001 - The Road to Phandalin

001 - The Road to Phandalin

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A group of young adventurers assist an excited dwarf on his way to the village of Phandalin, encountering trouble along the way.

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04/29/24
Begin: 4/10/19 12:00 End: 4/10/19 22:00

 

 

"Ah! Let me guess: another group of fledgling adventurers, off to seek fame and glory in lands beyond your own? I thought as much. Many of your kind have come and gone over the centuries, going on to forge themselves in the crucible of history, for good or ill. What's that? You've sought me out specifically? Ah, seeking advice or legends of treasure like many others, I suppose? Well, I do consider myself something of a storyteller, and I suppose I have time to spare.

"Allow me to sit you down and tell you the story of a group of adventurers, not unlike yoursevles, from long ago whose actions were instrumental in shaping the fate of this world and many more beyond. As with all legends, our tale opens humbly..."

                                                               -Yarjerit Nadaar, Historian

 

In the tranquil expanse of rolling hills and verdant greenery typical of the northwestern regions of Faerun, a lone cart rumbled along a dusty forest path, its wheels creaking gently accompanied by the gentle clip-clop of hooves. Within, three figures, each bearing the weight of their own dreams and destinies, sat in quiet contemplation with their eyes scanning their surroundings, their hearts pulsing with the anticipation of the unknown.

Several days ago, these young adventurers found themselves sitting in the Winking Skeever, a tavern in the northern city of Neverwinter, having been drawn to the "Jewel of the North" by the promise of opportinuty: to earn coin, to start a new life, to escape an old life, all the usual trappings of one of the great cities of the Sword Coast. These three adventurers, Laucian Amastacia, a cleric of Dionysius, Kiersey Mirrorwind, a roguish figure of little renown, and Fenris Windstrider, a druid of Silvanus, found themselves seated across the table from a dwarf by the name of Gundren Rockseeker.

Seeking an escort for his caravan loaded with supplies, Gundren negotiated a contract for the three adventurers to ride with his cart to the rough-and-tumble village of Phandalin, several days travel to the southeast of the city, escorting his wagon of provisions. 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 would pay the adventurers ten gold each for escorting his supplies safely to Barthen's Provisions, a trading post in Phandalin. After negotiating the contract, Gundren then set out ahead of the fledgling party by horse, along with a warrier escort named Sildar Hallwinter, claiming he needed to arrive early in order to "take care of business."

By this point, the adventurers had spent the last several days traveling south, following the High Road along the coast south of Neverwinter. On this day, the party began the eastward portion of their journey along the Triboar Trail, finally on the final stretch towards Phandalin. Fenris and Laucian, carefully driving the horses from the front of the wagon, scanned the road ahead, while Kiersey watched the road behind them from within the covered wagon, sitting amidst the foodstuffs and supplies destined for the small village. After traveling along the Trail for half a day, the caravan rounded a bend and spotted two dead horses about fifty feet ahead, blocking their path. Stopping the wagon to investigate, the party was beset by goblins in an ambush! Facing their first real challenge, the fledgling party banded together to drive off their attackers, saving both themselves and their charge.

Upon further investigation, the party found the horses to belong to both Gundren and his guard Sildar, their saddlebags having been looted. While they found no trace of the dwarf or his guard, they were able to spot an empty leather map case in the underbrush nearby. Suspecting that Gundren and Sildar were kidnapped, the adventurers decided to complete their journey to Phandalin before planning their next steps.

Arriving in Phandalin at sunset, they completed their delivery to Barthen's Provisions, sharing with the owner Elmar Barthen the tale of their journey. After expressing his sorrow at the disappearance of Gundren Rockseeker, the shopkeeper also shared his excitement for the rumored discovery of the lost mine of Phandelver's Pact in thew nearby foothills, as well as the knowledge that two of Gundren's brothers, Nundro and Tharden, were camped nearby outside of town. Thanking the shopkeep for his information and receiving payment for their troubles, the party retired for the evening to the nearby Stonehill Inn in the center of town.

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