|"A Harper is first and foremost self-reliant, for once you are autonomous then no one can tempt you into using power as a crutch. You are sovereign unto yourself.
Therefore, a Harper’s soul must be incorruptible. Many believe themselves to be so, but power comes in many guises, and it will surely find your weakness. Of this you may be certain. Only a true Harper can pass this test and transform weakness into strength. That is why we are the hand that stops the tyrant, feeds the oppressed, and asks for nothing in return.
We are the song for those who have no voice.”
|— Remallia “Remi” Haventree|
This clandestine network of spellcasters and spies seeks to tip the scales in favor of the innocent, the weak, and the poor within the Realms. Harper agents pride themselves on being incorruptible defenders of good, and they never hesitate to aid the oppressed. Because they prefer to work behind the scenes, they are rarely noticed as they thwart tyrants, depose rulers, and head off any growing force that is rumored to have evil intent. The Harpers has its finger on the pulse of power in the Realms and works tirelessly to even the odds for the downtrodden.
The Harpers is an old organization that has risen, been shattered, and risen again several times. Its longevity and resilience are largely due to its decentralized, grassroots, secretive nature, and the near-autonomy of many of its members. The Harpers have “cells” and lone operatives throughout Faerûn, although they interact and share information with one another from time to time as needs warrant. The Harpers' ideology is noble, and its members pride themselves on their integrity and incorruptibility. Harpers do not seek power or glory, only fair and equal treatment for all.
Harper agents are trained to act alone and depend on their own resources. When they get into scrapes, they don’t count on their fellow Harpers to rescue them. Nevertheless, Harpers are dedicated to helping one another in times of need, and friendships between Harpers are nigh unbreakable. Masterful spies and infiltrators, they use various guises and secret identities to form relationships, cultivate their information networks, and manipulate others into doing what needs to be done. Although most Harpers prefer to operate in the shadows, there are exceptions.
Individual Harper agents operate alone, relying on their wits and extensive information networks to gain an advantage over their enemies. They know that knowledge is power, so gathering intelligence beforehand is paramount to their success. They are well-informed and always have access to aid, magical and otherwise. Veteran members have access to secret caches of knowledge stashed all over Faerûn, along with trusted sources stationed in every major town and city.
The organization is always on the lookout for powerful items, expressly to keep them out of the hands of evildoers. To this end its agents use various guises and identities to gain access to carefully guarded secrets such as ancestral maps, buried cities, and mages’ keeps. The bond between Harpers is strong, and their friendships are nigh unbreakable. Rarely do they operate in the open, but on rare occasions they must, because there is no other choice. When that happens, you can be sure that a fellow Harper is watching closely, ready to emerge from the shadows and help a comrade at a moment’s notice.
► Gather information throughout Faerûn.
► One can never have too much information.
► Thwart tyrants and leaders/governments/organizations that grow too powerful.
► Too much power leads to corruption.
► Promote fairness and equality by covert means.
► Aid the weak, poor, and oppressed.
► No one should be powerless.
To gather information throughout Faerûn, discern the political dynamics within each region or realm, and promote fairness and equality by covert means. Act openly as a last resort. Thwart tyrants and any leader, government, or group that grows too powerful, and aid the weak, the poor, and the oppressed.
Rank One — Watcher
Rank Two — Harpshadow
Rank Three — Brightcandle
Rank Four — Wise Owl
Rank Five — High Harper
Welcome to the Harpers
Welcome to the Harpers. You're one of us now. Don't go bragging about it.
We fight for equality. We do it from the shadows.
We fight corruption. We do it quietly.
We fight against tyrants, despots, and monsters. We do it subtly.
We also fight against dragons. We'd love to do that part quietly too, but at that point, we'll take what we can get.
We're the Harpers and we're here to make things right. We'd just rather nobody knows we're doing it. It's easier to do our job when the wicked don't see us coming, and even easier when they don't know we exist. We're of the opinion that cunning beats force, misdirection beats confrontation, and good triumphs over evil … especially when it catches evil napping. If we're wrong about any of that, then we've been getting real lucky for the last few centuries. We're not wrong. We're definitely not lucky either, though we wouldn't complain if we were; it'd be a nice change of pace. Sadly, though, luck's only for fools, gamblers, and goblins. We just have to make due with our quick wits, unerring charm, and our heroic good looks. A couple of trusty spells and a big sword don't hurt, either.
We're the Harpers. You're one of us now. That means you're here to rescue townsfolk, vanquish the dark forces that prey on the innocent, and just generally save Faerûn from itself. And you're here to do it quietly.