Campaign of the Month: January 2013
DANgerous Kalamar 4
Guardians of the Hidden Flame
This ultra-secret group of Imperial dissidents is responsible for the delivery of the Silver Dragon Coins to each reigning Kalamaran Emperor. Additionally, some historians believe that the founders of this mysterious band hid the sword Rovak Fen’doral and the Imperial trappings that disappeared when the Bakar family seized power. Secrecy among the organization is imperative, for if Emperor Kabori ever finds anyone connected with the Silver Dragon Coins he would certainly have them put to a horrible and painful death.
The name ‘Guardians of the Hidden Flame’ derives from the eternal fire that burns at their secret headquarters. The Guardians teach that the flame must not be extinguished until Thedorus returns to restore the Inakas Dynasty and exact his revenge upon the evil Bakar family line. Each member of the network is branded with the symbol of the flame, usually on the member’s scalp where it is safely concealed beneath hair.
Although the Guardians tend the flame and observe ancient rituals, the modern teachings of this group center around the overthrow of Kabori and his tyrannical regime. Old wives’ tales of Thedorus’ return are more appropriate for children than warriors seeking the destruction of the most powerful man on Tellene. Their vigilance is no longer wasted on preparing for the return of a myth, but on the mobilization of the oppressed.
In the past, the Guardians concentrated their efforts on arming and training the peasants for combat. However, Kabori’s harsh and swift responses to uprisings have caused them to reconsider this tactic. Their current activities involve creating an army of seasoned freedom fighters. They know that with a small strike force of experienced soldiers they can thwart some of the Emperor’s plans and, if successful, they may be able to gain support among the more discontented lords.
Little else is known about the clandestine activities of the Guardians. Their lack of visibility and outward successes has caused some sages and most common folk to doubt whether they actually continue to exist at all. Nevertheless, no one can dispute that each year the Silver Dragon Coins keep coming.