Everyone had come to Sandpoint for the Swallowtail festival that celebrated the opening of a new temple in town.
Sandpoint is a town on the Varisian Coast, known for "The Old Light", one of many Thassalonian ruins in the area. The Thassalonian Empire ruled this area many centuraries ago, and the significance of the ruins is now lost in the mists of the past.
Sandpoint is a stop on the coastal road between the cities of Riddleport and Magnimar. Riddleport has a large Thassalonian archway that spans the entrance to its harbour. Magnimar is built around a wall-like Irespan, another Thassalonian ruin of obscure origin.
During the festival, the town was attacked by a number of goblins, from various different tribes. The party fought back against the goblins, and the remaining goblins fled to the north. Some goblins were captured and interrogated by the party, and the goblins said that they'd been orderer to kill the townspeople and raze the town to the ground.
The goblins claimed that their leader was a "longshanks", but they don't know the name. During the attack, the leader had gone on a secret mission to the town graveyard.