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Supported Faction Guide
« on: April 30, 2007, 01:24:05 PM »
Officially Supported Factions

The intention of this thread is to inform players of the purposes, benefits, and challenges of the faction system currently in place at PotM. Most of us when we joined the server began in the outlander faction by default. One of the obvious benefits of PotM Ravenloft is that characters can be plucked by the mists from many different worlds. While the outlander faction is a safe and sensible starting point, some players soon become tantalized and fascinated with other character concepts that are already a part of the setting: natives information thread For those of you interested in learning more about the factions and the setting, this thread is for you. We hope to answer frequently asked questions. If we have missed something, or you would like to contribute on some level, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Community Council, Development or the DM teams. Contact information for each faction is also provided, should you have questions about a specific faction.


Why join a faction?
One of the goals at PotM is to create and foster a dynamic role playing experience. Tension is the key component to any dynamic setting. Tension drives plot. Each faction has its own history, secrets, and goals. When one faction’s goals conflict with another faction’s, tension results, generating a plot structure for player characters to thrive within and from. When these factions are an embedded part of the setting, not only do player characters benefit from the resulting plots, they also contribute towards bringing the setting to life, hence enhancing the role play experience for everyone. 

How do the factions typically work?
Each faction has a DM responsible for it. Some factions may have more than one DM. Some of the DMs were once players, who were involved in more than one faction, making them more than qualified to handle the faction while remaining true to the setting. Each faction also has a secure forum. Once a character is initiated into the faction, the DM will grant that player access to the forum. Once your character's faction is set, you will have the option of spawning at the faction base, so long as your faction has one. 

How do I join a faction?
Sometimes the role play will lead a character into a faction, with little to no level of OOC. However, how a character joins a faction depends a great deal on which faction. If you have an existing character that you would like to get onboard with a faction, or if you would like to begin a new character within a faction, we recommend that you send a private message to the Faction DM. Be aware that there are times when a Faction DM may not be active due to life’s other obligations. If you do not receive a message back from that DM, we recommend sending your message to the DM team in general, or the Community Council, and someone will be sure to take care of you. 

How much time is devoted to faction play?
How much time you want to invest your character into a faction is up to you. Which faction is best for you may depend on how many hours a week you play, as well as your style or preference of role play. Some factions are more dependent on DM involvement than others. Some players have multiple characters, involved in different factions. When an event is scheduled to take place in one faction, they simply log in that character and participate. If one faction is laying low, either due to IC events or OOC reasons, they then have other characters to role play in the meantime. If you are interested in joining a particular faction, we suggest that you contact that faction's DM. You may also benefit from talking with players who have experience within that faction. 

Are the factions true to canon?
Some of the factions have been revised to accommodate for the persistent world experience. While some factions have been altered more or less, the integrity of the setting has remained intact, and the role play from each faction adheres to the conventions of the gothic genre. 

What factions are available to players?
While players always have the freedom to begin their own faction, the following factions are currently supported by the setting, Development team, and the DM team:

Worldly Factions:

Religious Factions:

Secret Societies:
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Re: Supported Faction Guide
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2010, 11:36:54 AM »
The Nature of Faction-Play


What is required of role-players in order for factions to succeed?


Tension drives story. Tension drives character development.  The real adventure in life or in stories begins when everything goes wrong and characters are forced to adapt and make critical choices.

Potm's history is rich with players that have achieved their power primarily by charisma--a sort of power that grinding for xp/levels can't achieve.  When you have players who can play charismatic characters, while also maintaining a healthy separation between their character’s ambitions and their ambitions for their characters, while also not needing to constantly be in a position of power and control of every situation, you have players who can make factions work for themselves and the community.

If a player’s character is a personification/manifestation of that player's desired ego (or wish fulfillment) and that player lacks a healthy degree of self-awareness, then they will experience difficulty and frustration at every turn of faction role play. Anything or anyone who seems to get in the way of their vision and ambition, whether they are aware of it or not, will be viewed with hostility.  As tension/conflict is necessary for dynamic-role play and character development, anyone who doesn't maintain a healthy separation from their character may view the players or dms whom their characters or factions are in conflict with (which may overlap too much with their personal interest) with an out-of-character suspicion.

