Rise of the Runelords
Shalelu isn’t quite a bounty hunter, a survivalist, or a mercenary, but a mix of all three. The elven woman passes through town once or twice a season to buy supplies and never remains more than a few days, always staying at the same room at the Rusty Dragon free of charge. Near the end of each visit, she meets with Sheriff Hemlock and Mayor Deverin for a few hours at the garrison to give a report on the state of the hinterlands before she leaves town again, a pouch of gold at her side. Both Hemlock and Deverin value Shalelu’s reports, since they provide a non-biased insight into how the local farmlands are faring and keep the town council abreast of burgeoning dangers in the region.
Recently, she made an unexpected visit to Sandpoint — she last passed through town only a month ago and wasn’t expected until the last week of autumn. She dispensed with her visit to the Sandpoint Market and the Rusty Dragon and requested an immediate meeting with Sheriff Hemlock and Mayor Deverin. The unusual meeting and Shalelu’s ragged look combined to make an already jumpy populace suspect that the woman brought news of a new goblin threat.