After the opening ceremonies of the festival, the adventurers look to see what activities aregoing on. After reading through a poster listing The Sandpoint Devil Hunt, the Goblin Toss, The Lighthouse Smash, Dragon Races, Tug of War, and other games the group decide to try their hand at the last entry on the list: a handwritten addendum stating “Drinking Contest at the Hagfish.” The group promptly makes their way to the Hagfish and easily finds a table at this early hour.
As they sit down, the tank of Norah, the tavern’s namesake, catch their eye. Next to the tank pinned to the wall is a bag bursting with silver coins. Melange Nauru makes her way to the bar to ask about it with Talitha Nauru and Vesper following. Jargie Quinn, the owner of the tavern, explains that anyone who can drink a glass of water from Norah’s tank and keep it down wins the money. He points to a list of 23 names carved into the wall. He explains, “they’re the only ones who’ve ever been able to do it.”
Melange promptly offers her silver piece to try and grabbed a glass. She tips the mug back into her mouth, but finds the slimy, foul-tasting water more than she can stomach and spits it back into the glass. Vesper and Talitha, seeing Melange struggle, both slam down their silver pieces and give it a go. Both of them take a glass and down it effortlessly. Jargie gives a delightful laugh as he pulls down the bag of coins and hands it to Vesper and asks their names to carve into the wall. Having bested the challenge, they decide to join back with Fedor D’Azmodan and Arnye Bismuth at their table and have some real drinks.
The group challenges a nearby table to a drinking contest and set their order. The first team to drain their mugs of ale will be the winner. The adventurers proceed to down their drinks one after another. Arnye, Talitha, Vesper, Fedor, and finally Melange slam down their mugs and are victorious.
The victors challenge the local barflies to another round. The team beats them again. The losers buy the party another round and they drink together throughout the afternoon. As evening comes, Jargie closes the bar so he and his patrons can attend the evening’s ceremonies.
Father Zantus sets off a Thunderstone blast to hush the crowd and gain their attention. He clears his throat, takes a breath to speak, and suddenly a woman’s scream slices through the air. A few moments later, another scream rises, then another. Beyond them, a sudden surge of strange new voices rises—high-pitched, tittering shrieks that sound not quite human. The crowd parts and something low to the ground races by, giggling with disturbing glee as a stray dog near the party gives a pained yelp and then collapses with a gurgle, its throat cut open from ear to ear. The party sees that goblins are attacking and spring to action.
The goblin that killed the dog is joined by two other goblins by a nearby wagon. One of the goblins makes his way up on top of the wagon as Fedor pulls out his crossbow. He lets loose a bolt and hits the goblin squarely between the eyes and it falls lifelessly backwards off the wagon. Melange shoots a lightning arc wide of her mark. Talitha’s arrow fails to connect as well. Vesper swings at the goblin who slayed the dog yelling “This is for the dog!” and strikes it down fiercely. Talitha lets fly another arrow which critically failed to hit its mark. It ends up striking Vesper in the back. Arnye stikes down the remaining goblin with her Dragon-bane longsword.
As soon as they dispatch the goblins, they see an explosion nearby. When they get closer to investigate they find three more goblins with torches and a goblin warchanter. The goblins try to burn the party with their torches but fail to connect. The warchanter tries to trip Arnye unsuccessfully. Fedor lets loose a bolt from his crossbow and strikes the warchanter. Melange finishes her off with a lightning arc. Talitha hits one of the goblins with a Magic Missile and kills it. Fedor shoots another goblin in the arm. Arnye decapitates the other remaining goblin with a mighty strike. Melange pulls out a dagger and ruthlessly slits the throat of the last goblin.
Father Zantus runs to the party and quickly offers them his thanks and heals those who need it. The party hears cries of help from the north. They run up to find Belor helping citizens at the White Deer Inn. He exclaims, “secure the northern gate!”