The original party was gathered by a gnome adventurer, Finnan Zolonso, who had managed to get a contract from the council to reclaim Kuto’s Well. The Stojanow River is polluted and Kuto’s Well is the only natural source of clean water. In the process of retaking the well Zolonso was killed, but the group presented themselves to the council member who signed the contract, Porphyrus Cadorna, and claimed the reward. They decided to continue on as a group.
The group did find the skeleton of a cleric who died during the fall of Phlan. His journal revealed that the high priest had taken a forbidden liturgy of Myrkul with him to Sokal Keep. As such the priest had broken off from last defenders.