Phandalin Orphanage

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A large abandoned manor on the eastern outskirts of Phandalin, later renamed and christened the Phandalin Orphanage by Kiersey Mirrorwind.

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06/19/24

Phandalin Orphanage (formerly Tresendar Manor) was one of the largest buildings in Phandalin. During the 5th century pre-Sundering, it was inhabited by the Tresendar family. Long after its abandonment, it served as a base for the Redbrands in 19 PS, as well as bugbears, goblins, and a nothic. The building was renovated and reopened as the Phandalin Orphanage by Kiersey Mirrorwind in the aftermath of the revival of Phandelver's Pact.

Location

The manor was located at the end of Phandalin's main eastern road, just beyond the Sleeping Giant tavern. The path leading to the manor was curvy and elevated by one hill on top of another, unlike the rest of the village.

Structure and Interior

Ruined from the outside, the manor still stood, but clearly in a poor, unmaintained state. It appeared much more like a castle than a simple place of dwelling, and was surrounded by a handful of trees and shrubs. The floors were made of flagstone and the walls were well-made stone blocks. A secret tunnel led from the nearby woods to the interior of the manor.

The manor contained several rooms, and a stone staircase that led to a large cellar, which was used to store food and drink. There was also a crypt that was used as a place of rest for family members who had passed away. Several oil lamps lit up each room.

The doors were made of wood and the handles of iron. There were two master keys that could be used to unlock the doors, but there were also secret doors that could be located around the cavern.

Tresendar Manor's cellar entry room had many barrels of supplies and a large vat of clean water. Beneath the water was an emergency kit stashed by the Redbrand leader, Glasstaff; the kit held potions, gold, and clothing. There was also a secret passage to the southwest of the room. Directly adjacent to this room was a smaller room that was used for accommodating bandits and storing additional supplies.

Just north of the storage room was a hall, which featured a pit trap. At the end of the hall was a double set of doors with an angel etched into the panels. West of this room lay the ancient crypt, and the remains of the elders in coffins.

In the northeastern corner of the manor was a slave pen, built by the Redbrands. Further to the west was a huge chasm able to be crossed by rickety wooden bridges.

Apart from other common rooms and barracks, the only interesting places lay in the northwest, where there was a wizard's workshop and the leader's quarters.

After its renovations by Kiersey Mirrorwind in 19 PS, the basement was converted to storage and the rooms in the manor above were refurbished and made fit for habitation.

The Lost Mine of Phandelver

In 19 PS, a group called the Redbrand Ruffians, under the leadership of Glasstaff, occupied the manor. Although the uppermost rooms of the manor were unusable (such as the kitchen) after its abandonment, the basement garnered much usage by the bandits. As such, many additions were added to the cellar, such as barracks and workshops.

A few months later, Thel Dendrar, the local woodcarver, stood up to the group that occupied the manor. He was slain and fed to a nothic, while his family were captured and thrown into the slave pit. Several days later, a young traveling paladin by the name of Braethr Delmirev would also be captured and imprisoned in the hideout.

Through the heroic efforts of a group of adventurers that would later become known as the Heroes of Phandalin, the prisoners were freed and the Redbrands defeated, with the survivors routed and their leader being imprisoned in Phandalin. The paladin Braethr, instrumental in aiding these heroes, would go on to join them in their adventures, including the rescue of the dwarf Gundren Rockseeker and the (re)discovery of the lost mine of Phandelver's Pact in the nearby foothills.

By 20 PS, the Redbrands were long gone and the land on which Tresendar Manor sat had come to be owned by Kiersey Mirrorwind, who would rehabilitate the manor into what would eventually be known as the Phandalin Orphanage, taking in orphaned children from across the Sword Coast with no place to go.

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