A view of Sandpoint from the Old Light.
Sunday, the 1st of Rova, 4707 A.R.; Swallowtail festival & autumnal equinox
Each of the heroes-to-be had their own reasons for visiting Sandpoint. It began with a happy coincidence as friends found themselves in the same town at the same time when they were most needed.
Ton found work with the craftsmen and laborers building the new cathedral. Locals were grateful for another strong back, and a willing hand. His good nature and friendly demeanor made him a natural choice to become a team foreman, and so he met Kivu, and worked with her regularly enough to form a friendship. Ton described himself as a traveler, although he seemed willing to stay at least until the work was done, he told tales of far away lands and spoke languages that belied his fair skin and light brown eyes. He quickly made friends with Ephrey as they share a favored drinking hole, Risa’s Place on Undercliff Way.
Ephrey was born in Sandpoint to a family of six. His mother rules the roost at the second house to the east along Tanglefoot alley. His father is a longshoreman who introduced his youngest son to Risa’s Place as soon as the lad had an interest in getting a drink (and getting out of from underfoot of his mother). He occasionally met up with Treana and as they were both regular visitors to Sandpoint. Ephrey does odd jobs around town to make ends meet, most recently working on the new cathedral with Ton and Kivu.
[[Treana]] Schoring had been traveling the coast along Varisian bay for the past few years. Her family lives in the hinterlands of Sandpoint, where her father is a farmer who owns a few acres of land. His two sons (Albertus and Nicolas) work the land alongside of him while his only daughter became an animal handler, hunter and tracker. Her mother, Sashana, passed away ten years ago in a fire that erupted during a goblin attack. Her mother’s death has lead Treana to develop a keen sense of hatred for all goblins. She came to Sandpoint as much for the Swallowtail festival as to meet up with Elshbeth, who is always willing to treat a childhood friend to a meal. When in town she often looked up Ephrey because he knows the best (and cheapest) places to stay and drink. His local contacts assure Treana’s pay lasts as long as possible.
Elshbeth is the youngest half-elven daughter of the Julter family, a small noble house whose holdings are to be found in the Sandpoint hinterlands. Their manorial holdings abut the Schoring farmland (those of Treana’s family). Elshbeth’s brother is expected to inherit the land, and so she was entered into the church of Erastil at a young age. Possessing a sacred touch and showing a penchant for the martial arts, the young girl was trained as a paladin knight of the faith. While in training however, she was regularly granted permission to return to her family’s holdings and to visit with Treana; her childhood friend. She’d most recently journeyed to Sandpoint as part of a religious delegation from Magnimar to attend the Swallowtail festival and the new cathedral’s dedication.
Kivu came to Sandpoint four years ago to assist Master Abelin Korvus, a respected architect from Magnimar; a job for which she was well paid. As much as Master Korvus was respected for his impressive skills, he was also chronically disorganized. And so it was Kivu’s responsibility to organize the work rosters and payroll, and to keep the work going despite shortages or occasional disruptions. She granted Ton the position of team foreman and between the two of them, got the work completed on time. She’d met Treana, Ton and Elshbeth occasionally for drinks thanks to Ephrey, and has gotten to know the locals well enough to be welcomed at Risa’s Place.
Aubrey came to Sandpoint recently from the Sanos forest to the east, looking to learn the fate of a gnome relative who was killed during the late unpleasantness. Treana met him a few years back when she visited the small community of Nybor bordering the forest during her travels. Aubrey was curious about Treana’s travels while she was interested in his culture and people. It was a surprising friendship, but one that grew with time. His dealings with Treana led to his meeting Elshbeth once or twice. He’d heard of Ephrey, but hadn’t previsouly visited Sandpoint and so only knew him from Treana’s tales.
The Swallowtail festival
At dawn on the first day of Rova, a parade of six trumpeters marched up from the docks to the cathedral, drawing most of the local population along with them. The musicians, dressed in bright robes, were closely followed by a contingent of sailors; the lot of them intent on staging a festive procession to the new cathedral on a lark. Their efforts were welcomed by the locals who eagerly followed alongside the impromptu parade.
The group gathered outside the cathedral and donated their instruments as a gift to the temple. Later, the townsfolk began to build a small stage in the square in front of the cathedral. Locals gathered and chatted, as much with the strangers and the sailors as with visitors and guests. Food began arriving shortly thereafter.
Sometime near noon the speeches began. Mayor Kendra Deverin,Sheriff Belor Hemlock, and Cyrdak Drokkus each spoke in turn. Lunch was free and the food occupied most of the locals throughout the afternoon. Sometime near dusk dozens of swallowtail butterflies were released. Father Abstalar Zantus took the podium and used a thunderstone to get the crowd’s attention.
Goblin raiders interrupting the Swallowtail festival.
Goblins cut and goblins fight.
Stab the dog and cut the horse,
Goblins eat and take by force!
Goblins race and goblins jump.
Goblins slash and goblins bump.
Burn the skin and mash the head,
Goblins here and you be dead!
Chase the baby, catch the pup.
Bonk the head to shut it up.
Bones be cracked, flesh be stewed,
We be goblins! You be food!
At that very instant – lurking goblin raiders attacked! One raced into the square and quickly slew a dog with a bent piece of holed steel before turning his attention to the gathered locals. Singing a devilish yet catchy ditty, others raced into the gathered crowd, jumped up on tables and madly chased spectators about. The crowd fled, but the goblins managed to pick their targets and attacked.
The Mayor ordered everyone to get inside. The battle was joined by the Sheriff, Ton, Kivu, Ephrey, Treana, Elshbeth, and Aubrey. Father Zantus blessed the defenders of Sandpoint and endeavored to shepherd the crowd to safety. The defenders slaughtered the first wave of raiders with ease. Although most townsfolk escaped unharmed, one was killed and six others injured. Father Zantus quickly began tending to the wounded.