The adventurers slip out of Thundertree with Reidoth the druid. Not far outside of town they encounter a caravan heading towards Thundertree. The carvan consists of heavily weighed down cart and a carriage, both manned by Dragon Cultists who are now in the company of some pretty burly mercenaries. The adventures try to get some information out of the group about what they are transporting and why, but decide not to push too hard when the mercenaries dismount and start to point weapons. As the carriage rolls past, they spot a masked Cultist peering out from behind the window curtain at them.
Arriving back in Neverwinter, Reidoth leaves the Adventures at The Hidden Frog Tavern & Inn while he reports back to his contacts within the Emerald Enclave. He plans to rejoin the Adventurers at the Hidden Frog the next morning.
Grabbing a drink at the Inn’s tavern, the Adventurers overhear conversation between Lenny and Sam, two patrons discussing some shady dealings.
S: But Lenny, this just doesn’t seem right. Something feels off about all of this. We’ve been with the others guys all the way up from daggerford. And now, this wizard comes into the mix and we’re all splitting up. None of this made sense to start with. These dragon guys aren’t even our people.
L: (interrupting): hey look, I know man. But this wyrm talker thing is a big deal for the network. We gotta keep close to something like this. You know our saying, “we’re friends, until we ain’t”
S: But the wizard wasn’t part of this. That’s a lot of heat. And this chic, man, I’ve heard about her too
L: Don’t be such a damn coward. We can handle ourselves. And plus, she’s expecting four guys she’s never met. She won’t expect a thing, and we’ve already got those two fooled too. We’ll have the jump on them. It’ll be over before they even realize. Then we just gotta get back down to Leilon and lay low for a day or two. Anybody looking for these guys thinks they’re heading east to Triboar, nobody’s going to think to look south when something happens to them. That’s all the time we need. It won’t be long before the next caravan with some of our guys in it comes thru Leilon. You know that
S: And that’s the other thing, heading back south after coming all this way North
L: Ah, that ain’t nothing. That’s not why you don’t want to go back there
S (interrupting): You know how I felt about that place. With the Marsh right there. Kids disappearing and those fucking creepy drums all night. Fuck Leilon.
At that, Lenny notices Stinkweed eavesdropping and things get tense for a bit. But Lenny and Sam eventually return to their table where there are two other men with them.
After giving everyone time to put down a few more drinks, the Adventurers approach the group to make peace. Lenny introduces the two men they haven’t yet encountered as Joquil and Vamor. And then introduces himself and his partner as Dellam and Maram. A detail that stinkweed picks up on. The group is drunk, and Joquil and Vamor are talkative, more than Lenny likes. He keeps cutting off their answers to to questions the Adventurers ask of the group. But not before they say that they are in Neverwinter to meet up with Dellam and Maram for the first time. And that the group is then heading south to meet up with famous adventure Veradda Stoor where the Triboar Trail meets the High Road. The four have been hired to assist her on a mission but have not met her previously either.
Reidoth returns to meet the Adventures the next morning. He reports that the day before, a group of armed men dressed in dark cloths overran the Lord’s Alliance’s Neverwinter outpost where Glasstaff was being held, and freed him. Checking with the Inn Keeper, the group of men from the night before, including Lenny, have already left the Inn.
The Adventurers head to the outpost for more details on the escape operation. One of the attackers was killed and the Lord’s Alliance still has the body. While inspecting the body, a flying snake slithers out from under the shirt sleeve and flies off.
The Adventurers ride south on The High Road towards Leilon hoping to catch up with Lenny. Where The High Road meets the Triboard Trail they spot a makeshift campsite where a wagon sits abandoned. Coming closer they discover the recently murdered bodies of Joquil, Vamor and woman who they assume is Veradda Stoor. Next to Veradda’s body lies her personal journal with the last 5 pages ripped out. The journal seems to chronicle information about her exploration and adventures. Tucked away in her bag they find a number of scrolls that seem to be some of the same material as in the journal. However, there are five scroll pages dated after the date of last remaining page in her journal.
Quickly scouting the area, Herbit locates the fresh tracks of two horses continuing south in the direction of Leilon that appear to be only 3 to 4 hours old. The Adventurers mount up and ride south hoping to catch up with Lenny in Leilon.