He was quite intelligent and curious, and had knowledge of the arcane arts. The drow did not break into a combat at any given opportunity, but preferred to first study and understand the motives of potential foes. He would, though, betray his enemies after they had exhausted their usefulness. Nezznar was a skilled wizard, and focused on a different schools of magic, from evocation to illusion to abjuration.
Nezznar owned a spider staff, which was a quarterstaff that could poison foes. He also carried a potion of healing, a key to a cell, several pieces of coin, nine gemstones, and a slab of electrum crafted in the shape of a mug of dwarven ale. The drow also claimed the dwarven temple to Dumathoin as his personal quarters during the exploration of Wave Echo Cave.
Circa 1491 DR,[note 1] the drow promised a share to Iarno Albrek of the Lords' Alliance in exchange for his loyalty and aid. Nezznar was the true leader of the Redbrands, controlling them (as well as the Cragmaw tribe of goblinoids) in the hopes of finding Wave Echo Cave and unlocking its secrets (while also keeping it a secret for himself).
After finding the mine, Nezznar came across two of the Rockseeker brothers, Nundro and Tharden. He slew Tharden, but kept Nundro as a hostage, as he thought the dwarf knew more than the he was letting on. From then on, he focused on getting to the legendary forge, but was set back by hordes of undead, and rooms full of poisonous fungi.
- ↑ Pages 30‒31 of Lost Mine of Phandelver describe the eruption of Mount Hotenow (1451 DR) as occurring "30 years ago", which would place the adventure in 1481 DR. However, pages 103 and 179 of Acquisitions Incorporated, a later source, state that the events described in the adventure happen five years after both Lost Mine of Phandelver and Princes of the Apocalypse. Since the latter is explicitly set in 1491 DR, and considering this answer by Ed Greenwood about dating the adventure, this wiki will use 1491 DR for events related to this sourcebook.