Mirtul the 15th, 1489 Dale Reckoning (i.e. May 15th)
Late afternoon the party arrives in Phandalvar with their rescuee Sildar Hallwinter. Sildart indicates he will make arrangements for their rooms while the party drops off the wagon and it’s contents, and he heads on to the Stonehill Inn.
At Barthen’s Provisions they meet their contact, drop off the goods, and discover that the town is experiencing it’s own issues. A group of things calling themselves the Redbrands have set up shop and are extorting money from the locals who haven’t the means to do anything about it. He’s a bit worried about starting any trouble, but would certainly appreciate them being run off. He also informs the party than Gundren’s brothers are due back in town and he thinks they’d be interested in the news regarding his capture.
After leaving the provisioner’s shop the party heads to the inn, which is easy to find. They find that Sildar has arranged for their rooms, but has himself retired for the evening so isn’t available to speak with. Toblen Stonehill, the proprietor, a young jovial fellow who hails from Triboar. He provides the party with rooms, baths, food and wine… and in the aftermath of that dangerous undertaking the party discusses thier future. Ultiumatly they decide to stick around and wait for the brothers Rockseeker to arrive, and while here to look in to disrupting these Redbrand miscreants.
Mirtul the 16th, 1489 Dale Reckoning
Gathering in the dinning area the party eats breakfast and meets with Sildar. It’s at this point that he mentions his connections to the Lords’ Alliance. He is here to meet a wizard by the name of Iarno who is a fellow member of the alliance and had traveled here last fall to begin laying some of the ground work. They were interested in ensuring the Phandalin continues to grow, and Sildar feels that the Rockseeker’s mine will play a big roll in that.
He is disturbed by the news of the Redbrands, and encourages the party’s interest in rooting them out. He says he will handle any trouble with the townmaster, who the party fears may attempt to hinder them cleaning up the town. He also offers to cover the party’s rooms for the length of their investigation, as payment.
After a little asking around the party heads to the Alderleaf farm, home to one of the longest time residents in the town. Goodwife Alderleaf, a halfling of good manners and advanced age, treats the party to tea cookies and information regarding Iarno’s interest in the town’s history and the Rockseeker’s movements.
Leaving the farm house on thier way to check out the Sleeping Giant tavern, home base to the Redbrands from what they’ve heard, Drulani’s sharp elven senses detect a dangerous foe lurking along the side of the road… a poorly concealed halfling child lies in wait.
What could it want? What will it do? These questions next time…
- The Redbrands showed up about 2 months ago and took up residence in the Sleeping Giant tavern. There’s at least a dozen of them, and then never travel alone.
- Iarno went missing around the time the Redbrands showed up in town and started making trouble. He seemed to show interest less in the history of the town than in the comings and goings of the Rockseekers, and what interest he did show seemed to be directed at something in particular he wouldn’t reveal.
- The townmaster, Harbin Webster, has turned a blind eye on the Redbrand’s doings and has caused some resentment in the town.
- The Rockseeker brothers haven’t been to town to resupply for at least a tenday, and are due.
- Phandalin used to be a larger prospering city, back when the dwarves controlled the mines in the Sword mountains. Those mines once housed a magical forge that had been created with assistance of human mages, however it was all lost when another group of mages led a large band of orcs to attack the dwarves and instead of allowing it to fall into orcish hands the mines were collapsed.