The party finds a journal…
In it are a collection of ramblings describing an attack on Sandpoint – stealing a body – and a demon transformation.
What do our heroes do?
FIND MOSSWOOD! … well among other things anyway!
To recap some of the information the party was able to track down:
[[Ameiko:ameiko-kaijitsu]] met them in the morning and the party learned that for the time being she has closed the Dragon to all but the party – as she is dealing with her grief. It is out of thanks and respect for her rescue that she is allowing the party to stay currently.
Ameiko seemed different now that her father is dead, and her brother betrayed her. She indicated that she heard of her brothers plans to attack the town and refused to be part of them – that’s when he attacked her (and the goblins showed up) – after that she wasn’t able to gather much information.
She did say that her brother alluded to not wanting to be in Sandpoint ‘in the next month’.
She did say that she had always gotten along well with her brother – and frequently visited him after he was sent away from the house due to family conflict. They would go see plays together and got along well. She hadn’t heard from him for about 5 years – after her mother died something between her father and her brother occurred and her brother left – and she hadn’t seen or heard from him until his letter.
She indicated the party would do her a great favor if they could ensure there is no more trouble in her glassworks and they were welcome to whatever they found as she wanted nothing to remind her of this ‘day of death’.
With that – Sandpoint’s newest noble left the party to do their own investigation.
[[Father Zantus:abstalar-zantus]] was able to say he had no knowledge of Malfeshnekor. He did impart a story of Father Tobyn the previous priest. The story of what had happened ‘five or six’ years ago when Sandpoint had a murder spree that claimed 26 lives including the previous sheriff (Avertin).
The killer was tracked down due to a blood stain that lead them to the house of Jervis Stoot. Father Zantus indicated that about a month after the killings were stopped Jervis’s house caught on fire and that started the fire that spread throughout the town – in turn burning down the old church including Father Tobyn and his daughter. He couldn’t remember much of the daughter.
Turandarok Academy was no help and appears to be a school/home for orphans.
The House of Blue Stones potentially has information – they admitted to having a library but it is sealed up for worshipers only.
The tunnel under standpoint:
This was investigated by Janos and Biru – they were able to find the end of the tunnel which was sealed in a secret door – this opened into a cavern along the shore of the bay. There was evidence of a large goblin force being here in the past – but nothing that looked recent.
Two other tunnels were discovered about 1/2 way through:
The first was previously bricked over but that had been removed – this one went about 50’ and turned – after the turn they heard noises as if a creature had a raspy breath – but they couldn’t see anything so they retreated and came back later – this time they heard nothing but didn’t go any further again.
The second went straight on for several hundred more feet that they could determine – the tunnel turned back into well cared for dirt with supports – and became slightly damp – however they also didn’t explore to any ‘end’ of the tunnel.
They secured the secret door at the cave with daggers.
Mosswood was found! This time replicas were being sold and upon investigation the vendor fled. Replica Mosswood pins were handed out to all the party!
Tyrek won the Hagfish drinking game! His name is forever immortalized in the beam at the Hagfish inn. He learned quite a bit about ‘old Murdermaw’. For more details you will need to ask him.
No further information was forthcomming about Malfeshnekor from the local [[Sage:brodert-quink]]. He was however able to identify Lamashtu as the mother of demons. He mentioned that she is worshiped by many monsters and a month is named after her. She is represented by a three eyed jackal and is very evil.
He also confirmed that there is no such thing as a ‘ritual to convert to a demon’ something like that would ‘require a deity to be involved as it would change the very essence of a soul’.
Bethana spoke with the group towards the end of the day – and recanted a slightly different version of the story about “the chopper” – she mentioned that Jervis Stoot was known throughout the town as a master craftsman and people took pride in having his work on their property. It was a shock to the town when it was reveled that he was the Chopper. She mentioned that Sheriff Hemlock was the one who found Jervis – and that his house didn’t cause the fire in Sandpoint – but the fire started about a month after his death.
She remembered Father Tobyn’s daughter – and gave her a name – Nualia. She said that she was rarely seen around town as her silver hair caused people to either mob her with requests for healing or throw stones at her. Everyone knew that she died the the fire with her Father. It was a terrible tragedy.
She also confirmed that Ameiko’s mother died the night of the Sandpoint fire.
She did say that no one knew what started the fire – rumors abound and many think it was a cow that knocked over a lantern.
Which story is correct? Did the sounds in the tunnel indicate a dragon was sleeping? Are there gems in the ruins of the ‘Chopper House?’ Will Mosswood grow sentience and speak to the party?
These questions and more will be answered in our next thrilling episode!