Rise of the Runelords
NG small town
Corruption + 0; Crime + 0; Economy + 1; Law + 0; Lore + 2; Society + 0; Danger + 0
Qualities prosperous, rumormongering citizens
Government autocracy (mayor)
Population 1,240 (1,114 humans, 37 halflings, 25 elves, 24 dwarves, 15 gnomes, 13 half-elves, 12 half-orcs)
Mayor Kendra Deverin (female human aristocrat/expert)
Sheriff Belor Hemlock (human male fighter)
Town Priest Abstalar Zantus (male human cleric of Desna)
Titus Scarnetti, noble (male human aristocrat)
Ethram Valdemar, noble (male human aristocrat/expert)
Ameiko Kaijitsu, owner of Rusty Dragon (female human aristocrat/bard/sorceress)
Shalelu Andosana, local ranger (female elf fighter/ranger)
Brodert Quink, Thassilonian expert (male gnome expert)
Base Value 1,300 gp; Purchase Limit 7,500 gp; Spellcasting 4th; Minor Items 3d4; Medium Items 1d6; Major Items —
Nestled among the rough limestone outcroppings of the cliff-lined Lost Coast region of Varisia, Sandpoint is an oasis of civilization. Originally settled by Magnimarians seeking fresh farmland and new business opportunities, this small town has since grown into much more than just a pastoral outgrowth of its cosmopolitan sovereign city. A variety of industries, a high degree of religious tolerance, and mysterious archaeological sites keep a steady influx of both laborers and explorers arriving at Sandpoint’s threshold. Combined with the occasional goblin ambush, discovery of strange relics, or sightings of the infamous Sandpoint Devil, such attractions are fast turning the sleepy town into a hotspot for amateur adventurers.
Sandpoint is a medium-sized city that exemplifies the diverse people of the country. While only about thirty miles northeast of the city of Magnimar and technically under its rule, Sandpoint benefits from its isolated position in its ability to remain fairly independent. The most striking feature is the ruined beacon of the city that extends high above the cliffs of the coast, reflecting the ancient empire of that existed here centuries before the present town was settled.
While technically a holding of Magnimar, Sandpoint’s isolated nature provides it a sizable amount of independence. The town is governed by a mayor (Kendra Deverin) but the four founding families of Sandpoint still hold considerable influence, if not politically then economically.
Four powerful families from Magnimar had designs on settling the region where Sandpoint now stands, and rather than work against each other, they consolidated their efforts and formed the Sandpoint Mercantile League. These four families, the Kaijitsu (glassmakers and jewelers), the Valdemars (shipbuilders and carpenters), the Scarnettis (loggers and millers), and the Deverins (farmers and brewers), sailed north to claim their land after securing the rights from the Magnimar Charterhouse. Yet when they arrived, they found the place already settled by a particularly large tribe of Varisians, who held the region as a traditional place to spend the winter.
Unwilling to change course, the Sandpoint Mercantile League began a series of talks with the Varisians, promising them an important place in the new township. Unfortunately, after a week of talks seemed to go nowhere, an impatient man named Alamon Scarnetti took matters into his own hands. Rounding up a group of his brothers and cousins, the Scarnettis mounted a murderous raid on the Varisian camp, intending to kill them all and leave evidence implicating local goblins for the deed. Yet the Scarnettis, too drunk and overconfident, only managed to kill five Varisians before they were themselves forced to flee, leaving behind three of their own. The incident caused a several-month delay, but eventually amends were made and the town of Sandpoint was born.
The most notable events in the short history of Sandpoint occurred in the winter of 4702, and are referred to locally as “the late unpleasantness.” The people of Sandpoint would prefer to put the unsavory disasters behind them, but five years is not long enough to fully forget these events. Within the course of only a few years, a string of murders by a ruthless killer known as “Chopper” and a great fire which destroyed the iconic chapel and many of the surrounding buildings ravaged the town both physically and emotionally. A grand cathedral has since been built and the people of Sandpoint are finally optimistic about their future.
The inhabitants of Sandpoint are primarily human, but like any civilized population center, a smattering of other races can be found throughout the area. The human population is fairly evenly divided between those of both Varisian and Chelaxian descent, and the number of Shoanti making the town their home has increased steadily over the years. Notable personages of the town include Mayor Kendra Deverin, Sheriff Belor Hemlock,Deputy Galthanas Silverthorne and the heads of the other three noble families, Ameiko Kaijitsu, Titus Scarnetti and Ethram Valdemar.
For a relatively small town, Sandpoint offers a wide variety of services and interesting locations. In addition to a local Cathedral, Garrison, and Town Hall, the community boasts over half a dozen inns and taverns, a local Theater, the Sandpoint Glassworks, and a fair selection of other businesses.