The party are hired on by Arl Voychek Neruda via his steward Alenka. His children are returning from a trip to Denerim and due to recent darkspawn incursions he would like able bodied adventurers to go with Alenka to ensure their safe return.
Alenak estimates that the children should be about two days walk from Stenhold.
The Arl greets the party coldly due to the weight of stress from keeping his land in order due to a recent dark spawn incursion and asks the party to accompany Alenka to find his children who were due to return from visiting relatives nearby but are now two days over due for returning.
As they leave the Arls chambers the party are approached by the Arls wife who offers them more compensation for the safe return of her children.