Hope was a famous lightfoot halfling, being renowned for her combat as well as her rogue abilities. Drawn by stories of gold and platinum in the nearby
foothills, she first came to Phandalin , not to earn a living, but to
prey on those who struck it rich. She joined a gang calling itself the
Redbrands and made some decent coin as a burglar, enforcer, or fence.
However, following an unsuccessful attempt to rob a local dignitary, the head of the
Redbrands—a wizard called Glasstaff—tried to have Hope killed. She
escaped, barely alive and thanking Tymora, the goddess of good
fortune, for her luck. She fled Phandalin, almost penniless and with
only the tools of your trade to her name.
Hope realised that what the Redbrands were doing was wrong and realigned her life. She joined a group of adventures called the Harlequins in order to seek not only wealth, but revenge upon the Redbrands.