Rise of the Runelords

The "Great" Hunt
From the Journal of Leewald Brightspark 24th to 25th of Rova, 4707
After spending hours the other day looking for goblins we all of a sudden decided to take Aldern Foxglove on a hunting trip the next morning. Morning of course means noon in human. But he did make good on his promise to reward us, giving us both mounts and spending money. I got me a nice big riding dog, a big surprise that Sandpoint even sold them, but saves me a lot of work tracking one down.

Grak has become an accomplished boar hunter since last I saw him. And we did kill us a big one. Aldern unfortunately got himself so drunk afterwards that he passed out before dinner. The Rusty Dragon will be serving boar for days though, so he should be able to taste it at some point.

Lyriana's Journal
24th day of Rova 4707

24th day of Rova 4707
So yesterday was an interesting…puzzling…day. The town held the Swallowtail Festival, and of course my stepfather put my little sister to slaving away at his stall instead of getting to enjoy the festival. The day went fairly well. I met some new friends, of sorts, at the festival. Unfortunately things were interrupted rather abruptly by an attack of goblins, of all creatures. I’ve never seen them inside of the town limits before.
We quickly dispatched the goblins, and luckily the Sheriff was able to capture one alive. I attempted to question him, with the help of a new acquaintance, Jak, a rather interesting gnome fellow. We were repeatedly interrupted in our interrogation by the antics of Aran, an overeager hunter who joined us. I actually had to physically restrain him from harming the prisoner. It wasn’t that difficult to hold him back, however. The man seems quite weak. I was a little worried that I had hurt him.
We found out that he was from the Mosswood tribe, and that the tribe had been working with a human to attack the town! He said that the “longshanks”, as he called the human, took a smaller group for a secret mission to the cemetery. We headed over there and discovered a crypt had been broken into. A priest’s body had been stolen, and the dark aura of necromantic activity was left behind.
The next morning, we tracked the goblins and their human leader to the river, but lost the trail there. This evening we are meeting with a rather charming, handsome, and not very modest noble named Foxglove to receive some kind of reward. I do hope it’s gold. I need to pay off my stepfather as soon as possible.

The Amazing Adventures of Jakkwynbrakk, part I
From the journal of Jakkwynbrakk

23rd day of Rova 4707
It was the day of the Swallowtail Festival and I could hardly wait! Games and free food? Sign me up! Thus I went to the festival area early to get in on the action. There I found some fun kids that wanted to play hide and seek with me! Obviously they were out of my league, but I lost on purpose a few times. Oh, and they also petted Tama. He wasn’t amused but hey, to see the excitement in those kids eyes, he seemed ok with it eventually. Oh, and I saw that wierd halfling from before, turns out his name was Leewald Brightspark, partaking in the strongman contest. He’s sooo strong that he put many of the tall people to shame, like Aran! Oh how I laughed when he spilled all that water over himself!

Time flew fast and suddenly it was time for the speeches. My stomach was grumbling. I had eaten a light breakfast to be able to taste all the different foods! The speeches were kind of boring as they usually are. Madam Mayor, Sir Sheriff, Father Sir and that actor all had things to say. The town people seemed to appreciate it though. Afterwards the stalls had finally opened and I tasted everything! Everything except for Garridan’s peppercorn venison. So sick and tired of that! Had that several times weekly for a month! The rest was all good, but Ameiko’s curry spiced salmon was something extra though!

Later that evening, at sundown, it was almost time for the bonfire! Finally! Father Sir only had to recite some prayer or something first. It was however cut short when goblins suddenly attacked the event! Goblins! I had seen many of my companions before, but this was when I actually met them. Did fate bring us together? I hope so! That sounds really exciting! Oh right, the fight. I hit a goblin with my sling! I knew all my practice would pay off. Tama killed alot of goblins! I’m so proud! The rest did good too, though Lyriana hurried to help Sir Sheriff so I lost track of her for a while.

The town started to get that situation under control when we suddenly heard a damsel in distress! The damsel was a rich guy named Foxglove. I screamed to him to take cover but he wouldn’t listen! His dog was already dead. Stupid human. This was where I did the impossible. I hit a goblin from 200 ft away, square between the eyes! Took him right out! I told the rest about it but they didn’t seem that impressed. Anyways, we killed the goblins and saved Sir Foxglove. He promised us a dinner and some reward! Soon!

We later met up at the Rusty Dragon. Ameiko was so pleased by my heroism that was offered to stay at her inn, free of charge. I had to share room with Leewald though, but he seem fun enough. If he can lighten up a little. What’s up with people not remembering my name by the way? I humoured them though. They can call me Jak. Oh and Sir Sheriff showed up! It turns out he was in dire need of someone who can translate goblin and I offered my services!

24th day of Rova 4707
The next day I was almost forcibly escorted to the garrison by Lyriana! She’s a no-nonsense woman isn’t she! She too could lighten up a little but she seem very good at what she does. Anyways I translated what the goblin said and mostly let Lyriana do her thing. It seems like the goblins invading the festival may have been a diversion for a smaller group to be able to extract the former high priest’s body from his crypt. This smaller group of six goblins was led by a longshank, possibly a human necromancer. We did see skeletons! And I saw that necromantic aura. We followed their tracks for a while and started discussing our next step. Get the goblin? Follow the tracks? Go straight to Mosswood? Oh yeah, the goblins came from Mosswood, I forgot to write that!

Sandpoint's Swallowtail Festival
From the Journal of Leewald Brightspark 23 - 24 day of Rova 4707

I got an early start on the Swallowtail Festival. There were several competition around town, and all the cooks in town seemed to have their own stalls offering up their specialties. Most of the foods were interesting and I had ago at the strongman competition. I almost placed even with the strongest man in town. The festival carried on like that until evening when the town leaders held some speeches. Unfortunately that’s when the goblins struck. A whole band of the swarmed the town. I and a handful of other capable townspeople fended of several goblins in the main square and saved a town merchant or something named Foxglove. He was immensely grateful and wanted us to meet up a week later to reward us.

As further reward we were offered rooms at The Rusty Dragon for a week. “We” here refers to myself, a gnome named something-something-jakk-something, a half-orc named Grak, the human Aran and an elf by the name of Lyriana. We had a few drinks at The Dragon that night.

It also turned out that the Sheriff found and captured one of the attacking goblins, but was without a translator for goblin. Jakk offered to help with that, which put us all in the town jail early next day feeding and interrogating a goblin warrior. He claimed that the clan had been offered food and victims to slay in town by a longskanks that visited his clan in the Mosswoods. The longskank wanted to gain entry to the town cemetery and apparently used the goblins as a distraction because we found the tomb of the previous father that died in some fire a couple of years ago broken into. The bones of this priest were stolen by a half dozen goblins and something human looking from the tracks they left.

We attempted to track the path this group took out of town, but they entered the river at one point and we couldn’t find their tracks again.

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