24 Rova, 4716 AR (Absalom Reckoning), Fall
As Sandpoint recovered from the attack and buried its dead, the citizens do their best to get on with their lives and try to forget yet another tragedy. The cathedral is consecrated the next day during at a much more subdued and indoor ceremony. But one thing the locals haven’t forgotten is their new local heroes. One particular visiting aristocrat from Magnimar named Aldern Foxglove was extremely grateful for having been saved by the heroes from certain death at the hands of the goblins.
The day after the attack on Sandpoint by goblins, Clan Wulfhound, Iris, Kyrios Edenridge, Medik, and Syn Blade found themselves being treated like local heroes.
Citizens of Sandpoint went out of their way to thank the heroes for saving the town from the insane goblins who wantonly killed dogs, horses, and citizens alike.
One person in particular was extremely grateful.
Aldern Foxglove, a visiting aristocrat from Magnimar personally visited each of the heroes to invite him or her to a celebratory dinner he was hosting at the Rusty Dragon Inn.
Later that evening, at the Rusty Dragon, Aldern offered a toast to his saviors. He invited them to enjoy the stir fried vegetables served over curried boar meat he had hunted earlier that day.
Gorzel, who was visiting Sandpoint with his parents after they had heard about the attack was also at the table. The others didn’t know him as well because he tended to keep to himself, his studies as a wizard, and because he lived on one of the many farms that dotted the landscape outside of Sandpoint.
However, tonight Gorzel was a guest of Syn’s.
The gambler from Magnimar had earlier walked up to Gorzel who was enjoying a drink at the Rusty Dragon, one of his favorite places to eat at whenever he was in town. Syn asked Gorzel if he was a local citizen. When Gorzel said he was, Syn began to tell him about an unfortunate event he recently experienced which involved a certain attractive human woman named Shayliss Vindern who approached him and asked him to help deal with several big rats she saw down in the basement of her father’s general store.
As it so happens, there were no rats in the basement. Something told Syn there were never any rats in the basement.
Syn went on to tell a harrowing experience of being caught with Shayliss by her father, Ven Vindern who subsequently threatened him with bodily harm—to his unmentionables even. One to always talk his way out of any situation, Syn was shocked when he opened his mouth and words literally failed Syn—for the first ever the gambler stated.
He stood before Ven, unable to say anything.
Fortunately, Syn’s legs didn’t fail him.
He ran out of the basement as fast as his legs would allow.
Syn went on to explain to the not-so-shocked Gorzel, Ven Vindern had apparently barred Syn from ever entering his store. The town’s citizens, Syn sighed, even seemed unfriendly towards him. The town’s sheriff, Hemlock, paid Syn a visit at the Rusty Dragon. Although he didn’t arrest him, Sheriff Hemlock warned Syn to stay away from the extremely angry Ven Vindern.
Gorzel, who knew quite well the reputation of the Vindern girls, was not shocked by Syn’s tale. He went to give Syn some friendly advice on how to solve the problem at hand using mathematical equations and formulas Syn found completely baffling.
At dinner, Aldern Foxglove went on to praise the heroes and asked all of them questions related to what it took to become a hero.
Clan offered to give Aledern some pointers on improving his fighting techniques. The others also offered to help the aristocrat.
Aldern then went on to ask the heroes if they would help him with a problem.
He explained that on his way to Sandpoint from his estate near Magnimar, Aldern had ordered a box of expensive fireworks imported from Tian Xia (pronounced TEE-yawn-shaw). The heavy box the fireworks were stored in was itself exquisitely crafted and expensive.
He ordered the fireworks delivered to Sandpoint after he had arrived. The fireworks were to be used at the Swallowtail Festival. However, the porters who survived an attack by goblins along the Lost Coast Road near Brinestump Marsh, told Aldern of how the goblins took the box and disappeared into marsh.
Aldern would like the heroes to retrieve the fireworks, along with the box it came in. As a reward he offered each hero 50 gold pieces and offered to buy each one a light riding horse.
The heroes, who wanted nothing more than to exact revenge on any of the five goblin tribes in the region, was more than willing to help.
Cyrdak Drokkus, resident thespian and owner of the Sandpoint Theater, stopped by the heroes’s table and tried to convince the heroes to play roles in a play reenacting the goblins’ attack on Sandpoint. The heroes declined Cyrdak’s offer.
