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 or four years, hardy settlers from the cities of Neverwinter and Waterdeep have begun the hard work of reclaiming the ruins of Phandalin. 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 the stories of gold and platinum in the foothills of the Sword Mountains.
Unfortunately, more than a few bandits and brigands had settled here as well, taking advantage of the fact that the area had no local lord or authority to chase them off. A gang known as the Redbrands had controlled Phandalin for a couple of months, extorting and bullying everyone in town. The gang was lead by a mysterious figure known to the townsfolk as Glasstaff. However, thanks to a brave party of adventurers driving off the Redbrands and their leader, and a guard from the nearby city of Neverwinter, the town has become safer.