Faction role play also works best when you have participants who don’t engage in slander and gossip. When a player becomes angry and upset, too often they seek out others who will share their narrative. For this reason, it is within the rights of the DM team to remove from faction-play those players who have been judged as having a negative impact on the game-play. If a player has genuine concerns about DMs or players, they are encouraged to approach the Community Council with their grevience so an unbiased assessment may be taken.

Server Role-play at its most basic is a free-flowing form of storytelling set against a historical backdrop. Faction-play is considered to be an elevated level of storytelling within the server. It is complex and often complicated, showcasing the canon elements of Ravenloft even as it gives players the chance to aspire to grand heights and even steeper falls. The DM team, through the use of NPC's, can be expected to promote the canon narratives of Ravenloft and ensure that the overall narrative within a faction is a compelling narrative for the players involved. Players who engage in faction-play cannot expect their characters to always be treated fairly. In aspiring to a more complex form of play, it is inevitable that both betrayals and injustices will happen. Although it may not always be apparent to a player why something happened, the most important question remains the kind of legacy a PC and a player leave behind after they are gone.

As a narrative tool, PVP will often be used as a means to promote and resolve tension. Players who engage in faction role play are presumed to have accepted the risk of physical confrontation. While no player has the right to grief another, it is important to remember how limited a single players' point-of-view is, and how important it is to trust your fellow players. Trust, in the end, is the most vital element of storytelling and it is the responsibility of both parties involved to work together for the benefit of the overall narrative. Sometimes this means loss, tragedy, and injustice for one of the parties involved. Players engaged in faction role-play cannot expect to exist within any sort of bubble, remaining free of the actions of other players or even the ripples of the actions of other players. Every player within a faction is responsible for maintaining the trust of their fellow players, as well as respecting the skill and devotion with which they attempt to carry out their narrative.
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Vallaki Guards
« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2010, 04:00:38 AM »
Vallaki Guard


The Man with the Golden Helmet by Rembrandt van Rijn

Marching out the gates of the Citadel, the ancient fortress that was once owned by the mighty Tergs in Barovia's distant past, Private Sergei Olyaevo makes his way unto the cobbled portions of Old Svalich Road. It is a mild day and he has been ordered to make his way west, outside the walls to ensure that the various squatters that come pouring from the infamous 'Outlander's Gate', as well as his fellow Barovians, keep passive and respectful of the Count Strahd von Zarovich XI and his Burgomaster Svari Ionelus' laws and edicts. When he arrives beyond the Grey City's walls, he can only hope that this shall be another day empty of work so that he can enjoy his evening without having to scribe some foolish offense down in a log...

The Vallaki Guard serve as the Grey City's defense as well as peace keeping forces. They are a basic feudal military drawn up by the Burgomaster of Vallaki as their contribution to Barovia's war machine should the Count require them. They are volunteers - free Barovian men and women who have decided that with steel and blood they will find purpose or safety in their life, rather than simple crafts work or farming. When upholding the law, and carrying out orders, guard characters may find themselves in positions where they perform morally questionable acts. Guard players have the power to enforce the law upon and even arrest or kill other players in the line of work. This power in players hands is tempered only by in character checks and balances as well as OOC courtesy. Along with this a member of the Vallaki Guard must always remember their character is surrounded by other Barovian NPCs who will not kindly take to strange things like witchery and other foreign concepts - your individual unique aspects, eccentricities, and dark secrets will likely play against you should they be discovered by your fellow guards both players and npcs alike.

Eligible Members:
Races: Humans (Barovian)

Classes: Fighters, Rangers, Rogues
[Any one with Simple Weapons and Light Armor Proficiency could join but obviously spell-casters are going to have to keep their other talents secret at -great risk- to themselves...]

Alignments: Lawful, Neutral (LN, LG, LE, TN, NG, NE)
[Chaotic alignments would likely change under the pressure or wouldn't even consider joining an option...]

Themes: Intrigue, Investigation, Law Enforcement, Morality, "Native Culture".

Special: Can't have an alt in the Red Vardo, Gundarakite Rebels, and other guard antagonistic factions.

