Hanging above the front door of this modest trading post is a sign shaped like a wooden shield with a blue lion painted on it.
This building is owned by the Lionshields, a merchant company based in the city of Yartar, over a hundred miles to the East. They ship finished goods to Phandalin and other small settlements throughout the region, but this outpost has been hit hard by banditry. The most recent Lionshield caravan due in Phandalin never arrived.
The Half-Elf in charge of the Phandalin branch is the sharp-tongued Half-Elf woman Linene Graywind. She knows that bandits have raided Lionshield caravans, but she doesn’t know who is responsible. Now a sparse number of supplies line the shelves due to the recent banditry.
In a back room, Linene keeps a supply of armor and weapons, all of which are for sale to interested buyers. Linene has a few scruples, however, and she refuses to sell to anyone she thinks might be a threat to the town. Among those with whom she refuses to do business are the Redbrands. She warns the adventurers that the ruffians are trouble and advises them to avoid The Sleeping Giant tap house.