Phandalen, a small town with a few dozen residence, major attractions include Bandits, Goblins, and a general store.
It was noticeable that Phandalen seemed to have once, or maybe twice, been a bigger town than it has settled in to become. The main buildings seem to be a General store, a smith, an Inn, a town square, a small shrine (whom we found out is attended by Caelynn’s sister) the Lion shield Coaster and a large public building.
A quick trip to the coaster and we were able to drop off the few lost goods we could bring with us, and paid for our efforts! A bounty was given if we should happen to find more. We did manage to also find out that the Tresendar mansion, upon the hill, was considered ‘empty’ and no-one was living there, and it’s not worth our time going there. What a poor lier, we shall have to investigate that area as well.
Next we went to Barthen’s Provision shop – who was supposed to be holding the mining supplies for Gundram. Here we learnt that the Dwarf Gundram has 2 brothers who are possibly still in the area, and that they were talking about an old map of something up past the mines, a mention of wave echo cave was also made – and although this friendly keeper was looser with his lips, he still left us guessing at much more.
Nails left with some young men (two sons of the Trader Elmar Barthen, Eli and Wilhelm(16 and 18)) to return the cart and anything else they might be able to find.
Once we settled at the Inn I relayed a brief history of the area as well as I could remember it (thank you to Barthen for jogging my memory with the mention of wave echo cave!).
Wave echo cave is an old mine in the area, it was rumoured that an old magical forge was kept there, one that could produce items of magical quality.
Orcs also have a history in this area with Cragmaw castle being the old residence of the high nobles that left about 500 years ago, these nobles were half orc and were disgraced that recently by a green dragon who now resides in the swamps.
The Tresendar family took over as regents of the area around 150 years ago and opened up the mines with the help of dwarves. An earth node was discovered in the mine and subsequently The spell forge was built around the earth node, and cannot be moved as the forge on it’s own is useless without the node.
Not long ago, about 60-70 years, the mines were overrun by raiding orcs and this whole area was decimated.
Phandalin was a midway point (from the major city we came from?) to Cragmaw castle and Thundertree to the south – which was wiped out not long ago and any remaining survivors leaving for safer lands.
No-one seems to know where Cragmaw castle is any more and I don’t recall any maps I might have seen of the area.
((Please notify me of anything I might have missed?))