Rise of the Runelords
Sandpoint: A Who’s who and what’s what
The Four Founding Families of Sandpoint:
Valdemar – The patron Ethram is the only surviving original founder of Sandpoint. The Valdemar family controls the Mercantile League that operates in the city, as well as its sea trade and fishing industry.
Scarnetti – Famously conservative and tightly wound, the Scarnettis operate somewhat like a mafia. Headed by Titus Scarnetti, this family controls the town’s lumber and grain mills.
Kaijitsu – most likely the richest family in town, thanks to the fabulous Glassworks. Lonjiku Kaijitsu is the master glassmaker that drives the town’s most prosperous business. Despite the success in business, the family has had a large share of troubles. Lonjiku’s eldest son is, in fact, not his son. Born a half-elf, Tsuto is evidence of Lonjiku’s wife’s adultery. Ameiko, his only true child, has shamed the family by leaving for adventuring, then opening a tavern and showing no interest in the family business.
Deverin – The Deverins have traditionally held the role of “leader” in Sandpoint. Kendra Deverin’s father and grandfather were both the Mayor of the town before their early deaths led to her “inheriting” the job.
Other Notable Individuals:
Ezakien Tobyn and his adopted daughter, Tualia. Ebisu was the only soul known to have escaped the deadly church fire five years ago. After the tragic event, he left the town and had not been seen since, until the fateful and frightful Swallowtail Festival goblin raid., a lone woodsman who appeared suddenly many years before the Late Unpleasantness, made a living by hunting and selling the meat and furs of his kills. Ebisu was very close with the old priest,
Many years ago, a mysterious warrior who carried a large, exotic sword arrived in town with an infant named Father Tobyn and his daughter Nualia, a former friend of Holly’s. Upon the man’s death, the now-almost-adult Holly fled town with all of her “father”s possessions and no one knows what happened to her. She has returned for the ill-fated Swallowtail Festival, to honor her father by witnessing the blessing of the cathedral that replaced the church in which he died.in his arms. The man purchased a small house in the town and spent the next 17 years raising his “child” in almost complete seclusion. During the church fire five years ago, Holly’s father died trying to save
Ezakien Tobyn: The old head priest of the burned down church. He had an adopted daughter by the name of Nualia. Nualia was an aasimar (part-celestial) and her differences were not taken easily by the townsfolk. Tobyn tried his best to shield her from the harsh teasing of her fellow children, while he was raising her, but in the end Nualia grew up to a bitter woman who hated her unnaturally good looks. Unfortunately, both of them perished in the church fire at the tail end of the Late Unpleasantness.
Places of Interest:
Sandpoint Cathedral – Built on the ruins of the old church that burned down 5 years ago, and the site of an ancient circle of 7 stones that are holy to the followers of Desna; specifically the Varisian gypsies who dedicated the circle to the matron goddess. Contains six altars to the most worshiped deities (Desna, Abadar, Sarenrae, Shelyn, Gozreh).
Abstalar Zantus (male human): Worshipper of Desna. The most accomplished student of the old priest, Ezakien Tobyn who (along with his adopted daughter, Tualia) perished in the church fire.
The White Deer – Tavern and Inn. A pair of life-sized deer, carved from white birch, flank the entrance to this newly rebuilt (after the fire) building. Three stories of stone and wood with dozens of rooms. Average prices with high quality accomidations.
Garridan Viskalai (male human): Owner; Shoanti native. Most of his family works as staff in the White Deer. Gruff attitude tends to turn away customers. Brother of Sheriff Belor Hemlock (Hemlock is the common translation of their surname, a point of contention between the brothers).
Sage – very old looking building, home to Sandpoint’s resident academic.
Brodert Quink (male human): balding expert on Varisian history and engineering. Studying the ancient ruins of the region and has spent the past several years obsessed with the Old Light. Believes it used to be a defensive fortification capable of spewing fire, not a Lighthouse.
Sandpoint Garrison – Small stone fortress doubles as barracks and jail. Guard consist of a dozen full-timers and a militia of about sixty that participate in weekly drills.
Belor Hemlock (male human): Shoanti native Sheriff. Town hero; killed Chopper. Not so secret romance with Madame Tesarani. Upholds spirit of the law, somewhat forgiving. Always gives benefit of doubt.
