Rise of the Runelords in 4e


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Yes, taking that good old Pathfinder Adventure Path that started it all...and plugging it into the 4e system. While Pathfinder has its merits to a player, as a DM who's still building up experience and stuff, I find 4e more DM friendly. I do apologize to any lovers of the Pathfinder system out there, but I have to go with what I know better. That said, Pathfinder's biggest draw is its intriguing storylines, and so...after seeing someone do a Kingmaker in 4e ad...well, why the hell not Runelords? Without further ado...

Adventure BackgroundWe begin in a little town, one of many in an untamed land. The coastal town of Sandpoint has faced few trials and dangers over the course of its forty-two year history, but then again, nothing is ever certain in this wild realm known as Varisia. Five years past, a church of Desna had burnt down over the heads of its caretaker and his family, the climax of a string of unfortunate deaths and disappearances in the town known in small town lingo as "the Late Unpleasantness". Those days are long over now, fresh in memory still, but thankfully past. The people of Sandpoint now prepare to consecrate a new cathedral to replace the old one burnt to the ground, and are eager to put all reminders of the Late Unpleasantness behind them for good.

For five years, the faithful of Sandpoint have attended church in smaller wooden structures rebuilt after fire destroyed the previous temple, and while their new pastor Abstalar was helpful, kind, and wise, church wasn’t the same. Now, the new cathedral is finally done. All that remains is for the Swallowtail Festival to renew the site’s blessings from the gods and it will be as if the Sandpoint Fire had never occurred.

And so, for various reasons, on this, the first day of Autumn, you, seasoned adventurers all, find yourselves in town to take ease and rest on your accomplishments. Perhaps this was your home, and a homecoming party is planned by your friends, to whom you intend to boast about that ogre you had slain, that had grown from 'as big as a horse' to 'as big as a house'. Perhaps you are come to perform, to bandy your name to locals, earn coin, and tell a tale of the three princesses fair you had stolen away from some palace. Perhaps you are come to provide additional blessings to and participate in the religious observances of the feast, be you a daughter of the Dawnflower, a heartwarder of Shelyn or even a dreamer of Desna herself. Or perhaps you're the grumpy old down on your luck grunt some merchant hired to stand watch over his goods while he plied his wares...

Whatever your reason, you are now at Sandpoint's Swallowtail Festival...and events are in motion that would make the Late Unpleasantness quite forgotten, for all the wrong reasons.

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