What the heck is going on

  • Everyone is in Sandpoint for the annual Swallowtail Festival, where the new cathedral will be consecrated. The previous cathedral had burned down five years ago claiming the lives of the Father of the church and his daughter, Nualia.
  • Goblins attack and the PCs drive them away. But, a tomb is desecrated and some remains are stolen of the previous Father of the church. During the attack the PCs save the life of a foppish merchant called Aldern Foxglove.
  • Aldern Foxglove rewards them with a hunting trip and takes a shine to Rena.
  • Most of the party stay at the Rusty Dragon and witness an altercation between the landlady, Ameiko and her father, Lonjiku. Later she goes missing and the party find a note from her estranged brother, Tsuto, asking to meet her at the family glassworks.
  • Tsuto’s birth was a scandal as he was a half-elf and it was clear that he had a different father. Lonjiku kicked him out and he grew up in the orphanage with Rena’s family. Later, when his and Ameiko’s mother died suspiciously, he accused Lonjiku of murder and left Sandpoint.
  • The party go to the glassworks and find Tsuto is in league with the goblins and has murdered their father. He is trying to get Ameiko to leave Sandpoint has kidnapped her.
  • Tsuto is defeated and taken to prison. In his possessions are notes that indicated he is in league with Nualia, who isn’t dead and they plan to attack and destroy Sandpoint. She is working with the Thistletop goblins, who are the largest and most violent tribe in the region.
  • Rena and her brother spend some time talking to him as childhood friends and find that he was being manipulated by Nualia who is using his resentment of his treatment as a child and has charmed him into a state of infatuation.
  • The party has discovered tunnels under the glassworks that lead to forgotten temple dating back to the Empire of Thassilon, 10,000 years ago. In the temple they defeat a quasit and find a strange pool full of an unknown liquid that spawns creatures when blood drips into it. In the temple they find a statue to an unknown female figure that is strangely unaffected by the millennia of time. The statue carries a book inscribed with odd seven pointed star.
  • A local elven ranger, Shalelu, arrives in Sandpoint. She patrols the region keeping tabs on the local tribes and threats. She offers to take the party to Thistletop and they set off and infiltrate the goblin camp through an underground passage.
  • The party defeat the goblins and Nualia taking two mercenaries captive – Orik and Lyrie. They discover that Nualia used her father’s remains in a ritual to transform herself into a demon. On her body they discover a medallion of the star previously seen on the statue under Sandpoint.
  • They read Nualia’s journal to discover that she was an aasimar, and had grown up in unhappy circumstances mainly at the hand of her father. She was corrupted by the God of Monsters, Lamashtu, causing her to burn down the cathedral and murder her father. In the five years since she went on a killing spree in Magnimar before being discovered by an unknown group of people that support her and then encourage her to turn her attentions to revenge on Sandpoint. She also reveals that the pool in the temple below Sandpoint collects sin, specifically wrath.
  • Brodert Quink. Local sage and historian identifies the star as a Sihedron, the symbol of the ancient empire of Thassilon.
  • Tsuto, Orik and Lyrie are tried in Magnimar where they are convicted and sentenced to conscription with the Black Arrows – a militia group that defends the northern boundary with the Giant lands.
  • The party attempts to locate Nualia’s benefactor, but only manages to interrupt and defeat a murderous Succubus before being summoned back to Sandpoint where more murders are taking place. The bodies have the seven pointed star carved into their chests. At the site of the murder they find a cryptic note.
  • Investigating the murders, the party heads to a sanatorium where the only survivor has been detained. They speak to him, Grayst, who has turned quite mad and appears to be very ill. At the sight of Rena his ramblings become more coherent and he addresses her with words of desire from the murderer. When asked if they can treat the victim, the doctor turns hostile and flees.
  • It transpires that the doctor is in league with a necromancer and they are experimenting on the patients and then turning them into undead. The party defeats them and then cures Grayst of his afflictions. Further questioning reveals clues that direct them to a place called the Misgivings, which Rena and Samoth recall is another name for the family home of the Foxgloves, the same family that the merchant they encountered before comes from, Aldern who took a shine to Rena.
  • They go to the manor to find it haunted. During their search they are assailed by the remnants of the spirits of all that have died within the house, ultimately finding Aldern’s wife who stayed after death awaiting the time when she could have revenge on him. They release her and she leads them to Aldern.
  • Aldern is defeated and the spirit of his dead wife is released from vengeance. It transpires that Aldern’s grandfather attempted to become a lich, but when his wife interrupted the transformation his evil spirit was embedded in the manor instead of his phylactery. This spirit has corrupted all male descendents causing them to murder their families. The house absorbed the trauma caused by these events and any visitors get forced to relive the events
  • A clue leads back to Magnimar and a house owned by the Foxglove family and they discover that Aldern was also being supported by a group in Magnimar. They destroy the manor and head to Magnimar.
  • The home in Magnimar is occupied by shapeshifting decoys, and a clue there leads to the Brotherhood of the Seven, at Seven’s Sawmill. The sawmill turns out to be the base of a murderous cult led by the elven Justice Ironbriar, a senior magistrate of Magnimar, who then turns out to be Tsuto’s real father and has kept back his son to brainwash him into the cult. Tsuto rebels against his father’s conditioning and helps the party to defeat the murderous elf. Reading Ironbriar’s insane ramblings they find that he was collaborating with an alluring woman named Xanesha for several years and that they had together encouraged Nualia, as well as deepening the corruption of Aldern.
  • The trail leads to an old clock tower in the underbridge area, and the party encounter Xanesha. She is some strange hybrid of snake and woman, with sorcerous abilities. After a difficult battle she is defeated. In Xanesha’s possessions they find a note from a sister referring to harvesting souls in Turtleback Ferry.

What the heck is going on

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