Sandpoint in Shadows of Thassilon
The town of Sandpoint serves as a focus for the early chapters of Rise of the Runelords and can provide a base of operations for characters throughout the Shadows of Thassilon campaign.
Sandpoint is a new and young town, founded in 4666 AR, just over fifty years ago, though the land upon which it was built has been a gathering place for Varisian wanderers for centuries. The town owes its origins to Magnimar's ever-expanding population and growing dissatisfaction with Korvosa; large cities have large appetites, and rather than depend on support from Korvosa, the merchant families that would go on to form the Sandpoint Mercantile League instead set out to found a new town, beyond the borders of the swampy and inhospitable Mushfens, that could help to support Magnimar and its growing needs.
Despite a rocky start, marred by conflict between the Magnimarian colonists of the League and the local Varisians who held the site sacred, Sandpoint quickly flourished, and today is home to over a thousand people. The town's recent history is marred by what locals refer to as “the Late Unpleasantness,” a string of gruesome murders that occurred in 4712 AR, shortly followed by the destruction of Sandpoint's previous chapel in a fire. It is hoped that the consecration of Sandpoint Cathedral, built on the site of the ruined chapel, will mark an end to this sorry chapter in the town's history and the start of better and brighter things for the Light of the Lost Coast.
Sandpoint is located on the Lost Coast to the north of Magnimar, a distance of fifty-four miles by road – two days on foot, or one day or horseback, if travellers are willing to push themselves hard. Here, the Turandarok River empties into th Varisian Gulf, forming a natural harbour and the perfect spot for a small town. Good farmland lies a little way inland, separated from Sandpoint proper by limestone escarpments and small but dense thickets of forest.
The most notable local landmark is the Old Light, a towering pile of stone that bears the weathered but unmistakeable marks of Thassilonian runes. Quite what this ancient monument might have been before it time and calamity tumbled it into ruin, none can quite say – it draws its name from the popular theory that, given its scale and its location, it may originally have been a lighthouse. The Old Light has drawn its share of curious sages and greedy adventurers over the years, since Sandpoint's founding and before, but none have ever established that there are any chambers within or beneath the ruin.
Sandpoint is dominated by the four families of the Sandpoint Mercantile League, each of whom exercises control over a certain aspect of the town's commerce and industry – the Deverins (farming and brewing), the Kaijitsus (glassmaking), the Scarnettis (logging), and the Valdemars (shipbuilding). Traditionally, of the four families, the Deverins have played the most prominent role in local politics; it was Almah Deverin who brokered the agreements that brought peace between the local Varisians and the Magnimarian settlers in the town's crucial early years, and Sandpoint's current mayor is Kendra Deverin. The town is more cosmopolitan than might be expected for a settlement of its size, and its shipbuilding and glassmaking industries in particular draw in skilled workers from as far afield as Korvosa and Riddleport.
Sandpoint is a tolerant town where matters of faith are concerned. The original chapel consisted of a series of six interconnected shrines, and the new cathedral has carried on this tradition, rebuilt on a more grand scale. Of the six deities worshipped in Sandpoint, Desna is the favoured goddess of the local Varisians, while Erastil is the most popular god among settlers from Magnimar; each of the other four deities – Abadar, Gozreh, Sarenrae, and Shelyn – was held in particular regard by one of the four families of the Sandpoint Mercantile League.
Beyond the six shrines that make up the cathedral, Sandpoint is also home to the House of Blue Stones – not strictly a temple, this training hall and library was founded by a wandering monk and worshipper of Irori. Sandpoint is generally tolerant of any faith outside of the wicked and malign – followers of evil gods should keep their faith hidden when dealing with these honest and hardy frontier folk.
A chronicle of events taking place in or around Sandpoint over the course of the campaign.
23rd Rova: The year's Swallowtail Festival is an especially grand affair to mark the consecration of the new cathedral. However, the consecration is interrupted by a raid on Sandpoint by goblins!
A list of significant NPCs in and around Sandpoint.