Lost Mine of Phandelver
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 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.
The Forgotten Realms
The Forgotten Realms, a world where knights dare the crypts of the fallen dwarf kings of Delzoun, seeking glory and treasure. Where rogues prowl the dark alleyways of teeming cities such as Neverwinter and Baldur’s Gate. Where clerics in the service of gods wield mace and spell, questing against the terrifying powers that threaten the land. Where wizards plunder the ruins of the fallen Netherese empire, delving into secrets to dark for the light of day. Dragons, giants, demons, and unimaginable abominations lurk in dungeons, caverns, ruined cities, and the vast wild places of the world.
On the roads and rivers of the Realms travel minstrels and peddlers, merchants and guards, soldiers, sailors, and steel-hearted adventurers carrying tales of strange, glorious, faraway places. Good maps and clear trails can take even an inexperienced youth with dreams of glory far across the world. Thousands of restless would-be heroes from back country farmsteads and sleepy villages arrive in Neverwinter and the other great cities every year in search of wealth and renown.
Known roads may be well traveled, but they aren’t necessarily safe. Fell magic, deadly monsters, and cruel local rulers are all perils you will face when you travel in the Forgotten Realms. Even farms and freeholds within a day’s walk of a city can fall prey to monsters, and no place is safe from the sudden wrath of a dragon.
Welcome to the Forgotten Realms, whether you become the ruler of a country, a indomitable knight, or a dragon’s meal, is up to you.