While staying in the city of Neverwinter, our party of 3 adventurers (Martyn, Malien and Rakman) met up with an old friend – a dwarf named Gundren Rockseeker who asked them to bring a wagon load of provisions to the settlement of Phandalin, a couple of days travel southeast of the city.
Gundren was clearly excited but only revealed that he and his brothers, Nundro and Tharden, had found “something big,” and that he’d pay the party 10gp each for escorting his supplies safely to Barthen’s Provisions, a trading post in Phandalin. He then set out ahead of them on horse, along with a warrior escort named Sildar Hallwinter, claiming he needed to arrive early to “take care of business.”
Accompanied by Sildur’s loyal apprentice, Boris Halz, our band of adventurers has spent the last few days following the High Road south from Neverwinter, and only recently veered east along the Triboar Trail. They’ve encountered no trouble so far, but are well aware that this territory can be dangerous – after all, this is the Sword Coast…
After spending half a day on the Triboar Trail the party turn a corner where they spot a couple of dead horses on the trail, blocking the path, about 50 feet ahead. There are several black feathered arrows sticking out of each horse.
Suddently the party is under attack!
Goblins armed with bows and black arrows attack from both sides of the woods surrounding the road. After a few intense moments of fighting, the goblins are defeated and Martyn persuades the last remaining goblin to spill his guts promising him gold and to spare his life in exchange for information.
The intimidated goblin reveals that someone named the Black Spider was paying them to capture Gundren Rockseeker and that someone named Klarg succeeded in doing this a couple of days ago. Furthermore, he reveals that Gundren’s human companion is held captive in the “eating cave” – a cavern which is found about 5 miles north of the ambush site following a trail in forest.
Martyn thanks the goblin for his willingness and kills him quietly. While gathering the rest of the goblin remains, one of them whispers into Martyn’s ear on his dying breath that “the King will get them…”.
After a short discussion on whether to continue on towards Phandalin or seek out the “eating cave”, the party decides on the latter.
After about 1½ hour on the trail – and after Boris had fallen into a crude goblin-made pit trap – the party comes to a small clearing in the forest. Across the clearing they see a cavern in the hill-side with a small stream coming out of it.
When approaching the cave from different sides, suddently a couple of arrows come flying from the opposite side of the forest. A couple of goblin guards are quickly killed by the party, while Martyn ventures off on his own into the cave, casting a light spell on his sword.
When entering the cavern he first hears what sounds like dogs barking from a cave. Investigating this, he finds 3 wolves confined to a stalagmite with iron chains. He feels sorry for the wolves and tries to calm them down feeding them some dried meat. He then returns to the main cavern to meet up with the rest of the party.