The party was drawn together when they were all within reasonable proximity of a small rural farmhouse that had come under attack by marauding monsters. After defeating several goblins, orcs, and an ogre, they introduced themselves and accepted the hospitality of the farmer (plus anything the creatures were carrying) for reward.
The next morning it was decided that they should travel to the local Lord to report the marauders, so off they went. On the way they had to “remove” several bugbears who had taken over a bridge and were charging a steep toll for the use of the bridge. This was another incident deemed worthy of reporting to the Lord.
After arriving in the free city of Khanssa, they found lodging in the “13 Drakes Inn” and tried to go see the Lord, but were not admitted to see him. As they moved around town, they seemed to attract a lot of attention. Apparently, word of their exploits had reached town. When they returned to the 13 Drakes, they found a note requesting their services.
The note directed them to talk to the proprieter of the 13 Drakes, a man named Tulley. He had previously been an adventurer himself, and one of his companions, a magic-user named Tharssen, was looking for someone to travel west to the dangerous Westmons mountains to retrieve some rare herbs and plants.
The group spoke to Tharssen and accepted the assignment travelling 10 days west to the mountains. After a brief encounter with an Ettin, they started looking for and rounding up the requested vegetation. Luck smiled upon them as they found a rare tendriculous plant as well as a cave with several types of sentient fungus, including a phantom fungus. Loaded down, they returned home another 15 days later. While it was a long time and somewhat difficult, the payday made it all worthwhile.
They took some time to train and improve their skills, shortly after which they received a summons to Blackwall Keep to meet with the Lord. They suffered through some minor formalities of court and finally got to the discussions with Lord Blackwall. He questioned them a bit about their previous exploits versus the monstrous humanoids and their journey west. Tulley and Tharssen then came in and confirmed what they knew of the group’s prowess. Lord Blackwall then explained that his daughter had gone on a trip to visit family prior to the monstrous attacks escalating and had disappeared while travelling. Believing it to be a similar abduction as to those by the monsters, he requests that the group track down the marauding monsters and bring back his daughter and any other captives.