We begin in the great city of Baldur’s Gate. Leosin Erlanthar, A Monk working for The Harpers. Is currently investigating the notorious Cult of the Dragon. Hearing rumours of Cult activity far north in the ruined town of Thundertree he enlisted the aid of another Monk named Azor Achkoral, a Dragonborn who owed Leosin a great debt. He asked Azor to seek out Iarno Albrek, a member of The Lords Alliance stationed in Phalandin just a few miles south of Thundertree. Once there he should liaise with Iarno and find out whatever he can about Cult activities there, staying as long as necessary and reporting anything he can back to Leosin. This mission would also relieve Azor of his debt to and leave him free to pursue whatever path he sought once the job was done.
While seeking passage on a boat to Neverwinter Azor and Leosin came across a strange dock worker named Hotknutz. After hearing of their mission he managed to convince his captain to let this strange Dragonborn on board. In exchange he asked only to accompany Azor on his quest, as a native of the now ruined Thundertree he had his own goals there. Leosin and Azor said their goodbyes, uncertain if they would ever meet again. They then set out on the trading vessel, bound for Neverwinter.
Meanwhile far North in the city of Neverwinter, a dwarf of the Lords Alliance named Gundren Rockseeker put out a call for aid. He sought assistance in bringing a wagon load of provisions to the rough-and-tumble settlement of Phandalin, a couple of days’ travel southeast of the city.
Four young adventurers answered the call. A Human Noble named Keyan Harcast, drawn by the promise of gaining favour with the Lords Alliance and the chance to prove himself worthy of his name. The Dwarven Cleric Gareth Gobblecoque, former mercenary and cousin to Gundren. A quiet elf Wizard named Loristel Amdir, drawn to the town of Phandalin by visions of from her deity Oghma. Finally the Halfling Rogue Xanros Mongothbeard, a native of Phandalin seeking coin and personal reward.
Gundren was clearly excited and more than a little secretive about his reasons for the trip, saying only that he and his brothers had found “something big,” and that he’d pay the adventurers well for escorting his supplies safely to Barthen’s Provisions a trading post in Phandalin.
He then set out ahead on horse, along with his escort Sildar Haliwinter, another member of The Lords Alliance with his own goals in town. The adventurers gathered their supplies and set out the next day towards Phandalin.
Shortly after their departure Azor and Hotnutz arrive at the Docks. They gain passage with a trader who agrees to let them travel with him for a small fee. They climb into his old fruit cart and begin the next phase of their journey. First stop Phandalin, then onto Thundertree.