Your characters are en route to the town of Auchendale. You are travelling along the river (or on the river if you feel your character would have taken a small ship. There are trade vessels up and down this river.
An NPC in your “world” has sent you to the city to have an audience with the mayor. He is troubled and has put out a request for help. the reasons seem vague but the town is having some troubles and you have been sent to check it out.
The person that sent you should be a patron of some sort. Perhaps your lord or lady… perhaps a druid of your order with a higher rank. It should be someone with either the position, or relationship influence with you to send you to this town.
What you know of Auchendale
If you feel that your character would know this… here are a couple pieces of information:
If you dont feel that your character would know some or all of these things… play it like you dont know!
You know that it is upstream on the main river in the area, days past the forest line.
There are rumors of there being a really amazing wine that is produced here
The letter that was sent to your patron would have had a crude map included that leads to auchendale. (not a comprehensive map of the area, more like… “we are here.” Your character could have this on thier person if you feel that they would.