The Stockwood Scrolls
Gundren is one of the three shield dwarf Rockseeker brothers who discovered the location of the “Lost Mine of Phandelver” somewhere in the Sword Mountains. However, before he could begin his investigation of the site, he was ambushed by goblins of the Cragmaw clan on behalf of someone known only as the Black Spider.
Gundren had previously grown up with his brothers Tharden and Nundro in a small holding near Citadel Felbarr, where they mined the mountains for precious ores. During the war against the drow, Gundren’s town was one of the first to be hit and was utterly decimated. Gundren and his two brothers subsequently joined the militia fighting back, and travelled to the main battle that was taking place at Mithral Hall. Gundren was present at the final battle for that city, the Battle of Jolhad’s Hold where the drow were defeated decisively thanks to Gundren triggering an explosion that caved in the cavern and destroyed much of the drow’s assault force.
Subsequently the Rockseeker brothers decided to return to their original careers as miners, but somewhere else away from their homeland. Acting on a story they were told as children about the Phandelver’s Pact of five centuries ago, the brothers set out for the Sword Mountains to attempt to find the semi-mythical site.
Just before setting out for Phandalin with supplies to investigate the cave properly, Gundren employed Crag Gravelpit, Dug, Himophelia, PhD, and Zerok Ironfist, all of whom he knew for various reasons, to accompany his supplies to the town while he rode on ahead, accompanied by Sildar Hallwinter who was visiting the town for his own reasons. Two days later he was ambushed, and the four resolved to rescue him.
Around three weeks later, the four finally rescued Gundren from the hands of the Cragmaw Castle. He was more than pleased to see them, though he still worries about the fate of his two brothers. He has pledged a small reward for information about them, and he has also offered a 10% share of income from the mining he plans to do at Wave Echo Cave if the four clear it out of whatever lurks inside.of
Gundren now operates that mine after it was cleared, and is beginning to reap the rewards of the cave.