"We are representing the town, looking into reports that the goblins of this swamp have recently acquired fireworks which they are using as weapons. We want to learn more aobut the situation so we can -um- defuse it before it grows any worse. Fortunately they don't seem to be very efficent with them as yet. We hope to keep it that way. What can you tell use about the swamp and its denizens? Especially the goblins, of course.
"Oh I think your referring to the LickToad tribe of goblins around here. Just follow the old fish trail and it'll lead you to the LickToad's camp, and watch out for the Soggy River Monster."
Know(local to know the path) or the fragments on Soggy
"I'm not from around here, but I think Sandru-san metioned something about where the attacks were made. Perhaps starting from there to track them? And, Wathus-san, what is this Soggy River Monster you mentioned?
"Soggy is a super predator here in the swamp, Mind you this is what I have heard from some nearby fishermen"
The Soggy River Monster was seen again, this time
by a fisherman on the New Fish Trail. He said it stood
taller than a man, had white skin, and had a mouth
that opened up all the way down its neck. It was eating
what looked like a goblin on the far side of the river,
which is why the farmer managed to escape.
"When should we start? The sooner we deal with them the less likely anyone else will be injured. Still, I suspect this swamp has it's own dangers. Is there anyone else living in the swamp -besides the goblins- who might know more?"
Radko's eyes open wider and wider as he's listening to the conversation.
Firework-wielding goblins, soggy monster eating them alive, swamp witches... What else could this unassuming bog hide? "I wonder if she would be interested in seeing us at all, as opposed to, say, putting some hex on us and feeding us to the river monster. Have you ever seen this witch, Mr. Proudstump?"
"I take it she has a rather poor reputation around here. Well, we could speak with her if neccessary, but taking out the fireworks is peobqably more important. Maybe after we deal with the goblins, we can check with her to see if she knows anything about their source."
"Perhaps we should remain here overnight, both to avoid getting lost in the swamp and to restore our various strengths. I'd rather NOT meet this 'Soggy River Monster' in the dark, and unprepared. Also we might be able to provide further healing to Mr. Proudstump after his ordeal. Mr. Proudstump-san, may we stay the night?"
She pauses, suddenly remembering the prisoner.
"And what are we to do with that faceless stalker creature?"
"That sounds like a reasonable plan. I agree, slaughtering it out of hand would be wrong. Our only other option would be to drag it back to town and hand it over to the sheriff. We need to be sure we impress upon it that if it returns to attach Mr. Proudstump again, we will not be so merciful."
"Huh. Neither of these options look appealing to me, to be honest. Who knows what would such a creature be capable of if allowed in town? Impersonating a sheriff, perhaps? But remorselessly killing a helpless monster rubs me the wrong way too. Perhaps we could let it loose somewhere near the goblin camp, where it could find easier prey than mr. Walthus here?"
"Actually, I ment 'other option' as opposed to droping it off in the swamp to try again. I'm not sure about sicing it on the goblins. What if it takes over and can plan better? We don't need to replace one problem with another. Sigh. Leaving it in the swamp does seem to be the best option. And keeping it prisoner with us is bad, too. If it's sentient, that's slavery, and if it's not, it would probably make a terrible pet."