For various reasons, the characters have all joined up with a new adventuring guild from Waterdeep called “The Most Honourable Company of Merchant Adventurers” (or just “The Merchant Adventurers”). This guild, bankrolled by a diverse group of monied organisations and individual trade interests in Waterdeep, was formed to coordinate the activities of adventurers to keep trade flowing to and from Waterdeep and support law-keeping in the various towns and villages to keep things safe for caravans and merchants.
It is Spring 1491 DR (The Year of the Scarlet Witch) The guild responds to a written request from the Constable of Red Larch for assistance in dealing with an increasing number of issues with bandits, monsters and difficult weather. Red Larch is a town on the Long Road North from Waterdeep and is an important stopover for caravans. The guild assembles a team of five relatively lowly adventurers to lend support to the constable.