Rova, 4707 – Fireday 28 Rova, 4707

Players:
Pyresmoke – Mike
Yasuhdo – Andrew
Thaddeus – Alex
Ragnar – Sean

Wealday 27 Rova, 4707

After a night of rest the party descended back into the catacombs below town. An underground cathedral devoted to Lamashtu was found, guarded by more sinspawn and a quasit. The quasit shirked in anger and preformed a blood ritual that summoned more sinspawn from a glowing well. She attacked the party and nearly dealt a fatal blow to Ragnar. Before the blow was struck an arrow fired by Yasuhdo pinned her to a wall. The party drained the runewell of power by using the blood ritual to summon and kill the sinspawn that emerged until it was empty.

While the priests of the town were attempting to purify the evil grounds below the party examined the collapsed lighthouse for clues. Ameiko met with the party later that night and revealed that she had transferred the deed of the glass works to the group. Tsuto’s journal hinted that the woman of “celestial taint” was working to unseal a monster named Malfeshnekor at Thistletop. In preparation the group hired two local mercenaries; a monk and a rogue. A priest was also convinced to aid the party. Shalelu, who harbors a hatred of goblins and especially of Bruthazmus, agreed to travel to Thistletop as well.

Oathday 28 Rova, 4707

The journey the next morning along the Lost Coast Road was uneventful and after crossing the Thistle River the party found themselves at a large briar patch near the coast. Another goblin of Pyresmoke’s, given the name Chris, lead the group through the briar maze. After defeating the goblin druid Gogmurt they found the rope bridge that lead to the Thistletop stronghold upon an island.

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Glass and Wrath
Session 3 - 05/26/2017

Wealday 26 Rova, 4707

Players:
Pyresmoke – Mike
Yasuhdo – Andrew
Gladreich – Matt
Thaddeus – Alex
Ragnar – Sean

Gladreich, Pyresmoke, and Thaddeus began making preparations to help protect the town against another goblin attack. A new archery training regiment was spearheaded by Gladreich while Thaddeus began examining the town’s defenses for weaknesses. Yasuhdo, after reading Tsuto’s letter to Ameiko, decided to investigate the glassworks with the help of Jerold and his hound.

No one answered the door to the glassworks and the windows were all shuttered. Kicking the front door down he began to explore the building and found a pack goblins among mutilated bodies. During the fight the rest of the party arrived. The goblins were exterminated but one of Pyresmoke’s goblins was killed by the crowd that had gathered outside. The body of Lonjitsu was found inside and was coated in glass.

After exploring the ground level of the glassworks the party descended into the basement to find sections of the walls broken down. Tsuto was discovered in an office in the basement. After a breif scuffle he attempted to flee down a tunnel. The party caught up to him and he fought to his death. A journal was found on his dead body. Ameiko was found soon after, locked in a store room. She told the party that Tsuto wanted her to join his insane schemes but when she refused she was beaten unconscious by the goblins. She did not take the news of her fathers death well and has retreated to the Rusty Dragon for the time being.

The tunnel that Tsuto tried to escape down was explored. It was discovered that one branch of the tunnel led to a hidden cave overlooking the gulf. The other led to an ancient dungeon filled with strange monsters below the city.

The party explored the dungeon’s depths killing the monsters that inhabited it. During a fight with a vargouille Chris was cursed and given a swift merciful death. They found a collapsed stairway and after excavating it discovered that it led to the surface of Sandpoint. The town watch has since been posted to guard the hole that leads to the dungeon while the party rests. Gladreich, unable to sleep, also guards the hole.

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The Desecrated Vault
Session 2 - 05/19/2017

Sunday 23 Rova, 4707 – Toilday 25 Rova, 4707

Players:
Pyresmoke – Mike
Yasuhdo – Andrew
Gladreich – Matt
Thaddeus – Alex
Ragnar – Sean

Starday 23 Rova, 4707

After a much deserved rest the party was approached by Sheriff Hemlock the next day. After the goblin attack it was discovered that the grave of Ezakien Tobyn, the town’s previous priest, was broken into. The party agreed to help him checkout the grave and found Ezakien’s corpse missing, along with two hostile animated skeletons. An old robe was discovered, identified as an inert Robe of Bones by Pyresmoke. Gladreich took the robe and began to search for a hound to track the scent.

The local hunter Jerold was hired to help track whoever stole Ezakien’s corpse. His hound Scruffy tracked the scent northeast along the Lost Coast Road. Just before crossing the Thistle River the group was attacked by a group of Mosswood goblins. The goblin were all killed with the exception of one, given the name Chris by Pyresmoke. After interrogating Chris it was discovered that the goblin tribes worked together to attack Sandpoint. With this knowledge the group returned to town.

Sunday 24 Rova, 4707

The following morning the party joined Aldern Foxglode, the rescued nobleman, on a hunt at dawn. Yasuhdo agreed to teach Aldern how to fight and arranged a training regiment . The boar killed during the hunt was dropped off at the Rusty Dragon to be used for dinner.

After the hunt the group arrived at the garrison and talked to Hemlock about the goblins. It is believed that they are being united by an unknown benefactor. It is unlike goblins to work together like this. Hemlock has left for Magnimar to request the aid of additional soldiers against this new threat. The elf ranger Shalelu explained the five major goblin tribes and some notable goblin individuals.

While staying at the Rusty Dragon Thaddeus overhead an argument between the owner Ameiko and her father Lonjiku. After exchanging angry words in their native tongue Lonjiku stormed out. Ameiko explained that he wanted her to leave town with him or else be cut out of the family inheritance.

Moonday 25 Rova, 4707

The next day Ameiko is no where in sight. Bethana, a halfling who works at the Rusty Dragon, approached Yashudo with a crumpled note written in minkaian. While not fluent in the language she knows enough that it troubles her. She begs Yashudo to help find Ameiko and believes her to be in danger.

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The Swallowtail Festival
Session 1 - 05/05/2017

Starday 22 Rova, 4707

Players:
Pyresmoke – Mike
Yasuhdo – Andrew
Gladreich – Matt
Thaddeus – Alex

Fireday 22 Rova, 4707

Four heroes have arrived in Sandpoint as the Swallowtail Festival begins. The square before the newly rebuilt cathedral becomes crowded as locals and travelers arrive. Merchants and their stalls line the roads of the city selling food, local crafts, and trinkets alike. The festival officially begins during a ceremony with speeches from Mayor Kendra Deverin, Sheriff Belor Hemlock, Theatre Owner Cyrdak Drokkus, and Priest Abstalar Zantus.

After the ceremony Pyresmoke and Yasuhdo approached Sheriff Hemlock and learned that the goblin tribes of the region have become more restless than normal. He is willing to pay gold if a group can help cull their numbers. Little does Hemlock know that the goblin menace is much closer than he could have imagined.

After the fun and games of the festival the sun began to set. At dusk the final ceremony was set to begin. Zantus began the consecrate ritual for the cathedral but was interrupted by terrified screams. Goblins began to pour out of the woodwork, burning anything nearby and attacking townsfolk. The heroes who were gathered near the cathedral helped push back the goblins, saving many townsfolk and a nobleman named Aldern Foxglove who has promised the party a proper reward at the Rusty Dragon. After the goblins were defeated crowds of townsfolk gathered around the heroes cheering for them.

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