Trouble at the Rusty Dragon

Trouble at the Rusty Dragon
There are only two inns in Sandpoint, so unless all of
the PCs are local, they’ll need to visit either the White
Deer or the Rusty Dragon whenever they need to rest.
Since the owner of the Rusty Dragon offered the PCs
free rooms for a week as thanks for their heroics, and
since Aldern Foxglove is staying here and might invite
the PCs here to share a meal, chances are good that
the PCs soon become regulars at the Rusty Dragon.
Ameiko Kaijitsu runs a very adventurer-friendly establishment,
and the locals who frequent the establishment’s tavern
enjoy hearing stories of derring-do and hijinks from
the tavern’s visitors.
At some point during a visit to the Rusty Dragon
(preferably when most or all of the PCs are present—
while they’re enjoying the boar that they and
Foxglove caught is a good time), a surly
visitor slams the tavern’s door open and
bellows out a sharp-tongued command
in a strange language.
This is local aristocrat Lonjiku Kaijitsu, an
elderly Tian man and one of Sandpoint’s
most well-known nobles. Characters
who speak Minkaian can
understand what it is he barks
out as he enters the tavern:
“Where the hell is my daughter?”
The other patrons of the bar,
recognizing him and knowing of
his reputation for wrathful
outbursts, grow very
quiet and interested
in their meals. If the
PCs don’t intervene,
Lonjiku stalks farther
into the tavern, his
eyes scanning the room
for his daughter only
to alight on Sandpoint’s
newest heroes.
Lonjiku is a middle-aged
Tian man, although he
looks much older than his
age due to lack of
sleep caused by
recent events—
namely, his
incidental role in the goblin raid.
Increasingly paranoid and wracked
with shame, Lonjiku has decided it’s
time to move back to Magnimar for a while,
and he’s planning on taking his daughter
with him. Accordingly, he’s come to the
Rusty Dragon to issue an ultimatum to
Ameiko—come with him or be cut out
of the will. Secretly, Lonjiku hopes she opts for the
latter, as her becoming an adventurer and then an
innkeeper has all but shamed him into disowning his
daughter already.
When he notices the PCs, though, he gets distracted.
Here are the heroes who saved Sandpoint from the
raid he played a small part in orchestrating (even if
Lonjiku didn’t realize exactly what Tsuto Lonjiku was up to
at the time). In a fit of jealousy and misguided anger,
Lonjiku approaches the PCs and starts accusing them
of endangering the townsfolk with their ill-advised
“antics” against the goblins, implying they should
have left the defense of the town to the city guard and
other “trained professionals.” If the PCs claim to be
adventurers or mercenaries or some similar profession,
Lonjiku barks a derisive laugh, rolls his eyes,
and says, “Just what we need—a filthy
band of vagrants to
attract even more
trouble to town.” Play
Lonjiku as an arrogant,
insulting old man, but
just before you push the
PCs too far, Ameiko rushes into
the front room, a ladle dripping
with soup in her hand, to find out what
all the ruckus is about.
The primary goal of this encounter
isn’t to start a fight—it’s to introduce
Lonjiku and Ameiko so that when later
events see these two pop up again in
more tragic circumstances, the
PCs have some sort of reference
to them. If the PCs do nothing
but watch, the two argue in Minkaian
for a moment as Lonjiku issues his
ultimatum and Ameiko tells him
to leave her inn (albeit with a string
of creative and shocking profanity).
Enraged, Lonjiku tries to grab
her by the hair to drag
her from the tavern, but
she dodges and brains
him with her soupy ladle, spattering
fish stock and potatoes all over his
hair and outfit. This act of public
defiance wounds Lonjiku’s pride
more than anything else, and after he
sputters for a moment, he finds his voice
and utters, “You’re as dead to me as your
mother,” before leaving the tavern.
Allow the PCs to intervene at any
moment. Any attempt to subdue, grapple,
or forcibly eject Lonjiku from the tavern
should automatically succeed (he only has
CMD 10, after all). Any actual violence against

Lonjiku brings his cowardice to the fore, and he
shrieks and f lees the tavern. If they attempt instead
to help Lonjiku subdue his daughter, he shrieks at
the PCs, “I don’t need the help of a band of curs!”
before abandoning his attempt and leaving the tavern.
Regardless of how Lonjiku leaves, he can’t resist the
parting shot to his daughter about her mother—a
cruel comment that almost brings Ameiko to tears,
yet as her father leaves, she bravely picks up her ladle,
inspects it, pulls a hair out of the mess, and says, “I’ll
need a well-cleaned ladle now, since jackass stew’s not
on the menu.” The resulting cheers and laughter from
the tavern’s patrons help her attitude immensely—if
the PCs came to her aid, she thanks them, extends
their free rooms another week, and tells them their
dinner’s on the house.
STORY AWARD: Award the PCs 400 XP if they get
involved in the altercation—you can raise this award to
600 XP if they do a particularly good job roleplaying, at
your discretion.
 

Trouble at the Rusty Dragon

Pathfinder Vault vonpriest vonpriest