24 – 25 Rova, 4716 AR (Absalom Reckoning), Fall
The Heroes of Sandpoint successfully returned from Brinestump Marsh in search of the red box of fireworks Aldern Foxglove paid them to find. Not long after their return, they meet with Shalelu Andosana a female elf who isn’t quite a bounty hunter, a survivalist, or a mercenary, but rather a mix of all three. Together with Sheriff Hemlock and Mayor Deverin, the heroes learn that Sandpoint hadn’t been the only place in the region that’s had goblin troubles. In short, there’s been an increase in goblin-related raids along the Lost Coast, particularly in the dale between Nettlewood and Mosswood.
The same day they returned to Sandpoint from Brinestump Marsh, the Heroes of Sandpoint spent time at the Rusty Dragon dividing up the treasure they had found. They sold the decorative items they found aboard the Kaijitsu Star, the name of the shipwreck which Ameiko Kaijitsu deciphered from Iris’s notes. Ameiko offered to pay fair price for the decorative items which she was happy to add to the Rusty Dragon’s decor.
The heroes found it strange that the ship’s name matched that of the proprietor of the Rusty Dragon, but Ameiko quickly dismissed it as coincidence and went back to what she was doing in the kitchen.
Once Syn had received his fair share of the money, he told the group he would be returning to Magnimar on important matters. He was certain he would be running into the group again someday.
Medik, cleric of Desna, also took his share of the treasure and told the group that his services were needed at the cathedral. He offered to help them in the future when possible.
After Syn and Medik left, an elderly aristocratic man named Lonjiku Kaijitsu stormed into the Rusty Dragon and began yelling in a very angry tone.
Everyone recognized the man as Ameiko’s father, someone they had not seen pay a visit to the Rusty Dragon in quite some time.
“Where the hell is my daughter?”, Lonjiku demanded in Tien, a language only Nagatono was able to understand. The monk immediately rose to greet Ameiko’s father.
“Honorable one,” Nagatono greeted him with a respectful bow. “How may I help you?”
“You may help by getting my daughter out here at once!” Lonjiku demanded.
The others, not liking the old man’s tone stood up. Lonjiku realized who they were.
“Are these the so called Heroes of Sandpoint people spoke of?”
“They are,” Nagatono said before leaving to get Ameiko in the kitchen.
Lonjiku turned to regard the others with obvious disdain. “Just what we need—a filthy band of vagrants to attract even more trouble to town,” he said in Tien knowing the others could not understand him. “Each of you have endangered the townsfolk with your ill-advised antics against the goblins. You should have left the defense of the town to the city guard and other trained professionals.”
As the others moved towards Lonjiku to silence the old man, Ameiko returned with Nagatono.
She wore an apron and held a ladle dripping with soup in her hand. “Greetings father,” Ameiko said with a slight bow.
“You must leave with me at once,” he commanded.
“Father, I will not leave Sandpoint nor this inn,” Ameiko said. “I have worked hard to build what I have here.”
“You have disobeyed me for the last time!” Lonjiku yelled. He suddenly lunged at Ameiko and tried to grab her by her hair.
The others tried to come to her aid, but Ameiko was able to dodge and then strike her father with the soupy ladle, spattering fish stock and potatoes all over his hair and outfit.
Lonjiku, publicly embarrassed, spat at Ameiko. "“You’re as dead to me as your mother,” he yelled before turning to leave the inn.
Ameiko, in tears, picked up her ladle, inspected it, pulled a hair out of the mess, and said, “I’ll need a well-cleaned ladle now, since jackass stew’s not on the menu.”
The patrons of the inn laughed and went back to eating and drinking.
The others tried to console Ameiko, but after thanking them she retreated to her room leaving the business of running the inn to her halfling maid, Bethana Corwin.
After the group went back to their table, Sheriff Hemlock entered the inn.
They told him what had just happened and asked if he needed help arresting Lonjiku. He said that unless Ameiko wanted to press charges against her father, he would not arrest her father.
Sheriff Hemlock went on to ask everyone, including Nagatono, to accompany him back to the Town Hall to meet with Mayor Deverin and Shalelu Andosana, an elven ranger Sheriff Hemlock described as an “unofficial member of Sandpoint’s town guard”.
