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 Post subject: Campaign Diary
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Session 1

Real date: 20/2/15
Game date: Lamashan 23, 4707 AR

​Our heroes attended the Swallowtail Festival marking the consecration of Sandpoint Cathedral. After the Welcoming Speeches, they enjoyed some festival games, sampled the lunches on offer from the various inns and taverns of Sandpoint.

Among the town residents they met were the Mayor, Kendra Deverin, Sheriff Belor Hemlock, theatre owner Cyrdak Drokkus and Father Abstalar Zantus. They heard a little about the Chopper's murder spree and the fire that destroyed the old church, events residents often refer to as the Late Unpleasantness.

Atum faced down a bully named Das at the ring-a-bell stand. Tiberiu made the acquaintance of a gnomish mapmaker named Veznutt Parooh, who was interested in talking to him about his travels later.

At the coconut shy, Papoy helped a little boy named Aeren Barett win a coconut, earning the gratitude of Aeren's father, Alergast.

Belegar has been staying with a fellow dwarf, Volioker Briskalberd, while his mule is being looked after by the goblin-hating Daviren Hosk at the Goblin Squash Stables, next to the Rusty Dragon inn. The Rusty Dragon is where most of the others are staying.

Reolan made the acquaintance of Garridan Viskalai, owner of the White Deer Inn, and learnt he's a second-generation Shoanti settler who parents were from Reolan's own clan. Garridan is proud of his heritage and tries to keep up the old ways. Reolan also noticed Sheriff Belor Hemlock bears Hawk clan tattoos.

During the goblin's attack on Sandpoint at dusk, the party held off attacks by two separate bands of goblins in the town square. They helped return Vorah Wheen's daughter to her unharmed during a lull in the fighting.

They rushed to the rescue of a young man named Aldern Foxglove, who was extremely grateful, especially to Aurora, which didn't make Tiberiu particularly happy. He invited the party to join him on a boar hunt within the next few days.

Having managed to take a goblin prisoner, several of our heroes took it to the town garrison, where they questioned it with Belor Hemlock and the jailor, Vachedi. All they could learn was that the goblin raid was led by a "longshanks", and it was a diversion for something happening in the Sandpoint Boneyard.

During the interrogation, Sheriff Hemlock received reports that some of the trapped goblins had thrown themselves off the cliff known as Junker's Edge. Others managed to escape north. The goblins were from several different tribes - the captured one was from the Mosswoods. Comparing notes with each other and the sheriff, our heroes realised the attack came from at least two directions - one band through the north gates and another from the south.

Tiberiu and Aurora were distressed to find that the Varisian caravan outside town was also raided by goblins, with several travellers slain and some - including their father - carried off.

We leave our heroes interested in finding out what might have happened in the Boneyard.​

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 5:42 pm 
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Session 2

Real date: 1/3/15
Game date: Lamashan 23 to 26, 4707 AR

Lamashan 23​

After interrogating the goblin, the party heads to the Sandpoint Boneyard with Sheriff Belor Hemlock, where sexton (caretaker) Naffer Vosk leads them the priests' vault. Careful examination reveals the tracks of one goblin, and one booted medium-sized humanoid around the vault, and the party discovers a ladder propped up against the north wall of the boneyard. Investigating the vault, four skeletons attack them, and, after defeating them, discover Father Ezakien Tobyn's tomb is empty, the body stolen by the raiders. They also discover a used-up Robe of Bones, which they destroy at the Cathedral. The party discovers Nualia Tobyn's body was destroyed in the Sandpoint Fire, and she has no tomb, just a memorial plaque in the new cathedral. Father Zantus explains more of the story of Jervis Stoot, alias Chopper, and the Late Unpleasantness but says Belor Hemlock is the person to ask since he was involved in the investigation and the final showdown.

During the investigation, Sheriff Hemlock asks more about the party and their intentions. He seems satisfied with their answers though he's keen to find out whether Tiberiu and his sister have any connections to the Scarnzi crime ring. Hemlock was concerned about the raid on the Varisian caravan and kidnapping of Tiberiu and Aurora's father, but had no idea where to look. He says he will try to get the word out to Shalelu Andosana, an elven ranger and goblin expert.

The mood in the Rusty Dragon that evening is sombre. Ameiko sings a sad song, then closes early then chats with the party. She reveals she used to be an adventurer and has a half-brother, a half-elf named Tsuto. In response to questions, she mentions that Nualia was planetouched, an aasimar, and very beautiful. She was devout, and destined for the church, but was rather lonely - people believed touching her hair brought luck. The Rusty Dragon's maid, a an elderly halfling named Bethana Corwin, shows them to their rooms, each named after a species of dragon.

Lamashan 24

​The following morning, Papoy headed to the Curious Goblin bookshop, where he chatted with owner Chask Haladan and an elderly sage named Brodert Quink, an expert on Thassilonia whose theory that the Old Light was once a Thassilonian weapon is not widely accepted. Papoy bought a primer on the Dwarven language.

