Present Players: Eydan, Purrcival, Feda, Mick
The party has reached Level 2.
The party starts off with an unconscious Mick in Gorvi's wheelbarrow heading toward the guard garrison. Mick is brought back to consciousness after an un-ceremonial dunk in the horse trough thanks to Gorvi and Eydan. Eydan thanks Gorvi for his trouble and tips him a silver for the wheel barrow usage. Once Mick finds himself put back together the party gets back on track investigating the magical cloak with four holes torn into it that they found in the Ezekian Family Tomb. They take it over to Headmaster Gandethus at the Turandarok Academy to take a look. He recognizes it as used up Robe of Bones and explains that anyone wearing the robe can tear off patches to summon corporeal undead. They generally are skeletal, but he isn't surprised when the party tells him of the zombies in the crypt. They visit a bit more with Headmaster Gandethus who shows them around his collection again and lets Purrcival know he did in fact trade off a real claw print from the Sandpoint Devil. He shows them a melted plaster cast that the party had given him previously, and he confirms that the rumors that traces verifying the Sandpoint Devil almost always find themselves destroyed mysteriously. After a bit more chatting the party says their goodbyes to the Headmaster. The party splits up with Feda heading back to the temple and the rest of the party deciding to visit the local bars, mostly at Mick's prompting. The rest of the party goes off to visit Riza's Place an old Varisian bar that is mostly only visited by locals. They are greeted warmly enough and try some of the house special spiced potatoes and cider. Mick sees someone he recognizes in the bar, but doesn't really introduce the party. Eydan recognizes the young girl as a common lookout for the Sczarni active in town, but she doesn't seem to be on the job or seem to recognize Mick. The local butcher Chod also shows up to talk about the goblin raid but Eydan rather abruptly shuts him down from trying to tell any tall tales of his exploits. Purrcival tries to be a little gentler and Chod is more than happy to chat a bit. He gossips a bit about the Scarnetti's, a local noble family, trying to shut down the Pixie's Kitten and eventually excuses himself to get back to work at his shop. The party spends a few hours there before touring the other bars. Mick makes it a point to try to get Jaren and Purrcival drunk, but only Purrcival is willing to give it a go and gets proper drunk slightly before Mick. Feda spends the time they're out carousing to watch the Junker's Toss for goblins and doesn't find anything than a slightly awkward interaction with Gorvi. The rest of the party eventually splits up to their sleeping quarters. Eydan does a quick tour of the beach and sees Headmaster Gandethus walking the beach collecting seashells and other oddities but doesn't find any goblins or their spoor. Meanwhile, Mick does some investigating at the Pixie's Kitten trying to see if he can get any more intel on visitors to see if sheriff Hemlock is a usual visitor. He gets distracted by some of the ladies in the establishment and doesn't make much progress with his investigation, but he does greatly enjoy himself that night.
The next day the party doesn't really have much on their agenda and spend a day about town after a quick breakfast at the Rusty Dragon. Purrcival and Eydan are met by a crying Amele Barett with her two children who tells them something has been terrifying poor Aeren, who Eydan recognizes as the kid he gave a toy catapult to at the festival, since the goblin raid. At first the parents thought that it was just him making up stories and trauma from the raid, but early this morning they were awoken to Petal the family dog yowling at something and then screams of pain from Aeren. Her husband Alergast rushed into the room only to find a goblin on the child's chest chewing at his forearms. He chased it back under the house, but they weren't sure what to do. She pleads with the two of them to help and Eydan agrees to go back with her to the home while Purrcival tries to find the rest of the party. Eydan goes in and investigates the house only to find a grisly scene. He comes upon the dead dog with a dagger through its ear and the still warm corpse of Alergast being chewed on by a goblin. Eydan quickly drops the creature with two arrows. Seeing there is nothing that can be done with the bodies he covers them with a sheet and stays in the house until the rest of the party arrives. Purrcival meets Feda at the temple and tells her directions before heading off to the garrison where he finds Mick and sheriff Hemlock. They all arrive roughly at the same time where Eydan shows them the grim scene and the now unconscious goblin that he has captured. They help make arrangements with the sheriff's help to get the Barett family a place to stay and escort the goblin back to the garrison. They spend some time interrogating the creature but it seems insane even for a goblin mostly ranting that it wants to return to its "kingdom" which the party summarizes is the crawlspace under the Barett's home. They spend the rest of the day gathering resources for interrogating such as a charm spell and a zone of truth from the clerics at the temple. Mick meets up with sheriff Hemlock and comes clean on his attempts to spy on the sheriff for the Sczarni, but the sheriff Hemlock assures him that is alright and doesn't seem altogether surprised by the confession. The sheriff admits things are on a bit of a knife's edge due to the various political factions in play, but that currently the Pixie's Kitten is safe unless the Scarnetti family gets more power or if the Sczarni are able to dig up any dirt on the patrons at the Pixie's Kitten. He encourages Mick to work with his current group who seem to be a good lot and if he is able to provide any information on the Sczarni in town.
