Are you still here? You don't think you're ready to start running around the mountains, eh? Hm... Well, I know a way you can go get more experience.
Some of my disciples went off to the foothills near the Eastern Sawmill. They're confident that the area is full of mithril deposits. They don't want to listen to the advice of their elders and are determined to go their own way. They must be taught a lesson!
Go seek out the Curious family and dig all around them. You'll probably find nothing but gob and gravel, but that's a good thing. Show it to them to rid them of their illusions.