Our intrepid heroes easily dispatched the Redbrands in the tombs of Transendar Manor. Pursuing Johnny, Borg and the bugbears deeper into tombs, the heroes find Iarno chained to the wall. They discover their enemies have escaped.
As they search Glasstaff’s laboratory, they discover an ancient Dwarven tome that describing the Phandelver Pact. This ancient alliance between Dwarves, humans, and gnomes created the Spell Forge. Their alliance fell under the assault of orcs and goblins, and the Spell Forge was lost to living memory.
The heroes also found a letter to “Vyrith” from the Black Spider written in Undercommon. After Iarno translated the letter, the players learned the Black Spider was at Cragmaw Keep where he had tortured the location of Wave Echo Cave out of Gundren Rockseeker. Could Wave Echo cave hold the Spell Forge? What does the Black Spider intend with the Spell Forge?
The heroes returned to Phandalin to rest and recuperate. The local townspeople had never heard of Cragmaw Keep or Wave Echo Cave. Luckily Milo’s aunt, Queline Alderleaf, suggested speaking to the wise, druid Reidoth in Thundertree. The heroes set out across the plains, skirting the edge of the Neverwinter Wood, to Thundertree.
There they were ambushed by zombies and tomb spiders. They almost perished, but Reidoth rescued the heroes and treated their wounds at his cabin. Reidoth agreed to guide the players to Cragmaw Keep if they helped him drive a green dragon out of Thundertree. In Thundertree’s ruined keep they found Venomfang and her eggs. The heroes were offered half her treasure in exchange for driving Orcs out of Wyvern Tor.
The heroes agreed and traveled up the river to Wyvern Tor where they found the Half-Tusk tribe inhabiting an abandoned Dwarven village. Salazar strode forward and challenged their chief to a duel, and struck Bruhgor Axebiter down. The Half-Tusks’ will broken, they left the ruins and the players then used a magical stone to contact Venomfang.
Returning to Thundertree, they found that Venomfang had kept her word and there laid half of her treasure horde of thousands of gold pieces and ornate weapons. Now it’s time to rescue Gundren from Cragmaw Keep.