At the Town Hall, everyone was introduced to Shalelu Andosona who went on to tell everyone about her encounters with the goblins. She also shared what information she had about goblins in the Hinterlands.
The whole time, the group noticed how friendly—if not outright flirtatious, Iris noted—Shalelu was towards Kyrion. She seemed impressed by the half-elf ranger’s skills and his shared dislike for goblinoids in general.
“Sheriff Hemlock told me of your work against the goblins," Shalelu began. “Well done. I’ve dedicated the last several years of my life to keeping them from causing too much trouble around these parts, but they’re tenacious. As you’re probably aware, there are five major goblin tribes in the region, and, traditionally they’re pretty good at keeping each other in line with intertribal squabbles and the like.”
The group agreed this was common knowledge to them since Kyrios had explained it all already. Shalelu looked at Kyrion and smiled.
“Yet from what I’ve been able to piece together,” the elven ranger went on to say. “members of all five tribes were involved in the raid on Sandpoint. A fair number of the Mosswood goblins I dealt with a few days ago were already pretty beat up, and there was a lot of chatter about the ‘longshanks’ who killed so many of them.”
The Heroes of Sandpoint looked at one another, glad to be of service to their hometown.
“Now that I’ve met you, it seems obvious from their descriptions who they were talking about. Seems like you’ve made an impression. In any event, the fact that the five tribes are working together disturbs me. Goblin tribes don’t get along unless they’ve got something big planned, and big plans require big bosses. I’m afraid that someone’s moved in on the goblins and organized them. And judging by these recent raids, what they’re organizing seems like bad news for all of us.”
After Shalelu’s finished, Sheriff Hemlock announced that he was taking a few of his guards south to Magnimar to see about securing additional soldiers to station at Sandpoint for a few weeks, at least until the extent of the goblin threat can be determined.
Mayor Deverin agreed to the sheriff’s plan.
While he was out of town, Sheriff Hemlock asked Shalelu to sniff around Shank’s Wood, Brinestump, Mosswood, Devil’s Platter, and other places where goblins live to see if she can discover anything else about what’s going on.
Kyrios asked Shalelu if he could accompany her on her scouting mission.
“I’d prefer it if you would stay in town, Kyrios,” Sheriff Hemlock said. "I would also like it if each of you would maintain a public presence in Sandpoint over the next few days. The locals seem to have taken to you. And seeing you around town will do a lot for keeping worries down over the next few days.”
The mayor and Sheriff Hemlock bid the others good night, while Shalelu offered to buy the others a round of drinks at the Rusty Dragon Inn and talk more about the goblins in the region.
Kyrios was more than happy to oblige the elven ranger’s request.
Before heading to their individual homes later that night, they all agreed to meet the next evening and patrol the streets of Sandpoint.
The next day, the group were busy at their jobs when runners sent from the town’s garrison urged them to investigate the strange death of old man Reeve’s beloved dog, Loki, behind the General Store.
Normally the death of a dog wouldn’t be questioned. But the locals were worried it may be related to the recent goblin attack since everyone knew goblins hated dogs.
When they arrived at the entrance to Wet Dog Alley, they spotted Loki laying in the middle of the alley. Without entering the alley, they looked around for any sign of what may have killed the dog.
Clan was the first to walk up to the dead dog. He couldn’t tell what killed it, considering there were no traces of blood or any wounds on it.
Kyrios, who followed Clan into the alley wondered the same thing.
The others remained at the alley’s entrance.
All of a sudden, both Kyrios and Clan screamed in pain.
They suddenly realized that they had both been stabbed by two small creatures that were attached to them. Each was roughly the size of a pigeon except that it had bat-like wings, six legs ending in barbed hooks, and a needle-like proboscis that was sucking blood right out of them.
The group battled the strange mosquito-like creatures, eventually killing all four, but not before Clan and Kyrios found themselves feeling quite drained of energy, clearly from the amount of blood the creatures drained from them.
Iris picked up one of the strange creatures to examine it when Brodert Quink, the town’s sage happened to walk by on his way to Sandpoint Savories, the town’s bakery.
