The world of Golarion is one of moderate to high fantasy. Ancient empires have risen and fallen time and again. Entire nations have been reduced to magic suffused plains of ash. Rifts to hell have opened and demons have been loosed to walk the lands. And yet, few heroes have risen to the call. Here and there powerful beings have made their way with sword and magic, but figures of immense power who seek the betterment of the world are few and far between. There are legends to make, treasures to be found, and battles to be won.
The continent of Avistan, forming the northern frame of the Inner sea region, holds the ruins of the lost Thassilon empire which flourished nearly 10,000 years ago. The once powerful nations of Cheliax and Taldor slide slowly into rot, one allied with demonic forces the other merely collapsing under the weight of it’s decadence and short sightedness.
Modern Varisia, the region that Thassilon once covered with civilization and learning, is now a rugged frontier land. The barbarous Shoanti (show AHN tee) and nomadic Varisian (vah RHIS ee ann)have no central government so the largely untamed lands are largely under control of whoever can project their force of arms across them. While small towns and villages dot the lands, wild animals and worse make travel a risky proposition for the ill prepared. There are, however, a few notable exceptions. The city-state of Korvosa, in the Southeast edge of these lands, clings to both it’s own monarchy and it’s ties to Cheliax. Magnimar, located on the mid point of the coast if not the land itself, is the second largest of the city-states and currently sees it’s fortunes in ascendance. In the northern reaches of the land Riddleport, the smallest and last of the notable city-states, is a chaotic place where strength of arms will serve you better than a reliance on the “law” as it’s dictated by the crime lords who rule here.
The town of Sandpoint lies some 40 to 50 miles Northeast of Magnimar along the coast of the Varisian Gulf. It pays allegiance to that city-state, and owes some of it’s survival to their support.
Five years past, in the winter of 4702 Sandpoint was the home of The Chopper, a serial killer who killed 25 people over the course of a month. Eventually revealed to be a local eccentric, Jervis Stoot, the crimes put a strain on the community that while no stranger to crime and death, had never witnessed anytime so gruesome as bodies carved up and their eyes and tongues stolen away. While he was cornered and died at his own hands, the tragedies of that year did not end there as a month later the old church burned to the ground taking the village priest with it. This time is referred to as The Late Unpleasantness by those villagers wishing to put the past behind them.