Sandpoint,a town on the Varisian coast, is celebrating the Swallowtail Festival. This festival is to commemorate the building of a new chapel after a time known to the town as the Late Unpleasantness. In the Late Unpleasantness, a serial killer ran rampant in the town killing 25 people in a one month span and the chapel of the town was burned down a month later.
At the festival there are many games in the streets, the smells of fresh sweets and smoked meats, and the sounds of music and townsfolk enjoying themselves after a long summer. Gorvi, the local Half-orc trash collector and junkyard owner, is running an wheelbarrow race through the streets with the winners getting an item and 3 tries at his other game, a goblin fishing game for a chance to get rare magical items. Vorvashali Voon, the local curio shop owner, runs an obstacle course with the help of Das Korvut, the local blacksmith, as well as target practice game with the targets getting smaller with each successful hit. Chask Haladin, a local bookseller, offers riddles to answer for a chance at magical items.
Kayomi (Clair’s human monk) is a local blacksmith that has been working and staying with Das Korvut, beat the obstacle course on the second try and won a Cloak of Resistance.
Kayomi, Tahani (Emily’s gnome druid), and Ravana (Tyler’s Ifrit bloodrager) all attempted to solve the riddles but were all stumped at certain ones. Zoobie (Shai’s vanara witch), beat the riddles and won a Pearl of Power.
Ravana attempts to best the target shooting but only barely does well enough to get a prize of 20 arrows.
Ravana and Zoobie, who are longtime friends and travelling companions, not only do well in the wheelbarrow race but put up the best annual time for the whole festival. For their performance, they are awarded a wand of Cure Light Wounds and each are given 3 chances at the goblin fishing game.* Zoobie* does not do well at the fishing game and wins no prizes. Ravana snags an Alchemist’s Fire at his attempts.
At noon, in the middle of the square in front of the newly built cathedral, Kendra Deverin, the mayor of Sandpoint, gives a speech remembering the reason for the festival and thanking the citizens for coming out to join in the festivities. Belor Hemlock, the sheriff, reminds the town to behave themselves and have fun. Cydrak Drokkus, the local theater owner, tells a story and lets the town know about a new play that is coming soon called the Harpy’s Curse. Father Abstalar Zanthus, the high priest of Desna, gives a pray for the festival and releases thousands of swallowtail butterflies as an offer to Desna. Lunch is provided with many delectable meals and desserts fill the tables, but a curried salmon dish, made by Ameiko Kaijitsu the owner of the Rusty Dragon Inn, sets itself apart from the rest.
At dusk, more speeches are made and as Zanthus makes his way to the stages, a loud crack of thunder echoes through the town and goblins invade and attack. Townsfolk fight or run from the goblins. In the square, the goblins run for the food and begin to gorge themselves. While Zoobie fights her own battle near a table, Kayomi, Tahani, and Ravana fight even more goblins. They fight with small short swords (called dog slicers), fish, apples and whatever else is laying around. Ravana saves a local woman, Katrine Vinder, from a group of goblins as Kayomi and Tahani finish off the last of the group in the square. A loud explosion is heard near the barrels holding the alcohol for the festival. Kayomi and Ravana run over and dispatch a small band of goblins with a warsinger leading the group.