Tiberiu and Reolan stopped first at the Goblin Squash Stables, where Deverin Hosk offered them a bounty of 5gp for every pair of goblin ears they brought him - 10 gp if they could also give him the name of the goblin. He showed them his pride and joy - the body of a goblin chief, and revealed he'd destroyed a goblin tribe over the years.

Then they stopped at Sandpoint Boutique, a shop selling a variety of goods run by Hayliss Korvaski, then headed to The Way North, where Tiberiu agreed to describe his journey to Tien and back to gnomish mapmaker Veznutt Parooh in exchange for Varooh's map of the Sandpoint Hinterlands. Reolan left him to it, returning to the Sandpoint Boutique to find out whether Hayliss would be interested in buying any oddments the party found on their travels. She would but isn't interested in buying any stolen items. After leaving the Boutique, Reolan saw a pair of dishevelled merchants riding into town on one horse. They'd been attacked by goblins between the Mosswood and Nettlewood, and lost their goods and guards. They went to report the attack to Sheriff Hemlock. He also overheard a young couple chatting - Katrine Vinder and Banny Harker. She was worried her father would see them, so agreed to go down to the mill with him. It was clear milling was not on their minds.

Papoy wandered the town with Belegar. Everywhere they went, people were delighted to see them. Everyone seemed to know the party's names and was grateful to them for saving the town from goblins. Alma Avertin from Sandpoint Savouries baked delicious pastries, just for them. Olmur Danvakus at the Grocer's Hall insisted on offering them apples, to Belegar's delight, yarp.

On his return from The Way North, a lovely young woman named Shayliss Vinder asked Tiberiu to help her clear some rats out of the cellar of the General Store. It soon became clear she had other intentions, and when her protective father Ven Vinder returned unexpectedly, Tiberiu had to draw on his store of spells to avoid being found. He spent the night locked in the cellar, and quickly left when Shayliss let him out in the morning - much to her disappointment.​

Lamashan 25

​When he reached the Rusty Dragon during breakfast, Tiberiu discovered the party had agreed to go on a boar hunt with Aldern Foxglove. Since the hunt was in the direction of the attack on the merchants, and where the party believed Tiberiu and Aurora's father might have been taken, they agreed to go.

Foxglove's interest in Aurora was clear though Atum and Reolan made it clear she was "protected". Aldern bought the party each a horse from the Goblin Squash Stables and a boar spear from Savah's Armory. On the journey, Foxglove displayed his interest the several party members though it was clear Aurora was his main interest. He said he lived in Magnimar, but hoped to restore his family's derelict country estate, Foxglove Manor, a few miles south-east of Sandpoint.

The hunt went well, with Atum leading the charge against the boar, and Reolan finishing it off. Foxglove and his hired hunters went back to the Rusty Dragon with the carcass while the party went to investigate the attack on the merchants. After an encounter with some hostile mites, they found the site and followed goblin tracks north. Soon they found more goblin tracks - many more - and decided it was best to return to town.

In the evening, Lonjiku Kaijitsu, a middle-aged Tien nobleman, entered the Rusty Dragon, insisting on seeing his daughter. When Ameiko appeared they argued in Minkaian, which Tiberiu was able to translate through magic. He ordered her to return to Magnimar with him; she refused, and he told her he was cutting her off. Ameiko paled at his words, "You are as dead to me as your mother," then hit him over the head with her soup ladle. Though she made light of it, it was clear the argument upset her. The party told Lonjiku to be more polite, which he clearly only did in fear of being attacked; then he left in a huff.​

Lamashan 26

​Shalelu Andosana arrived in town, and Belor Hemlock sent for the party to join him and Mayor Deverin at Sandpoint Town Hall. The news clearly surprised Ameiko Kaijitsu - Shalelu was an old friend who usually visited the Rusty Dragon as soon as she came to town.

Shalelu had no news of Tiberiu and Aurora's father but was extremely concerned about the rise in goblin activity in the region. She believed all five tribes were working together, something unheard of. Sheriff Hemlock and Mayor Kendra Deverin were disturbed by her news, and asked the party to take on the role of the town's protectors while Hemlock took some of his watchmen to Magnimar to seek military aid to defend the town. Shalelu would head back out into the wilds to look specifically for the missing Varisians.

Later, in the Rusty Dragon, Shalelu filled the party in on some of her goblin lore, naming the tribes and their territories, and listing some of the most notable goblins in the area, then set off aain into the wilderness to try to find out where the goblin raiders had taken Tiberiu and Aurora's father.

