We find ourselves in The Customs House. It’s heading toward the late part of early evening, we’ll be leaving early the next morning. Prep for the caravan is still going on. Some of the prep people don’t expect to sleep, working throughout the night.
Us paying customers will sleep.
Drawn to the common room cause there’s a commotion, no one in there
Gather around windows
Shouting and noise, something exciting going on outside
Window shatters, lit torch goes onto the floor
Stomp it out
Large groups of goblins outside on the city streets, running amuck
Surreal for us, goblins have never been in oldtown
Travel in small armies
Angry little guys
Survive by sticking together in army troupes
Handful could get into the city, but they don’t travel in groups that small usually
Army-sized group is here now, how did they make it in here?
Riley is not pleased about this attack
They’re panicking, through this would be a lot easier
The buildings aren’t really catching fire, only small fires
Goblins are scattering
Shouts and screams all over the city
Booker, bartender, suggests that normal caravan guards can hold the bar and the surrounding around
Rest of us should get out there
He wants to keep the bar standing
Doesn’t know how many are out there.
Everyone jumps out windows, Eloenn takes the door
We’re a large enough group, once we get into street, the goblins scatter
They all run in chaotic directions
Morale is broken instantly
Favoring northwesterly direction
Possibly plan on regrouping in that direction
As we pursue them, shouts all over the city
Northeast, horizon is much brighter
Not too bad around us, smoke is rising but not too much fire
As we’re marching through, a group of people rushes out in front of us, turns with weapons drawn toward the thing chasing them
Ilsevel shows up, she’s protecting three human children, they’re behind her
Metal arm is damaged, with a spear through it
Fighting with her other hand
Kids are scared, but fine
Goblins throw themselves into formation
Shields as tall as they are, spears
One in the back with a bow
Xan misses with fire
Reckonth bothers the archer, Riley shoots him with a bow, kills him
Eloenn creates some sparks in a goblin’s face, Harper kills him with his quarterstaff
Odd misses with his longsword
Harper tells Odd it was a good effort
Enid attacks, kungfu’s the goblin’s head off
Odd now has a fear of catgirls
Lyulf attacks with his greatsword, cuts the shield and the goblin in half
Goblins are all dead
Eloenn is looking a little pale, hugs her owl
Once the goblins are dead, Ilsevel steps forward, commends us.
She seems a little surprised and disappointed that Eloenn’s here
Riley nods politely
“We need to get these children to the garrison”
Harper salutes cause Odd did
Getting people to the garrison as quickly as she can
Goblins are closing in on the fort
People are trying to fortify
Ilsevel conscripts us to get the kids into the garrison
We need to get in there too
Eloenn sends Reckonth up to count goblins
In the immediate area, four teams of goblins in the surrounding streets
More goblins every time I look, dozens and dozens
Fort is to the northwest
Relay this info to mom
Kids are young and slow
Ilsevel can carry one
They’re kinda scared of Lyulf
Odd doesn’t want to touch them
Harper and Ethan each carry one
They stay towards the back to keep the kids out of danger
Ilsevel can help guide us, suggests we avoid conflict
Oldtown is a horrible rat’s nest of wooden structures built on top of stone structures
Eloenn helps steer us away from big groups with her view through Reckonth
She holds onto Xan’s shirt
Odd leads us through back alleys
We try to move stealthily, but it’s rather uneffective
Large group, six goblin soldiers, and a human telling them what to do, pointing at buildings and at the torches
We’re just sneaky enough to huddle down until we pass
Because of Odd’s knowledge of backstreets, we avoid every other group handily
Soon enough, we see the garrison
Close to the outermost wall of Oldtown
Build into the wall – garrison
Structure reaches out of the wall, castle built into the wall
Large groups of goblins gathering around gate into the garrison
Soldiers on parapet, shooting down to keep the goblins at bay
With Odd’s help, we sneak past the goblins and into the garrison. They bar the doors immediately after we get inside
Goblins start closing in, we’re the last people to get inside
Ilsevel takes the kids, hands them to a guard
Shouts orders, points at us and leads us up to the parapets
Meet two people in charge, Svend, governor of Oldtown. Also dwarf boss of guards, Daggart
Looking out over city, trying to plan what to do
Ilsevel demands their attention, gives them her report
Odd salutes, stands at attention
They ask us for our information, don’t know what happened
Governor is stressed
“We don’t know how long this is going to go on, did we lose the city?”
Occupied, or just a raid?
