In the glassworks, the goblins were torn apart fairly quickly. Most of the party had taken a considerable amount of damage, barely staving off unconsciousness. Only Grael’s ability to continue to trip the boss allowed the party to succeed. Once the fight was over, the group took to securing the area, and going through what was left behind.
Among the mess, they find a shortbow (which Staly quickly adds to her arsenal), a magic ring of protection, and a number of tools and other valuable supplies including about a dozen pouches full of precious metal that was used in the glass making process. After splitting the loot among the party members present, they begin to talk about what to do next.
A door remains unchecked as the party loots the room. Staly checks the door, finds it unlocked, and opens it. There is a long tunnel leaving the room that twists on for some time that is headed toward Sandpoint.
When Ameiko Kaijitsu finally gains consciousness after having been tied up and abused by the goblins, she reveals that her brother had plans for Sandpoints future and told her that she wouldn’t want to be in town when that came to pass. He said they were based in Thistletop. When she refuses to join him, he allows the goblins to attack her. As a way of showing her gratitude for their help, she offers the party free room and board at the Rusty Dragon for the rest of their lives.
Meanwhile, Reshoy Fin the barbarian and Nadierra the druid have been sent by Shalelu Andosana to track the party through the glassworks, taking note of the carnage left behind. The druid attempts to aid any creatures left for dead while the barbarian checks the dead goblins for equipment. Along their path, they find Ameiko’s father, killed by being encased in molten glass.
Nadierra and Reshoy meet up with the party right as they are finished speaking with Ameiko.
With a healer finally available to them in the form of the druid, the party is able to wake Ameiko’s brother from unconsciousness and, after a short exchange of expletives, the party questions him.
It becomes clear pretty quickly that any conversation with him isn’t going to go anywhere after several attempts to get him to reveal information fail. Finally upset by the whole ordeal, Ameiko retrieves her dagger and returns to kill him herself by stabbing him in the throat.
The interrogation did not provide any information but Tsuto’s journal did. The Goblin raid was indeed a distraction so Tobyn’s remains were stolen and a much larger raid is being planned for Sandpoint. Ripnugget, the leader of the Thistletop tribe and Bruthazmus the bugbear are involved in the plans to attack Sandpoint while Tsuto wanted to have the quasit “send her freaks up from below” via the smuggling tunnels the party found.
Tsuto appears to be in love with Nualia, an assimar that was thought to be lost in the church fire. Nualia is said to want to remove her “celestial taint” and has had some success in turning herself demonic by burning her adoptive father’s, Tobyn’s, remains at the Thistle top shrine. Illustrations in the journal show Nualia as a beautiful woman and toward the back of the journal she has demonic parts illustrated. Tsuto has not had much luck getting Nualia’s support with the goblin attacks. She has been distracted with the lower chambers at Thistletop and she “says that once Malfeshnekor is released” and under her command Tsuto won’t need to worry about the Sandpoint attacks.
Sensing the grief that Ameiko is going through, Grael reluctantly offers to give her the gold and silver dust back as a way to give her something of her father. In exchange for the party’s generosity, Ameiko offers the party 400 gold pieces for the bags of metal dust before returning to town to spread the news of what occurred in the glassworks.
With the business with Ameiko concluded for now, the party decides to explore the smuggling tunnel they found. The tunnel twists and turn, passing a lair where it is obvious the goblins had been living, branches collapsed to the sides directing their path down the only avenue left to them.
The tunnel is dark and the party elects to go without a light source to not give away their presence to any enemies they might find. Nadierra, as the only member of the group without the ability to see in the blackness, feels along the wall as she walked forward while led by Staly.
As they venture forward, Reshoy is attacked by something in the dark with a polearm.
Most of the party starts forward to attack, with Nadierra and the panther holding back, blinded by the lack of light. Reshoy leads off with an attack with his heavy flail, and the party makes short work of what is determined to be a Wrathspawn.
As the party continues on, they investigate various passages and rooms without incident. Eventually they come upon a statue of a beautiful woman holding a book and an ornate ranseur. While the rest is just a statue, the ranseur itself is real. Reshoy decides to take it with him in case he needs a polearm.
In the next room over, the party happens across an old alter in a circular chamber with double doors leading out across the room. Beyond the doors, a cathedral room is decorated with runes and skulls. An ominous voice calls out to the party from a pool of red boiling water across the cathedral chamber, beckoning them to enter. As the party steps forward, the battle begins.
Who is Malfeshnekor? How can Sandpoint be saved from the goblin attacks? Where has Nualia been hiding? What is going on at Thistletop?