Aldern Foxglove left Sandpoint during the day, telling Bethana he was returning to Magnimar, though the party did not notie his departure and didn't find out about it until the following day.​

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Session 3

Real Date: 18/4/15
Game Date: Lamashan 27, 4707 AR

​Breakfast wasn't. While Belegar stomped to the kitchen to slake his own appetite, other members of the group went to find out why Ameiko Kaijitsu hadn't cooked, and found the Rusty Dragon's halfling maid, Bethana Corwin in Ameiko's room. She showed them a letter from Ameiko's half-brother Tsuto, asking her to meet him at the Sandpoint Glassworks at midnight. Ameiko's bed had not been slept in. She explained some of the history between Tsuto, Ameiko and their family.

The party were joined by Tessera, an elven warrior sent by Shalelu to help them.

After a hasty breakfast, and Bethana's continued urging, the party set off to investigate the glassworks. They found it closed and locked, though smoke was rising from the furnace chimney. Passers-by said this was unusual, and further scouting around the windows revealed that the glassworks was infested with goblins. Atum and Tessara broke down the back door, while Papoy and others broke through the windows of the glassworking room. After fighting off a dozen goblins, the party discovered the corpse of Lonjiku Kaijitsu propped in a chair and covered with glass, and the dismembered remains of the glassworks' eight staff.

Following the two goblins who escaped their onslaught led the party to the glassworks cellar, where they discovered Tsuto Kaijitsu and, bound and unconscious in an impromptu cell, Ameiko. Tsuto proved a tough opponent, and he managed to flee down an old smugglers' tunnel. Though he ecaped, they recovered Tsuto's journal, which spoke of a major goblin attack to come, and contained drawings of "his love" - drawings Ameiko recognised as Nualia Tobyn, the aasimar fosterling of the former priest Ezakien Tobyn who was thought to have died in the Sandpoint Fire. The journal refers to the goblin base at Thisletop several times. After releaseing and healing Ameiko, the party set off in pursuit of Tsuto.

At a fork in the tunnel, the party follow Tsuto's tracks towards a mysterious underground complex. It seems it had been uncovered by the smugglers, then bricked up again. Though they searched the catacombs thoroughly they found no sign of Tsuto - it seems the cunning half-elf had laid a false trail.

What they did find is something of a puzzle. The complex, guarded by sinspawn, appeared to date back to the time of the Runelords, rulers of the ancient Thassilonian Empire. One chamber contained a statue that the more well-read members of the party recongnised as Alaznist, the Runelord of Wrath. The statue was clutching a masterwork ranseur, a replica of Alaznist's favoured weapon.

Besides more sinspawn, the party encountered other foul beasts - zombies, a hideous vargouille and a horribly mutated, three-armed goblin named Korovus, who spewed vile stomach acids at them before they killed it. Among Korovus' weapons was a magical longsword.

In an ancient study the party found a Scroll of Flaming Sphere (CL 5th) and fragments of pages written in indecipherable spiky scribbles. Even Tiberiu's magic and Papoy's learning were not enough to make sense of it

A strange, spherical room appeared to levitate everything within it. There the party recovered what seemed to be a prayer book to Lamashtu, written in Abyssal, a Wand of Shocking Grasp and a Scroll of Burning Hands (CL 3rd), as well as a bottle of wine and a dead raven with live maggots feeding on it.

Beyond a shrine to Lamastu the party found a room like a cathedral. There they found a quasit, a tiny demon, which immediately summoned a sinspawn by dropping blood into a glowing, lava-like pool. The pool dimmed somewhat when the sinspawn was created. Eventually they were able to destroy the quasit, recovering her tiny magical dagger and her equally tiny jewelled tiara.

Having explored the catacombs without finding Tsuto, the party checked the other fork, which led them to a smugglers' cave in the cliffs north-east of Sandpoint. In the cave they found evidence of goblins - messy bedrolls, foul food and so on - and, on the beach below, evidence of a boat being dragged to the sea. Tsuto had escaped.​

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Session 4

Real Date: 2/5/15
Game Date: Lamashan 27, 4707 AR

​Emerging from the catacombs around 3pm, the party briefed Mayor Kendra on their discoveries. Shortly afterwards, Shalelu Andosana returned to Sandpoint with information that the Varisian prisoners - likely including Tiberiu and Auroa's father - were being held by the goblins at Thistletop.

Exhausted after their adventure in the catacombs, the paty decied to rest overnight at the Rusty Dragon before heading to Thistletop. But first, they decided to see if they could sell their loot. Savah Bevaniky at Savah's Armory happily bought the quasit's magical dagger, Korovus's magical longsword for a total of 6316 gp, paying them with a credit note at the Sandpoint Mercantile League, which operated as the town's bank, among other services.

At the Sandpoint Boutique and Kesk's Jewelry they offloaded the quasit's tiara and the replica ranseur from the statue of Runelord Alaznist for 250 gp, and Daviren Hosk of the Goblin Squash Stables paid them 220 gp for bounty on the goblin ears and the body of the mutated goblin.

Their visit seemed to disturb private business between the league's manager, Sir Jasper Korvaski and the theatre manager Cyrdak Drokkus, who looked a littler flushed as he left Jasper's office.

