While resting in the Nentir Inn following their employment with Serim, the party is approached by Regdar Quinn, a merchant whose guards have abandoned him in Fallcrest. He asks if the company would be interested in hiring on with him to escort himself and his caravan to Avalia, a remote mining town in the Earthspur Mountains. The area around Avalia was reportedly quiet of activity until recent months when orc raiders have begun harrassing the town and the main road. Quinn will pay the party 150gp to escort him to Avalia with an additional 150gp if they are attacked along the way. Given the recent events, the company considers Regdar’s offer for a time before agreeing, but not before word of the Yellowtooth goblins and Garuk One-Eye is brought to Lord Protector Markelhay.
Before leaving Fallcrest, Karnak and Rassimohn visit Moonstone keep for an audience with the Lord Warden. When they finally meet him, they give him the letter from Garuk One-Eye that was found with the Yellowtooth goblins. The Lord Warden is troubled by the discovery but decides the best course of action is to send scouts to the Giantspire Mountains to learn more. He also will send messeges to his liege lord, the Duke of Soravia and the dwarven Thane of Hammerfast asking for assistance should it be needed. He thanks Karnak and Rassimohn and requests that they check in with him again when they return from their trip to Avalia.
While Karnak and Rassimohn meet with the Lord Protector, the others take the money forwarded by Regdar and head out into town to gather supplies for the journey. Two riding horses and a draft horse and cart are purchased before stocking up on rations and other supplies. Sharat also takes some time to ask if any merchants around town might have business he could “assist” them with in Avalia, but he turns up no leads…owing mostly to his utter lack of business acumen and social grace.
The next day, the company meets up with Regdar Quinn and his rickety wagons and sets out along the Thane’s Road, heading west and bound for Avalia.