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The Story At Hand…

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 known as Wave Echo Cave. In addition to its
mineral wealth, 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 could
be crafted. Times were good, and the nearby human town
of Phandalin (pronounced fan-duh-lin) 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 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.

Enter the now; in the city of Neverwinter, a dwarf named Gundren
Rockseeker asked you to bring a wagon load of provisions to
the rough-and-tumble settlement of Phandalin, a couple of
days’ travel southeast of the city. Gundren was clearly excited
and more than a little secretive about his reasons for the trip,
saying only that he and his brothers had found “something
big,” and that he’d pay you ten gold pieces each for escorting
his supplies safely to Barthen’s Provisions, a trading post in
Phandalin. He then set out ahead of you on horse, along with
a warrior escort named Sildar Haliwinter, claiming he needed
to arrive early to “take care of business.” It’s beginning to become obvious what this “something big” entails.

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