5 Flamerule, Year of the Warrior Princess (1489 DR)
Town of Phandalin, Sword Coast
In Phandalin, the heroes met with Sildar who was very much concerned about the dwarf Gundren’s well-being. Sildar was himself, along with Gundren, taken captive by a band of goblins who took them both to their bugbear leader, Klarg, in the Cragmaw Hideout. All everyone knew was that Gundren was then moved to a place called Cragmaw Castle somewhere in the Neverwinter Woods. No one knew exactly where the castle lay. The heroes did learn that a human druid named Reidoth knew the entire area better than anyone else. However, the druid was said to be currently in the ruined village of Thundertree east of the city of Neverwinter.
Deciding that seeking the druid would take too long, the heroes chose to return to Cragmaw Hideout and find out from Klarg the exact location of Cragmaw Castle.
When the group arrived at the hideout, they confronted an ogre guard who they dispatched of rather quickly. Inside the hideout, the halfling rogue Errich climbed up a stone chimney shaft which led up to the bugbear leader’s cave. Meanwhile, the others fought their way through goblin guards to confront Klarg and his pet wolf, Ripper, in his lair.
The heroes defeated Klarg’s guards and his wolf. They didn’t kill Klarg, but rather interrogated him. Unfortunately, he didn’t know where Cragmaw Castle lay either. All he knew was that he was given orders to waylay Gundren. Someone—or something—named Black Spider had ordered the attack and further ordered that the dwarf and his map pointing to the location of the lost mine of Phandelver be brought to Cragmaw Castle. Klarg didn’t know who or what the Black Spider was.
The heroes took the bugbear’s treasure and returned to Phandalin with Klarg. There, they turned the bugbear over to Sildar where he placed him in the town’s prison alongside Harbin Wester, Phandalin’s former Townmaster.
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