The group diced to split some of the loot between themselves, keeping 650 gp each, and opening a group bank account at the Mercantile League to which they would all have access. They opened the account with a deposit of 2236 gp.

Papoy took the fragments of scribbling they'd found to the Curious Goblin bookshop, but neither owner Chask Haladan nor the local schoolteacher, Ilsoari Gandethus, were able to decipher it.

The evening at the Rusty Dragon was a subdued affair. Ameiko Kaijitsu, though cured of her wounds, was deeply affected by the loss of her father, despite their differences, and the betrayal of her half-brother Tsuto.

The evening was not, however, enitely restful. Not long after the party beeded down, Amele Barett began banging on the door, her children in tow. It seemed her son Aeren - the boy Papoy befriended at the Swallowtail Festival - had been having nightmares about a monster in his closet since the goblin raid. Though his father Alergast wanted him to man up, his nightmares continued. This evening, his father threatened to make him sleep in the woodshed if he didn't stop his nightly sdcreaming, but when Alergast went into the boy's room there really was a goblin. Alergast attacked it while Amele got the children out, but he hasn't reappeared.

Investigating, the party found the bodies of Alergast and Aren's dog Petal in the boy's room. Scuffling in the closet revealed the goblin, which they killed. It seems the goblin had taken refuge under the house after the failure of the raid, and had created a hole in the back of the closet.

Amele was devastated at the news of her husband's death, and the party took her and her children to Sandpoint Cathedral for refuge.

The following morning, Sunday, the party set off for Thistletop with Shalelu Andosana. The journey didn't take long - a couple of hours walk up the coast.

Thistletop proper was a stockade on rocky, flat-topped island connected to the coast by a rope bridge, but the way to the bridge was defended by a thicket of brambles and thorns dfended by a few goblins and goblin dogs, and a goblin druid and his animal companion. Eventually the party fought their way through to the bridge, only to discover the hard way that it was rigged to fall. Papoy and Tessera shimmied across on a rope, but were beset by goblin dog riders before they could pull the bridge back up. They managed to defeat them, despite being unarmoured. They restored the bridge and the party entered the Thistletop stockade by climbing the western wall into a courtyard where they were attacked by goblins. In a boarded-up stable they found the fine horse lost by the merchants Reolan had met in Sandpoint a couple of days earlier.

Fighting their way through the stockade, they eventually reached the throneroom of Chief Ripnugget Rendwattle, who invited them to parley. It was a trap, however, and goblin commandoes dropped from the rafters as Ripnugget and his warchanter attacked. After a tough fight the party triumphed, taking the unconscious Ripnugget prisoner and restoring him to consciousness for interrogation. He claimed the goblin raids were all his own idea, and demanded to be taken to Sandpoint for trial since "that's what humans do, isn't it?"

With the help of a little magical persuasion, the party forced him to reveal that Nualia and her cohorts were downstairs, searching the lower levels for something named Malfeshnekor. He also revealed where he had hidden the tribe's loot, in a chest in a latrine.

Realising they were in no state to tackle powerful foes in the passages below the stockade, the party executed Ripnugget, cleared the throne room and, after checking they'd disposed of all the goblins in the stockade, jammed the doors shut with spikes and settled in to rest.​

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Session 5

Real Date: 30/5/15
Game Date: Lamashan 28, 4707 AR

​Rested, the following morning the party descended into the dungeon below the Thistletop stockade. From an abandoned feast hall, they discovered a nasty goblin nursery, where caged goblin babies learnt their first lessons in cruelty, sparking a debate about what to do with the goblin young. Eventually, Aurora managed to convince her colleagues to release them into the woods.

Beyond it they found the rooms where Nualia and her lieutenants lived. They fought and slew a huge bugbear (who they later discovered was called Bruzathamus). The onky other lieutenant present was a man named Orik Vancaskerkin, a mercenary from Riddleport who said he had become disgusted by Nualia's horrendous rituals and plans to destroy Sandpoint - a town he rather liked when he visited it. With some caution, the party accepted hs offer of help. Orik told them Nualia was probably on the lower level, trying to find out how to release a beast called Malfeshnekor. Two other lieutenants, Tsuto Kaijitsu and a wizard, Lyrie Akenja, were elsewhere in the complex.

Exploring further, the party found Aurora and Tiberiu's father Nicolai and two other Varisians in a prison block - the only survivors from the prisoners taken from the Varisian camp during the goblin raid. The others had been sacrificed in NUalia's horrific rituals. The survivors were extremely hungry, having had little food since they were captured. Nicolai - though delighted to see his children - urged them to carry on and defeat Nualia while he and his fellow prisoners armed themselves with salvaged weapons and barricaded themselves in the prison.

The next room the party found was a chapel to Lamashtu, where they were stalked - and hurt - by two demonic flying dogs, yeth hounds. On the chapel altar, besides evidence of blood sacrifices.

