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You all individually made your way to Sandpoint, in Varisia, along the Lost Coast, Northeast of Magnimar.  Some of you have only been here for a few days.  Others of you have been here for months or longer.

 

Today is a momentous day for the small town.  Today is a day of celebration.  Today is the Swallowtail Festival.  This year, the Swallowtail Festival is being used to celebrate the dedication of Sandpoint Cathedral.

 

 

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Before the celebration begins in earnest, a crier gets the attention of the crowd, drawing all eyes to the central stage and podium.  Mayor Deverin is first to give a welcome speech, friendly and light-hearted, she welcomes everyone to make merry.  She jokes how even Lars Rovanki, the local tanner and tireless workaholic took time off today and has been spotted in the crowd.  Games of skill and chance, free food sponsored by the many inns and taverns of the town, hawkers selling their wares, and a modest beer garden are just some of the ways Festival-Goers can expect to spend the day.

 

The jovial mood is sobered briefly when Sheriff Hemlock takes the podium.  A large Shoanti with a dour expression, he suggests that the crowd remember with a moment of silence the events of several years ago when the prior church burned down in the Sandpoint Fire.  He entreats the crowd to be careful around tonight's bonfire!

 

The crier then announces the next to speak Lonjiku Kaijitsu.  After a brief pause, a messenger whispers in the crier's ear.  The crier regrettably informs the crowd that Lonjiku is ill and could not attend.  Someone in the crowd chuckles and says in a moderate voice "he's allergic to having a good time!"  That gets a raucous laugh from the crowd.

 

An audaciously attired man boisterously pushes his way up to the podium.  

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Cyrdak Drokkus, Sandpoint's resident showman, takes the podium.  He's charming and silver tongued, and soon had the crowd laughing riotously with his colorful stories and near-vulgar anecdotes.  He lists a string of probably-false means by which the city came up with the funds to rebuild the church.  Many locals are in tears, a few go pale and wide-eyed, and a few Scarnettis sneer and scowl.  He concludes his speech with an overtly shameless plug... "Everyone come to the Sandpoint Theater tomorrow for The Harpy's Curse.  The lead role of Avisera will be played by none other than The stunning Magnimarin diva Allishanda!"  Cyrdak then walks off stage.

 

He is replaced by a humble looking priest.   Father Zantus steps forward to give a short speech before declaring the Swallowtail Festival underway!

 

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Does anyone want to play any games?

 

Bow archery, crossbow archery, javelin throwing, axe throwing, dagger throwing, arm wrestling, padded wooden sword and shield sparring, pie eating contest, 3 Card Monte, and the mallet whack bell with the bell at the top of an enormous Ogre painting.

 

(These games are a nice chance to get to know each other)

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Nicholai, having recent arrived, give thanks to Erastil for the good fortune of arriving in time for the festival.  Such an display of community must surely be pleasing to Old Deadeye. 

 

And being a faithful adherent of a god whose symbol is the bow and arrow, it would seem mildly blasphemous not to take part in the archery competition!

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Drake wanders through the festival. He has never seen a festival like this before.    He helps himself to the free food and saves some of it so that he will have food later.     While the game intrigues him, he is not willing to part with his few coins.  He finds himself being more of a spectator than a participant. 

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For archery, crossbow, dagger, axe or javelin, give me 3 ranged attacks per game you want to play, and list which game they are for.

 

For the mallet, give me a melee attack and roll damage 1d10+ 1 1/2 STR bonus in case of hit.

 

For the sword melee, give me 3 melee attack rolls.

 

For the eating contest, give me 3 Constitution checks.

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