Something Big

Episode 4: Two Missions or One?

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20 Tarsakh, 1489DR

Moran is a mercenary who had been loitering around Phandalin for a few days looking for work. On 1489DR, Tarsakh 21 Halia Thornton sent him to find and retrieve a party of travellers who had just arrived, murdered a group of Redbrands outside The Sleeping Giant, and were then seen poking around the ruins of the old Tresendar Manor that morning.

Meanwhile, in the cellar of Tresendar Manor, the party had been discussing what to do with the slaves they discovered there. Content Not Found: solbreicht ripped off his Redbrand shirt, and charged off to seek justice. He was immediately attacked by awakened skeletons in the crypt room next to the slave cells. Hearing the ruckus, Bulli Bogglewig, Tarrae Rasphyre, Sternaaier joined the fight. Having just entered the cellar in search of the party, Moran heard the sounds of fighting and approached. Trying to aid in the fight, he threw his handaxes at the wall.

After defeating the skeletons, they also found a small room full of stockpiled weapons. In this room were some orcish words chiseled into the wall.

After Moran explained why he was sent, the party decided to return to town, and meet Halia Thornton. She employed them to find and kill the leader of the Redbrands, a man known only as Glasstaff.

That afternootn, the party visited the Townmaster’s Hall, to talk to Sildar Hallwinter. There they also met Harbin Wester, who kept insisting that the Redbrands were not a problem, and that he was in charge, not Sildar. After a few stern words, and a warning regarding the party’s unlawful actions the previouse night outside The Sleeping Giant, Sildar took them outside away from Harbin, and asked them to find his predecessor Iarno Albrek who had disappeard a few months prior. He believed that Iarno might have been taken hostage by the Redbrands, since he was last seen investigating the ruins of the old Tresendar Manor. Sildar also asked that the party put an end to the Redbrands, but to do so less publicly than they had the night before.

The party had heard rumors of a tunnel in the woods outside town, and believed this might lead them to the Redbrands leader. They found the halfling boy who knew were it was, Carp Alderleaf, at the Alderleaf farm. They met his mother Qelline Alderleaf, and had a quick snack at their farm, getting her permission for her son to lead them to the tunnel.

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Episode 3: Arrival at Phandalin

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19 Tarsakh, 1489DR

After a long day of travel, the party finally arrived in Phandalin late in the afternoon. Sildar Hallwinter left to find lodgings for himself, and asked them to meet him the following morning to discuss a reward and how they might proceed in searching for their employer Gundren Rockseeker.

The party found Barthen’s Provisions where they were tasked with delivering the wagon of mining supplies, and talked to the proprieter Elmar Barthen. He had been expecting the delivery, but was confused that Gundren hadn’t arrived ahead of them. The party informed him of the ambush and capture of Gundren, which saddened him greatly, since he considered the dwarf a friend. Elmar offered to pay the amount owed for the delivery of the wagon from Gundren’s account, with the stipulation that the party continue their search for him. He also told them that Gundren’s brothers Nundro Rockseeker and Tharden Rockseeker were camped somewhere outside of town, and should be returning any day for supplies. Elmar also complained about the Redbrands gang that had taken over the town, extorting the local businesses and oppressing the population.

The party then found their way to the Lionshield Coster where they met a sharp-tongued impatient woman named Linene Graywind, who represented a merchant company that shipps goods to Phandalin and other small towns throughout the region. Recently a caravan that was expected to arrived never showed up, and when the party showed her the crate with the blue lion stamp, which they had retrieved from the Cragmaw Hideout, she offered to pay a small reward if a map provided by the party led her men to the stolen goods.

Visiting the Stonehill Inn the party was told by a nervous Toblen Stonehill that there were no rooms available, but they might perhaps find a place to sleep at one of the local farms. However, it was clear to Bulli and Tarrae that this was a lie, but they were not sure why. They were able to get a meal, and interact with a few locals, until suddently Toblen’s wife Trilena Stonehill began loudly scolding her husband behind the bar. All eye’s were on her as she screamed at her husband and called him a coward, stormed over to the party, and informed them that the town needed their help putting a stop to the Redbrands. She told the party about the recent murder in the streets of the woodcutter Thel Dendrar, and the disappearance of his wife and children that same night.

This sent the young, naive, and virtuous Solbreicht into a rage, and the party headed off toward the known hangout of the Redbrands, The Sleeping Giant where they were immediately insulted by ruffians sitting on the porch. Incensed, Solbreicht charged into combat, forcing his compatriots to come to his aid, resulting in the murder of four Redbrands. After interrogating the proprieter of The Sleeping Giant, a female dwarf named Grista, the party learned that the Redbrands had made a hideout out of the ruins of the old Tresendar Manor.

Deciding to get a good night’s rest, the party headed to the apple orchard of Daran Edermath, as recommended by Toblen Stonehill, on the northwest edge of town, where they were offered a place in his barn for the night. After speaking with him at length, the part learned many things — most importantly, that undead seem to be chasing prospectors away from the Old Owl Well. He asked the party to investigate the old ruins.

The following morning, after scouting out the old manor house, and finding nothing but ruins, Tarrae found tracks leading to the old kitchen cellar. Finding the door unlocked, they entered. Murdering a few Redbrands in their sleep, they found an old crypt, and eventually came across a room with cells, holding the family of the slain woodcutter Thel Dendrar. The party killed the two guards, and freed the family.

