Lost Mines of Phandelver
Gundren Rockseeker is eldest of the Rockseeker brothers. He has the heart of an adventurer but the head for commerce.
He and his brothers, Dardin and Nundro, formed the Three Picks Delving Co. years ago and have parlayed success after success into a thriving mining, salvage, and treasure finding operation based in Neverwinter. The brothers ranged far and wide seeking out new ventures, which ultimately led to the recovery of an extremely valuable map to Wave Echo Cave, a lost mine near Phandalin with enormous mineral value and home to the Forge of Spells. With increased hostile activity on the roads and trails around Neverwinter, they have taken to hiring young up-and-coming adventurers to escort their goods to the outlying villages.
While in Neverwinter, a small contingent of adventurers was hired by Gundren to escort a wagonload of equipment to the town of Phandalin, on the outskirts of Neverwinter Wood. This should have be a simple task, and the most trouble the party expected would have been a small roving band of goblins or kobolds—nothing a small party of fledgling adventurers couldn’t handle. Gundren promised that the proprietor of a shop in Phandalin, called Barthen’s Provisions, would pay each of them 10 gp upon delivery.
En route to Phandalin (ahead of the convoy), Gundren and his associate Sindar Hallwinter were taken captive on the road by a goblin clan known as the Cragmaws. According to Sildar, the Cragmaws were apparently on the lookout specifically for the dwarf, who had come into possession of an invaluable map that marked the location of the Wave Echo Cave. He was almost immediately sent to the clan’s headquarters at Cragmaw Castle, along with the prized map he carried.