of miscreants led by a mysteriousfigurecalled Glasstaff.
A number of interesting NPCs canalsobe foundin
Phandalin, layingthe hooksfor short adventures in part
- TheRedbrands try to runthe characters out of town,so
the charactersreturn the favorandstorm the Redbrand
lair.In a hidden stronghold beneath an old manor,they
findthatlarno "Glasstaff" Albrek, the leaderof the
Redbrands, is taking his ordersfromsomeone called
the BlackSpider-and thatthe BlackSpider wants the
adventurers out of the picture.
Part 3, "TheSpider's Web,"provides the characters
withseveral short adventures in the regionaround
Phandalin as theysearch for more information aboutthe
Black Spider andthe dwarves'lostmine.Thecluesthe
characters picked up in Phandalin canleadthem to spy on
a mysterious wizard at the ruinsof OldOwlWell,seek the
adviceof a dangerous banshee, ousta bandof ores lurking
at Wyvern Tor,andinvestigate the ruins of the town
Several of these leads pointto Cragmaw Castle,which
is the strongholdof KingGrol,leader of the Cragmaw
goblins. Herethe charactersdiscover thatthe Black
Spider is a drowadventurer named Nezznar, andthatthe
Cragmaw goblinsworkfor him(droware elveswhohail
froma realm deepunderground). Moreimportantly, they
recover Gundren Rockseeker's mapto the lostmine,or
learn the mine'slocation fromoneof the otherleads they
unearth during part3.
Following the mapor the directionsto the lostmine
brings the charactersto part 4, "WaveEchoCave."That
lostunderground complex is nowoverrun by undead and
strange monsters. Nezznar the BlackSpider is therewith
his loyalfollowers, exploring the mines andsearching for
the legendaryForge of Spells. Theadventurers havethe
opportunity to avengeGundren Rockseeker, to ensure
the prosperity andsecurity of Phandalin by clearing
the richmine of its monsters,andto put an endto the
troublemaking of the BlackSpider-if theycansurvivethe
dangers of the LostMineof Phandelver.
Youcanlet playersinvent theirownreasons for visiting
Phandalin, or youcanusethe followingadventure hook.
Thebackgrounds andsecondary goalson the character
sheets alsoprovidecharacters withmotivations for
MeetMe in Phandalin. Thecharacters are in the cityof
Neverwinter when theirdwarfpatron andfriend, Gundren
Rockseeker, hiresthem to escort a wagonto Phandalin.
Gundren hasgoneahead witha warrior, Sildar Hallwinter,
to attend to business in the townwhile the characters
followwiththe supplies. Thecharacters willbe paid 10 gp
eachby the ownerof Barthen's Provisions in Phandalin
whentheydeliverthe wagonsafelyto thattrading post.
Justlikea fantasynovelor movie,an adventure is set in a
larger world.In fact,the worldcanbe anythingthatthe
DMandplayers canimagine. It couldbe a swords-and-
sorcery setting at the dawnof civilization, where
barbarians battle evilsorcerers, or a post-apocalyptic
fantasy where elvesanddwarves wieldmagic amidthe
wreckage of a technological civilization. MostD&D
settings are somewhere between those twoextremes:
worldsof medieval highfantasy withknights and
castles, as wellas elvencities,dwarven mines, and
Theworldof the ForgottenRealms is onesuchsetting,
andthat's where the storyin thisadventure takes place.
In the Realms,knights darethe cryptsof the fallendwarf
kingsof Delzoun, seeking gloryandtreasure. Rogues
prowlthe darkalleyways of teeming cities suchas
Neverwinter andBaldur's Gate.Clericsin the serviceof
godswieldmace andspell,questing against the terrifying
powers thatthreaten the land.Wizards plunder the ruins
of the fallenNetherese empire, delvingintosecrets too
dark for the lightof day.Dragons, giants, demons, and
unimaginable abominations lurkin dungeons, caverns,
ruined cities,andthe vastwildplaces of the world.
On the roadsandriversof the Realmstravelminstrels
andpeddlers, merchants andguards, soldiers, sailors,
andsteel-hearted adventurers carrying talesof strange,
glorious, faraway places. Goodmaps andcleartrails can
takeevenan inexperienced youthwithdreams of gloryfar
across the world.Thousands of restlesswould-be heroes
frombackcountry farmsteads andsleepyvillages arrive in
Neverwinter andthe othergreat citieseveryyearin search
Knownroads maybe welltraveled, but theyaren't
necessarily safe.Fellmagic, deadly monsters, andcruel
localrulers are all perilsthatyoufacewhenyoutravelin
the ForgottenRealms. Evenfarms andfreeholds within a
day'swalkof a citycanfall prey to monsters,andno place
is safefromthe suddenwrath of a dragon.
Theregional mapshowsjusta tinypartof thisvast
world,in a region calledthe SwordCoast. Thisis a region
of adventure, where daring souls delveintothe wreckage
of ancient strongholds andexplore ruins of long-lost
cultures. Amida wilderness of jagged, snow-capped
peaks, alpine forests, lawlessness, andmonsters, the coast
holdsthe greatestbastions of civilization, including the
coastal cityof Neverwinter.
ROLEPLAYING AND INSPIRATION
Oneof the things thatyoucando as theOMis reward players
for roleplaying their characters well.
Eachof the characters included in thisset has twopersonality
traits (one positive andone negative). an ideal,a bond, anda
flaw.These elements canmakethe character easier andmore
fun to roleplay. Personality traits provide a glimpse intothe
character's likes,dislikes, accomplishments, fears, attitude, or
mannerisms. An idealis something thatthe character believes
in or strivesfor above all else.A character's bondrepresents
a connection to a person, place,or event in the world-
someone the character cares about, a placethe holds a special
connection, or a treasured possession. A flawis a characteristic
that someone elsecanexploit to bringthe character to ruinor
cause the character to act againsthis or her bestinterests.
When a playerroleplays a negative personality traitor gives in
to a drawback presented by a bond or a flaw,youcangivethat
player's character one inspiration as a reward.Theplayer can
then spend it when his or her charactermakes an abilitycheck,
an attack roll,or a saving throw. Spending inspiration givesthe
character advantage on the roll.A clever player might spend the
inspiration to counteract disadvantage on a roll.
A character canhaveonlyoneinspiration at a time.