Pathfinder - Rise of the Runelords

Chapter 1 - Burnt Offerings

Swallowtail Festival

Session 1 – 07/10/2011

Story Recap

After five long years of worshipping wherever there was space, the new cathedral to Desna has finally been completed! The dedication will coincide with the yearly Swallowtail festival in a few days. The dedication will be a joyous occasion which should help people forget the “Late Unpleasantness”.

As local residents, the player’s know that five years ago the cathedral was burned down by unknown arsonists. The body of Ezakian Tobyn (the local priest) was found in the rubble. His adopted daughter Nualia went missing at the same time and she is presumed to have perished in the fire as well. At the same time, the wife of local noble Lonjiku Kaijitsu disappered without a trace. To round out the "Late Unpleasantness’, woodcarver Jervas Stoot went on a killing spree. Jervas killed several people before mob justice solved the problem.

The day of the festival arrives. The day is enjoyable for all as the welcoming speeches are all brief and to the point. Vendors display their wares as performers entertain and local tavern owners feed the crowd (Ameiko Kaijitsu, owner of the Rusty Dragon is the local favorite). As the sun begins to set, Father Zantus uses a thunder stone to get everyone’s attention. Unfortunately, a tribe of local goblins take that as a signal to attack.

After most of their tribe is killed, the remaining goblins flee, some even throwing themselves off cliffs rather than being captured alive. A few were taken alive however. Questioning revealed that the goblins had an inside man and that the attacks were a diversion for the theft of Ezakian Tobyn’s remains from the cemetary.

During the attack, the PCs rescued Aldern Foxglove. Aldern is a young noble from Magnimar in for the Swallowtail Festival. He cannot thank the PCs enough for saving him, especially the good doctor who he feels did the most to carry the day. Aldern invites the PCs to dinner and invites them to go boar hunting the following day. After a successful hunt, the group returns to the Rusty Dragon for a dinner of roast boar.



The following items were recovered during the course of the adventure:

  • 11 Dogslicers (No one will buy these from you)
  • Potion of Cure Light Wounds (Used during the course of the adventure)
  • 2 sets of studded leather armor, small sized
  • Whip, small sized
  • Short sword, small sized
  • 2 short bows with 40 arrows, small sized
  • Masterwork horsechopper
  • Wooden shield, small sized
  • An appropriately sized riding mount for Seph, Cyn and Josh’s characters from Aldern to go on the boar hunt

The following money was recovered during the course of the adventure:
20 GP – from the Goblins
50 GP – from Aldern Foxglove for rescuing him
70 GP – Total amount recovered

The following is the XP break down for the session:
540 XP – Seph, Cyn and Josh
270 XP – Steve



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