Spoiler: CURRENT IN CHARACTER STANDARDS • show

STANDARDS OF RECRUITMENT

It is the responsibility of the officer to regulate and oversee recruitment. It shall be done
by need as well as by order. Recruits of particular tradeskills, such as metalworking, fletching,
and leatherworking may qualify for higher wages as well as exemption to some standards.


I. Only men of at least 16 and women of at least 18 shall be considered. None older than
50 shall be considered.

II. Only those who know their letters shall be considered.

III. Only those who have some knowledge of arms and armour shall be considered.

IV. Only those who have their own arms shall be considered.

V. Only those of good health and wholeness of body shall be considered. No cripples, amputees,
or chronically ill shall be considered.

VI. Only those of good standing and record shall be considered. None who have committed crimes
against Vallaki or elsewhere in Barovia shall be considered.



Related Links:
Native Barovian and Gundarakite Role Play Guide.

Interested? Contact:

A member of the DM Team.

Or seek out a member of this faction in-game.
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Red Vardo Traders
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2010, 04:01:29 AM »
Red Vardo Traders


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"Why can't people just make their payments on time?" Nicolai asked in his head. "I hate these kinds of jobs - they're not fun.. too legitimate for my tastes. I'd much rather be slurping some tsuika back at the Prancing Nymph, my face buried in Ylenia's legendary endowments. See, now that? That's something worth my time." He smirked at that. A loud pop issued from the chest before him and he retrieved the bejeweled chalice he was tasked to get by the Captain in Vallaki. Hopefully, he'd have time for his true heart's desire...

The renowned Red Vardo Traders, headed by Jacqueline Montarri, have made a reputation as ruthless "finders" who can recover lost and stolen cargo, objects, or even people. Their methods are closely guarded, and although most suspect them of underworld dealings, their services to the merchant community in Krezk and Vallaki are so valued that objections are never raised. In fact their reputation has allowed them to expand west beyond their grim Barovian home - with their most significant operation out there being in the Core's cultural capital, Port-au-Lucine in Dementlieu. While publicly the Traders deny any kind of criminal involvement or activity, it's no secret that some of their members come and go from seedy hangouts such as the Tigan's Rest in the slums of Vallaki or the Mutinied Sailor in the Merchant's Quarter in Port-au-Lucine. The sorts of people employed by the Red Vardo come in many skill sets from brawny bodyguards, smooth talking merchants, entirely legitimate locksmiths, and the chances are if you're good at what you do they might want you too.

Eligible Members:
Races: Any Non-Outcasts
[Outcast races vary in size, shape, and horror. Some might be able to gain entry at the discretion of Vardo leadership...]

Classes: Any
[Nearly any class could gain entry into this organization, baring Paladins and Druids, though it is mostly aimed towards thug fighters and crafty rogues...]

Alignments: Neutral, Evil
[Do-gooders might be able to make their way into this organization but chances are their soft hearts might keep them from advancement or even get them removed...]

Themes: Thievery, Intrigue, Underworld, Smuggling, Shady Stuff.

Special: Considering that this organization could be using its services for or against any one faction, it's best not to be involved in any other faction on alts.



Related Links:
Red Vardo Traders.

Interested? Contact:

A member of the DM Team.

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Wayfarer Kinship
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2010, 04:05:53 AM »
Wayfarer Kinship


“Dragon Slayers, And Proud of It!” By Larry Elmore

"I didn't expect him to go down so quick!" spoke Ulrik. "Nor did I think your prayers would work, priest!" bellowed Hrothgar Red-Beard with a chuckle. The band turned their attentions to the setting sun, suddenly concerned and their moment of celebration ended. It was not a wise thing to linger about in a Barovian night. So the strange band made their way back to Vallaki, proof of their victory in tow for the Burgomaster, proof to the people there that the "Green Demon" had finally been checked in its reign of terror over the lands outside the city's walls. But not before a few mugs of mead and a few good hours of sleep back in Loric's lodge...

Less organized than other factions and more of a guild, the Wayfarer Kinship is lead by the retired adventurer Loric Ashall. Combined of the adventurous and good hearted who wish to stand together against the dangers of Ravenloft. Although shunned by the local populace, they are still frequently contacted when people need more help than the local guards are willing to offer. Those who harbor black hearts or seek to spread wickedness about the Core are likely an ill fit for this group.