Daggart perks up when Eloenn mentions a human
Light blue robes, average build, thick heavy robes
Little too hefty to be an elf
Movement made us think he’s older
Riley mentions that the goblins thought this would be easier
Human with Daggart takes notes
Seems like Daggart isn’t listening, just staring dead-eyed
When she trails off, he springs into action again, what she says makes sense
Lyulf checks for his wife and daughter in the garrison, they aren’t there
Rain season, goblins don’t understand that the wood is old and wet
Goblins are forcing everyone to barricade themselves in their homes
Haven’t been able to move anyone into the city safely, to stop the fires
Lyulf looks to see which wall he can jump over safely, but it’s very tall
Goblins are wary of the arrows, archers shooting down at them
Archers are running out of arrows
Not prepared for an army of this size
Whole structure is stone
Tall, with one gate. Built into the wall
Goblins don’t seem to be trying to climb
Lyulf is heading back toward the door
Svend says he needs people to go out into the city, wants us to go back out into the city
Xan says yes, Odd will gladly go, so will Enid
Priority is to put out literal and figurative fires
Eloenn does another sweep, more than one human
They are heavily robed and nondescript, no insignias or icons
They’re trying to avoid the limelight, sticking to the shadows
They seem uncomfortable, afraid of the goblins
Not that many of them
A lot are gathered up around the garrison, look more uncomfortable, hiding in shadows
Courtyard, goblins gathered around outer edges of the courtyard, semi-circle
Out of arrow range
Angrily, Daggart says they know about Odd’s hidey holes, blocked them up
Gets all salty, then calms down, there’s one spot Odd used to use, that they blocked up previously, but they can open it back up. Aqueduct that exists to feed them during a siege.
If we’re careful, we should be able to get out that way. Not very defensible.
Daggart thinks he could get us out along the wall to find somewhere to repel down, but they don’t know how far the goblins have spread out, and it would be very dangerous
Odd walks over to Ethan
Svend says, step one is saving his wife Catarina
Svend wants us to get her back to him safely
Try to get her guard back too
Fennaen is totally safe, seems kinda cagey about it, our house is probably the safest place and he’s still there
Lyulf is worried about those who don’t have guards
Daggart says bring back everyone you possible can
Catarina was last seen in the shopping district
Lots of townspeople are probably stranded there
Lead us down to the bottom of the garrison through storage rooms. Odd’s the only one that recognizes this area
Crates and boxes and old supplies
Handful of guards moving crates aside, secret passage back there
Ilsevel pulls Eloenn aside, are you sure you want to do this. You’ll see things that’ll change you
Eloenn says she’s not just going to stand here
Ilsevel says to be safe, she’ll hold the entrance so we can get back in
Lyulf helps move boxes, not very carefully
Enid dodges boxes
Low water, very dark in the aqueduct
Notetaker guy shows up, with a keyring, one of these keys opens the gate on the other side
Know about this cause of Odd, closed the gate and locked it
Reactivating the mechanism to fill the tunnel takes time
If we’re spotted, will have to reactivate the water as soon as possible.
Tunnel takes a while to get through, it’s gross.
Get to the gate, everything is gross and grimy
Riley quietly finds the right key and manages to open the gate
As we’re exiting, we hear voices
Lyulf and Ethan don’t have darkvision
We put out the torches
At least two voices, speaking goblin
“Do you see anything?” “no, shut up” “you shut up”
Harper manages to sneak up and see that there are six of them
Riley stealthy closes and locks the door
Eloenn casts sleep on the goblins, five of them fall asleep
Riley sneak attacks one of the archers, puts an arrow through his head, killing him
Harper uses his shortbow, hits goblin in the gut, he starts panicking
Xan uses a fire bolt, his head catches on fire and he dies
Odd throws a handaxe at the panicking one, killing him
Lyulf throws a javelin, hits the goblin’s shield, which wasn’t even up
Ethan uses his hand crossbow, kills the last goblin
Riley, Lyulf, Xan start slitting sleeping throats
Eloenn is horrified, Odd holds his shield in front of her eyes
Murder hobos have stolen all the food and trinkets
We’re now safely outside
Shopping district isn’t too far, towards the western center of the city
Posh part is north
We move quickly and quietly, Odd leads us through backstreets again.
We run into one group of goblins, four goblins and two humans
We try to sneak up, Ethan’s invisible, Eloenn trips
The goblins see Eloenn, everyone else surrounds them
Goblins throw their weapons down, humans yell at them to fight, but they refuse
Riley, in goblin, tells them to leave. They bob their heads and say they’ll leave, they’ll take their friends and leave
Point at humans, they’re the leaders
Humans are putting their hands up, not us!
Lyulf and Enid start threatening them
The humans refuse to talk, looking at each other, goblins are yelling.
