Unfortunately for Culbert, his bride was more than he bargained for…
The Golem Wars are over now. There is a great peace around the world, but something evil and powerfull has been awakened in the darkness.
A rather large armed group slowly walks the road. Unless you get to see what they transport, you could think it is a caravan with expensive goods, or the soldiers escort someone important. But this is a prisoner transport, on the way to mines, criminals on their way for punishment.
The soldiers may be willing to talk, the captain will have a few questions on you and the road, but they will keep distance, and part soon.