Andy, Jim, and Erik were hanging out at the Guilded Lady tavern in the capital city of Deeping Dale, Highmoon.
The three met in battle defending the helpless traveler, Gevarian from being attacked by a gang of ruffians. Gevarian had been sitting alone at a table near Erik when the ruffian bandits entered the tavern searching for him. As the gang leader lifted him from the table by his collar, a medallion depicting the the symbol of Avandra.
Upon defeating the bandits, the small band of strangers were hired by Gevarian to escort him back to the town, Winter Haven which was a four day journey south following the East Way. The purpose of their journey was to aide Sister Linora the Priestess of Avandra, in ridding the region of a death cult which she had she had been having visions of.
The party was ambushed on the way to Winter Haven as they traveled along the East Way by a band of Kobolds. Garvin had warned them of recent and increasingly more frequent attacks along the road by these mischievous little reptilian creatures and now they were the quarry of their attack. It was during this second combat encounter that the adventurers began to learn to use each others strengths. The reptilian ambushers were quickly smashed to bits and left as empty scalely shells of bloody mess along the sides of the road. Andy, being the clepto-rouge the party has not yet come to fully understand, began looting the slimy remains of Kobold carnage for anything of value. Finding a small bag of copper coins, a beat-up dragon scale shield and a couple of child sized swords he threw them in his pack and the party once again headed down the road toward Winter Haven.
At the gates to the small walled village, the party continued past the welcoming guards and headed straight to the only local watering hole, Wraftons Inn to rest their feet and refuel on food and drink.