Lyulf takes a step toward the humans, one of the humans sticks a dagger in the other human’s eye, and then slits his own throat
Stabbed human has nothing on him, just the robe
One who did the killing, priest uniform, necklace, symbol of Ishkur in his pocket
Riley takes it
Individual goblin is not brave, but perfect soldier when in a squad
Goblins are running down the street
Xan and Riley attack with fire bolt and longbow, kill two of them
Harper and Ethan refuse
Lyulf throws a javelin, kills one
Last one left runs away screaming, darts into an alley
We get to the shopping district, it’s pretty empty. Most were closed when this started
Only a few were open, by request
Come to an apothecary, dead goblins in front of it.
Windows are dark, door is barred.
Riley bangs on the door, we’re from the city guard
Voice inside asking who we are
Riley says who she is, who sent us, mayor and dwarf
Muffled arguing inside, door unlocks and opens. Four or five guards in full armor inside. Woman in fine clothing, shopkeeper, two or three other humans.
Eloenn greets her
Riley asks if they tried to find survivors, yes, the other people here were from other shops
Harper and Riley think other people probably need our help.
Guards’ first concern is keeping Catarina safe
Lyulf thinks the guards are humans
The guards have seen some humans
Guards think they’ll be safe, but Catarina says the guards should go save more people
This is the most she’s spoken ever in our presence, very firm.
Riley respects her more
Catarina assumes Svend sent us, argues that he’s not thinking clearly about what the city needs, because she’s not there. I don’t care about myself, I’m safe here. He won’t focus until I get back.
Enid looks around outside for other people, street is empty, shops are silent. Nothing is on fire here.
Harper tugs on Odd’s arm and whisper that they’re doing no good by being here
Still some screams in the distance
Lyulf starts going door to door, seeing if anyone is hiding, finds no one.
Eloenn sees no one visible from the sky. Goblins aren’t bothering people who aren’t in the street, heading toward the garrison. Looting the lower part of the market
Upper part on a hill, bazaar is below the hill
Taking supplies they’re looting in central locations, moving the supplies into manholes, sewer grates.
No humans out in the open, if ones are holed up in houses, goblins may be outside, but they aren’t trying to get inside
Goblins that aren’t actively looting are heading toward the garrison.
Odd looks anxiously in the direction of the posh side of town, but will agree the slummier parts of the city probably need more help.
Goblins not trying to loot or burn the posh part of town
Fires in the poor parts, not a lot of damage though
Catarina says she can get back safely, she’ll leave the aqueduct open
Try to get a human alive
Reckonth finds a human leading a group of goblins to the garrison
Catarina says the humans seem to be ringleader, but the goblin commanders mainly lead them
Capturing a commander is also good
Harper grabs ethan’s hand and states that there’s people in the slums who need help. they’re wasting time doing nothing
Ethan holds his hand tighter and looks at him thankfully
These guards are the best of the best
Riley will go back with the guards and Catarina, signal Reckonth when she’s locked the aqueduct behind them
Everyone else wants to head to the slums
Slums are toward the east or south
Could go around bazaar or through it, Odd knows the backstreets better
Go longway around the bazaar, takes longer, get around it without issue
Aren’t roving bands of goblins here
We’re aware there are people around, but they’re avoiding us
People are running away, hear noises but don’t see anyone
As we get closer to the slums, see goblins standing guard at street corners, not actively trying to get into any houses or attacking anyone. Just guarding
Some places, goblins are standing in front of larger houses, just watching the door. We think people are inside, but no one’s coming out
Lyulf wants to take out the guards
One goblin seems to be the ringleader
In front of a large tavern, sometimes goblins throw rocks at windows, leader tells him to knock it off.
The goblins are bored, don’t like standing around
Discipline is slipping
We sneak up on the group, everyone except Lyulf, who’ll rush in after
Ethan and Odd are loud, but the goblins are louder
We all attack
Harper takes out an archer, arrow through his head
Ethan shoots an archer in the shoulder
Enid jumps forward, sweeps with her staff, killing two goblins
Eloenn freezes a goblin to death
Xan finishes off the guy who got shot in the shoulder
We start another round of attacks
Harper kills a goblin with his staff
Lyulf takes out an archer
Xan hits an archer who’s hurt but still alive
All the goblins are dead except the leader
Leader throws down his sword, puts his hands in the air
Eloenn asks if anyone has rope, Odd has manacles
His first arrest!
Leader is terrified of Enid, he shuts up
Faces in the windows of the tavern, kinda drunk.
The drunks say, the goblins got here, threw some rocks, killed one guy, and then just hung out
Eloenn badgers the drunks into locking the bar door
No one listens to Eloenn _
The goblins are just trying to keep people holed up
Head to find Ethan’s siblings, find them in their hovel, hiding. No goblins bothered them.
