While sharing a drink after their most recent adventure, monk Manu, paladin Elessi, sorcerer Ashen, and fighter Delthal overheard a dwarf arguing with his two companions over the need of an escort for a wagon to the town of Phandalin.
Elessi went to introduce herself and offer the groups services as an escort. The dwarf, Gundren Rockseeker, was quick to agree, though his companions, Sildar Hallwinter and Felix Eran were more skeptical of the venture. Nevertheless, Gundren decided that he and Sildar would set out for Phandalin that day, while Felix would meet Elessi and the party with the wagon in the morning.
When meeting Felix outside the tavern, the party encountered rogue Nox, who quietly and quickly added himself to the escapade.
On the way to Phandalin, Felix and the party noticed what was clearly a goblin ambush on the road. Once the goblins were dispatched, they determined the belongings left over clearly belonged to Gundren and Sildar. The party tracked the goblins to a nearby cave, and soon found Sildar, beaten up and held captive by the goblins. Once the goblins were defeated, the party decided to camp in the cave, as Sildar explained that Gundren had been taken somewhere else — along with a map to the fabled Wave Echo Cave, which Gundren had rediscovered. Sildar, as a member of the Lord's Alliance, expressed a need to find Gundren and the map, as well as remove the threat of the remaining goblins and their bugbear leader.
The party members achieved level 2.