Eligible Members:
Races: Any Non-Outcasts

Classes: Any

Alignments: Good, Neutral
[Only the most deceitful villains will be able to strive among these do-gooders. Best to avoid them..]

Themes: Do-goodery, Adventure, Heroics, Kinship


Interested? Contact:

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Gundarakite Rebels
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2010, 04:11:35 AM »
Gundarakite Rebels


Untitled by Frank Frazetta

"This day, we shall be the thralls of The Devil no more! For too long have our people suffered under his yoke and the chains of his boyars! No more, I say, no more!" shouted Elder Fredek in the Luktar tongue - the assembled crowd though large in number was reverently silent. "From this day on, we shall work to supply men and other supplies to the Coursers of Chaos in their fight against the Barovians, their Devil Strahd, and his lapdog Burgomaster Jacenty Girghiu!" he rose his hand as some of the women in the crowd began to openly weep. "Save your tears, good mothers, your sons and daughters would only die under Barovian steel in their beds! Save those tears should they die as heroes, save those tears for the day Gundarak is free!" and so with that the crowd became a mighty roar, and many young men and women ran forward to volunteer themselves...

This faction primarily consists of native Gundarakites, and unlike the Guard faction, is secretive. To the west of Barovia, there once was the domain of Gundarak. Upon the assassination of Duke Gundar, Count Strahd took the initiative, and a nine-month long siege took place, until the eastern half of Gundarak was finally conquered. In Barovia, the Gundarakite are treated as second class citizens. Those Gundarakites who refuse to bend their knee to Count Strahd, have devoted their lives to the rebellion. This faction offers plenty of moral dilemmas for characters. The rebel desire for liberty is a noble one, but at what costs? Rebels spend much of their time in hiding, hatching plots in the hope that one day their struggle for liberty will pay off. This faction is open to both native Gundarakite and outlanders, so long as that outlander has gone through many trials and has been deemed trustworthy. Like the Barovians within the Guard Faction, Gundarakites fear the arcane. Therefore, any character that is of a class that is arcane dependent, be warned.

Eligible Members:
Races: Humans (Gundarakites)
[Other races, outlanders, perhaps even sympathetic Barovians might find themselves allies in the struggle, but ultimately it depends upon the individual group and its temperament as there is no unified movement...]

Classes: Any Except Spellcasters
[The Gundarakites, like all Barovians, fear magic, and any cell that had spell casters would likely find itself dreadfully alone...]

Alignments: Any
[The Gundarakite rebellion is fractured and the various cells likely have varying themes, goals, and moral opinions, though absurdly evil groups would likely be isolated from the wider movement...]

Themes: Struggle, Revolution, Rebellion, Freedom, Morality, "Native Culture".

Special: Can't have an alt in the guards.



Related Links:
Gundarakite RP Resource.
Gundarakite language resources.
Native Barovian and Gundarakite Role Play Guide.

Interested? Contact:

A member of the DM Team.

Or seek out a member of this faction in-game.
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Ba’al Verzi
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2010, 04:12:10 AM »
Ba’al Verzi


Ivan the Terrible Killing His Son by Ilya Repin

"Such a curious piece." thought Burgomaster Petre Teodorus as he walked the length of an ancient, tattered tapestry on the wall somewhere in his famous archive. "This must have been a common enough thing, then, a true and common thing, the killings done by the Ba'al Verzi, else why would the ancestors need make note of it? Or conjure up such grand images for tales." His eyes focused on what was a feminine figure, ideally some ancient Barovian lordling and his wife, however she was driving a dagger right into his skull. "Though it is said, even in those myths: that the Ba'al Verzi were legendary for their ability to blend in. That anyone could have been Ba'al Verzi... your best friend, the local priest, the captain of the guard, even the mother that bore you. Perhaps it wasn't an exaggeration, perhaps this is a record of truth. Yes..."

An ancient order of assassins, haunting Barovia to this day? Especially after their supposed attempt upon Strahd the First's life? Impossible.