Further on, they found a goblin art gallery showing a picture of a huge goblin beneath the Thistletop complex. Could this be the mysterious Malfeshnekor?

The next room appeared to be a war room. The table held maps and plans for a massive goblin invasion of Sandpoint - far larger than the raid at the Swallowtail Festival, encompassing multiple goblin tribes from as far away as the Fogscar Mountains and creatures known as 'sinspawn'. It seems the latter were due to emerge from somewhere underneath Sandpoint.

In the next room - apparently some sort of research room for archaeological finds - they found the wizard Lyrie Akenja, who quicky fled downstairs to the lower level when she saw the number arrayed against her.

The level below sloped, with the eastern end higher than the western end. Following Lyrie, Belegar walked straight into a trap - caught between two portcullises, two statues turned to slash at him with glaives.

Having survived and disabled the trap, the party found Nualia, Tsuto and Lyrie in an odd-shaped room to the north, along with another of the yeth hounds. A vicious battle followed, which left the yeth hound dead, and Nualia and her lieutenants unconscious. Nualia herself succumbed to the power of the Frog.

A search of the room revealed some unholy texts of Lamashtu together with Nualia's notes and journals describing her childhood, feelings of betrayal by her lover and her hatred of Sandpoint and her stepfather (examine Nualia's backstory for details).

The notes also referred to a 'minor runewell' in the Catacombs of Wrath below Sandpoint, describing how it could summon Sinspawn and describing how to disable it.​

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Real Date: 28/11/15
Game Date: Lamashan 28, 4707 AR

​After binding Nualia, Tsuto and Lyrie and taking them upstairs for Nicolai and the other freed Varisians to guard with salvaged weapons, the party continued their exploration of Thistletop. In a room to the south of Nualia's work area, they found a pillar of gold coins, which Belegar quickly realised was in fact stone under an illusion. Belegar spotted two small coin slots, and when two gold pieces were placed in them, the pillar rotated and descended to reveal another set of rooms beyond; Nualia's notes revealed she hadn't been into these rooms. The first room the party checked held an illusion of a ghostly figure, which they identified as Karzoug, Runelord of Greed, repeating a message over and over. The second was some sort of laboratory, apparently for transmuting people, if a skeleton with two heads and a figure growing from its back was any intication. Among a set of surgical tools the party found a key in the shape of a sihedron rune.

The key opened a third and final room behind the pillar. In this, they were attacked by Malfeshnekor, a greater barghest. It had made itself invisible and ambushed them, its force of will overwhelming most of the party with a feeling of despair, then lashed out with claws and teeth, inflicting great damage. But luck and tactics won the day - Tiberiu managed to bind the beast with a web after forcing it to fall to the ground cackling (and a barghest's laughter is truly a hideous thing), and despite its defences they party were able to kill it before it rose. Its body shimmered and disappeared.

The party decided to rest again to recuperate their powers, which also gave the prisoners time to recover from their wounds and regain consciousness.

Back in the pillar room the party then explored beyond a set of double doors to find a crypt where five ghostly shadows attacked. Though their weapons largely proved useless, fire seemed to do the trick, and the party used enough of it to dissipate the shadows. A secret passage from the crypt led to a part-sunken treasury, where a giant hermit crab had made its home in a huge gold and bronze helmet. It caught both Belegar and Atum in its vicious claws, releasing them and grabbing again while the party struggled to penetrate its thick shell. Eventually Belegar managed to escape, but Atum was unable to, and a particularly vicious grab crushed his body. Tiberiu placed the Sihedron medallion on Atum's shattered corpse to that its enchantment would prevent his body from decaying.

The party regrouped with their prisoners and allies, but the death of Atum had clearly taken its toll on their nerves, and when Tiberiu was imprisoned in an amber-like shell - from a spell trap guarding the wizard Lyrie's spellbook - they threatened, cajoled and argued with the prisoners for Tiberiu's release. Eventually they agreed to release Lyrie in return for her lifting the spell, and she left with Orik Vancaskerkin. Since Nualia was clearly still dangerous, the party gagged her and placed her in a crate to prevent her affecting them with her demonic powers.​

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Real Date: 12/12/15
Game Date: Lamashan 28, 4707 AR

​The party released the goblin infants from the 'nursery' into the woods, then assembled the loot they and their mule could carry - all but the giant's helmet - and marched back to town with Nicolai and the other rescued Varisians, their prisoners Nualia (still crated) and Tsuto, and the horse stolen by the goblins. They arrived in Sandpoint after midnight, and took Atum's body stright to Sandpoint Cathedral before marching the prisoners to the Garrison to be locked up, and briefing Sheriff Belor Hemlock and Mayor Kendra Deverin on their disovery - and foiling - of Nualia's plot.