Ethan tells Elizabeth and the others to stay put and don’t do anything stupid
Riley has manages to get Catarina and her entourage back without issue. Catarina will try to get things organized in there
Riley asks for more orders, Catarina doesn’t know the situation is yet
Riley heads inside the garrison with her. People rush Riley and Catarina up to the top. Svend, Daggart, and another man is there. Svend is overjoyed, but Catarina ignores him, asks what’s going on.
Strange man says everything’s under control, trying to figure out what they can. Catarina calms down.
Daggart asks any new information. Riley produces the amulet, everyone looks at the new guy
His eyes go wide and he gets pale.
He is Gregori, high priest of Ishkur in the city. Wants to know about the man who had the amulet. Riley tells everyone everything he knows.
Gregori shakes his head and goes to sit down.
Doesn’t know who would do this
Ishkur is god of storms and wisdom
Gregori says the person she’s describing sounds like a person from his priesthood, but he’s not sure who exactly
Only became high priest in the last year
Moved up the ranks quickly, doesn’t know everyone yet
He seems sincere in his surprise, and a little angry. Frustrated. Doesn’t have answers that he wants.
Riley tells them that the rest of the group is out trying to protect people, trying to capture a leader
Riley sends Reckonth back, Eloenn lets her know we have a goblin prisoner
Head back in the general direction of the garrison with the prisoner, stop by Lyulf’s house.
Lyulf goes to his neighbor’s cellar. His wife and daughter are there, with about 10 people from around the area.
Also want to look for Xan’s family.
Garrison is about an hour away
We take the civilians with us.
Head back around the bazaar, but closer to the bazaar than the last time.
Eloenn and Enid stay with the civilians
Xan, Harper, and Ethan go to check on Xan’s mom
Odd stays with civilians
Harper, Xan, and Ethan sneak past the goblins easily.
Goblins are pulling wagons, moving looted supplies, leader goblins are yelling at them
Xan gets to the bakery, looks in the window. A few neighbors are there as well, everyone looks safe, huddled in the corner.
No goblins have tried breaking in
The teams rejoins the main group and we head to the garrison
Eloenn sends a note saying we’re close
Eloenn sends up some sparks to distract the goblins and we all sneak into the aqueduct. Riley lets us in and locks the door behind us.
Daggart meets us halfway, cause we have the goblin, we’re off to question the goblin.
Riley asks Eloenn to send Reckonth to her bar, make sure they’re okay.
Lyulf’s off seeing to the status of things in the garrison
Harper is helping the wounded
Odd follows Riley and Eloenn.
Eloenn sees that the goblins have quarantined off the garrison, mainly goblins, handful of humans but they’re hiding in buildings.
Non-goblin soldiers with the goblins, but apart, not looting. Standing guard, around the humans. Humans, feral elves, a handful of orcs.
Dead goblins in front of Riley’s bar, but the mercenary company has held down the neighborhood and everyone’s safe.
Eloenn says all this. Svend is troubled.
Prisoner goblin is chained up, kicking his feet.
Ilsevel is busy organizing the guards into squads, planning a counterattack.
Riley speaks goblin, volunteers to translate.
Daggart points at the goblin, what’s going on here.
Riley asks who the leaders are, objectives, etc.
Goblin says, we’re getting what’s ours, what we deserve. This is for goblins. Some humans told us to do it. Can’t give a good description, can’t tell humans apart.
Black and grey hair.
One guy telling lots of other guys, other guys telling us what to do.
Grey-haired guy the sylvans wouldn’t stop the goblins from going through the greenwall, they can take what we want.
All of Greenwall let us through
Very insane, centaurs hate goblins
Goblin doesn’t know how this happened
Sometimes they went through the jungle, sometimes underground, humans knew how to get through, never saw anyone in the Greenwall
This has been happening over the last couple days
How many? Goblin smiles evilly, all goblins are here
The humans payed the mercs.
More than I thought work for the black and grey-haired guy
Planning this for a while, long time
It’s the goblin leader’s thing
Big goblin boss made the deal with the human
Just keeping people pinned down in the garrison while they loot
Plan is to take what’s ours and leave
He doesn’t recognize the symbol of Ishkur
Eloenn shows the dead priest guy, they don’t recognize him. Gregorio “might” have seen him around, but he doesn’t know
Daggart wants to know where the leaders are, how many, where are they taking the supplies. Goblin doesn’t know any of these things.
As we’re interrogating the goblin, the door burst open, Daggart’s second-in-command comes in, the walls have been breached, goblins are inside the garrison.