8th-11th day of Highsun, 1481 DR
The adventures of the Delicious Dungeoneers began quite mundanely. Danial the half-orc bard, Ren the gnome druid, Claudius the dwarf paladin, and Pimpernel the halfling rogue all met at the shipyards of Neverwinter after answering a help wanted posting. There, they met their employer, Gundren Rockseeker, an entrepreneurial dwarf needing assistance getting some mining supplies to the town of Phandalin. After meeting his new employees, he seemed a bit underwhelmed, but still entrusted the group to complete the task. He promised each of them 50gp once the job was completed and left ahead of them to attend to other business in the area.
With Pimpernel driving the cart and Ren navigating, the group made their way south and then east on the Triboar Trail on their way to Phandalin. They suddenly came upon two dead horses in their path. Upon investigation, they were ambushed by goblins whom they dispatched quickly, despite Pimpernel suffering a grievous wound.
Further investigation of the scene revealed a dirt path leading into the woods with obvious goblin tracks and signs that whoever were riding the horses were dragged away. Pimpernel discovered an empty map case that looked like the one Gundren was carrying when he met them, and the group surmised that Gundren was probably abducted along with whomever was riding with him. After some deliberation, Ren and Claudius opted to stay with the supply cart while Danial and Pimpernel followed the path into the woods.