The Drow known as Nezznar (or simply “The Black Spider”) has risen through the ranks of the Dragon Cult to obtain Lordship over a small territory in Western Faerûn. This fief was granted to The Black Spider during the Great Armistice where the Factions of the Sword Coast surrendered to Tiamat and her army.
Neverwinter and Waterdeep agreed to place Nezznar in charge of the small community, allowing for the protection of tradeways through that area. Within the first year, the Black Spider had wiped out the bandits, outlaws, and gangs in they area. Phandalin became heavily taxed, but safe. Within time, trade was flowing through the area again.
The frontier town of Phandalin is built on the ruins of a
much older settlement. Hundreds of years ago, the old
Phandalin was a thriving human town whose people
were firmly allied with the Dwarves and Gnomes of the
However, the same Orc horde that
sacked the mines at Wave Echo Cave laid waste to the
settlement, and Phandalin was abandoned for centuries.
Since Lord Nezznar came to power, hardy settlers from
the cities of Neverwinter and Waterdeep have begun
the work of reclaiming the ruins of Phandalin. A
bustling frontier settlement has grown up on the site of
the old town, and is home now to farmers, woodcutters,
fur traders, and prospectors drawn by stories of gold
and platinum in the foothills of the Sword Mountains.
Yes, Drow soldiers patrol the town, but the folk of Phandalin have grown accustomed to it. As long as they pay their monthly dues to the Church of Lolth, then they are unmolested by the Dark Elves.
Some say that Phandalin prospers under the reigns of The Black Spider.
Sometimes freedom must be traded for security.