The Stockwood Scrolls
Wave Echo Cave
This rich mine is the site of the Phandelver’s Pact, made between dwarves, gnomes, and a select group of human spellcasters as an agreement to share in the caverns vast mineral and magical wealth. The Forge of Spells was created there, a site for magical items to be crafted. Prosperity flowed through the region due to this, 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 magical 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.
For centuries, rumors of buried riches attracted treasure seekers and opportunists to the area around the ruins of Phandalin, but no one succeeded in finding the mine. In recent years, the town of Phandalin was resettled, becoming a rough-and-tumble frontier town. Even more recently, a dwarf named Gundren Rockseeker rediscovered the site, but before he could share it with anyone he was ambushed by goblins of the Cragmaw tribe on the orders of someone known as the Black Spider.