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The Forgotten Realms Campaign Journal

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The following is a journal of short entries that describe the adventures of my Dungeons & Dragons group as they play through a 5E campaign set in The Forgotten Realms.

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Characters

Udrath Stormheart - Mountain Dwarf Fighter, Soldier Background, Chaotic Good
Ravenna - Human Druid, Outlander Background, Neutral
Rizzla - Half-Orc Cleric, Acolyte Background, Chaotic Good
Luthor - Half-Elf Rogue, Criminal Background, Chaotic Neutral
Brumbar - Mountan Dwarf Wizard, Artisan Background, Chaotic Neutral

Journal of Events - The Lost Mine of Phandelver

1st Mirtul, 1481 DR

The party is hired by the dwarf Gundren Rockseeker (of the famed Rockseeker brothers) to escort a wagon of supplies south to the frontier town of Phandalin. Gundren rode ahead with his friend Sildar Hallwinter.

3rd Mirtul, 1481 DR

The players are ambushed by goblins whilst traveling on the Triboar Trail towards Phandalin. They discover that their patron, Gundren Rockseeker, has been kidnapped! They follow the goblin trail to Cragmaw Hideout and rescue Sildar Hallwinter. They also find out that a mysterious figure known as The Black Spider has taken Gundren to Cragmaw Castle in order to discover the location of the fabled Mine of Phandelver and the lost Forge of Spells.

4th Mirtul, 1481 DR

The players arrived in Phandalin, having defeated the goblins of Cragmaw Hideout and rescued Sildar Hallwinter.

After delivering Gundren's wagon and receiving their payment, the party explored the town, uncovering several quests and discovering that the townsfolk were under the yoke of a band of mercenaries called the Redbrands, lead by someone called Glasstaff.

Enquiries around the town lead to a series of leads, including the name of a druid who might know the whereabouts of Cragmaw Castle, the place that the kidnapped Gundren was reportedly being held. Reidoth the druid was last seen heading to the ruined town of Thundertree.

Other leads included rumours of trouble near Old Owl Well, a job offer from Halia Thornton at the Miner's Exchange, a request for help finding an old spellbook from Sister Garaele at the shrine to Tyrnora, and a reward offered for stopping orc bandits near Wyvern Tor.

After an ugly encounter at the Sleeping Giant Taphouse the group were congratulated by the villagers for standing up to the mercenaries, and Rizzla was inducted into the Order of the Gauntlet as a reward, by one Daran Edermath, a retired adventurer.

With the help of Luthor's cousin, a young boy called Carp, the group discovered a secret entrance to the Redbrands' lair, hidden beneath the ruins of the old Tresendar Manor that stood on a hill to the east of town.

5th Mirtul, 1481 DR

Before venturing into the Redbrands' lair the party rested and equipped themselves in the town.

They met with Sildar Hallwinter who told them that he was in Phandalin searching for a fellow member of the Lords' Alliance. Iarno Albrek had been sent by the Alliance to set up a constabulary in Phandalin and restore order, but had gone missing. Sildar recruited the players to help him find his lost friend.

Waiting until late afternoon, the party entered the Redbrands' lair via the hidden tunnel that Carp had shown them. The tunnel lead to a large natural cavern that was home to a Nothic, a terrible twisted being that was once a powerful wizard. After a difficult fight they defeated the Nothic and found a small cache of treasure that included an ancient and famous blade, Talon.

6th Mirtul, 1481 DR

The party continued their exploration of the dungeons below Tresendar Manor. There they discovered that Glasstaff was in fact Iarno Albrek, former member and betrayer of the Lords' Alliance. After defeating the mage they moved on through several difficult battles and thinned the hordes of the Redbrand mercenaries.

7th Mirtul, 1481 DR

The party emerged victorious from the dungeons below Tresendar Manor, and were hailed as heroes by many of the villagers in Phandalin for defeating the Redbrand menace. After recovering from their travails the party decided to set out into the wilderness to continue their search for Gundren Rockseeker. Before they left Luthor was made an intriguing offer by Halia Thornton of the Miners' Exchange.

13th Mirtul, 1481 DR

Over the next few days the adventurers explored the lands around the Stone Mountains and the Triboar Trail. They defeated a band of orcs that had made its lair on Wyvern's Tor, bartered with an ancient Banshee for information, and confronted one of the fabled Red Wizards of Thay who was conducting research near Old Owl Well. They were no closer to their quarry however.

A new hope arrived when they discovered the druid Reidoth in the ruined town of Thundertree. Reidoth offered to lead them to Cragmaw Castle where Gundren was reportedly held, on one condition - the party must drive off a green dragon that had taken up residence in the tower above the ruined town.

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