Shadows of Thassilon Handouts
A repository for notes, letters, journals, and other documents presented to the PCs as handouts during the course of Shadows of Thassilon.
Chapter 1: Burnt Offerings
Handout 1-1: Tsuto's Note to Ameiko
This note was given to the PCs by Bethana Corwin, a maid at the Rusty Dragon, on Rova 27th (Session 4, 28/07/2018).
(The original note is written in a language that Bethana identifies to you as Minkaian; her translation, written on the reverse, is provided below.)
I hope this letter finds you well, and with some free time on your hands, because we've got something of a problem. It's to do with Father. Seems that he might have had something to do with Sandpoint's recent troubles with the goblins, and I didn't want to bring the matter to the authorities because we both know he'd just weasel his way out of it. You've got some pull here in town, though. If you can meet me at the Glassworks at midnight tonight, maybe we can figure out how to make sure he faces the punishment he deserves. Knock twice and then three times more and then once more at the delivery entrance and I'll let you in.
In any case, I don't have to impress upon you the delicate nature of this request. If news got out, you know these local rubes would assume that you and I were in on the whole thing too, don't you? They've got no honour at all around these parts. I still don't understand how you can stand to stay here.
Anyway, don't tell anyone about this. There are other complications as well, ones I'd rather talk to you in person about tonight. Don't be late.
Handout 1-3: Journal of Lonjiku Kaijitsu
This journal was discovered during a search of Kaijitsu Manor on Rova 27th (Session 5, 11/08/2018).
(Recent entries from the private journal of Lonjiku Kaijitsu, translated from Minkaian.)
Entry dated Rova 22nd, the day before the Swallowtail Festival:
By all the Gods, I should have had that bastard smothered in his crib, and damn his mother's wailing! He comes here with his insinuations and his threats – what does he know? How does he know? Does he live for any purpose other than to bedevil me?
I don't know what game he's playing at, but what he demands of me seems harmless enough. He'd best make good on his promises to slink back into the shadows after all of this is done – if he knows half as much as he claims to, then surely he is aware of just how precarious his position is, should push come to shove...
Entry dated Rova 24th:
"A few simple requests," he said to me – oh, if I had known where this was going to lead! Goblins, of all things! What is the boy mixed up in? What has the boy gone and got me mixed up in?
Should the truth come out, I don't trust anyone in this ignorant pit to listen to reason. For safety's sake I must return to Magnimar before Tsuto's scheming comes to light. I can only hope that Ameiko will listen to reason.
Entry dated Rova 26th, the day before your visit to the Glassworks:
Unbelievable! My fool of a daughter won't abandon that damn flophouse, and now that thrice-accursed bastard boy dares to threaten me again – to expose the part he forced me to play in his scheme! I will not stand for it. Death will silence his lying tongue more surely than the gold he demands of me.
Handout 1-2: Tsuto's Journal
This journal was discovered in Tsuto's chamber at Thistletop on Rova 29th (Session 6, 25/08/2018).
(This small, leather-bound booklet contains two dozen pages, many of which are filled with annotated maps of Sandpoint, scribbled notes, and sketches of a nude woman. Three passages in the latter pages of the journal are of particular interest.)
First passage, accompanied by a map of sandpoint:
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 with the rest. I can't wait until the real raid. This town deserves a burning, that's for sure.
Second passage, accompanied by a sketch of a woman's profile:
Ripnugget seems to favour the overwhelming land approach, but I don't think it's the best plan. We should get the quasit'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.
Third passage, accompanied by a sketch of the same woman, with horns, bat-like wings, and a forked tail: 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 we offer Sandpoint to Lamashtu's fires, her new body won't be as hideous. Maybe I'll luck out. Succubi are demons too, aren't they?