Rise of the Runelords Session 1

A group of 5 friends plus myself are playing a Pathfinder campaign called Rise of the Runelords. I am going to post the story of the sessions after they occur in hopes that you will all enjoy the spectacle and story as it happens. There are 5 characters played by my friends and then I myself am running everyone else and the world itself.

The five characters are as follows. As I learn more about them you can expect to receive individual bios on each one.

Vina Martell- A Lawful Good Sacred Servant Paladin

Milah- A Chaotic Neutral Knife Master Rogue

Durella- A Chaotic Neutral Witch

Chet Soten- A Chaotic Neutral Fire Elemental Sorcerer

Natir Zahera- A Neutral Barbarian

The five of them either grew up in Sandpoint or where coming to this town on their own various missions. As they came to Sandpoint the opening of the towns new cathedral was scheduled to take place. Wanting to see and take part in the spectacle the characters all waited for the celebration to unfold before them.

During the day of the ceremony the characters had little to do with each other. Vina and Milah partook in a game of wits at which point Milah won bragging rights for the rest of the day. Durella and Chet both took part in different dextrous games. At which point they challenged each other after winning their individual competitions. Durella came out as champion of fineese. Natir took part in a competition of drinking. Being the giant she is Natir found herself an easy champion.

As evening approached a man stepped out onto the podium that had been set up before the cathedral. He took out a thunderstone and threw it on the ground to gather the attention of the crowd. Unknown to him and everyone else the thunderstone strike was a trigger for the unexpected guests at this day of merriment.

As soon as the stone struck cries and singing erupted from all around the town. As small fires started and goblins stepped out to attack from nearly every location. The city guards were outnumbered and unprepared for such a spectacle. The characters were faced by three of these beasts holding their wicked dogslicers.

Now they came together, at this very moment all that mattered was the defense of this town and yet it would be in these moments that a bond would be forged. Natir waded into the fray with her earthbreaker hammer leading. She quickly crushed the skull and even most of the body of this diminutive foe. Vina while slower than Natir engaged another of the goblins, where they exchanged a few swings. Durella put the last unengaged one to sleep as she pulled power from her witch patron. Milah ran up to one fighting Vina and with a few deft strikes to the back with her deadly daggers this group easily overcame the goblins who foolishly attacked them.

However no sooner did the first ones fall that another group of goblins encouraged by the sounds of a goblin song coming from nearby. The goblins with glee ran forward to chop the characters to minced bits but soon began to understand the failures in their understanding of this battle. No sooner did they appear that one fell as a bolt of energy burst forth from Chet’s hand and buried into the chest of the screaming goblin.

Natir hearing the screams turned and charged the lead goblin, again her deadly hammer struck downwards ending the life of a goblin. She roared with a primal fury as the other goblins made sure to run around her towards the rest of the party. Vina set herself up to defend the spell casters as Milah ran forwards taking the offensive to the goblins. She quickly dropped one with a display of fineese and skill with her daggers. Durella fired her crossbow into another ending its life abruptly. The singing now sounded worried and ended as a goblin covered in strange markings came out of hiding. The goblin fired off a set of its own spells while the party moved to engage. Spells range all around as the party fought but it would be the swing of a hammer that brought the fight to an end.

With these new foes defeated the party had come together and held strong against their enemies. They helped to save the town but their work had just begun. For the screams of a man echoed down the street.

Running down the street the characters ran around a corner just in time to see a goblin on a goblin dog mount cleave a dog in half using a horsechopper. A man was cowering against the wall of a building as the goblin dog and rider began to descend upon their prey.

The characters immediately came to the rescue of this man as they waded into combat more goblins came out of houses to join in the fray. The goblins on foot ran to engage the characters not knowing that their fate was sealed in death. However the goblin rider stayed to the rear instead taking out a bow of deadly design and rained arrows into the characters.

As the fight went on the first goblins fell quickly and the goblin rider made to charge the characters. However Durella was able to put the great beast to sleep in time for them to avoid the deadly collision. As the now dismounted goblin charged forward it had to meet the fearsome foes on equal footing. The goblin never stood a chance.

The man that they saved was none other than the noble Aldern Foxglove and he made a point of inviting the characters to the Rusty Dragon Inn.

After the conflict the characters became known as the heroes of Sandpoint. Their brave acts had bested many goblins and by the count of the guards only about 30 had attacked Sandpoint. The characters killed a third of that number.

