Rise of the Runelords

Varisia After Thistletop

Interlude Between Book 1 and 2

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After the unlikely victory of our heroes over Nualia and her goblin forces at Thistletop, Sandpoint and our heroes have earned a little rest. In the weeks after the Fall of Thistletop, the citizens of Sandpoint erected a statue of the heroes in the square outside the cathedral, and the citizens have gone about rebuilding the town and expanding as word spread of heroes protecting the town. Since the Fall, nearly 100 people have moved their families to Sandpoint and the town is becoming crowded. To make matters worse, this Summer has been the hottest and driest in memory, and the townspeople have become quite irritable. Bar fights seem to happen on an almost nightly basis now, and tempers flare between citizens daily. This growing discord seems to not only be affecting Sandpoint though, Varisia itself seems to slip slowly towards a civil war.

Mainly composed of city-states and their regions of influence, Varisia is home to many cities, two of which dwarf the others dramatically in both power and influence: Magnimar and Korvosa. Magnimar was founded by citizens who felt the Korvosan government was too restrictive and these citizens sought their own city where they could do business how and with whom they pleased. In the centuries since this schism, the diplomatic relationship has been a largely amicable one, predicated heavily on trade and mutual profit. These last weeks however, growing distrust has taken hold between the two. Korvosa and Magnimar each claim the other has agents in their city, spying and assassinating members of the upper class to spread fear. There is even talk of raiders throughout the hinterlands roving unchecked under the guise of Korvosan or Magnimaran mercenaries. In the midst of all this fear and distrust, a group called Our Varisia is calling for the Magnimaran government to take up arms against Korvosa and claim the region for themselves. The group has gained a considerable amount of followers in recent weeks after Deagen Callimedes was convinced to take up a leadership position within the group. Now the forums and squares are filled to capacity with people listening eagerly to the Our Varisia speakers.

Not everything has taken a turn for the worse, however. Sandpoint has begun construction on its new Northern district to make room for the influx of new citizens. Brothazmus has taken up the permanent position of bouncer at the Rusty Dragon as the tavern’s popularity is unrivaled after the Son’s endorsement. Orik Vancaskerin has been hired on to train the town guards, and his efforts seem to be bearing fruit as the new guardsmen seem to be quite competent. Ameiko Kaijitsu has taken to her role as owner of the Glassworks with gusto and the factory has been running seemingly night and day. Beyond business, the townsfolk appear to have “celebrated” the Fall rather thoroughly and most of the women in town are currently pregnant, as are many of the horses.

What of our heroes themselves? Recent weeks have seen a growing throng of women following Jace around. Their attentions seem to waver between listening to his stories and starring into his eyes, but whatever intentions these women have, they do give Jace quite a long shadow. Abriard is up to his same old antics, with a new story or two to tell that has the crowds enthralled. Sto’Ik seems to have come somewhat out of his shell, out more often and keeping company with Shealu, a considerable difference from the more stoic Sto’Ik that came to Sandpoint several months ago. Ivo and his brother Dack have been quite busy since the wedding, delving through what seems like all of Sabyl’s books for some unknown purpose.

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