After helping revive Thin Mint and receiving his treasure Gimlow decides to head back to his mountain home. However, he is intercepted by Norlamin, a fellow worshiper of Bahamut, at the town gate. Norlamin convinces Gimlow to return with him to the House of the Sun in order to discuss a concern that Bahamut has laid upon Norlamin’s heart.
It seems that Marla the Great, the Pelorian cleric who runs the House of the Sun, has been investigating reports of cult activity in the Nentir Vale. She has come across reports of death cultists being spotted near the town of Winterhaven, a small village in the northwestern part of the Vale. Norlamin wishes to investigate these reports, as the presence of a cult leads to injustice, a great disgrace to Bahamut. However, as he is the only priest of Bahamut in Fallcrest he is unable to leave his post. So, he asks Gimlow to investigate on his behalf and Gimlow grudgingly agrees with the condition that he needs military protection. Norlamin suggests that he get the same folks who helped him subdue the kobolds and offers to summon Gimlow’s companions to the House of the Sun.
Meanwhile, Kayleth and Thin Mint return to Nimozaran the Green’s tower in order to see what he has discovered about the items that they left with him previously. Nimozaran the Green did find a secret compartment in the treasure chest that contained a note indicating a possible alliance between the slain white dragon and a goblin named Irontooth. The goblin Irontooth is operating around or in Winterhaven and apparently the dragon was supposed to be mounting an attack on Fallcrest at some time or another. Nimozaran the Green suggests that if goblins are involved it means that orcs could possibly be involved as well…maybe even the Bloodspear tribe that ran rampant over the Nentir Vale some 24 years ago.
After their visit with Nimozaran the Green, Kayleth and Thin Mint travel towards the shop of their friend, Teldorthan Ironhews. Along the way they meet a dwarven trader from Hammerfast, Galwik Goldspinner. This jovial, boisterous man explains that he is on his way to Winterhaven to pick up some goods and Kayleth, eager for any chance to get closer to orcs, volunteers to go with him and help protect his caravan. As they are marching to Teldorthan’s Arms Thin Mint is accosted by his 4 Pelorian accusers and forced to go with them to the House of the Sun. (Little did he know, they were merely taking him on Norlamin’s request.)
When Kayleth gets to Teldorthan’s Arms, Teldorthan Ironhews greets them all and then retreats for a half hour with his good friend Galwik Goldspinner to talk business. After his talk Teldorthan talks to Kayleth and warns her to be careful on her trip to Winterhaven and to look out for his old friend Galwik. He hints that Galwik may have gotten himself into more than he can handle. After this, however, the dwarf returns to his normal self and invites Kayleth for dinner.
Meanwhile, Thin Mint and Gimlow strike up a deal with Amara Azear of House Azear to smuggle her goods past the Swiftfoot Halflings, who have monopolized the warehouses at the docks and are gouging shopkeepers with outrageous prices. As they are doing this deed Kayleth gets back together with them on her way back to the Nentir Inn and helps them finish the job.
The next day the party befriends some homeless bums and goes about helping them, ministering to their needs, and baptizing them into Bahamut’s church (Gimlow is largely responsible for this). However, some angry Swiftfoots catch up to them and make them pay for the goods they smuggled for House Azear. After this, the party returns to the inn to wait for Galwik Goldspinner’s arrival the next day at 2:00pm sharp.