The party got a job to deliver a wagon load of mining gear and supplies to Phandalin. Their employer, Gundren Rockseeker a dwarf, is going ahead to “take care of some business”. He took with a Sildar Hallwinter as an escort.
After two days on the road and closing to their location then came a across two dead horses on the road. Upon closer inspection the party discovered that the horses belong to Gundren and Sildar.
That is when the ambush took place. Four goblins were hide in the nearby forest and attacked. But the party was too good and kill three of the goblins quickly. The fourth one escaped back into the forest.
The party thought that Gundren and Sildar are likely to be captured or worse. Since the payee for their mission was a shop named Barthen’s Provisions, the party quickly cleared the area and went quickly to Phandalin.
Once in Phandalin the party went to Barthen’s Provisions and were paid their dues. They mention Gundren, but Elmar Barthen the owner of the shop, said that Gundren is always secretive giiven they have “discovered something in their mine”.
The party then move to Phandalin’s Miner’s exchange. Halia Thornton is the guild master at the exchange. The town is not a hugely prosperous town, but there is enough to make a small profit. The news about Gundren was a bit of concern since they mention the goblins. However Halia mention some ruffians in town who call themselves Redbrands and the party could make themselves one hundred gold pieces if they kill their leader Glasstaff. After a bit negotiation, it became a hundred and twenty.
Halia said that the Redbrands are likely to to have a hideout in the old ruined manor house to the east. However they should be able to find some at the Sleeping Giant tavern, there were usually four.
As the party left the exchange they were confronted by four Redbrands. The party decide to knock them out instead of killing so they can extract information from them. During the violence that followed they kill one of them and captured three.
Dragging them to a nearby building they waited for the three knocked out ruffians to wake up from their knocked to the head and started cut pieces of the dead ruffians in front them to intimidate them into giving them information about their little group. Not much was learnt as they are clueless minions. They are only paid in the more to only show up in town to remind them who is “in charge”.
The party set off to the ruined manor house to discover only a door leading to a cellar. What was strange was there was no one at the door nor was the door locked. They moved into a unlit cellar. There was other doors and a nice cistern in the room. Upon finding something shiny in the cistern the group start to examine the shiny thing to be a waterproof bag and found some treasure.
During the party’s counting the shiny treasure they were unaware that three ruffians were moving into position to attack the party. However the party was victorious in defeating them but incur some minor damage.