Human Wizard Iarno Albrek; Current Leader of the Redbrands


Iarno Albrek.

The wizard traveled to the town two months ago to establish order there. After the Lords’ Alliance received no word from Iarno, Sildar decided to investigate. Unaware that Iarno has taken on the mantle of Glasstaff.

A former member of the Lords’ Alliance, larno seized an opportunity in Phandalin to line his own pockets. Originally tasked with setting up a constabulary, the mage instead assembled a group of outlaws and local ruffians to secure his own position in town.

larno has been working for Red and the Reapers. Iarno knew of the Black Spider through his contacts in the Lords’ Alliance and he brokered a meeting on Red’s behalf in an attempt to regain favour with the crime lord. The drow promised to share the secrets and wealth of the Forge of Spells with the crime boss in exchange for his help and loyalty.

larno puts on airs of gentility and courteous manners, addressing his ruffians as “my good gentlemen,” and referring to sordid acts such as kidnapping or arson as “that unpleasant little business” or “those unfortunate events.”

He refers to the characters as “guests” and expresses regret that he cannot provide suitable entertainment for their visit.
Beneath his genteel demeanor, however, larno is just as thuggish and arrogant as any Redbrand outlaws.

If threatened, larno uses his staff of defense to cast mage armor on himself. He then casts offensive spells at enemies he can see. Iarno’s stat block contains a list of the spells he
has prepared. For descriptions of those spells and their effects, see the
rule book. larno uses the shield power of his staff for added protection.

If he is reduced to 8 or fewer hit points and has no avenues of escape, larno surrenders. He values his life more than anything, and he remains a model prisoner in the hopes that the Black Spider will somehow learn of his predicament and “arrange for his freedom.”

If he is questioned while in captivity, larno relates the following information, all of which is true:

  • The Black Spider is a drow (dark elf). The Black Spider sent three bugbears to help larno keep the population of Phandalin under control, but the Redbrands have managed without them. The bugbears know the way to Wave Echo Cave, but larno does not.
  • The Black Spider is searching
    Wave Echo Cave for the Forge of Spells. Dwarves and gnomes of the Phandelver’s Pact used the magical forge to fashion powerful magic items.
  • No other members of the Lords’ Alliance know of Iarno’s betrayal.


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