At the Rusty Dragon you all take seats at a table near the stage. Shalelu enjoys being near the stage while people are preforming. Currently Ameiko Kaijitsu is on stage singing and doing quite well. You've all met her before at other times you've entered the Rusty Dragon. The Rusty Dragon got its name by the impressive (and quite rusty) iron dragon that looms on the building’s roof, doubling as a lightning rod and decoration. She's owned the Dragon for six years. As you've heard the story, she returned to Sandpoint after leaving for a life of adventure and did quite well, though no one really knows why she came back if she was doing so well. She used some of her wealth to buy and restore the Dragon. She's also known as a talented signer and takes the stage from time to time as she has done this day. When she sees Shalelu, Ameiko smiles and stops singing. She then starts up a new song. It's in elven and she seems to be singing it for Shalelu. The sound and rhythm is soft and soothing, for those who don't understand the words. For those who know elven, the words bring joy and peace to your mind and a sense of fulfillment. Her voice is just as enchanting as her looks. When the song ends she steps down from the stage and draws a chair at your table.
“Well, this is quite a surprise!” she says softly, but sounding full of joy. “What brings you back so soon Shalelu?”
Shalelu goes on explaining much of what was discussed with Sheriff Hemlock, which you all have already been briefed on. She also goes on about the goblins and their "heroes". In all the tribes there are five known heroes.
Shalelu notes that goblins generally live short, violent lives. It’s unusual for a single goblin to achieve any real measure of notoriety, but when one does, it’s well-earned. Currently, five goblins enjoy the status of “hero.”
Big Gugmut is an unusually muscular and tall goblin from Mosswood who, it is said, had a hobgoblin for a mother and a wild boar for a father.
Koruvus was a champion of the Seven Tooth tribe, who was as well known for his short temper as he was for his prized possession—a magic longsword sized for a human that the goblin stubbornly kept as his own (despite the fact that it was too large for him to properly wield). Koruvus vanished several months ago after he supposedly discovered a “secret hideout” in a cave along the cliff s, but the Seven Tooth goblins remain convinced that he’s out there still, a ghost or worse, waiting to murder any goblin who tries to discover his hideout.
Vorka is a notorious goblin cannibal who lives in the Brinestump marsh, a “hero” mostly to goblins other than the Licktoad tribe.
Ripnugget is the current leader of the Thistletop goblins and controls what the five tribes agree is the best lair.
And then there’s Bruthazmus, an infamous bugbear ranger who lives in northern Nettlewood and often visits the five tribes to trade things he’s stolen from caravans for alcohol, news, or magic arrows. Shalelu notes that Bruthazmus has a particular hatred of elves, and that they have fought on several occasions. To date, neither of them has managed to get the upper hand on the other, but Shalelu bitterly vows that she won’t be the first to fall in their private war.
During all this talk you've placed your orders and food has been served. When you ask her more about the goblins, or why they'd attack like this, or if she's found anything that might give her a thought of who's behind the goblin's being organized, or who this longshanks could be, she answers as not yet knowing and that these questions are the reason she'll be leaving in the morning. Once she's finished eating she excuses herself and goes upstairs.
It's now our heroes and Ameiko at the table still, but she too eventually leaves, returning to running the Dragon.