Campaign of the Month: January 2013
DANgerous Kalamar 4
Secret Network of the Blue Salamander
The Secret Network of the Blue Salamander is the largest secular organization on Tellene. Its leaders are obsessed with power. They aim for world domination and will settle for nothing less. Those who stand in their way are brought to their knees or crushed.
Raja Na-Badyja, an arch-mage of phenomenal skill and dark aspirations, formed the Secret Network. Raja, whose symbol was a Blue Salamander, sought to dominate Tellene and crown himself Overking. He believed magic, information and wealth, not military might, were the keys to world domination. Raja gathered his henchman and began his assault. After only five years of effort, he had infiltrated virtually every guild and government on Tellene. It seemed as if his plan was going to be successful. However, Raja’s chief henchman, Mesvanis, had plans of his own. Mesvanis entered into an alliance with a group of illithids and together they overthrew the arch-mage. After the battle, the mind flayers gave Mesvanis a surprise of his own; they psionically attacked Mesvanis and feasted on his brain. Today, most believe that illithids, vying for control of the surface world, still run the Network.
The membership of the Network is quite diverse. The Network employs as agents humans, demi-humans and non-humans from all social strata. This racial and professional diversity is of great benefit. The Network has been able to infiltrate many organizations at the highest level, including thieves’ and assassins’ guilds not already under their direct command.
The Secret Network of the Blue Salamander uses any means necessary to achieve their goals. Common practices include assassination of leaders, infiltration of other organizations, torture, kidnapping, bribery, blackmail, controlling trade, piracy, military insurgence and terrorism. The Network favors covert actions in order to bring about the demise of their enemies but will not shy away from open confrontation.
Because controlling trade is paramount to control of any area, the actions of the Network are often in conflict with those of the Golden Alliance. Currently the two groups are at war with one another, each conducting raids on the others’ caravans and bases of operation. The Network is the greater power in the Young Kingdoms and in the Kalamaran Empire, and has greatly weakened the influence of the Golden Alliance in those regions. Neither organization has been able to establish a power base in or along Reanaaria Bay. However, the Network recently sent an envoy to the Captains’ Table of Thirteen to seek an alliance with them.