Early in the evening of the fourth day Sheriff Hemlock sent word to the recuperating local heroes that he would like their presence in the Town Hall. The note said he had news that might interest them.
Rumors spread through the Rusty Dragon that Shalelu Andosana, the elf ranger who stopped into town once a season to restock and trade news was back after only a month. A traveler who had recently entered the Dragon picked up on the spreading news and chimed in that he had seen a haggard looking elf enter town an hour before and she looked truly worn out. The news made the locals worry about what news she might bring with her. She was an outsider but it was her work that normally did a good job of keeping the goblins away from town. Gathering favored weapon so as to never be caught off guard the heroes moved to the center of town and the town hall.
Entering the second floor office the heroes were introduced to a tight circle of city planners. Sheriff Hemlock made introductions to Mayor Deverin who thanked them for their job of fighting off the goblin attack and largely saving the town. She also conveyed her thanks for clearing out the trouble on Chopper’s Island. Sheriff Hemlock then introduced Shalelu as an “unofficial member of the town guard.” Shalelu made a smirk at that title. Hemlock then introduced the heroes as “Sandpoint’s latest crop of goblinslayers.”
Hemlock said, “Shalelu has been a thorn in the sides of local goblin tribes for years and few in the region know more about them than she does. I have just received a report from her that Sandpoint is not the only area in the region that has been attacked. In short, there’s been an increase in goblin-related raids along the Lost Coast, particularly in the dale between Nettlewood and Mosswood. Only a day ago a farm south of Mosswood was burnt to the ground by a group of goblins. Thankfully Shalelu was nearby and was able to rescue the family and drive off the goblins. This goblin problem is obviously not going away.” He then motions to Shalelu to begin.
“Belor’s told me of your work agains the goblins, and with Dorin amongst your ranks it is no wonder. His activities in the region these last two years has been a big help in the hinterlands. Well done defending Sandpoint. I’ve dedicated the last several years of my life to keeping them from causing too much trouble around these parts, but they’re tenacious and fecund little runts. Like weeds that bite.”
“There are five major goblin tribes in the region, and, traditionally, they’re pretty good at keeping eachother in line with intertribal squabbles and the like. Yet from what I’ve been able to piece together, members from all five tribes were involved in the raid on Sandpoint. A fair number of the Mosswood goblins I dealt with yesterday were already pretty beat up, and there was a lot of chatter about the ‘longshanks’ who killed so many of them. Now that I’ve met you, it seems obvious from their descriptions who they were talking about. Seems like you’ve made an impression.”
“In any event, the fact that the five tribes are working together disturbs me. Gobin tribes don’t get along unless they’ve got something big planned, and big plans require big bosses. I’m afraid that someone’s moved in on the goblins and organized them. And judging by these recent raids, what they’re organizing seems like bad news for all of us.”
Sheriff Hemlock stepped forward and announced, “I’m taking a few guards south to Magnimar tomorrow morning to seek additional soldiers to station here for a few weeks, at least until the extent of the goblin threat can be determined. While I am away Shalelu is going to sniff around Shank’s Wood, Brinestump, Mosswood, Devil’s Platter and a few other places to discover the goblins activities. I would like you to stay in town and keep up a public presence, if you don’t mind. Seeing you around town will do a lot for keeping worries down over the next few days.”
With that the meeting was over and Shalelu asked to accompany the heroes back to the Rusty Dragon for dinner and to learn more about them and swap intelligence.