Responding to Durmisht, the driver says: “Well, we have to go there anyhow to check in. All Caravans do. For safety's sake.”
You all continue conversing and soon find that you've returned in reasonably good time compared to your trip to Thistletop. At the garrison, Sheriff Hemlock
is retrieved by an underling and he approaches the caravan. The commander of the caravan directs his attention to the following wagon containing the bunch of you.Seeing Dregs' state, Hemlock gives his condolences: “He was an honorable man and will be remembered by this town always. We'll hold a ceremony in his honor and come up with something to immortalize his sacrifice for all of us.”Turning toward the captive, he glowers: “As for this one, there will be a trail and with this evidence you've provided, I'm sure she'll get her just reward. It's a shame though. She was truly revered by all the town as a gift from the gods. Perhaps that's what led to her madness and hatred of Sandpoint. None of us thought her the reason for Father Ezakien Tobyn's death in that fire. We never had a clue that the attention had twisted her thinking such. But her journal will tell us much that we don't know yet. Have you read it?”
For the sake of moving along, we'll say you have not ready the journal, bereaved by Dregs' fall.
Dregs' body is collected and you all receive what attention is needed for that day. You're all summoned the next day for a briefing Mayor Kendra Deverin's
home and attend. Once all are in attendance, an assistant gives you all handouts.Nualia’s Story Summerized
After reading this to all of you, Mayor Deverin looks up: “We need to go back to Thistletop and find this creature, Malfeshnekor, and destroy it. Any of her followers, this woman, Lyra, that she remarks to, and the others, they must all be brought in, questioned, and tried, if needed. Learning that Tsuto was a part of this, well, it's been hard enough on Ameiko with what went down at the glassworks. Now this, and he's escaped. Somehow he managed to break free of his jail before his sentencing could be carried out. I expect he's returning to Thistletop. We want him returned, alive if possible.” Mayor Deverin reads: “Naulia is what we now know as an Aasimar and is known by everyone to have been raised by Father Tobyn.
By her journal, she note that her beauty brought cause of teasing and cruel jokes from other children and endless awkward and humiliating requests from the superstitious adults; believing her to be blessed by Desna. A sort of "reverse deformity", she remarks. They believed her proximity, touch, or voice held special effects on those who were the recipients. This all lead her to feeling more like a freak than a young girl, and when she came of age and drew the attention as a local boy, Delek Viskanta, who began to court her, she practically fell into his arms in gratitude.
They kept the relationship a secret, knowing that Father Tobyn wouldn't approve due to the plans she knew he had for her. They met in the tunnels you found that lead to the catacombs. It didn't take long before she knew she was pregnant and when she told Delek his true self came out, calling her slut and harlot and left Sandpoint and her. This, plus the previously mentioned factors, turned her anger to rage and was frustrated with nowhere to vent. She bottled it up. When Father Tobyn learned of her delicate situation, his reaction only furthered her shame and anger. He unwittingly further nurtured her growing hate by confining her to the church and lecturing her and making her pray nightly to Desna for forgiveness.
Seven months pregnant, she remarks to some type of energy filling her and furthering her anger. She miscarried her child later that night, a child whose monstrously deformed shape she only glimpsed before blanching midwives stole it away to burn it in secret. The double shock of losing a child and the realization she had been carrying a fiend in her belly for seven months was too much. Nualia fell into a coma.
In her sleep she remarks to unhealthy dreams. Her descriptions of her dreams has convinced Father Zantus that she was being seduced and influenced by the dark goddess of madness, Lamashtu. Nualia became further obsessed with the cruel demon goddess and the conviction that her life was inflicted on her by those around her. She came to see her angelic heritage as a curse, and the demon-sent dreams showed her how to expunge this taint from her body and soul, replacing it with chaos and cruelty. When she finally woke, Nualia was someone new, someone who didn’t flinch at what Lamashtu asked of her. She jammed her father’s door shut as he slept, lit the church on fire, and fled Sandpoint.
We all assumed Nualia had burned in the fire, a tragedy made all the worse by the death of Father Tobyn as well. Yet Nualia lived. She fled to Magnimar, where she enlisted the aid of a group of murderers. With their aid, she tracked down Delek and murdered him. Yet his death did not fill her need for revenge. Sandpoint and its hated citizens still lived.
Naulia remarks receiving a gift from the leader of this group of murderers, a seven pointed star. Nualia felt as though her role in the scheme of this had only just begun. She felt the dream were leading her someplace. She then returned to Sandpoint, and found herself drawn to the brick wall in the smuggler’s tunnels where she and Delek had conceived her deformed child. Nualia bashed down the wall, and in so doing, discovered the Catacombs of Wrath and the quasit Erylium, also a follower of Lamashtu. For many months, Nualia studied under Erylium’s tutelage. During this time, Nualia received another vision from Lamashtu—a vision of a monstrous goblin wolf imprisoned in a tiny room. In Nualia’s dreams, she learned that this creature, named Malfeshnekor, was also one of Lamashtu’s chosen. If she could find him and free him, he would not only help her achieve her vengeance against the town of Sandpoint, but he would be the key in cleansing her body of what she had come to see as her “celestial taint.” Nualia wanted to be one of Lamashtu’s children now. She wanted to become a monster herself.
And so, she saw the burning of the church and Tobyn as her first step, though she didn't know it at that time. Her plan was to burn all of Sandpoint in one huge sacrifice to Lamashtu for her to continue her steps toward becoming whatever it was she was to become. She took over the goblin compound, Thistletop, and began her plans”