While preparing to leave Secomber, the party sees Bimshi arrested and in the custody of two Knights of the Order of the Gauntlet. They agree to take custody of him and see him to justice in Waterdeep for the stolen apple in Oakhurst. Luckily for Bimshi, they encounter Erky Timbers and Leosin on the road, as the pair ride back from Waterdeep to Secomber. Erky writes a letter of character recommendation for Bimshi, and a letter of writ for the group.
The party sees their quarry, relaxing by a fire inside the woods with some roast rabbit. They surprise the five riders of the Cult of the Dragon, and handily dispatch them, leaving two for questioning. After gaining intel, the prisoners are dispatched and the party continues to Waterdeep.
They make the acquaintance of Janna Gleamsilver, who meets them on Skull Street at the Grey Ooze tavern. There, she lets them know of their mutual goals to stop the Dragon Cultists. Bimshi uses his Criminal Contact feature, and an acquaintance named Rodent from Bimshi’s former Thieves Guild shows up. Rodent agrees to help put the ear to the ground and try to find out as much as he can about the Cultists and their movements.