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.
Eventually, hardy settlers from the cities of Neverwinter and Waterdeep began the hard work of reclaiming the ruins of Phandalin. A bustling frontier settlement grew 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. A gang known as the Redbrands took control of Phandalin , extorting and bullying everyone in town. The gang was led by a mysterious figure known to the townsfolk as Glasstaff.