The party encounters a dwarf who is dying. He is raving about the big 4-eyed monster that stalked his companions and ambushed them while they were sleeping. With his final breaths, he offers up a couple of pieces of treasure to the party in return for their promise to bring avenge his death.
The party hasn’t earned any magic items. They should feel good about this nice turn of luck before the Here Kitty encounter.
“There is no such thing as a free blade.”