As the characters stayed in Sandpoint over the next couple days people rewarded them for their bravery and made sure to help out in any way to rebuild the town. In a couple days the attack would be almost entirely washed away from the minds of these durable people.

Aldern Foxglove was able to convince the characters to join him at the Rusty Dragon and at which point he asked them to come boar hunting with him. The characters tried to avoid this situation but found Aldern to be very convincing. Eventually they went on this journey and with him they tracked down a boar to be desired. They slew the beast with ease but what was really important about this trip? Aldern used this time to learn about the characters specifically Durella who he both questioned and watched with great interest. She was a beautiful drow (dark elf), and he lusted after her with great passion.

Upon their return to the Rusty Dragon with their quarry Ameiko Kajitsu (owner of the Rusty Dragon) started preparing it for a feast. Her father burst through the door and threatened her and wanted to take her away from here. He turned on the characters and told them that their recklessness threatened the city and that they should never have fought the goblins. He then turned and stormed back out of the Inn.

Chet at this time was under the thumb of the daughter to the general store owner. She had seduced the poor halfling and led him into her basement where she proceeded to have her way with him. Her father came home and down into the basement where he caught them. Chet was immediately in distress from the size and strength of the much larger man. Chet was able to escape the situation but with little of his dignity. A debt to the store owner would need to be repaid by Chet to mend these wounds.

After all of this the characters were hoping for a day of rest but none would come. A woman approached them with two children in tow. One had bites all up and down his arm. She was in tears and explaining that her husband had gone to take care of the goblin in her sons closet.

The characters ran off to the woman’s house to see about the husband and the goblin. They entered the boys room to find a half eaten man laying on the ground with what was left of the torso in a hole in the closet. After pulling out the mans body a goblin burst out of the hole hoping to put a quick end to the battle. He highly underestimated the characters.

The widow was taken in by her sister. The heroes of Sandpoint were gaining fame as they continued to handle situations as they happened.

The mayor brought the characters in to hear the words of a local scout named Shelelu. She recounted the recent events from outside of the town and explained that she believed that there were going to be more larger and deadlier raids. Sheriff Hemlock set off to the next town to request help while leaving the characters to act in his stead here in town.

As soon as the sheriff left disaster struck.

Father Zantus had found that the crypt had been opened by an outside force during the raid and requested the characters to go and explore the insides. The characters marched in without fear. They found two skeletons awaiting them and combat soon began. The characters had never seen skeletons before and learned that bladed weapons to easily fit between the bones. While hammers and other blunt weapons made quick work of them.

In the crypt they found that the remains of Ezakien had been taken by someone for surely dire reasons.

They decided that it would be best for the town to not know about this until later. After the Sheriffs return for sure.

The next morning they awoke to the sounds of distress from Bethana employee of Ameiko. She held a note that was presented to the characters. In the letter the characters learned that Ameiko went to her father’s glass works to meet with her brother.

The characters ran off to the glass works. Upon arrival they acted with certain levels of stealth. Sending a scout onto the roof to look through the windows on top. The scout (Durella) looked through the windows into the gore that was now the glass works. A glass statue could be seen, upon closer examination he characters could tell that this was the remains of Ameiko’s father. He had been covered in molten glass and was now solidified into a sadistic statue of torture. Goblins ran around in the glass works with the remains of the workers trying to recreate the glass statue.

The characters quickly entered the building and went directly to where the goblins were. They set about killing the goblins quickly however in their hast Natir was tripped and taken by the goblins. They tried to shove her several times into the furnace that was used to keep the glass molten hot. In failing several times they gave up and tried to kill her by hacking at her. The rest of the characters slew the goblins with ease. However one of the goblins was smart and ran for its life down into the basement of the house where it warned its master.

Once the characters entered the basement they were engaged by both the escaped goblin and its master. Tsuto brother of Ameiko. Together they faced down the characters. In truth Tsuto was not a hard fight for the characters his ally fell quickly and he took only a few hits before being brought to his knees.

The characters found Tsuto’s journal and then Ameiko who had been chained up and knocked unconscious by Tsuto. The characters explained what had happened to Ameiko and her father, they also discovered that there was a series of caves that left this basement leading into the abyss.

The journal hinted that there was going to be an attack on Sandpoint with numbers of goblins being around 200. It also depicted a woman who was slowly becoming a demon of some kind. A goblin named Ripnugget is also mentioned. Shelelu told the characters that this goblin is the chief of the Thistletop goblins.

End of Session 1.


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