That night they meet up at the Rusty Dragon to discuss what can be done, and while they are eating Lonjiku Kaijitsu barges in and ranting in a foreign tongue no one recognizes. When he spies the party he comes over and starts berating them for getting in the way during the raid and that they should of let the professionals handle it. If they had there probably wouldn't have been any goblins left to kill poor Alergast. The party is rightfully offended and Eydan stares the man down enough that falters a bit. Before Lonjiku retorts Ameiko comes into the common room demanding to know what's going on, Lonjiku turns on Ameiko and again unleashes a torrent in a foreign tongue. It comes to head when Lonjiku makes a grab for Ameiko's hair to tug her out of the establishment. The party as a whole stands up to assist, but before they are needed Ameiko bashes her father across the face with a soup covered ladle spreading across his face and clothes. It mostly damages his pride, but you can tell it stuns the man. She tells him to get out of her tavern, and he stammers a bit before fleeing the establishment. Unable to resist dropping one last barb he tells her, "You're dead to me as your mother!" fleeing before she can spit out a retort. Feda makes sure he is well gone and joins the party in giving Ameiko some support after the spat. Ameiko lets them know that it isn't unusual for her father and her to come to terms though rarely to blows and almost never in public, she isn't sure he ever has visited her establishment before tonight and it seems that he almost certainly won't be visiting again.
The next day the part is extremely busy with further interrogating the goblin and a meeting that sheriff Hemlock sets up with Mayor Deverin. Headmaster Gandethus is able to charm the goblin with one of his spells, however, he doesn't earn much more information than the party already gained. The Headmaster is able to confirm that it is a Mosswood goblin that has been captured from the recent raid. It seems the raid was led by a longshank, but the goblin is either unaware or unwilling to tell his new friend anything more. The goblin does let him know that there are multiple "longshanks" involved, and that at least one was a scary looking female and another was a effeminate male "longshanks". After the interrogation the party backtracks the trail from the town wall, but it seems to lead to the east toward some locales that goblins are known to frequent. The party isn't able to figure out exactly where it leads beyond that and return to town to meet with the mayor. Mayor Deverin introduces herself and thanks the party for their recent support. She tells them there is a gold reward with her secretary in the foyer and that she is going to allocate more as needed. A productive meeting follows with mayor Deverin, sheriff Hemlock, and the newly arrived ranger Shalelu Andosana. They hash a plan where the sheriff will go to Magnimar for more guards to support the town for at least a couple of weeks, Shalelu will scout out some of the nearby goblin settlements to see if she can determine where they are massing, and the party will stay in town to keep the peace.
Shalelu joins the party for a dinner at the Rusty Dragon before leaving to scout the nearby areas. As they arrive they are greeted with an outraged Aldern Foxglove who rants about having already paid for the horses and manservants, and that he is extremely disappointed in the party. Eydan tells the man there are actual lives at stake with this goblin threat and that he should get over himself. He dismisses the nobleman by tossing him a copper piece and heading into the Rusty Dragon. Aldern clenches the copper in his fist and rages off toward the other inn in Sandpoint. Shalelu is a bit confused, but Eydan shrugs it off as "nobles". During dinner Shalelu and the group trade adventuring stories and she tells the group about the nearby goblin tribes and the goblin "heroes" who led them. The party discuss the goblin tribes' areas and agree that it is most likely that any leaders of these goblins are in Thistletop since it is the most easily defended. She leaves shortly after dinner and the session ends with the party awakening the next day at the Rusty Dragon.
- The Scarnetti family has a strong moral disagreement with the Pixie's Kitten and want it to be shut down to conserve good Sandpoint values.
- Shalelu and a Bugbear from the Nettlewood have been feuding for months and so far neither has gotten the advantage over the other.
- Ven Vinder is not a fan of the party and some of his friends were not giving them kind looks at some of the bars.
- Another session of mostly world building. I expect the next 2-3 sessions will more than balance that out, but we shall see.
- The party managed to visit Riza's place, continuing to check random locations in town off their list.
- They've managed to get a pretty good roster of allies and only a couple of NPCs pissed at them so far. However, they've mostly avoided "high" society until this session so stakes were relatively low.
- The party is splitting up a fair amount which has caused the spotlight to spend more time on some over others. So far no one has complained and I think it is almost unavoidable given the numerous side quests / hooks / rumors in town but I need to continue to be cognizant of the danger of people zoning out when not in the spotlight though.
- The player notes are really helpful to see what the PCs are keeping up with and what I may need to explain further in these session notes. Shout out to Kyle and Sawcy for posting them to the drive after each session. They are a big help when rambling in these session overviews!
- Thoughts so far? I've not gotten much feedback (which I'm going to assume is a good thing), but let me know if I should continue on course or if I need to make adjustments in game style or the mixture of RP, Exploration, and Combat.
Rewards / Loot:
- 100 Gold to each party member from the Mayor
Challenges / Monsters:
- Goblin Commando
- Kaijitsu Family Feud
- Boar Hunt..? Oh wait.
End Date: Spring 16