A Perilous Journey
Phandalin was originally a farming community. The orcs of the realm of Uruth Ukrypt (“Home of Uruth”) had destroyed all game in their realm, and, in search of food, they turned on the human settlements in the area, raiding them. Phandalin was one of these settlements, and in 951 DR, it was overrun and then abandoned
Sometime in the 1400s DR, settlers from Neverwinter and Waterdeep had resettled the ruins of Phandalin. Phandalin became a frontier settlement of farmers and prospectors looking for wealth in the Sword Mountains.
Phandalin had no functioning government, however, the townsfolk annually elected a townsmaster. The townsmaster would serve as a judge and mediator, and also kept the records that need to be kept.