Inter-session IC: Redbrand Hideout — Slave Pens

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Episode 2: A Meeting and an Invasion

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18 Tarsakh, 1489DR

The morning of 1489DR, Tarsakh 19 was cool and sunny, but the winds were strong. After some breakfast, Bulli and Sternaaier were surprised to see a human warrior Solbreicht approaching them along the road.

After exchanging friendly greetings, Solbreicht informed them that he had also found Gundren Rockseeker‘s notice in Neverwinter, but arrived at the Bears Paw Inn a day late. He was informed by the innkeeper Rimig that there had been a “big meeting” the night before between Gundren and Rimig’s “close friends.” Rimig wasn’t sure what was discussed, but he was sure the two mercenaries hired by Gundren were clearly bound for greatness and glory. He was confident they must be great adventurers, and that Solbreicht could only benefit from getting involved. So the young fighter decided to head off down the High Road, and catch up to them and join them on their adventures.

Agreeing to work together and search for Gundren and his companion, the trio headed back into the woods, following goblin trail. After some walking, they stopped when they saw two goblins arguing up ahead on the trail, as they attempted to re-set the pit trap Bulli and Sternaaier had uncovered the prior day. They rushed the goblins and quickly ended their lives.

Continuing on to the Cragmaw Hideout, the party left a trail of goblin bodies in their wake, while exploring the tunnels and caverns in search of their kidnapped employer. They killed the bugbear chieftan Klarg, and found a large number of crates stamped with a blue lion symbol in his den. They also found Sildar Hallwinter being tortured and beaten by a goblin named Yeemik, who attempted to strike a deal with them, but they followed the advice of Sildar and killed the goblin lieutenant.

They escorted the wounded Sildar back to their wagon, camped for the evening, and resumed their journey on the morning of 1489DR, Tarsakh 20. Sildar talked to them at length about the history of Phandalin, Wave Echo Cave, and what he knew of Gundren’s plans. Sildar had heard that the goblins had specific orders from someone named the The Black Spider, and believed that Gundren and the map to the lost mines were sent to someplace called Cragmaw Castle.

Sildar also informed them of his own mission in Phandalin. Another member of The Lords’ Alliance, a wizard named Iarno Aibrek, had been sent to the frontier town a few months ago to help establish order, but the faction had lost all contact with him.

While on the road, the group ran into a traveller named Tarrae Rasphyre, who also had business in Phandalin, and agreed to accompany them for the remainder of their journey.

Inter-session IC: On The Road to Phandalin

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Episode 1: Goblin Ambush

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16 Tarsakh, 1489DR

The first day on the road was was both sunny and uneventful for Bulli Bogglewig and Sternaaier, except for two wolves who were easily fended off in the afternoon, yielding some meat for an evening meal.

The following day, after turning east off High Road onto the Triboar Trail, they stopped their cart when they saw two horses peppered with goblin arrows, lying dead in the middle of the road. Almost immediately they found themselves under attack by goblins hiding in the trees, on the hills overlooking both sides of the road. Sternaair used his magic to create the sounds of a dragon hiding in the bushes, which frightened and confused the goblins, allowing them to easily get the upper hand and kill their attackers.

After inspecting the horses, it became clear that these were the horses of their employer Gundren Rockseeker and his travelling companion Sildar Hallwinter. Further inspection turned up an empty map case, as well as a heavily used trail leading north into the woods. The trail showed signs of human sized bodies being dragged through the dirt and underbrush.

Bulli and Sternaaier decided to secure the cart and oxen along the side of the road and follow the trail, hoping to find and rescue their employer. However, they found that the trail was booby-trapped. Bulli found himself hanging upside down from a tree in a common snare trap, but was cut down mostly unharmed. Further along the trail they found a covered pit on the trail, but managed to avoid harming themselves.

They eventually arrived at the mouth of a hillside cave, where they found themselves immediately under attack by goblin archers hiding in some bushes. Unprepared for a fight, they fled back to their cart, set up camp, and rested for the night.

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The Beginning

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15 Tarsakh, 1489DR

Thousands of restless would-be heroes from back-country farmsteads and sleepy villages arrive in the city of Neverwinter every year in search of wealth and adventure. It is situated in a region where daring souls delve into the wreckage of ancient strongholds, and explore the ruins of long lost cultures.

After a few days wandering the city in search of adventure, two strangers, Bulli and Sternaaier, each found a notice posted near the city gates on 1489DR, Tarsakh 16, leading them to the Bears Paw Inn, to meet each other, and a dwarf named “Gundren Rockseeker.”

Clearly excited, Gundren told them that he and his brothers had found “something big,” but refused to share any details. He informed them that he was looking for a team to deliver a wagon of mining supplies to the nearby settlement of Phandalin at the base of the Sword Mountains — a few days travel south along the High Road. A contract was signed, stipulating 10gp would be paid to each, when the wagon and it’s supplies were delivered intact.

After Gundren left the Inn, both Bulli and Sternaaier stayed behind, and spent the evening getting to know each other better. Both being penniless, they offered to provide the inn with some light entertainment in exchange for a meal, but the innkeeper Rimig was only willing to provide a cup of ale. Undaunted, the two travellers launched into a performance singing the praises of their host, leading to his change of heart and offers of a full meal.

The following morning (Tarsakh 17) Bulli and Sternaaier began their journey down the High Road with a cart pulled by the Oxen Trundle and Bear. Gundren and his bodyguard Sildar Hallwinter traveled ahead on horseback, to take care of some “pressing business.” Riding atop the oxen themselves, our brave adventurers headed off down the road toward Phandalin, in search of gold and adventure.

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