Over breakfast the following morning, Moonday, Lamashan 28, they told Ameiko what they had found, and of their capture of Tsuto. She took it well, or hid her feelings. Nicolai took Aurora and Tiberiu to visit Madame Mvashti, a Varisian elder. Papoy, Reolan and Belegar went to sell the gems and jewellery they had found at Kesk's Jewelry. By the time Papoy visited the Curious Goblin, Ameiko had already sent work to Chask Haladan, who had searched his shelves for a valuable scroll - a scroll of Raise Dead, which he offered to the party at cost (575 gp) in return for their efforts in saving Sandpoint, but warned the spell would need a valuable diamond to complete.

Nicolai, Aurora and Nicolai met the rest of the group at the Cathedral, where Nicolai handed over a large diamond suitable for the ritual. Speaking to Aurora and Nicolai later, the party learnt he had begged, cajoled and finally bargained with Madame Mvashti for the diamond, a treasure of the local Varisians. Eventualy, she performed a reading with a deck of ancient, battered harrow cards, muttering, "He is needed, then," before agreeing to hand over the diamond. That didn't stop her insisting Nicolai also sign over his caravan - the vehicle that had taken him and Tiberiu to far Tien and back - to her daughter.

Father Zantus warned the group that the ritual to draw Atum back from the dead would leave Atum drained, and there might be gaps in his memory, without a further ritual that would require 2,000 gp of diamond dust. That they were forced to buy from Maver Kesk.

Their preparations complete, Father Zantus performed the rituals described in the scrolls at the high altar of Sandpoint Cathedral. It didn't take more than a few mintures. As the diamond started to glow, he thrust it into Atum's chest. Atum jerked and began to breath again. Next, Father Zantus scattered the diamond dust over him. It crackled, sparkled and shimmered in the divine aura, and Atum was fully restored, though his body still idsplayed horrendous bruises where the giant crab and crushed him. Reolan and Papoy called upon their healing spells, and the bruises faded.

In the afternoon, the party was called as witnesses to the trial of Tsuto and Nualia. Atum cast a spell compelling them to tell the truth or stay silent, which revealed some information which shocked the crowds gathered in and around the town hall. With Tsuto's and Nualia's diaries, and the plans for the major attack on Sandpoint found in Thistletop, the trial was more of a formality. The Sandpoint Council, with Mayor Kendra Deverin as chief judge, found both Nualia and Tsuto guilty of murder and conspiracy and sentenced them to hang the following morning. The Carpenters Guild worked overnight to ensure the gallows were ready.

Tsuto seemed frightened. He called for Ameiko, who had stayed away from the execution, and his mother before Vachedi, the town jailer, opened the trapdoor. Nualia was defiant, calling down a curse on Sandpoint, insisting that it would be destroyed, its people losing their livelihoods, their children, their lives. It took them sometime to die, their legs kicking as the nooses choked them. Atum suggested the bodies be burnt, just in case.

The executions done, the party split up to to visit shops.

At the Curious Goblin, Papoy made the acquintance of Ilsoari Gandethus, headmaster of the Turandok Academy, Sandpoint's school, who has a collection of strange artefacts and curiosities he invited Papoy to see. Papoy got him interested in the gold and bronze giant's helmet from Thistletop, which Isoari evenutally agreed to buy for 4,000 gp - about 1,000 gp above the group's estimate of its worth. The group went to the Hagfish to arrange a boat and longshoremen to collect the helmet.

Reolan found a set of glamered Dragonhide armour he liked at the Rovanky Tannery, but couldn't meet the 6,000 gp price. He put down a 1,000 gp deposit so they'd hold it for him for two months.

Savah's Armory bought some of the arms and armour the party looted. Savah had a couple of enchanted weapons for sale, but neither Tessera nor Atum were interested in them. Atum found some masonry tools at the General Store, but found neither of the town's alchemy shops - Pillbug's Pantry and Bottled Solutions - had an apprentice or journeyman he could hire. Pillbug warns him that Nisk Tander of Bottled Solutions isn't a very good alchemist, and to be wary of his potions. The party discovered a shop called the Feathered Serpent had several wands and other items for sale among a selection of spell components.

Belegar found a handy haversack for sale in the Sandpoint Boutique, which the party agreed to buy from group funds. Belegar and Papoy saw a tryst between Katrine Vinder and Banny Hasker. Katrine begged them not to teell her father. Belegar followed the pair as they took a trip into the forest, but found discreton when he realised what they were likely to do there.

Reolan spent four days scribing scrolls, and Tessera spent the time sleeping. Atum begins to convert the Shrine to Lamashtu in Thistletop to a shine to Gorum. The party consider converting Thistletop into a base of operations.

A month passes uneventfully. During this time, the party becomes much more familiar with Sandpoint (note: I've not unlocked all the premises and most of the notable residents for player views). Of particular note, they discover Sheriff Belor Hemlock is having a relationship with Kaye Tesarani, madame of the town brothel, the Pixie's Kitten, and hear all kinds of rumours from current and former pupils of the Turandok Academy about what Ilsoari keeps in his basement (in fact, it's the museum he showed Papoy).