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You won’t find them. They will find you.
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Cult of the Morninglord
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2010, 04:12:47 AM »
Cult of the Morninglord


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"You are scared of this icon, my child? You need not be." Vicar Miklos said with a smile and in comfort to the little girl at hem of his robe. "His mouth and hand are bloody as proof that even in his divine radiance there is a darkness. We all have dark times and are guilty of ill deeds, but it need not smother the light in us. That is why he wears the sun-disk, the halo." He then places his hand atop the girl's head, patting three times. "...and in the end he will return, return with his mouth clean to dash away the gloom that came to our land so long ago. Much as we can start again on the morrow after we commit our dark deeds, he shall come to be the 'tomorrow' for all of Barovia, for all of the world." He then took her hand and lead her from the chapel and out into the morning sun...

The Cult of the Morninglord was founded around 475 BC by the outlander Matryn Pelkar, who claimed that the Morninglord appeared to him in physical form and saved him from a pack of vampires. Based on this encounter, the Cult depicts the Morninglord as a luminous sylvan humanoid, similar to an elf. Although his body is formed of soft, glowing light, his face is smeared with blood, which the cult says is a sign that even the greatest good may hold some evil stain and even the most depraved evil may contain a spark of goodness. They believe that no matter how dark the night, the dawn will come and that the Morninglord will one day return to lead the world into daylight. Presumably, when this happens the Morninglord's mouth would be wiped clean; clerics often use the phrase, "Thy lips be cleansed" in hopes of this day.

This religion is also imported from the Forgotten Realms setting. The name “Lathander” is not used here, and there are some differences in the belief system, such as focusing more on hope and struggle, rather than upon examples lead by nobility in the land, for instance. Lathanderites from the Realms and elsewhere may have a hard time connecting this religion with their own, especially the macabre image of a bloody mouthed elf in lieu of the traditionally imagined handsome, strong looking and human Lathander. The sorts of people who would become involved in this organization are faithful believers in the Morninglord's religion, particularly native people to Barovia and especially the oppressed Gundarakites who focus upon those aspects of hope and struggle to lead them through the darker days under the Barovian yoke. Priests of the faith make the core of the temples dedicated to bringing light to the world and banishing the wandering dead, as well as the warriors who aid them in the task. Laymen, however, can be anyone.

Eligible Members:
Races: Any Non-Outcast
[The cult's adherents are almost entirely human but their focus on the light in everyone allows for any who strive in the Lord's name to be among them, though outcast races would be kept at distance...]

Classes: Clerics (Dawnbringers), Fighter, Paladin (Light Carrier)
[Other classes might make their way among them, bards, for instance, who did not alert the native people of Barovia to their magics, would be a great boon to any church and their morning hymns...]

Alignments: Good, Neutral
[Only the most deceitful villains will be able to strive among these do-gooders. Best to avoid them..]

Themes: Do-goodery, Heroics, Hope, Morality, Undead-slaying, "Native Culture".

Other:

Clerics of the Morninglord must have two of the following domains: Good, Luck, Protection, Salvation, Sun.
Clerics of the Morninglord must have one of the following alignments: CG, NG, CN


Related Links:
Native Barovian and Gundarakite Role Play Guide.
Morninglord Resource.
Cult Of The Morninglord.

Interested? Contact:

A member of the DM Team.

Or seek out a member of this faction in-game.
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Church of Ezra
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2010, 04:13:18 AM »
Church of Ezra


Joan of Arc by John Everett Millais

"Oh Ezra, look down upon me in this struggle, this struggle for the soul of Barovia..." prayed the Warden Mina Polescu. "Though its people fear your name, that they associate it with the sins of an ancient betrayal that was surely wrought by the Mists of Death so long ago to suppress your message of salvation, I ask you, to give me the strength to walk among them, to tell them of your story of sacrifice, to drive away the evils in their hearts, in their lives, and those that dwell near their homes in the night." She gripped her sword tightly, a symbol and aspect of Ezra's message of stalwart guardianship. "Blessed Ezra, you who gave yourself to the Mists of Death so that I may, so that we all may have salvation and protection from their treachery, know I love you and do your will in this world, until my breath leaves me and joins you in the Hollow, to await the day of our freedom..."

