Rise of the Runelords
The Late Unpleasantness
A period of just over a month in 4702 AR (five years ago), during which two large tragedies befell the town of Sandpoint:
Over the course of a month, the murderer known as Chopper claimed 25 victims. Each victim was found in the same terrible state: body bearing deep cuts to the neck and torso, hands and feet severed and stacked nearby, and the eyes and tongue missing entirely, having been plucked crudely from each head. His terrible killing spree came to an end when the town sheriff, Casp Avertin, caught Chopper in the act and wounded him before becoming Chopper’s last victim. The town guard discoverd the sherrif’s body and were able to follow the bloodly trail back to the home of local woodcarver Jervis Stoot. In his home, the eyes and tongues of all 25 victims were found upon a horrific altar to a vile demon lord. Stoot himself was found dead at the base of the altar, having plucked his own eyes and tongue loose in a final offering.
The Sandpoint Fire
A month after Chopper was found dead, a terrible fire devastated much of the town. It started in the Sandpoint Chapel and quickly spread to nearby structures. When the flames were finally extinguished, the town had lost the North Coast Stables, the White Deer Inn, and three homes. The church burned to the ground, leaving the town’s beloved priest Ezakien Tobyn and (so the town believed) his beautiful adopted daughter Nualia dead.