|"The Emerald Enclave exists as gatekeepers to that vast space beyond the city walls. We are the defenders of the wilderness and of the society that does not understand it. Most have forgotten that there is an ancient, natural order that existed long before our intellectual concepts of it. To come into contact with that primal order is to touch the power that guides all of life.
Those who walk the way of the Emerald Enclave are infused with this power; we embody it, and it moves us to do our work. That is why we are never alone. Even in the midst of a noisy, crowded city we can feel the presence of the natural world inside us, fresh, strong, and alive. The Enclave seeks to make awareness of this power available to all.
Freedom. Is not this the highest of callings?”
|— Delaan Winterhound|
The Emerald Enclave is a far-ranging group that opposes threats to the natural world and helps others survive the many perils of the wild. Branches of the organization are scattered throughout Faerûn and often operate in isolation from the others. This existence teaches the Enclave’s members a fierce self-reliance and mastery of certain fighting and survival skills.
A ranger of the Enclave might be hired to lead a caravan through a treacherous mountain pass or the frozen tundra of Icewind Dale. A druid might volunteer to help a village prepare for a long, brutal winter. Barbarians and druids who live as hermits might appear from nowhere to help defend a town against marauding orcs.
Members of the Emerald Enclave know how to survive and, more importantly, to help others do the same. They are not opposed to civilization or progress, but they strive to prevent civilization and the wilderness from destroying one another. They restore and preserve the natural order, even as they root out and destroy all that is unnatural. They keep the elemental forces of the world in check and keep civilization and the wilderness from destroying one another.
Members of the Emerald Enclave are spread far and wide, and usually operate in isolation. They learn to depend on themselves more than others. Survival in a harsh world also demands great fortitude and mastery of certain fighting and survival skills. Members of the Enclave who dedicate themselves to helping others survive the perils of the wilderness are more social than others who are charged with defending sacred glades and preserving the natural balance.
► The natural order must be respected and preserved.
► Restore and preserve the natural order.
► Forces that seek to upset the natural balance must be destroyed.
► Destroy all that is unnatural.
► The wilderness can be harsh. Not everyone can survive in it without assistance.
► Keep civilization and the wilderness from destroying each other.
To restore and preserve the natural order, keep the elemental forces of the world in check, keep civilization and the wilderness from destroying one another, and help others survive the perils of the wilderness.
Rank One — Springwarden
Rank Two — Summerstrider
Rank Three — Autumnreaver
Rank Four — Winterstalker
Rank Five — Master of the Wild
Welcome to the Emerald Enclave
Welcome to the Emerald Enclave. We need you. Nature is our mother. Our mother is great and powerful. She is beautiful beyond belief. She needs you. Civilization is out father. Our father is industrious and inspired. His might knows no limits. And yet he needs you too.
Nature. Civilization. One is the fundamental root of the tree of life, and one is the highest, most beautiful branch. Both need room to grow, and neither wishes the other ill. Yet, despite being two parts of the same wondrous tree, nature and civilization so often crowd, starve, and strangle one another. This cannot be allowed.
When nature grows too far and too fast, overwhelming the lives that spring from it, the Emerald Enclave is there to slash and trim. When civilization grows so broad and so heavy so as to crack the very trunk that supports it, we must step in and carefully thin the foliage until equilibrium is restored.
Our tree of life faces external threats as well. Monstrous parasites from beyond the grave and twisted abominations from beyond our world — these have no place in our garden and must be removed.
Ours is the garden of life and death, and we tend its mightiest tree. Sometimes that means protecting life, and sometimes that means dealing death. We have chosen you because we beleive you to be capable of both, and wise enough to know when to nurture and when to shear. precious few have both the skill and wisdom to make that distinction, but those who do are invaluable. Welcome to our garden. Tend it well.