The Church of Ezra was born a little over one hundred years ago (666 BC), when Yakov, a son of the notorious Dilisnya dynasty claimed that a divine entity, Ezra, Our Guardian in the Mists, had given him a message to spread to all the world. According to most traditions in the church, Ezra was a virtuous mortal woman who, despairing of the evils of the world, forever surrendered her mortality to the Mists to become an eternal guardian of mankind. However, the fractious sects of the Church of Ezra have been debating the true nature and teachings of their ascended patron for decades. The original, lawful neutral sect, also called the Home Faith due to the hierarchy and highest office (the Praesidius) "at home" in Borca. The lawful good sect in Mordent, called the Pure Hearts, also teaches that anchorites must convert as many souls to Ezra’s flock as possible for their own good. The mystical, neutral Dementlieu sect claims that Ezra was a goddess who abandoned her callous fellow gods to offer mortals succor, and spends its time studying the true nature of their goddess. Lastly, the lawful evil sect centered in Nevuchar Springs prophesies an imminent Time of Unparalleled Darkness, when the unfaithful will be consumed by darkness. All anchorites agree that Ezra cannot protect those who do not accept her into their hearts.

In the context of our server this organization is based in a temple in Vallaki, the Refuge of the Fifth Light which was founded nearly three decades ago by the now Sentire Mugur Costinus. Its only rivals in faith in Barovia being the community Teufeldorf and the small, but well ordered and fairly close-minded Zealots in the colony of Raduta. For this reason the Sentire of Vallaki has few concerns with anyone who passes into his area of temporal authority knowing well that even wandering Anchorites would need to obey his edicts and respect his position. Combine this with the Burgomaster Svari Ionelus coming to power, a man who is himself an Anchorite and a former student of the Sentire Costinus and you have the perfect situation where the Sentire is the legal "owner" of the Ezrite "brand" in Vallaki, effectively meaning - if you wish to do Ezra's work in eastern Barovia, you must do so at Mugur's blessing and under his guidelines...

Eligible Members:
Races: Humans Mostly
[The Ezrite religion is almost exclusively focused in human majority domains and Ezra is a champion for mankind. However, the Zealots being Darkonese have baptized many demi-humans into the faith and look upon demi-humanity favorably. The Refuge would likely only bring the most advantageous demi-humans into their midst but would otherwise avoid them due to local dislike for strange things, their religion among them already.]

Classes: Clerics, Mundanes
['Mundanes' represent any non-caster class which has decided to join with the church to serve as Templars of the Refuge. Barbarians, Monks, and arcane spell casters would be turned away from such positions and paladins are both boon and topic of debate...]

Alignments: LN
[The general alignment in the Refuge of the Fifth Light is LN, it is a Home Faith mission. The other alignments of the other sects can be represented by those few strangers they've marginalized or host as guests. Templars and other laymen need not worry much on this topic, but obviously people who drift outside the traditional alignment groups for the religion will be noticed, corrected, and have other pressures applied to them in the course of role play...]

Themes: Intrigue, Politics, Morality, Monster-slaying, "Native Culture".

Other:

Clerics of Ezra must have Mist Domain and one of the following domains: Protection, Law, Destruction, Healing
Clerics of Ezra must have one of the following alignments: LN (Home Faith), LG (Pure Heart), LE (Zealot), TN (Erudite)
Clerics of Ezra can only wear steel heavy armor or robes and must carry a shield.
Clerics of Ezra may only use a longsword if they are of the Home Faith or Pure Hearts, any edged weapon if they are Erudites, and any one handed weapon if they are Zealot (as well as -never- going unarmed).

Related Links:
Church of Ezra Resource.

Interested? Contact:

A member of the DM Team.

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Society of the Erudite
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2010, 04:14:27 AM »
Society of the Erudite


Destiny by John William Waterhouse

The pursuit of knowledge is the common thread weaving together those who partake in the Society of the Erudite. Located at the Les Presses du Savoir in Port-a-Lucine of Dementileu, this faction is based in the ideal setting. The Les Presses du Savoir possesses the most technologically advanced printing press, inviting player characters to not only collect knowledge but to author it. With the museums, multiple libraries, and the university culture, characters will have a plethora of resources to take advantage of. The faction is different than others in at least one important aspect: this faction is neither good nor evil. Characters of any alignment are able to join the Society, providing the unique opportunity for characters who might not normally associate with one another, to come together. The core value that unites those within this faction will be a deep appreciation and belief in the sharing of knowledge, ideas, and the resulting discussions, publications, and debates.

