Harpers


“Down with tyranny. Fairness and equality for all”

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.

There are several Harper agents throughout the Hillsfar region, the most senior is Olisara Lightsong, a female elf bard who can often be found at the Cloverwall Roadhouse, a ramshackle inn a day’s ride northwest of Hillsfar. In addition there is a long established Harper house at Elventree called The House of the Harp.

BELIEFS

  • One can never have too much information.
  • Too much power leads to corruption.
  • No one should be powerless.

GOALS

  • To gather information throughout Faerûn
  • Discern the political dynamics within each region or realm
  • 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.
  • Aid the weak, the poor, and the oppressed.

Ranks

  • Watcher (rank 1)
  • Harpshadow (rank 2)
  • Brightcandle (rank 3)
  • Wise Owl (rank 4)
  • High Harper (rank 5)

Rank 3 Faction Benefits

Rage of Demons Rank 3 Downtime Activities – Members of the five factions who have achieved rank 3 have access to the following special downtime activities when adventuring in and around Hillsfar and in the Underdark beneath the city.

Mental Fortitude. You are a Brightcandle of the Harpers. Under the tutelage of your faction-mates in Elventree, you have learned the secrets of healing the mind. If you are afflicted with any type of madness, you can spend one downtime day to reduce your madness level by 1, and to cure any short-term madness or long-term madness that afflicts you. You can do the same for allies, but the cost is three downtime days per ally cured. You cannot use this benefit to cure indefinite madness, and you cannot reduce your madness level to 0 if you are afflicted with indefinite madness.

KNOWN MEMBERS

Elanil Elassidil – elven bard, leader and Herald of Elventree
Marie Seneforth – human wizard, formerly of Hillsfar.
Olisara Lightsong – female elf bard, most senior Harper in the region.
Basil Grem – gnome bard and member of the Protectors of Elventree

Harpers

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