Previously on the Lost mine of Phandelver …
Our adventure began in the city of Neverwinter, a large friendly city situated on the Sword Coast, an area in the northwestern continent of Faerun. Neverwinter, gained its name from the Neverwinter River, a river heated by fire elementals beneath nearby Mount Hotenow, making for a perpetually warm climate
We began as a party of two, Salazar “Grr” Agosto, a human fighter and Gilgamesh a High Elf Wizard who had previously been doing a variety of jobs around the city for a Dwarf named Gundren Rockseeker. Recently, they were tasked by Gundren with escorting a wagon load of provisions to the mining town of Phandalin, a few days travel southeast of Neverwinter. The party met with Gundren in a tavern called “The Masked Mage”, an elven tavern, held aloft above the skyline of Neverwinter by way of air elementals. Grr negotiated with Gundren and was able to secure 50gp ea for the job of transporting the supplies to Phandalin. Meanwhile, during negotiations the Wizard, Gilgamesh stocked up on a supply of Dwarven Ale, Rack of Ram and glowing blue mushrooms for the journey ahead. Before setting out, the party was joined by a Dwarf Cleric who was seeking transportation to Phandalin in order to assist Sister Garaele, a cleric of Tymora at the Shrine of Luck.
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,” He then set out ahead of the party on horseback, along with a warrior escort named Sildar Hallwinter, claiming that he needed to arrive early to “take care of business.”
The party traveled south down The High Road along the coast and set up camp for the night. The next day they set out east along the Triboar Trail where they came across the bloated corpses of two dead horses that had been placed across the road. As they investigated the horses they found that the saddlebags had been looted and they retrieved an empty leather map case, moments later they were ambushed by a couple of goblins and they managed to defeat but the other proceeded to flee from the carnage.The adventurers then removed the horse carcasses from the road and proceeded to Phandalin where they delivered the wagon load of supplies to Elmar Barthon, owner of Barthons Provisions. Mr Barthon was very concerned when he heard about the horses, Gundren and his escort were supposed to arrive in Phandalin ahead of the supplies but they never showed.