After securing Wave Echo Cave, the party headed back toward Phandalin. Their hearts were somewhat burdened by the fact that Glasstaff and Nezznar – The Black Spider had escaped with the prisoners Nundro Rockseeker and Qelline Alderleaf.
While camping in the foothills of the Sword Mountains they saw an orange glow over the horizon toward Phandalin which lay some 12 hours away.
The next day when they arrived in Phandalin they found that the town had been partially destroyed and many of the townsfolk had been slaughtered. Sildar Hallwinter explained that while they were gone a raiding party had attacked the town, made off with most of the valuables, and taken some of the townsfolk as prisoners. The raiders appeared to be members of The Cult of the Dragon. The leader of the band was a half black dragon female named Rezmir. Nezznar and Glasstaff were also among the raiders. Most disturbingly, however, the attackers were aided by the young green dragon, Venomfang, from Thundertree.
The main force had headed west along the Triboar Trail towards the High Road. However, a smaller band including Glasstaff and the dragon had headed north with the prisoners toward Thundertree. Among the prisoners were Qelline, Nundro, and Pip Alderleaf. The Pip that the group thought they had previously rescued turned out to be a doppelganger that had died during the attack.
Sildar asked the party to head north to rescue the prisoners. In the meantime he would contact The Lords’ Alliance and see if there was any more news.
The party headed north with great haste and finally came upon the caravan as it made camp for the night. Thankfully the dragon was not with them but Glasstaff was, along with a male half blue dragon. The party wiped out the cultists, rescued the prisoners, and decided to escort them back to Phandalin.