Rise of the Runelords

Murders at Sandpoint

Murder by Death or Mr. Lionel Train

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About two weeks have passed (time negotiable) since you returned from dealing with Nualia and the goblins (oh, yeah, and the barghest). You’ve had some time to rest now. After all the help you have given him and the aid in defending Sandpoint, it’s obvious that Sheriff Hemlock sees you as strong allies for Sandpoint.

Sheriff Hemlock’s Plea

One evening, you are approached by a sullen and grim-faced Sheriff Hemlock, the commander of Sandpoint’s guards and the primary voice of law for much of the Lost Coast.

You are invited to a private dinner the following evening. You find yourselves in a private room at Town Hall with Kendra Devlin, the mayor and Sheriff Hemlock. The sheriff speaks.

“First, let me thank you again for all you’ve done for Sandpoint. It’s fortunate that you’ve proven yourselves so capable, because we’ve a problem that I think you can help us with—a problem that I wish I didn’t have to involve anyone with, but one that needs dealing with now before the situation grows worse.

Put simply, we have a murderer in our midst—one who, I fear, has only begun his work. Some of you doubtless remember the Late Unpleasantness, how this town nearly tore itself apart in fear as Chopper’s slayings went on unanswered. I’m afraid we might have something similar brewing now. “Last night, the murderer struck at the sawmill. There are two victims, and they’re… they’re in pretty gruesome shape. The bodies were discovered by one of the mill workers, a man named Ibor Thorn, and by the time my men and I arrived on the scene, a crowd of curious gawkers had already sprung up. I’ve got my men stationed there now, keeping the mill locked down, but the thing that bothers me isn’t the fact that we have two dead bodies inside. It’s the fact that this is actually the second set of murders we’ve had in the last few days. [ominous music sounds in the background, perhaps a sinister laugh]

I come to you for help in this matter—my men are good, but they are also green. They were barely able to handle themselves against the goblins, and what we’re facing now is an evil far worse than goblins. I need the help. But I’m afraid you’ll need the help too. You see, I’m afraid that this particular murderer knows one of you as well.”

The sheriff then passes a bloodstained scrap of parchment to Var. The paper is folded and Var’s name is written in blood on the outside. Inside is written a short message. “We have spoken of this before, my master. Now it begins. Join the Pack and it will end.” It is signed, “Your Lordship.”

“This note,” the Sheriff continues, “was found pinned to the sleeve of the latest victim by a splinter of wood.” He pauses, “I know that you (looking at the party), had nothing to do with the murders, but if the word of this gets out, I’m afraid that the town may not be so understanding, so please be quiet as possible about the murders.”

The Leads

Before you race off, the Sheriff runs the current list of clue by you. He deputizes you all, saying that the best possible minds and resources will be focused on solving the murders, leaving him and his guards to the task of keeping Sandpoint from erupting in a panic. He promises all the support he can give, but again emphasizes the need for keeping the investigations quiet for the town’s sake.

Sandpoint Lumber Mill: The most recent murders took place here—the bodies are still present, and little has been done with the crime scene itself. Sheriff Hemlock suggests that this be the first place the PCs investigate, since he would like to clean the mill up right away and get the bodies buried.

Ibor Thorn: Sheriff Hemlock has interrogated Ibor, the man who discovered the bodies, and doesn’t suspect the frightened miller knows much more.

Ven Vinder: This merchant is sheriff Hemlock’s only suspect, although the sheriff is fairly certain that Ven is innocent and that the murders were committed by someone else.

The First Murders: Three con men from the town of Galduria were found murdered in an abandoned barn south of town a few days ago—their bodyguard survived the assault but has gone insane and is being kept at a nearby sanatorium.

The Rune: The star carved on Harker’s chest certainly has significance to the killer, but Hemlock’s at a loss as to what it means. Perhaps an expert on runes can be consulted?

Comments

If you need more than two weeks, then let me know. This was based on identification of items and a general estimate of your characters RTB (run to boredom) measure.

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Well, Messi might be able to clear up that three dead con men mystery … but, umm, would need to take the fifth. Just kidding, Messi offers to go to the lumber mill to thoroughly search the bodies, and also for clues. He wonders, that rune carved into the man’s chest … a seven-pointed star perhaps?

Are the dead con men planted yet? Or, are their bodies and possessions still available to be looked at?

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Here is the start of a “Murder Book”
(By the way, anyway to do bold text here?)

We were brought in:
At a meeting with:
• ? Hemlock, Sheriff
• Kendra Devlin, Mayor

VIC
• Vic 1-Harker
• Vic 2
o Another set of murders elsewhere (details not on this fact sheet – see below for summary)
 Three con men from the town of Galduria were found murdered in an abandoned barn south of town a few days ago—their bodyguard survived the assault but has gone insane and is being kept at a nearby sanatorium.

Place(s)
At the Sandpoint Lumber mill

Circumstances
Bodies in gruesome shape
The vic ‘Harker’ has a star rune carved on his chest – Any rune experts to consult?
Note left for VAR “We have spoken of this before, my master. Now it begins. Join the Pack and it will end.” Signed. Your Lordship.
Attached to one of the VICs(Harker?) by a splinter of wood.

Weapons, Spells, etc. involved
? – Rune Carved on 1 victim’s chest.
Anything special about the wood splinter?

Witness(s) or otherwise involved
Ibor Thorn – found the bodies – A miller. Sheriff doesn’t suspect him

Person(s) of Interest
Ven Vinder – Only current “suspect” but sheriff is fairly certain he is not the murder.

Prime Suspect(s)
None

Missing data
Other vic’s name?
Var’s connection
• Any idea who or why of the note?
• What is the “Pack” the killer(?) wants Var to join?
• Why is the author calling Var, “my master” and yet signing his name as “your lordship?”
He says in the note, “Now it begins” Why didn’t it begin with the other murders last week. Why no note then? Are they perhaps not related? Seems unlikely.
What was the Late Unpleasantness?
Where did the ominous music come from? Who heard it, who didn’t . Who heard a laugh? <grin>

Action Items
• Search the sawmill
• Interview the security guard (in the sanitarium) from the first murders

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There is some info on formatting on the wiki page – go to the bottom. There is also this:

Textile Quick Reference

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The clues as listed are where I expect the party to start their investigation. All of these could use some further look.

Sandpoint Lumber Mill: The most recent murders took place here—the bodies are still present, and little has been done with the crime scene itself. Sheriff Hemlock suggests that this be the first place the PCs investigate, since he would like to clean the mill up right away and get the bodies buried. site still open to investigate

Ibor Thorn: * Sheriff Hemlock has interrogated Ibor, the man who discovered the bodies, and doesn’t suspect the frightened miller knows much more. *sheriff talked to him, but wouldn’t hurt to talk to him again

Ven Vinder: This merchant is sheriff Hemlock’s only suspect, although the sheriff is fairly certain that Ven is innocent and that the murders were committed by someone else. sheriff talked to him, but wouldn’t hurt to talk to him again

The First Murders: Three con men from the town of Galduria were found murdered in an abandoned barn south of town a few days ago—their bodyguard survived the assault but has gone insane and is being kept at a nearby sanatorium. sanatorium is nearby and three bodies in storage and available

The Rune: The star carved on Harker’s chest certainly has significance to the killer, but Hemlock’s at a loss as to what it means. Perhaps an expert on runes can be consulted? you know something about the seven-sided star, and there’s a guy in town that might know more – Brodert Quink, he’s in town doing research on The Lighthouse

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Hmmm , the rune a seven pointer star? Messi, I wasn’t here at the time. Was Val given the medallion?

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