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Fraternity of Shadows
« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2010, 04:18:01 AM »
Fraternity of Shadows

No information is offered on this highly secretive faction.

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You can't contact what is not truly there.
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Van Richten Society
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2015, 02:03:28 PM »
Van Richten Society


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Quote from: Dr. Rudolph van Richten
The fight against creatures of darkness is a difficult, and often painful one! But it is a good fight, and one that must be fought. If this work inspires but one person to follow in my footsteps, then I have succeeded and my life's work has not been for naught.

An organization dedicated to the eradication of foul monsters and understanding them, to this end. Although Rudolph van Richten is presumed to be dead, his legacy lives on in a few, who have formed the Van Richten Society in his honor. Because the foes of the Van Richten Society are many, and more than a few would seek to bring about an end to their meddling, the society is a secret organization.

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Do good deeds, work to eliminate evil throughout the Core, and you may get noticed by members of this clandestine organization.
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La Troupe du Théâtre de la Cathédrale
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2015, 02:19:32 PM »
La Troupe du Théâtre de la Cathédrale


Salle du Palais-Cardinal with Richelieu by Jean de Saint-Igny

Working on behalf of the respectable and honorable House Jalabert of Dementlieu, in the mesmerizing and beautiful city of Port-à-Lucine, the Théâtre de la Cathédrale and its troupe frequently attract talent from throughout the Core and beyond. Thespians and actors, musicians and artists, set and costume designers - all are welcome to serve as part of the theater's troupe. Barbarous individuals and those with savage tendencies need not apply.

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Gendarmerie Nationale de la République de Dementlieu
« Reply #13 on: May 19, 2016, 04:05:12 AM »
Gendarmerie Nationale de la République de Dementlieu


With breastplates gleaming over bright silk and lace, pennants waving, plumes tossing and trumpets blowing, the Gendarmerie marches four by four before the great dome of the Palais Dirigeant. The great lords who lead them—Dukes, Counts, Viscounts, and Barons among them—raise their helmets high to salute the noble ladies young and old who have turned out to see the gay parade. For they are the keepers of order, the watchers of the border, the arm of the Council and the shield of the city of Port-a-Lucine. But they are more than that—for were they not once kingmakers themselves?—and could not the man—or woman—who controls the Gendarmerie in turn force their will upon the glittering gem of Port-a-Lucine with almost complete impunity…?

The Gendarmerie is both the national army of Dementlieu and the order-keeping arm of the Council. Although its authority spans the domain, and there are prefectures and local guard-houses in many villages and towns, its authority is concentrated in and, for the most part, essentially limited to the cities of Port-a-Lucine and Chateaufaux. The noble Houses of Dementlieu and their retinues generally retain much of the day-to-day peacekeeping in the rest of the domain, as well as retaining sizeable military forces of their own, which supplement the Gendarmerie in times of national crisis or war.

Although military prowess matters to the individual gendarme on a day-to-day basis, the higher ranks depend on anything but. Commands in the Gendarmerie are subject to the same intricate machinations, covert scheming, and outright bribery as any other office of state in Dementlieu, and it is not uncommon for those who hold high military rank to possess little or no fighting experience whatsoever. Such a position, it is commonly thought, is a good way for a House to increase and assert its influence in the domain, and should they be called upon to actually provide the services which are nominally required of them, well, one can always bribe someone else to handle that eventuality. A Gendarme who wishes advancement should expect to spend as much time drinking wine and making small-talk at social functions as drilling soldiers and fighting the enemies of the State.

Eligible Members: Humans (A strong preference for Mordentish-speaking humans; the more one deviates from this norm, the more difficult one will find advancement and reward).
Classes: Fighting classes preferably but exceptions can be made, provided they are very wealthy and can show basic military talents. Since spellcasting is very poorly-regarded, a gendarme would need to show other talents in order to secure a position. That said, should spellcasting prove an asset (except necromancy), commanders might be persuaded to turn a blind eye to such “frivolities”.
Alignments: LN, though characters can come from any alignment.
Themes: High society, politics, socializing, detectives, conspiracies, intrigues, self-advancement, military, hierarchy.
Special: Cannot have an alternate character in the Red Vardo Traders or any other Dementlieuse permanent or plot faction antagonistic to the Gendarmerie.

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