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Rise of the Runelords
5/19/13 - Festival and Fire
For five years, the faithful of Sandpoint have attended church in temporary structures erected after fire destroyed the previous temple, and while their new religious leader was helpful, kind, and wise, church wasn't the same. Now, the new cathedral is finally done. All that remains is for the Swallowtail Festival to renew the site's blessings from the Gods and it will be as if the Sandpoint fire had never occurred.

The town of Sandpoint could not have asked for better weather on the morning of the Swallowtail festival. Locals and travelers filled the square in front of the new church as four keynote speakers each delivered short but well-received welcomes to the festival. Mayor Deverin welcomed the visitors to the town, while Sheriff Belor Hemlock requested that everyone be safe around the evening's bonfire. The next speaker, Lonjiku Kaijitsu, was noticeably absent when his turn came to speak (not a surprise to those that know Lonjiku), but Cydrak Drokkus was quick to step in and reclaim the attention of the crowd. Finally, Father Zantus stepped up to give a short speech thanking everyone for coming before declaring the Swallowtail Festival underway.

The morning of the festival saw the streets filled with games and contests. A strange-looking visitor named Kalin was quick to step in and challenge a local to a dart contest, and his victory gave him bragging rights for the rest of the morning. Lunch was provided for free by Sandpoints two notable taverns - The Rusty Dragon and the Hagfish. Ameiko Kaijitsu's curry-spiced salmon and early winterdrop mead (of which Naugrim took more than his fair share) was the talk of the festival. The party continued through the afternoon and into dusk.

As the sun began to set Father Zantus took the central podium, using a thunderstone to attract the crowd's attention. He cleared his throat to begin the Prayer of First Dreaming, but he was interrupted when a woman's scream sliced through the air. A few moments later another scream rose, then another. The screams were followed by a chorus of high-pitched, tittering shrieks that sounded not quite human. The more perceptive members of the crowd saw groups of goblins beginning to pour through the crowd, lighting fires and slicing at anything within reach. The goblins' sick, twisted chants began to echo through the town square, causing further chaos and confusion.

Four brave souls were thrust into action when they saw a group of goblins cornering a helpless dog. These adventurers made quick work of the initial goblin pack, then dealt with another group that was spreading fire throughout the Southern portion of the town square. After just a moment's rest the group heard cries for help coming from the northern end of the square and were able to save a defenseless nobleman from a goblin commando in the nick of time. All the while, Kalin was able to keep the goblins' fires under control with his divine magic.

The group's heroics seemed to be enough to deter the goblins, as the few remaining stragglers fled through the town's northern gate. The man that had been rescued introduced himself as Aldern Foxglove, and offered his immense thanks for saving his life. Aldern was staying at the Rusty Dragon, and invited the group to meet him there for dinner so he could get to know them better and properly reward them for saving his life.

In the aftermath of the battle the group resuscitated two of the goblins and brought them to Sandpoint Garrison for further questioning.
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