We all left Inn early in the morning, as we were about to leave four men in red cloaks confronted us, demanding we pay them for safe passage. As none of us would stand for such a thing we prepared to fight, except that Alton was a little hesitant. Alton tried to convince us to just pay them but Garius attacked, he wasn’t standing for this and neither was the rest of the group. As three of them dropped, the last one ran off, but not before he shouted at Alton to watch his family. We gathered up the cloaks and the bodies and took them to the counsel.
Alton fessed up to being part of the Redbrand’s at one point in his life before they took over the town, they turned on him and he left the order. Now he was afraid for his family so we went back to his aunt’s house and told her about the situation and found her a safe haven to stay in until this is all taken care of, we convinced her to allow the nephew to show us the hidden entrance to the hideout. At least Alton’s family will be safe for the short term.
We setup some traps and made a random path for ourselves in case of escape. We follow down the opening in the hillside the path lead to an open cavern with a huge crevasse down the middle of it with two small bridges, we investigated and they appeared to be very flimsy so we didn’t dare try those, but there are some steps behind us so we decided to take them.
At the top there were to doors, we took the one to the right, busted the door in and startled four Redbrand’s gamboling. We took them out but Sai took a bad hit and was knocked unconscious. He was eventually stabilized after the battle and we all took a quick breather. There was another door on the other side of the room but before we looked into that we wanted to see what was behind the other door at the opposite the one we came in. Again we busted in and found three bugbears and a passed out goblin.
The bugbears yelled at us asked what are we doing in here, since we had the cloaks on they must have assumed we were Redbrand’s. Gariusplayed it off and said they were looking for Glass Staff, the bugbears grunted that he’s probably in his lab, just past the room behind us. Luckily they didn’t hear the battle a few minutes ago, probably too busy teasing and humiliating the goblin.
Went to the lab, Dalamar found equipment for making potions of invisibility, but no working potions, he thought it was a poor attempt at potion making. Further searching we found Glass Staff’s sleeping quarters but not the wizard, he must have left through the secret door behind his desk. We found a letter from Black Spider addressed to Iarno on the desk, it says that there might be some adventures traveling to Phandalin and that the Redbrand’s need to take care of them and bring the dwarf alive to him. We eventually made it back out to the cavern but on the other side of the crevasse. We decided to investigate the far side when out of the shadows a strange dark monster attacked us. With a little difficulty we took the creature down and he fell down the crevasse to his death.
We found what appears to be a broken down mess hall, and a door behind what would be a prep table, upon entering it appeared to be a storage closet and we were ambushed by three more Redbrand’s. We took out two of them and made the other surrender for questioning. We asked him how many of their kind was in this place, they told us of all the ones we encountered so far, and we took them out and there are a handful more not too far from hear but that would be it. We tied him up, muzzled him and took a short rest, each taking a watch.