After venturing out of the city, the party had a fine journey southward in calm weather on a well traveled road.
That all changed after the second day when they turned onto the Triboar Trail. Only a half day journey out of Phandalin Artess noticed a pair of horses laying across their path, slain by crude arrows.
While everyone drew nearer Gumarich was the first to notice what had befallen the horses – Goblins!
He swiftly alerted the party, but paid for his valor. A small band of the little green looters descended upon him, knocking him out in a matter of seconds.
Reacting quickly, Amara and Terades unleashed their arcane and martial prowess to keep the goblins off of their fallen comrade while Artess bobbed and weaved with a goblin, trying to throw him off balance.
Dispatching the foes as quickly as possible, it was only by the healing power of Lyria that Gumarich rejoined the battle at all – and his mighty axe defeated the final goblin.
Deciding to go after them (as goblins are known to dispose of prisoners in unseemly ways) the party sidestepped the crude traps put in by the Cragmaw Tribe to catch the unwary.
Arriving at a cave, it was only a matter of seconds for the two guards to be disposed of. Staring into the cavern, the party is keeping hope alive that they may be able to still save their friend.