PART 1: Lost Mine Of Phandelver
More than five hundred years ago, clans of dwarves and gnomes made an agreement known as the Phandelver’s Pact, by which they would share a rich mine in a wondrous cavern know as Wave Echo Cave. In addiotn to it’s mineral wealth, the mine contained a great magical power. Human spellcasters allied themselves with the dwarves and gnomes to channel and bind that energy into a great forge, where magical items could be crafted. Times were good, and the nearby human town of Phandalin prospered as well. But then disaster struck when orcs swept through the North and laid waste to all in their path.
A powerful force of orcs reinforced by the evil mercenary wizards attacked the Wave Echo Cave to seize its riches and magic treasures. Human wizards fought alongside their dwarf and gnome allies to defend the Forge of Spells, and the ensuing spell battle destroyed much of the cavern. Few survived the cave-ins and tremors, and the location of Wave Echo Cave was lost.
For centuries, rumors of buried riches have attracted treasure seekers and opportunists to the area around Phandalin, but no one has ever succeeded in location the lost mine. In recent years, people have resettled the area. Phandalin is now a rough-and-tumble frontier town filled with danger and adventure.
The reasons for your visit to Phandalin are your own. Maybe, you are seeking treasure and adventure, visiting an old friend, or just looking to make some coin. After restocking your supplies in New Neverwinter you head to The Shovel and Hammer Inn to rest up before continuing your journey.
Once inside you hear the bellowing laughter of your old companion Gundren Rockseeker, a portly yet fit dwarf, knocking back a few too many ales. He seems overly excited and a little bit secretive about the prospect of traveling to Phandalin. He comments about Tymora still shining on him and his brothers as he has just too much to do and asks if you aid an old buddy and escort a wagonload of provisions for him, he’ll even pay you 10 gold for your troubles.