The Sandpoint Outsiders learn about history, goblins, and a disappearance.
Before retiring for the night, Ren'Tel chased down Rubus Viskalai, the courier that delivered the message from Iremiel. He asked the child who told him to deliver the letter, but was dismayed to learn that the letter and a silver coin were left at a dead drop, with a whispering voice promising further payment if he followed instructions. Ren'Tel gave him a gold coin and a letter to deliver to his mysterious contact: unless Iremiel gave Ren'Tel an excellent reason not to pursue him, Ren'Tel would never give up his pursuit.
The next morning, the Sandpoint Outsiders decided to pay a visit to Brodert Quink. After a brief round of introductions, the old scholar shared some knowledge of history, both recent and ancient. He related the tragic story of the Sandpoint Fire and the deaths of Ezakien Tobyn and his daughter Nualia, the account of Earthfall leading to the destruction of Azlant and Thassilon, and his theory that the Old Light was never a lighthouse at all, but filled some other, unknown purpose. He offered a crash course in Thassilonian history, but the Outsiders declined, as they had other things to do.
As they left Quink's house and were discussing what else was on the agenda for the day, they were approached by Sheriff Belor Hemlock, who asked them to join him at Sandpoint Town Hall for an important meeting. Once there, the Outsiders were re-acquainted with Shalelu Andosana and Mayor Kendra Deverin. Shalelu reported that the goblin situation outside Sandpoint was getting worse. The various goblin tribes were apparently cooperating - an unheard-of situation that spoke of a powerful leader uniting them, and almost definitely not a goblin one. The mayor quickly came up with a plan: Belor would take a few guardsmen to Magnimar to appeal for reinforcements. Shalelu would investigate the local goblins' stomping grounds to gather information. Deverin asked the Outsiders to stay in Sandpoint to protect the citizens from any threats, which they agreed to do. Shalelu offered to join the Outsiders for dinner to talk about the goblin situation. They agreed to meet her at the Rusty Dragon that evening.
Before that, though, they dutifully reported to the Curious Goblin in order to pay Chask Haladan his portion of gold as payment for the treasure map Aduvrasious found in his shop. Chask was pleased to work with them, and mentioned that he had been hearing the scratching of large rats coming from his crawlspace recently. The Outsiders offered to investigate the situation, in return for a guidebook about goblins. The deal made, the Outsiders hit a stumbling block when they realized how dark it was in the crawlspace. After a short jaunt across town to buy an everburning torch from the Feathered Serpent, they returned to the crawlspace to find a narrow tunnel dug into the ground beneath the crawlspace. Rather than risk their safety by squeezing themselves into the tunnel (from which the sound of scratching was emanating), they opted to tell Chask about it and advise him to fill it or place traps around it. When they suggested that Volioker Briskalberd may be able to make traps for him, he balked, stating that the dwarf was a criminal and not to be trusted. Alstaer tried to make a case for him by claiming that Volioker had made a number of high quality locks for him, but Chask saw through the ruse and became uncomfortable dealing with the Outsiders.
They returned to the Rusty Dragon to find Shalelu and Ameiko Kaijitsu talking and laughing together like old friends, with Bethana Corwin serving them food and drink. They beckoned the Outsiders over and Shalelu took the time to inform them about goblins in general, the various local goblin tribes (the Licktoad, Birdcruncher, Mosswood, Thistletop, and Seven Fang tribes), and the mightiest goblin heroes in the region (Warchief Ripnugget, Koruvus, Big Gugmut, Bruthazmus, His Mighty Girthness Rendwattle Gutwad, and Vorka). After that, she headed out on her mission, leaving the Outsiders to get some sleep.
The next morning, the Sandpoint Outsiders discovered, to their dismay, that Ameiko was nowhere to be found. A distressed Bethana Corwin asked to speak to them in private, and showed them Tsuto's letter, which indicated that Ameiko had gone to meet her half-brother in the Sandpoint Glassworks in the middle of the night, but had not returned. The Outsiders knew what they had to do: above all else, they had to save Ameiko!