The lost mine of Phandelver
More than 500 years ago, clans of Dwarves and Gnomes made an agreement called the Phandelver’s pact, by which they would share a rich mine in a wondrous cavern known as Wave Echo Cave. In addition to its rich minerals the mine contained great magical power. Human spellcasters allied themselves with the dwarves and gnomes to channel and bind that energy into a great forge (called the forge of spells), where magic items cold 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 evil mercenary wizards attacked Wave Echo Cave to seize its riches and magic treasure. 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 locating the lost mine. In recent years people have resettled the area. Phandalin is now a rough and tumble frontier town…