The group was commissioned by a dwarvish miner, Gundren Rockseeker in Neverwinter to escort some mining equipment to a frontier town by the name of Phandelen. After several uneventful days on the road, they came across several dead horses in the middle of the road.
They approached cautiously and found it was a trap layed by several nearby goblins. They truned the tables and ambushed the goblins, killing the foul beasts.
Afterwards, some investigation revealed a path into the woods covered in goblin footprints. They decided to tie their horses and cart up and investigate the path.
Soon they arrived at a cave that was guarded by several goblins. Bob was able to charm one of the goblins and convince him that they were friends. The team questioned the goblin and learned of a human prisoner being held in the cave, and a large bugbear named Klarg leading the goblin troupe.
They decided to rescue the prisoner. Keijo was sent in first to explore, and after passing some guard dogs tied up at the entrance found a passageway to what he believed was the cavern where the goblin described the prisoner being held. Being unable to see in the pitch black, he called out to the others who joined him.
They made their way up a steep and tight passageway, eventually finding several sleeping goblins and a larger goblin cooking something foul over a fire. In the corner they spotted the prisoner.
Larry used arcane power to communicate with the prisoner and let him know they were there to free him. Keijo silently killed several goblins until he was seen and the rest of the group attacked at once.
After rescuing Sildar, the group worked their way back to the main road and their wagons. Upon arriving back, they found a half orc gravely wounded resting against the wheel. Sildar immediately recognised him as Orgrad and explained to the raiders that he was one of the mercenaries hired by Gundren to travel with him and Sildar to Phandalen.
Sildar explained that while he and Gundren were abducted, they weren't sure what had happened to Orgrad and had assumed he died. Barry stabilised the half orc and, confirming that he was able to walk, they began to head towards Phandalen.
They arrived in the town without further incident and headed towards the local inn where Sildar promised to get them rooms. Exhausted at this point, they slept.
Arising in the morning they found Sildar had already left on business. The raiders went out to replenish some supplies and see if they could find news of Gundren.
They learned that no one had seen Gundren or his brothers for several weeks. The town locals were mostly preoccupied with the local ruffians who'd dubbed themselves the Redbrands. They were terrorising the shops and homes and generally causing problems.
They met Sildar back in the inn where he paid them for their services, and told them that he would be preoccupied with looking for a wizard friend of his who had disappeared, last having been seen heading towards the manor which the Redbrands used as their headquarters.
The raiders agreed to look for him, and were also interesting in seeing these ruffians for themselves. They worked their way towards the local pub known to be frequented by members of the gang. On arrival they were attacked, and defeated seven of the members. Bob was able to put two of them to sleep, and the group dragged them into the pub to question.
After some enhanced interrogation, they found of that the Redbrands had a secret hideout underneath the manor, and also that they were somehow connected to the abduction of Gundren.
Bugbear and leader of a local goblin gang.
Dwarvish miner and patron of the group.
Retired soldier and associate of Gundren.