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Underdark - A Visual Guide

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The Moonsea is a region in North Faerun. The region is dominated by the large titular sea that is connected to the Sea of Fallen Stars to the south by the river Lis. The shoreline is a wild, frontier area that is home to several city states dominated by despots. The region does not have a capital. The Moonsea is not necessarily a safe place to live and its settlers are driven and independent as a result.

The most notable of the city-states are Zhentil Keep (main base of operation for the Zhentarim) at the western end, the greatest base of operation of the once-secret society of the Zhentarim; Hillsfar (is a powerful city-state led by the wizard Maalthiir) lies in the southwest and Mulmaster (decadent sprawl riddled with crime and corruption) in the southeast; Melvaunt (a city of smithing and mercantile services, serving as the port of entry to many travelers coming to the region) rests on the northern side along with Phlan (a large town located on the northern shoreline of the Moonsea at the mouth of the Stojanow river). The Bell in the Deep is in a submerged city in the southern Moonsea. At times, nearby ships can hear the ghostly bell ring.

The Moonsea climate can be described as harsh and cold. People of the Moonsea are used to wearing cold-weather and other bulky clothes year-round.

The Moonsea region is a particularly dangerous one. There is risk at every turn from pirates, monsters, bandits and military conflicts. Most settlements are fortified and well-guarded, taking precautions to the point of not allowing visitors after dark. Coming from the old mountains to the north and the area’s titular lake, strange beasts attack from everywhere in the Moonsea. As the sea was once referred to as the Sea of Dragons, there are still dragon lairs littering the wilderness. Dragons still return here to mate.

The Harper Organization

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Harper Background:
The Harpers are a secret organization dedicated to promoting good, preserving history (especially art and music of Faerun) and maintaining a balance between civilization and nature by keeping kingdoms small and the destruction of plant life to a minimum.

Pushing for Balance as well as what is right, they oppose all evil organizations such as the Zhentarim and the Red Wizards of Thay. The Harpers strive for many small, allied kingdoms, keeping rulers close to their people and too occupied with actively helping their subjects to be concerned with making war and conquering their neighbors.

Harpers are hated in many countries such as Thay or Tethyr, for a variety of reasons, but especially for their vehement opposition to the practice of slavery.

The Harper organization is lead by a female known only as Athena (race unknown). She is supported by her lieutenants (called “Voices”). Voices are the only ones who interact with Athena directly. No regular Harper member (called “Strings”) have ever seen Athena in person. Some say that she doesn’t exist, instead the Harpers are lead by the Voices with Athena nothing more than a figurehead.

All Harper members upon initiation learn a secret sign language that is never to be taught outside the organization. This language helps the members recognize other members. (NOTE: Add “Harper Sign Language” to your languages list)

Many members keep a journal recording tree, shrub, herbs types. They also record descriptions of forest creatures (abilities, weaknesses, spoor, etc.) to help the order increase their lore of Faerun.

CURRENT EVENTS: The Harper organization no longer exists on Faerun. The Followers of EREBUS have destroyed most of the group. A few Harper cells have gone underground to escape death. These small cells have combined with other Resistance Fighters (most notably the Halfling and Gnome Underground) to stage Guerrilla warfare upon the Followers of EREBUS.


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