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The Redbrands, sometimes called the Redbrand Ruffians, were a group of bandits and brigands active in the resettled frontier town of Phandalin and nearby Triboar Trail region in the late 15th century DR.[2]

Organization[]

The Redbrands mostly consisted of humans, male and female, although a handful of halflings and bugbears were also in the bandit group. Each Redbrand wore a simple, dirty scarlet cloak.[3] These cloaks were used to stop the undead in their hideout in Tresendar Manor from attacking them.[4]

They were led by a mysterious wizard who they called Glasstaff.[3]

Activities[]

The Redbrands terrorized the locals with threats and demands for protection money, which escalated into murder and kidnapping. In addition, they would capture travelers to be sold as slaves.[4] Slaves and illicit goods were smuggled into and out of Phandalin via a secret tunnel which connected to the basement of their base at Tresendar Manor.[5]

History[]

The Redbrands were founded by a traitorous agent of the Lords' Alliance named Iarno Albrek, calling himself "Glasstaff," in the Year of the Scarlet Witch, 1491 DR.[3][note 1] After making contact with Nezznar "the Black Spider," Iarno conspired to keep the population of Phandalin away from Wave Echo Cave, and in return he would receive a share of the spoils from Nezznar's excavation of the site.[6]

With no local lord or powerful authority within the small town, the Redbrands were able to harass the farmers and prospectors for two months.[2] Apart from terrorizing the local populace, the Redbrands enjoyed drinking at the Sleeping Giant tavern. Many were afraid of standing up to the bandit group, including Townmaster Harbin Wester, the closest thing Phandalin had to a local authority,[7] although some members of the community proved too hard or too dangerous to harass, such as Sister Garaele of the Shrine of Luck[7] and Halia Thornton of the Phandalin Miner's Exchange.[8]

Things eventually escalated to a breaking point when the Redbrands killed the woodcarver, Thel Dendrar, and kidnapped his wife, Mirna, and their children, Nars and Nilsa.[4][9] The group was defeated and cleared from their hideout by a group of adventurers.[1]

Notable Members[]

  • Iarno Albrek was the direct leader of the Redbrands.[3]
  • Nezznar was the true leader, directing Iarno's actions.[6]
  • Brawn McGable was a member who remained in Phandalin after the group's dissolution.[1]

Appendix[]

Notes[]

  1. 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.

Appearances[]

Adventures
Lost Mine of Phandelver
Referenced only
The Orrery of the Wanderer

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Jerry Holkins, Elyssa Grant, Scott Fitzgerald Gray (June 18, 2019). Acquisitions Incorporated. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 103–104. ISBN 978-0786966905.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Wizards RPG Team (July 2014). “Lost Mine of Phandelver”. Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set (Wizards of the Coast), p. 14. ISBN 978-0-7869-6559-5.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Wizards RPG Team (July 2014). “Lost Mine of Phandelver”. Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set (Wizards of the Coast), p. 19. ISBN 978-0-7869-6559-5.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Wizards RPG Team (July 2014). “Lost Mine of Phandelver”. Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set (Wizards of the Coast), p. 22. ISBN 978-0-7869-6559-5.
  5. Wizards RPG Team (July 2014). “Lost Mine of Phandelver”. Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set (Wizards of the Coast), p. 23. ISBN 978-0-7869-6559-5.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Wizards RPG Team (July 2014). “Lost Mine of Phandelver”. Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set (Wizards of the Coast), p. 26. ISBN 978-0-7869-6559-5.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Wizards RPG Team (July 2014). “Lost Mine of Phandelver”. Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set (Wizards of the Coast), p. 18. ISBN 978-0-7869-6559-5.
  8. Wizards RPG Team (July 2014). “Lost Mine of Phandelver”. Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set (Wizards of the Coast), p. 17. ISBN 978-0-7869-6559-5.
  9. Wizards RPG Team (July 2014). “Lost Mine of Phandelver”. Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 15–16. ISBN 978-0-7869-6559-5.
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