After a brief interview with a completely smitten Aldern Foxglove, the party met with local transient and reality-impaired fisherman Gibber of Ish, who was kind enough to retrieve Bjarke’s spooked elkfriend by methods best not shared in polite company, and pledged himself, after a fashion, to their fellowship. Together, the troupe interrogated Father Zantus about the previous fire before retiring for the night. Father Zantus divulged that the fire that had destroyed the previous church five years ago was the subject of more legend than fact, but his personal testament held that the fire had in some way been caused by Nualia, adopted ward of the church and whispered Godtouched Childe, who had recently lost her child and was presumed dead in the fires.
The next morning, the party was greeted with extreme favor by the townspeople, having gained some level of celebrity status for their heroics in the goblin raid, an appreciation that was shown most outwardly by one Shayliss Vinder, daughter of a local shopkeeper, who made a very thinly veiled attempt to lure Bjarke into the privacy of the shoppe for a private encounter.
Perhaps ignorant of human mating customs, the party’s demihuman made a show of preventing the encounter, causing a scene that left nobody except perhaps himself and the barbarian male guessing as to what had just gone on.
Afterward, the party split ways to investigate the matter in their own ways…Bjarke, Gibber, and Jack seeking out the sheriff for his account of the fire and information on the goblin raiders themselves, while Invective and Sibyl spent time with Mayor Deverin, focusing their inquiries on Nualia’s history.
Aldern pressed the group into a half-promise to meet him for boar hunting the day following, while Sheriff Hemlock wanted to arrange an introduction for the group later the same day; hopefully one of these avenues will lead to more progress than was made today.