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Hello everyone,

I'm DM'ing the Lost Mines of Phandelver adventure. We've just arrived at the Hideout

beneath Tresendar Manor, belonging to the Redbrands

There is a small issue that does not seem to be explained in the rulebook. I have split this issue into 2 questions, with part 2 being here.

In Area 1

There is a wall on the north side of the room leading to area 3. From the drawing it looks like it's breakable, but the text describes it as 'part of the original cellar'. Is this wall discernable for the PC's, or is this a hidden passage?
Area 1 to Area 3


1 Answer 1


The odd-looking wall below the number 3 in the diagram isn't special in any way. The map itself is confusing, but it's trying to depict that there is a tunnel underneath the stone balcony.

Basically, the white door with the dotted lines is at ground level, then there is one set of stairs that leads up to the stone balcony. From that balcony, another set of stairs leads up to the door on the east of the room. The odd-looking wall is the artist's license to show that there is a tunnel beneath the balcony. Admittedly, it could be clearer.

If you'd like to add a secret door or hidden passage there, you certainly could, but nothing in the module suggests it.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Since the question no longer contains anything about area 4 (it's been moved here) I've deleted the area 4 section from your answer. I suggest you grab it out of your edit history and post it there, and give this post a do-over if you'd like. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 8, 2016 at 8:31
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    \$\begingroup\$ I removed the spoiler markup, as everyone that scrolled this far down into a clearly spoilery question should be aware of spoilers by now, and the spoiler markup hampers readability. \$\endgroup\$
    – MrLemon
    Apr 8, 2016 at 8:46
  • \$\begingroup\$ @doppelgreener Thanks for the offer, but I'll pass on the other question. The new answer there covers everything from my previous answer. \$\endgroup\$
    – Discord
    Apr 8, 2016 at 13:24

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