Wave Echo Cave
More than five hundred years ago, Suel wizards enslaved clans of dwarves and gnomes to mine the wealth of a wondrous cavern known as Wave Echo Cave. In addition to its mineral wealth, the mine contained great magical power.
Suel spellcasters forced the dwarves and gnomes to channel and bind that energy into a great forge (called the Forge of Spells), where items could be crafted imbuing them with magic. The nearby Suel town of Phandalin prospered as well. But then disaster struck when orcs swept down from the Hollow Highlands and laid waste to all in their path.