Brodert immediately recognized the creature Iris was holding.
“My, my. That’s quite a large stirge you have there,” Brodert noted. He went on to tell them about the swarm of stirges that infested Sandpoint over a decade before. He added that although they tended to stay close to Brinestump Marsh, stirges can fly for miles around in search of food.
“Best see to the clerics about your wounds,” Brodert said to Kyrios and Clan. "Stirges are known to carry diseases like Filth Fever which causes the infected person’s wounds to fester and rot, and their skin to erupt in small but painful boils.
“That doesn’t sound good,” Clan said as he looked closely at his wounds. “How do I know if I’ve been infected?”
“You don’t.” the sage replied. “You should either go see a cleric or wait to see if you develop any symptoms.”
Everyone agreed to head to the cathedral immediately.
At the cathedral, they came upon Medik and asked him to look to Clan and Kyrios’s wounds. Medik called on Father Zantus to examine their wounds as well.
Father Zantus knew enough about stirges that they would probably need to have restoration spells casted on them so they can regain their stamina. However, he admitted that he had not prayed for any Restoration spell. They would have to wait until the next day.
However, he did pray to Desna for Remove Disease spells which he casted on them both.
Thankful that they may at least be free of any infections, the group was about to leave the cathedral when Bethana Corwin came running up to them. Trying to catch her breath, Ameiko’s maid pleaded for the group’s help.
She said Ameiko had gone missing.
Bethana woke earlier in the morning to find that Ameiko hadn’t already started breakfast, for the first time Bethana could remember. Worried, she knocked on Ameiko’s door but didn’t get a response. Against her better judgment, Bethana entered Ameiko’s room to find it empty and the bed unslept in.
She also found a crumpled piece of parchment near the bed—a note from Ameiko’s older brother Tsuto.
She handed the note, which was written in Tien, to Nagatono. The monk read the note to everyone.
After he had finished reading the letter, Bethana went on to tell them what she knew about Tsuto.
According to the halfling, Tsuto was something of a scandal when he was born, a year before Ameiko, since he’s a half-elf. Bethana sagely notes, with big eyes, that neither of Ameiko’s parents are elves. It was obvious that old Lonjiku wasn’t the boy’s father, and his rage at the discovery of his wife’s indiscretion was the talk of the town for months.
Lonjiku’s wife Atsuii never revealed who the father was, and it’s a testament to Lonjiku’s stubbornness that they remained married.
Tsuto was handed over to the Turandarok Academy to be raised outside of the Kaijitsu family, ignored by his father and forbidden visits from his mother.
However, Ameiko started visiting him in secret once she learned about his existence at a young age. She visited Tsuto a few times a month to keep him company and to bring him some food. She also promised him that someday things would get all sorted out.
That all changed a few years ago when they had a terrible argument in which Tsuto struck Ameiko. Bethana doesn’t know what the argument was about, but whatever it was sent Ameiko away from Sandpoint, during which time she made a living as an adventurer.
Ameiko returned to Sandpoint a year later to attend her mother’s funeral.
Tsuto was quite public in his opinions that his father had pushed Atsuii off a cliff to her death. During the funeral, there was a confrontation. Lonjiku nearly broke Tsuto’s jaw with his cane, after which Tsuto cursed him and left Sandpoint.
Ameiko had tried to reestablish contact with Tsuto ever since, but was never able to track him down.
Bethana was worried that Tsuto’s up to no good. Since Sheriff Hemlock’s out of town, she felt the heroes were the only ones she could turn to. She begged them to head over to the Glassworks and find out what happened to Ameiko as soon as possible.
Just then, a pair of town guards ran up to the group and explained that while finishing their patrol this morning, they noticed broken glass beneath one of the windows to the Glassworks. They also noted that the large shop was still closed despite knowing that workers always started there before sunrise.
When the guards called for anyone through the broken window, they didn’t receive any response. They went around the building and noticed that all doors leading into the building were locked—something unusual for a business that opened early throughout the year.
The group immediately made their way to the Glassworks hoping that Ameiko Kaijitsu was still safe.
Heroes of Sandpoint