What you learned at the Cave
The leader of the goblins in the cave was named Gog. He answered to Queen Dozz, chief of the Sharp Stick tribe, who dwells in Fanghorn Castle – it was suggested by Freekt that ‘Queen’ was a title she took for herself and has no official meaning. Gog received a strange messenger from Queen Dozz a few days ago. The messenger told him that someone named the Black Spider was paying the Sharp Sticks to watch out for the merchant Pilius Denoria, capture him, and send him and anything he was carrying back to Queen Dozz. Gog followed his orders. Pilius was ambushed and taken along with his personal effects, including a map. It is unknown if the Imperial and his map were delivered to Queen Dozz.
What Iverolf tells you on the way back to Westmarch
Over nine hundred years ago, a pact was made between a group of Akaviri and Colovian mages, which became known as the Nightforge Pact. Together they mined the magically rich ores within Barinoth Cave. Together they combined their collective skills to create a forge to craft magical items and called it the Forge of Spells. Everything came to an abrupt end when an army of orcs, led by Baz Swordbreaker, laid waste to the region. He besieged Westmarch and the Barinoth Cave mine. The battle destroyed Westmarch and much of the mine as well, causing various cave-ins throughout. Very few survived the conflict to relate the tale but the last Akaviri in the Gold Coast were dead. The Forge of Spells became legend and the entrance to Barinoth Cave was lost. Recently, the three Denoria brothers (Pilius, Gregentius, and Frinian) located an entrance to the long-lost Barinoth Cave. Because of the political turmoil across the barony, they planned on coordinating with Baroness Blackthorn in secret to open the cave but it seems that someone has learned of their plans and intends to stop it.
Pilius had the map the brothers drew showing the secret location of Barinoth Cave, but the goblins took it when they captured him. Iverolf believes that Gog sent the map and the merchant to a chief of the Sharp Sticks at a place called Fanghorn Castle. Iverolf doesn’t know where that might be, but he suggests someone in Westmarch might know. The brothers and the Baroness had been working on setting up the expedition for quite a while. Two months ago, another member of the Baroness’ retinue, a Dunmer wizard named Bralvis Nilas, was sent to Westmarch with the other Denoria brothers to establish order and prepare for the arrival of the party. However, the Baroness stopped receiving updates from Bralvis and the Denoria brothers about a week ago. Iverolf is determined to investigate what happened to the them.
Belster Renand, the merchant to whom you delivered the supplies, was working with Denoria brothers and considers them friends. He’s happy to assist the party any way he can, which is why Iverolf will be recovering from his wounds at the tradepost. Ranend also mentions that Gregentius and Frinian Denoria are camped somewhere outside town. Ranend hasn’t seen them in a week and expects the brothers to return “any day now” to resupply. The shopkeeper also tells you that the Scarlet Knives are making it hard on everyone, shaking down local businesses and flouting the townmaster’s authority. He mentions that the Scarlet Knives frequent the Sleeping Giant tap house. In addition to what little information Renand can give, Renand offers Iverolf a loan to help free Westmarch of the Scarlet Knives. Each players receives 50 septims (gp).
Your Orders from Iverolf
1. Find the whereabouts of Fanghorn Castle
2. Discover the fate of Bralvis Nilas and the other Denoria brothers (Gregentius and Frinian)
3. Investigate and undermine the Scarlet Knives until the party is ready to confront them in the open