While travelling along the Triboar trail the adventurers spotted two dead horses sprawled in the middle of the road, blocking their path, obviously the victims of a vicious ambush. Upon investigation they discovered the horses belonged to Gundren Rockseeker and his travelling companion Sildar Hallwinter. Before they could react to the information the group came under attack from a small group of goblins. After a hard fight they emerged victorious and decided that hiding the wagon and following the goblin’s trail was the best course of action.
At the end of the trail they discovered the goblin’s hideout in a small cave by a stream. The adventurers fought their way through the hideout and defeated their leader Klarg and rescued Sildar Hallwinter.
Greatful for the rescue, Sildar informed the group that the tribe was part of a group known as the Cragmaws who had orders to plunder any poorly defended wagon or caravan that come past on the Triboar Trail. Klarg had apparently also been given special orders to waylay Sildar and Gundren by a person known only as the Black Spider, instructing that Gundren was to be brought specifically to him.
Sildar unfortunately didn’t know who or what the Black Spider is. He was also able to share more information on Gundren’s intentions in the area, telling that he had a map showing the secret location of a place known as the Wave Echo Cave, but the goblins took it when they captured him.
Sildar believes that Klarg sent the map and the dwarf to the chief of the Cragmaws at a place called Cragmaw Castle. Sildar doesn’t know where that might be, but he suggests someone in the nearby town of Phandalin might know. To repay the adventurers for their courage he agreed to pay the group 50gp to escort him back to town where he might find more answers and get in touch with his contact from the lords alliance.
His contact is a wizard known as Iarno Albrek who traveled to the town two months ago to establish order there but there had been no word from since.
The group also discovered a hoard of stolen goods marked with the image of a blue lion. Sildar recognised this as the symbol of the Lionshield Coster, a merchant company with a warehouse and trading post in Phandalin.
The group agreed to take the supplies and Sildar into town in the hopes of finding out more information and perusing some of their own goals while in town.
Meanwhile, not far behind, Azor and Hotnutz were also nearing the town of Phandalin and looked to arrive about a day behind the rest of the adventurers. Their paths seemingly destined to meet up in the town.