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As evening came, all interested parties made their way to the Sandpoint Garrison to meet with the town's sheriff and discuss his findings in regard to the goblin raid. The garrison was a large, stone structure on the north side of town that housed the small contingent of full time guards and their staff, as well as Sheriff Hemlock's offices and the town jail. As you arrived, you were welcomed inside to find a pair of guards who had just finished with their dinner, and a kitchen attendant who was busy cleaning up. You were escorted into the back of the building and directed into a small meeting room just off of the sheriff's office where Belor Hemlock awaited your arrival.
"Please, come in and sit down," the sheriff welcomed, inviting you all to take a seat around the long, wooden table. "I'm glad to see that you all could make it. I trust that the townspeople have made your stay as comfortable as possible."
After exchanging some pleasantries, Sheriff Hemlock turned to the business at hand. "So, as I told you last night, I feel you all deserve to know all that we've found regarding last night's raid, but I must stress to you the importance that what we discuss here is not to leave this room." He paused momentarily and looked around the room, awaiting a sign of affirmation from each of you before continuing.
"As you may know, we have a very small number of town guards here, and even with extra hands on duty for the festival, there were only eight on patrol yesterday, so a lot of what we have found either came from civilian eye witnesses, or our investigation after the incident." The sheriffs deep barritone voice was delivered with a slow and deliberate pace, devoid of emotion and simply focused on the factual evidence surrounding the invasion. "Eyewitness accounts of the beginning of the raid place groups of goblins in two places. There was a small group who came through the north gate and moved toward the square. These were most likely the first that you faced there. There was also a slightly larger group who crossed the bridge into town at Undercliff Way and spread out through the southern part of town, the result of which was having many of our guards attention, including my own, being drawn in that direction, thus opening the door for the second wave."
"Behind the Cathedral, to the south, overlooking the cliff, there was an impromptu storage area for many of the festival vendors. There we found a covered wagon filled with humanoid waste. This seemed to indicate that a small cell had been smuggled into town sometime overnight or early in the morning, and only struck once the chaos of the opening wave had ensued. These were most likely the goblins who attempted to burn the cathedral." Belor paused again, taking a long breath and making sure he had everyone's attention as he explained further. "With our guards distracted, there is no doubt in my mind that the temple would have been relatively undefended were it not for your presence there."
"And finally, there was the third wave, which appeared to be some sort of special strike force. This group also came through the north gate, and was defeated outside of the White Deer. It is unclear what their exact purpose was, but aside from sweeping through the town with a wave of bloody violence, we also have reason to believe they were there to cause yet another diversion."
"Now it goes without saying that the organization of the attack was unprecedented. In fact, I expect to have more information on that aspect in the coming days. But what has been bothering me deeply is the evidence that shows, sadly, I might add, that this attack could not have been mounted without the help of someone within Sandpoint, or at least someone with an intimate knowledge of the town and its practices."