After fighting the goblins, the party continues on their way to Phandalin. Traveling along the Triboar Trail, they finally find the village near the foothills of the Sword Mountains.
Stopping at Barthen’s Provisions, they speak to Elmar Barthen and collect their pay for delivering the cart of goods. Barthen then informs them that Gundren Rockseeker is missing and his brothers, Nundro and Tharden, are looking for him.
Worried, the group decides to split up. Skitheryx, Thorin, and Durik begin searching for information on Gundren and his brothers. Meanwhile, Dain and Alton head out to buy better armor. Little did they know that this would be the last time the companions would all see each-other alive!!!
After speaking to Sister Garaele, a priestess of Tymora, about Harper related things, Dain and Alton bartered with Linene Graywind at the the Lionshield Coaster over better armor. They settled on decent prices and traded in their old armor as part of the deal.
As they left the Coaster, a quartet of armed thugs wearing red capes approached them and demanded their money in return for safety in Phandalin. Dain and Alton would both rather be dammed to Caina than let street thungs extort money from them, and so they met the red-shirts in open combat in the street!
The battle was quick and bloody, with axe-swings and shortsword-thrusts moving at amazing speed! The Redbrands surrounded Alton and Dain, burying their blades in the two travelers. Again and again the bandits drove at the two friends, exchanging fast, bloody strikes. While they took two of their assailants down in the ensuing fight, both Alton and Dain died in the streets of Phandalin. The Redbrands gathered them up and dragged their bodies back to their hideout.
The other three members of the party spoke with Quillen Alderleaf and her son Carp, and learned that a gang of ruffians calling themselves the Redbrands had killed Thel Dendar, the local wood carver, after he stood up to the Redbrands when they came by his shop and leered at his wife. Afterward, the Redbrands came back to kidnap his wife, Mirna, and their two children.
When asked if everyone had been bothered by the ruffians, Qelline mentioned that Halia Thornton at the Miner’s Exchange had not been bothered after an initial encounter with them. Little Carp also wanted to share that he knew the Redbrands were using Tesendar Manor as their base, and that it had a secret entrance that he had seen them use.
Armed with much new information, the three adventurers then went to visit Halia Thornton and find out how she had dealt with the Redbrands. However, Halia was less than forthcoming with information. All she would say concerning the Redbrands was that she wanted the letters and correspondence of Glasstaff, their leader, and would pay well for it.
While speaking with Halia, the group was interrupted by Carp running up to tell them that a dwarf and a halfling had been attacked by the Redbrands and dragged away. Now the party had personal business with the Redbrands and their leader!