Dungeons, Dragons, and Dismemberment
2000 years ago, The original Phandalin was a town built out of necessity: a nearby mine was found to harbor magical ore and local humans/dwarves/elves/etc… sought to take advantage of its properties. With this activity, the town became almost a small city… until a mysterious event, lost to history, happened that leveled the mine, as well as the town.
2000 years later, the original dwarven settlers of the region, aka the Rockseeker Clan, is trying to revive the town. There are a handful of settlers and because of this, new life has been breathed to the former ruins. As a result, the place is now called “New Phandalin”