While attending the Swallowtail Festival in Sandpoint, the PCs helped defend the town from a Goblin raid. After becoming the town heroes, they were approached by a local nobleman named Aldern Foxglove who offered to sponsor their adventuring party. After a few misadventures in town, the party met with Sherrif Belor Hemlock, Mayor Kendra Deverin, and a local Elven Ranger, Shalelu Andosana and discussed the goblin raid. Sherrif Hemlock left the defense of the town in the hands of the party and departed for Magnimar to secure more guards to defend the town.
The next day, the party discovered that the Innkeeper, Ameiko Kaijitsu, was missing. They followed a note found in her room to the Sandpoint Glass Factory, owned by her father. After breaking into the factory, they discovered Ameiko’s father along with several factory workers brutally murdered within along with a host of goblins and Ameiko’s brother, Tsuto Kaijitsu. After capturing Tsuto, freeing Ameiko, and studying Tsuto’s journals, the party deduced that the attack on the town originated in the goblin stronghold of Thistletop and was masterminded by a woman named Nualia. In addition, they discovered a series of tunnels below the Glass Factory which it appeared the goblins entered town through, plus a strange tunnel leading deeper into the earth.
After locking Tsuto up in the jailhosue, the party decided to explore the tunnels below the glass factory and discovered a dungeon filled with horrible monsters and a sneaky Quasit magician. They also found carvings of a strange seven pointed star and deactivated a bubbling well that produced Sinspawn.
Once the catacombs were cleared out, the party set out to Thistletop to deal with the goblin menace and stop Nualia from her demon-summoning schemes. They raided the stockade, killed a bunch of goblins, includling Chief Ripnugget, freed a captive horse, and delved deeper into Thistletop. In the second level, they fought Yeth Hounds and mercenaries before finding the secret passageway that led into the depths of the dungeon. They confronted Nualia and her henchmen, killed her, chopped off her head, and put it in a bag. After the deed was done, they decided to explore this lower level more thoroughly and accidentally awakened a horrible Greater Barghest that was imprisoned there. Thankfully, they were able to escape his claws and reseal him in him prison before being ripped to shreds. After nearly fully looting Thistletop, they headed back up to the surface and journied back to Sandpoint…