Rise of the Runelords
This small, leather-bound booklet contains two dozen parchment pages, most of which Tsuto has filled with maps of Sandpoint or erotic drawings of a woman he has labeled as Nualia. he maps each depict different attack plans. The first set shows the attack plans for a group of thirty goblins. One of these is circled and bears a striking resemblance to the plan of attack that occurred just a few nights before. Of more pressing concern are the next several pages, which illus- trate an assault on Sandpoint by a force of what appears to be two hundred goblins. None of these are circled, and while many are scratched out as if they’ve been rejected, the implications should be ominous nonetheless.
Most of the drawings of the woman Nualia depict her in various erotic poses, however, the last drawing depicts her with demonic hands, bat wings, horns, a forked tail, and fangs.
Tsuto has added several notes to the margins of certain pages – they are listed below.
After the circled battle map:
“The raid went about as planned. Few Thistletop goblins perished, and we were able to secure Tobyn’s casket with ease while the rubes were distracted by the rest. I can’t wait until the real raid. This town deserves a burning, that’s for sure.
After the last of the second batch of maps:
“Ripnugget seems to favor the overwhelming land approach, but I don’t think it’s the best plan. We should get the (unknown word)’s aid. Send her freaks up from below via the smuggling tunnel in my father’s Glassworks, and then invade from the river and from the Glassworks in smaller but more focused strikes. The rest except Bruthazmus agree, and I’m pretty sure the bugbear’s just being contrary to annoy me. My love’s too distracted with the lower chambers to make a decision. Says that once Malfeshnekor’s released and under her command, we won’t need to worry about being subtle. I hope she’s right.”
Before the last illustration depicting Nualia with horrid features:
“My love seems bent on going through with it—nothing I can say convinces her of her beauty. She remains obsessed with removing what she calls her ‘celestial taint’ and replacing it with her Mother’s grace. Burning her father’s remains at the Thistletop shrine seems to have started the transformation, but I can’t say her new hand is pleasing to me. Hopefully when she offers Sandpoint to Lamashtu’s fires, her new body won’t be as
hideous. Maybe I’ll luck out. "