The Lost Mine of Phandelver
Mine of Phandelver
Inscribed above the mine entrance:
YOU ARE COME TO THE PHANDELVER MINE, ESTABLISHED YEAR OF THE FLAMING DWARF, 987 DALE RECKONING, DELVERS BRUENOR & PHANDRED FATESMELTER.
The great wealth of the Phandelver Mine was not only in refined ore, but in powerful enchantment. With such newfound power at their disposal, the miners and enchanters at Phandelver produced mystralite-infused weapons, armor, and magic items at a rate and quantity unmatched in all of Faerûn, stockpiling their creations in a sealed vault known as the Forge of Spells.
Historians continue to speculate on the contents of the Forge. Some say that the most powerful magic item ever created by mortals was housed within. Thanks to an orc ambush in 993 DR, the Forge remains a mystery to this day. Whether it was the legendary splendor of the Forge, aimless orc malice and greed, or some darker purpose that provoked the attack, the ensuing spellbattle caused a chain-reaction of tremors and cave-ins that destroyed the mine, and it was lost to time.