Sandpoint Town Hall – contains a large meeting hall as well as offices and storerooms. Vault in the basement used as town bank. Governed by a council of affluent landowners and a Mayor.
Kendra Deverin (female human): Mayor. Diplomatic, but stern when needed. A very personal style of governing; charming and tenacious.
Risa’s Place – Tavern operated for the first 30 years of Sandpoint’s history by the now-mostly-blind mysterious Varisian sorceress, Risa Magravi. Now run by her three children, Besk, Lanalee, and Vodger. Favorite of locals, relatively few strangers stumble across it because of its out-of-the-way location.
The Pillbug’s Pantry – Symbol the picture of a pillbug perched on a mushroom. Herbs and medicine can be purchased here. Rumors of shady side-business, possibly drugs or poison. Alliver “Pillbug” Podiker owner.
Cracktooth’s Tavern – A favorite of Sandpoint Theater’s patrons, always full after a show. Contains a stage where actors and singers can perform.
Jesk “Cracktooth” Berinni (male half-orc) – Looks ruff, but is quite well-read and possesses a scathing wit. Often performs stand-up comedy for his customers.
House of Blue Stones – Long stone building maintained as a place of study and meditation by a female monk named Sabyl, a worshiper of Irori (goddess of self-perfection and knowledge). Does not have an open door policy.
Sandpoint Theater – playhouse that even competes against the larger cities in the region (Magnimar, Korvosa). Owned by a human bard with a mysterious past, Cyrdak Drokkus.
Sandpoint Lumber Mill – One of the first industries of Sandpoint, owned by the conservative Scarnetti family. Run by a sour business man Banny Harker and his partner Ibor Thorn. A point of contention amongst the locals because they run their noisy mill late into the night, but the power of the Scarnetti family neutralizes any official complaints.
General Store – Owned and operated by Ven Vinder and his family. Sandpoint’s oldest and best-stocked general store. Has a bit of everything, including the rumors of a special stock of orc-made “rotgut” liquor.
The Hagfish – one of Sandpoint’s most popular taverns, especially among fishermen and gamblers. The Hagfish is famous for two things: seafood meals and Norah. Norah is a disgusting creature – a hagfish. For a single silver coin, anyone can try the Hagfish Challenge – to drink a single tankard of Norah’s tank water. If you can drink and keep down the foul sludge, you get your name carved into the ceiling beam above the bar and the bag of silver coins from all the previous attempts.
The Rusty Dragon – Sandpoint’s oldest inn, notable for the impressive and quite rusty iron dragon that looms on the roof. Owned and operated for the past six years by the lovely and popular Ameiko Kaijitsu (daughter of powerful family patron Lonjiku Kaijitsu). Rusty Dragon is famous for its exotic and delightful food, and as a great place to meet out-of-towners, as it is the first inn one encounters in the town.
Ameiko Kaijitsu – A rebel who aggravates her powerful father to no end, Ameiko left town years ago to go adventuring. Upon her return she spent her money earned on the road to purchase the Rusty Dragon and has operated it ever since. Her eccentric style and friendly attitude make her one of the most popular citizens of the town, and her inn prospers for it.
The Old Light – The sight that strikes all visitors to Sandpoint at ﬁrst is the ruins of the Old Light. The original height of this tower is unknown, but those who have studied the ancient architecture of the crumbling remains estimate it might have stood more than 700 feet tall. Today, less than a quarter of that remains. The Old Light rises from sea level and is built into the face of a 120-foot-tall cliﬀ , the tower extending another 50 feet above that level to culminate in ragged ruins. The remaining shell is yet another reminder that neither the Chelaxians nor the Varisians are the ﬁrst settlers of this land, yet apart from a few badly weathered carvings signifying that the peak of this tower once held a brilliant light, no insight to the tower’s true purpose remains.
Chopper’s Isle – Only a few hundred feet north of town rises an upthrust spur of rocky land topped with a few trees—this is known now as Chopper’s Isle, once the home to Sandpoint’s most notorious criminal. A remote outcropping accessible only by ﬂight or by a skilled climber, locals now believe the isle to be haunted by Chopper’s ghost. Children often dare each other to go out to the isle’s base at low tide and touch the barren cliﬀ face that surrounds it, but no one’s visited the top in years.