The party continued on to Phandalin and delivered the wagon of supplies to Barthen. There, they heard about the troubling group of mercenaries calling themselves the “Redbrands” and Barthen offered them some coin to find out what had happened to his friend, Gundren.
The party checked in to the Stonehill Inn and then went looking for trouble. They found it at the Sleeping Giant and provoked a fight with four ruffians. Haldur and Poetry were sliced into unconsciousness while the rest of the party succeeded in killing three of the thugs and sent the last one running off to the presumed Redbrand headquarters: Tresandor Mansion.
Returning to their rooms, they sought the help of a local cleric of Tymora, goddess of fortune. Sister Garaele channelled her goddess and healed the wounded adventurers in return for a donation. She also tasked the party with getting some information from a banshee named Agatha.
The troupe were visited by Harbin, the townmaster, that night. He was concerned they had stirred up trouble with the Redbrands and was happy to know they were leaving town the next day. He offered them some work when they returned, however.
Fully rested the next morning, they visited Daran Edermath who was hoping to find adventurers willing to stand against the Redbrands. He offered to put the party up in his apple shed, should they help out.
The gang decided to see if they could track down Gundren and set out for the site of yesterday’s goblin ambush. Vima scouted the trail ahead of the party and found and avoided several traps, finally coming upon a clearing with a cliff at the opposite end. The path lead along side a stream and into a cave opening at the base of the cliff. After much planning and debate the party attracted some guards by making animal noises. A wolf and a goblin approached and were cut down. The gang ran for the cave mouth and more goblins and wolves issued forth. The wolves attacked as a pack and took down Haldur with their vicious bites. They then tackled Bob who was also rendered unconscious but not before cutting down two of the mangy beasts. Poetry gave a good account of herself and finished off the last wolf while Vima tried many times to shoot a goblin. The last goblin retreated into the cave as Haldur bled out onto the field of battle.