Before you finish up your character backgrounds, remember: you’re in Varisia to see the celebration of the re-opening of the Temple of Desna in Sandpoint. It’s a time of celebration as the old one burned to the ground in what was called the Late Unpleasantness.
The Late Unpleasantness, as the locals in Sandpoint refer to it, was a series of violent and tragic events which shook the normally peaceful coastal town in the year 4702 AR. Though no one really knows what brought the events about, all of them were tied to a single occurrence which would have the potential to affect the town more than anything involved in the Late Unpleasantness itself.
The current year is 4707 AR, about five years after the Late Unpleasantness.