Tyranny of Dragons
Welcome to the Harpers
Welcome to the Harpers. You're one of us now. Don't go bragging about it. We fight for equality. We do it from the shadows. We fight corruption. We do it quietly. We fight against tyrants, despots, and monsters. We do it subtly. We also fight against dragons. We'd love to do that part quietly too, but at that point, we'll take what we can get.
We're the Harpers and we're here to make things right. We'd just rather nobody knows we're doing it. It's easier to do our job when the wicked don't see us coming, and even easier when they don't know we exist. We're of the opinion that cunning beats force, misdirection beats confrontation, and good triumphs over evil … especially when it catches evil napping. If we're wrong about any of that, then we've been getting real lucky for the last few centuries. We're not wrong. We're definitely not lucky either, though we wouldn't complain if we were; it'd be a nice change of pace. Sadly, though, luck's only for fools, gamblers, and goblins. We just have to make due with our quick wits, unerring charm, and our heroic good looks. A couple of trusty spells and a big sword don't hurt, either.
We're the Harpers. You're one of us now. That means you're here to rescue townsfolk, vanquish the dark forces that prey on the innocent, and just generally save Faerûn from itself. And you're here to do it quietly.
The Harpers is an old organization that has risen, been shattered, and risen again several times. Its longevity and resilience are largely due to its decentralized, grassroots, secretive nature, and the near-autonomy of many of its members. The Harpers have “cells” and lone operatives throughout Faerûn, although they interact and share information with one another from time to time as needs warrant. The Harpers' ideology is noble, and its members pride themselves on their integrity and incorruptibility. Harpers do not seek power or glory, only fair and equal treatment for all.
Harper agents are trained to act alone and depend on their own resources. When they get into scrapes, they don’t count on their fellow Harpers to rescue them. Nevertheless, Harpers are dedicated to helping one another in times of need, and friendships between Harpers are nigh unbreakable. Masterful spies and infiltrators, they use various guises and secret identities to form relationships, cultivate their information networks, and manipulate others into doing what needs to be done. Although most Harpers prefer to operate in the shadows, there are exceptions.
► Gather information throughout Faerûn.
► One can never have too much information.
► Thwart tyrants and leaders/governments/organizations that grow too powerful.
► Too much power leads to corruption.
► Promote fairness and equality by covert means.
► Aid the weak, poor, and oppressed.
► No one should be powerless.
To gather information throughout Faerûn, discern the political dynamics within each region or realm, and promote fairness and equality by covert means. Act openly as a last resort. Thwart tyrants and any leader, government, or group that grows too powerful, and aid the weak, the poor, and the oppressed.
Rank One — Watcher
Rank Two — Harpshadow
Rank Three — Brightcandle
Rank Four — Wise Owl
Rank Five — High Harper