The flamboyant Cyrdak Dokkus of Sandpoint Theater is keen to stage a production based on the party's defence of Sandpoint and the conquest of Thistlepoint. Ameiko Kaijitsu begins to get to grips with the personal and commercial devastation caused by events. She has the glassworks cleaned up, and hires retired glassworkers to train new apprentices, but it will be months before the place is operating at full capacity. She assumes her place on Sandpoint's Town Council, but still seems to prefer living at the Rusty Dragon. She remains reluctant to talk further of Tsuto. Shalelu Andosana comes and goes. She reports the goblin threat is over. Shayliss Vinder giggles with her friends every time she sees Tiberiu in the street. Nicolai finds a place to rent in Sandpoint.

On the morning of Moonday, Kuthona 3, Sheriff Hemlock comes looking for the party, and asks for their help solving a murder at the Sandpoint Lumber Mill. Katrine Vinder and Banny Harker have been slain and their bodies mutilated. The sheriff has Ven Vinder, Katrine's father, in custody as he's known to be furious about the relationship, but the sheriff considers it unlikely he's responsible.

The sheriff says a note addressed to Aurora was found pinned to one of the bodies. It reads, "You will learn to love me, desire me in time as she did. Give yourself to the Pack and it shall all end," and is signed, "Your Lordship."​

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Real Date: 21/12/15
Game Date: Kuthona 3, 4707 AR

​The party investigate the murder site at the Sandpoint Lumber Mill. After uncovering several clues, they determine that the killer - likely an undead creature - observed the mill from an area of marshy ground on the far side of the river, crossed the river underwater, climbed onto the loading dock, and entered through a high window.

Banny Harker's body had been mutilated and hung up on a hook on the wall. His lower jaw was missing, and a seven-pointed star like the sihedron rune carved on his chest. Katrine Vinder seemed to have made an attempt to fight back with a wood axe. Her mangled body had been fed through the log-cutter.

Sheriff Hemlock revealed that the killings were not the first he was aware of. The first murders took place in a long-disused barn south of Sandpoint several days earlier. The victims - too disfigured to identify by sight - caried a note identifiying them as Tarch Mortwell, Lener Hask, and Gedwin Tabe, notorious local conmen and nere-do-wells who the sheriff had banned from Sandpoint some months before. Their bodyguard, a Varisian thug named Grayst Sevilla, survived but was mad and had been placed in the care of Erin Habe, who runs a sanatorium south of Sandpoint.

The group questioned mill worker Ibor Thorn, who found Banny and Katrine's bodies. He revealed that Banny had been cooking the books at the mill, whicih was owned by the Scarnetti family.

They also interrogated Katrine's father, general store keeper Ven Vinder, who seemed both upset at the loss of his daughter and angry at her relationship with Banny. He was being kept in custody after attempting to attack Sheriff Hemlock when he learnt of his daughter's death, though wasn't seriously considered a suspect. At least, he said, his daughter Shayliss was a good girl who wouldn't get into such scrapes. He praised Titus Scarnetti, who he said wanted to return to traditional family values and put an end to moral turpitude in Sandpoint.

Sheriff Hemlock gave the group a letter requesting Erin Habe to allow them to interview Grayst Sevilla. Despite that, it took the threat of violence from Atum before ther doctor would agree to let them see the patient. There was clearly something physically wrong with the straight-jacketed Grayst - he seemed sick, close to death. He muttered something about the "Skinsaw Man", saying "he is coming". When he saw Aurora, he had a moment of lucidity and said, “He said. He said you would visit me. His Lordship. The one that unmade me said so. He has a place for you. A precious place. I’m so jealous. He has a message for you. He made me remember it. I hope I haven’t forgotten. The master wouldn’t approve if I forgot. Let me see… let… me… see… He said that if you came to his Misgivings, that if you joined his Pack, he would end his harvest in your honor.”

His message delivered, he collapsed, but rose a moment later with a murderous fury in his eyes. He ripped apart the bound sleeves of his straightjacket and lunged at Aurora, muttered about "the master" loving her more than him. The party were forced to cut him down.

Back in Sandpoint, the party learnt Misgivings was a local name for Foxglove Manor, a manor house down the coast which had been built and abandoned by the Foxglove family decades ago, until Aldern Foxglove began restoring it a year ago. Locals say the house is haunted and generally avoid it.​

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Real Date: 9/1/16
Game Date: Kuthona 4

​As the party planned their venture to Foxglove Manor, Sheriff Belor Hemlock sent a guard to ask them to come to the Sandpoint Garrison. A panicked farmer named Maester Grump had arrived in town, terrified of 'walking scarecrows' plaguing the farmlands to the south.

He said the scarecrows seemed to be coming from the Hambley Farm, a few miles from Foxglove Manor, and several farmers had banded together to investigate the farm the previos night, but none had returned.

