Swords for Adventure
- Currently in Ruins having been raided by Orcs of the Many Arrow Clan and destroyed by the Iron Ring Slavers Guild.
The frontier town of Phandalin is built on the ruins of a much older settlement. Hundreds of years ago, the old Phandalin was a thriving human town whose people were firmly allied with the dwarves and gnomes of the Phandelver’s Pact. However, the same orc horde that sacked the mines at Wave Echo Cave laid waste to the settlement, and Phandalin was abandoned for centuries.
In the last three of four years, hardy settlers from the cities of New Neverwinter and Waterdeep have begun the hard work of reclaiming the ruins of Phanadlin. A bustling frontier settlement has grown up on the site of the old town, and is home now to farmers, woodcutters, fur traders, and prospectors drawn by stories of gold and platinum in the foothills of the Sword Mountains.
Unfortunately, more than a few bandits and brigands have settled here as well, taking advantage of the fact that the area has no local lord or authority to chase them off. A gang known as the Redbrands has controlled Phandalin for the past two months, extorting and bullying everyone in town. The gang is led by a mysterious figure known to the townsfolk as Glasstaff.
The frontier town of Phandalin, southeast of Neverwinter at the base of the hills around the Sword Mountains, is a relatively new settlement. It is only four years old, though it is built on the ruins of a much older settlement built close to the then prosperous mine of the Phandelver’s Pact. The old town and the mine were destroyed by orcs around five hundred years ago. The current town revolves around miners working in the Sword Mountains, but has also become home to farmers, woodcutters, and fur traders.
While in times past the town’s relative proximity to Neverwinter might have gained it some protection, the devastation that came to that city after the explosion of Mount Hotenow 30 years ago has caused the people of Neverwinter to turn inward. The people of Phandalin came to the town knowing that they only had themselves to rely on.
The town has no functioning government, but the townsfolk elect someone to serve as townmaster each year to serve as a judge in minor disputes and keep records. Though the town has no guard to speak of, the town rallied together in times of need until the arrival of the Redbrands, a gang of brigands and thieves who bullied the townsfolk into submission.