Even after the Spellplague, the Sword Coast has maintained its reputation for danger and adventure. If anything, a post-Spellplague world has only enhanced it. Lately, bandits and highwaymen along the Trade Way near Waterdeep have somehow been emboldened, attacking more and more caravans, and becoming more and more successful each time. With Waterdeep still rebuilding its military, it must rely on adventurers to protect its trade roads.
It's only a matter of time before one of these attacks will strike a more pressing tone for the City of Splendors