Hemlock asked the party to investigate, since his own men were busy trying to guard the town. He could say that Crade Hambley was considered something of a skinflint, who seemed to spend far less than his farm brought in.

Atum was busy with his efforts to convert Thistletop to a temple of Gorum, so left the investigation to his comades.

The journey to the Hambley Farm took a couple of hours, and questioning the residents on farms on the way revealed several had heard stories of the walking scarecrows. As the got closer to the Hambley Farm, people even said they'd seen them.

The fields around the Hambley Farm turned out to have many scarecrows. Far more than needed. The first scarecrow they checked proved to be nothing but clothes and straw, but as the party approached the second, it began wriggling and struggling, eventually breaking the twine fastening it to its pole and lurching to attack. After defeating it a closer investigation revealed the thing was a ghoul.

A total of 19 scarecrows surrounded the farmhouse, some normal and some ghoul. The party hung back and took each one down with missiles - until the discovered one scarecrow was neither ghoul nor straw, but a living human tied to the pole. They narrowly avoided killing her. After that they approached closer to the scarecrows to determine their nature before attacking. They found two more living people tied to the poles, and advised them all to head to Sandpoint after freeing them.

The main room of farmhouse itself was covered in blood. The party found Old Man Hambley's corpse had been mutilated like Banny Hasker's, the sihedron rune carved on his chest. But the rest of his family were ghouls, and attacked alongside a one-eared ghast.

A desperate struggle ensued, and after their victory the party found a key marked with the device of a flower surrounded by thorns - the Foxglove family crest - on the ghast's body. They also found Hanbley's life savings, some 3400 sp, hidden in a coffer under the floorboards.

The party takes the cash and key, and returns to Sandpoint to report to Hemlock.​

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Real Date: 20/2/16
Game Date: Kuthona 5, 4707 AR

​The party spent the evening making preparations for their trip to Foxglove Manor to discover what was behind the ghoul attacks. Notably, they spent 750 gp from party funds to buy a Wand of Magic Weapon, which Tiberiu could use to temporarily enchant their weapons.

The following morning they set off - less Atum, who continued to work on his new temple - reaching Foxglove Manor in a couple of hours. The building, on a small promentary on the cliffs overlooking the Sea of Varisia, was shabby and delapidated, but was clearly once a building of significance and style. The many glass windows must have cost a fortune.

Passing a ruined servant's quarter - now no more than foundation stones inhabited by thin, scabby crows - they approached the main house. Curtains were pulled behind dusty windows, but with a bit of presdigitation Papoy was able to get a glance into the hall behind the main door and saw a large creature with a lion's body, human head and a scorpion's tail - a manticore. The group decided to try a different entrance.

A side door led into what was apparently once a dancing parlour. When Papoy pressed a key on the dilapidated piano, Tiberiu began cavorting around the room. He later said he'd been dancing with a beautiful dark-haired woman.

Similar bizarre events took place throughout the house. Only once did the party encounter a living creature - a rat trapped in a bath - but in several rooms individual party members experienced visions. Between the visions, a portrait gallery and a series of informative stained glass windows overlooking the sea they were able to piece together something of the real history of the house.

Its builder, Vorel Foxglove, grandfather of Aldern Foxglove, had apparently researched a ritual to turn himself into a lich, but the ritual was interrupted by his wife, Kasanda, who feared for her own and her daughter's safety. The interruption of the ritual appeared to have caused some corruption or disease that destroyed Kasand and her daughter.

Forty years later, a relative, Traver Foxglove, moved in with his wife, Cyralie. They eventually started a family together - two daughters and a son, Aldern. The family wasn't happy. Aurora's visions explored the unhappy childhood of Aldern Foxglove, culminating in and fight as his parents tried to kill each other and the terror they would try to kill him.

Eventually - just nine months ago - Aldern returned to Foxglove Manor with his new bride, Iesha, but he ended up murdering her in the library. The party found her body hidden in the attic, her spirit bound within it by her violent death and need for revenge against Aldern.

They followed her walking corpse to the caverns beneath the manor, where they found what Aldern Foxglove had become: the Skinsaw Man, some sort of ghast, obsessed with Aurora as the embodiment of his murdered bride.

As Iesha attacked, the party aided her, eventually bringing the Skinsaw Man to rest.

Among the clutter in the cavern, they found various personal items Aldern had stolen from Aurora, numerous drawings and sketches of her in erotic poses, and mixed among them, a letter to Aldern from someone named Xanesha, instructing him to use the "Sihedron ritual" on selected targets, giving him permission to feed on others, and mentioning a debt to the "Brothers". They also found a pair of keys on a keyring. A third key was on the Skinsaw Man's body.

It is clear that there is more to this story. Perhaps the answer lies in Magnimar, where the Foxgloves kept a town house - where clearly Aldern's portrait of Iesha was painted. ​

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