Cauldron: The Shackled City
The Cagewrights’ ultimate goal is to open a gateway to the material plane from Carceri, the prison plane. Their plan is to release Carceri’s denizens upon the Realms, and use them to gain power over all of Toril. About 30 years ago, with the help of some good-aligned adventurers, the Striders attacked a cabal of Cagewrights in Lundeth, but not before the Cagewrights called forth one of their vile masters from the prison plane. Several Striders perished in the battle, but the fiend was eventually banished back to Carceri, and the surviving Cagewrights were routed. The Cagewrights have reemerged in the area, and appear to be searching for certain people within Cauldron and the surrounding area, though the Striders don’t know who or why. The Striders suspect that the Cagewrights have a base of operations somewhere near (or in) Cauldron, but they have been unable to locate it. They also suspect that the Cagewrights are being funded, at least in part, by the Last Laugh thieves guild.