We are tasked to take a wagon to Phandalin. Along the way we come across a set of two dead horse slain on the road. It would seem that these are the horses of Tharden and Sildar, who left ahead of us.
Inspecting the horses three goblins jump out of the underbrush and attack us. The fight is quick and we find a trail leading off into the woods.
Along the trail we encounter a few crudely made traps. After about five miles we see a cave with a stream running out of it. Myastan surprises two goblins hiding in the underbrush. Zhethog and I make our way across the stream to help dispatch them.
A branch of the cave to the right has two wolves chained up in it. Myastan and Zhethog try to calm the wolves down by offering them food. I keep my distance as Myastan sets the two wolves free.. Deeper into the cave there is a goblin overlooking the pass we are on and I shout “Free our friends goblin you are out numbered.” The goblins runs off and we make chase.
Suddenly there is a rush of water behind me and Zhethog gets blasted with the water. He nearly got swiped out of the cave and our torch goes out. From somewhere in the darkness ahead of us we hear more goblins. Myastan lights another torch and we kill a few more goblins.
After a short rest we come into another open area of the cave and see a goblin and a bugbear. The bugbear, Klorg is going to make a throne out of our bones. Fortunately that does not happen and we find a chest in the area also.
The final area of the cave has us encountered with a few more goblins. One who’s name is Yeemik has a knife to Sildar throat and says he will kill him if we don’t surrender. I hate to bargin with evil creatures but if it means getting Sildar back safely it is worth it. Yeemik wants 50 gold for Sildar’s life. I counter with a offer of 26 gold and that we have slain their evil leader Klorg. Yeemik takes the gold and we get Sildar back alive. He tells us that Tharden was taken to Craigmaw Castle. Someone or something named the Black Spider has interest in him. With a finally warning not to trouble travelers on the road we leave the cave.
Once we get Sildar healed a bit he tells us that two of the Rockseeker brothers found a location of an old wave echo cave and that they wanted to open it back up. The map Tharden had has the location for the cave. Sildar was heading to Fandalan to meet Aarno Alberek, who is a wizard contact of his and he was trying to make contact with him for his guild.