After Cyrdak left, Syn quickly hid under the table to avoid being seen by Shayliss Vindern who walked up to the group asking for him. They lied for the gambler and said he may be found gambling the night away at one of the town’s taverns.
She thanked them and left.
Syn thanked the group after emerging from his hiding place.
The remainder of the night was spend planning for the next day’s journey into the Brinestump Marsh.
Before turning in, they all agreed to meet at Goblin Squash Stables to pick up their horses.
In the morning, Hosk the stablemaster, strongly urged the heroes not to take their horses into the marsh since they would just leave the horses unattended at some point. Besides, he added, the marsh was only four miles away on foot.
Taking Hosk’s advice, the heroes decided to walk but not before further equipping themselves for the journey.
When they arrived at Brinestump Marsh, they found it to be a fetid place they imagined goblins would love to live in.
Kyrios began to tell the others about the five goblin tribes he learned where living in the region.
The closest to Sandpoint were the Birdcruncher goblins, who lived in caves along the western edge of the Devil’s Platter, although traditionally these goblins were the least aggressive of
To the south were the Licktoad goblins of the Brinestump Marsh, pests who are considered excellent swimmers.
To the east are the Seven Tooth goblins of Shank’s Wood, goblins who’ve secured a place for themselves by raiding Sandpoint’s junkyard and rebuilding the stolen refuse into armor and weapons.
Farther east were the Mosswood goblins, likely the largest tribe but one traditionally held back by feuding families within their own ranks. And finally, there were the Thistletop goblins, who lived on the Nettlewood coast atop a small island that some say holds a passing resemblance to a decapitated head.
Everyone agreed that the Licktoad goblins of the Brinestump Marsh was what they were more likely going to run into.
At about the area along the Lost Coast Road where the porters reported being ambushed by goblins, Kyrios found several goblin tracks. The goblins’ tracks indicated they were carrying something very heavy.
Following them, the tracks led the group deeper into the marsh. Eventually the tracks seemed to end at a point where strangely enough Kyrios said a single set of goblin tracks, along with a set of horse and two sets of dogs’ tracks suggested a bloody skirmish had occurred at the spot about two days before.
Kyrios noted that only one goblin, one horse which was weighed down, and two dogs left the area and returned deeper into the marsh from whence they came.
The others were confused as to what happened.
Equally disturbing was the fact that a goblin would be walking alongside a horse and two dogs, animals everyone knew goblins hated more than any other living thing on Golarion.
About a half mile later, the heroes came upon the ruins of an old stone dwelling slowly being claimed by the fetid marsh.
The heroes approached cautiously as they noticed thick strands of cobwebs covering the many trees and bushes in the area.
Iris sent her raven familiar, Osiris, to fly over the ruins. Through her emphatic link with her familiar, she sensed the presence of danger nearby.
The others scanned the area and spotted three large spiders by the ruins.
Iris and Gorzel shot two of them with magic missiles.
One was killed instantly. The two others quickly made their way to the waiting heroes to attack.
The fight against the two remaining spiders lasted less than half a minute.
When it was all over, they searched the ruins and found several goblin remains, the spiders’ previous victims and past meals.
Among the remains, they found 24 gp, a small masterwork light crossbow with 11 bolts, and a single pearl Syn and Gorzel appraised for 100 gp. Iris detected magic and along with Gorzel discovered two potions of cure moderate wounds, a potion of bull’s strength, and a potion of bear’s endurance. They also found a wax-paper-sealed package containing six pieces of licorice-flavored taffy Kyrios, Syn, and Clan found rather sweet and tasty.
After putting away everything they found, the group soon realized they may have just slain Lotslegs Eat Goblin Babies Many, a giant spider the goblins feared and named.
Lotslegs was known to have dwelled in central Brinestump for years, but only recently had grown large enough to become a legitimate threat to everyone who lived in the marsh or ventured near.
It was said the Licktoad goblins feared Lotslegs because of her growing taste for goblin young.
Glad to have defeated the spiders without getting bitten by any one of them, the heroes turned to Kyrios who led them deeper into the Brinestump Marsh in search of the red box of fireworks Aldern Foxglove paid them to find.
Heroes of Sandpoint