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Xysma
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 25 Oct 2005 :  17:09:17  Show Profile  Visit Xysma's Homepage Send Xysma a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Most of the groups listed are after either money or power, be it political power or arcane might. That's kinda boring, for me. That's why I picked the Eldreth Veluuthra -- a bunch of xenophobic elves is more interesting than someone grubbing for money or magic.



My personal favorite as well.

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Chosen of Moradin
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Posted - 25 Oct 2005 :  17:31:50  Show Profile  Visit Chosen of Moradin's Homepage  Click to see Chosen of Moradin's MSN Messenger address Send Chosen of Moradin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My vote goes to the zentharim. Their diversity is a great tool for me as a DM. But my heart beat for the Red Wizards, too

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El Magnifico Uno
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Posted - 25 Oct 2005 :  18:35:07  Show Profile  Visit El Magnifico Uno's Homepage Send El Magnifico Uno a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I vote for the Harpers due to their terrorist actions against the soveriegn nation of Thay, their thwarting of the Zhentariums efforts to quell anarchy, and not the least of which is their habit of killing whomever disagrees with their skewed worldview.. Included in this vote are the rogue nations of the Silver Marches, Cormyr, and Waterdeep that tacitly support this group of harp playing thugs and condone their heinous crimes..
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ShadowJack
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Posted - 25 Oct 2005 :  19:14:21  Show Profile  Visit ShadowJack's Homepage Send ShadowJack a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I must agree with Shadovar. The Cult are a bunch of power/money/influence hungry morons willing to worship (or act like they do)mouldering, self-centered, undead Wyrms based on the fanatical writings and interpretations of a jealous, love-crazed mad man... Sounds a little too much like reality to me... Besides they always have cool, hidden lairs. I love how they are represented in Year of Rogue Dragons!

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Rinonalyrna Fathomlin
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Posted - 26 Oct 2005 :  02:48:20  Show Profile  Visit Rinonalyrna Fathomlin's Homepage Send Rinonalyrna Fathomlin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

You all realize, of course, the Twisted Rune will subliminally influence your votes to drive themselves back into the shadows, from whence they can manipulate all the above groups at their leisure.....



Maybe so, but can they make us laugh?

No one beats dark-robed, evil, arrogant, and supposedly "intelligent" bad guys bumbling around.

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hooper101
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USA
117 Posts

Posted - 31 Oct 2005 :  23:18:28  Show Profile  Visit hooper101's Homepage Send hooper101 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think the scariest are the red wizards. I mean Sazz Tam aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh

Die, die, die ,die, die, why won't you just die you silly dragon!
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Beirnadri Magranth
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Posted - 03 Nov 2005 :  16:26:38  Show Profile  Visit Beirnadri Magranth's Homepage  Send Beirnadri Magranth an AOL message Send Beirnadri Magranth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
i dont even know what the rundeen consortium is!

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hooper101
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Posted - 03 Nov 2005 :  16:45:09  Show Profile  Visit hooper101's Homepage Send hooper101 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Zhents are easy to hate because they have their hands in so many baskets and they cover so many gods. The slaver thing doesnt help their case either. Also the fact that many of the leaders are Beholders or other non-humanoid creatures lends to another xenophobic hatred I believe.

Die, die, die ,die, die, why won't you just die you silly dragon!
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Fletcher
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Posted - 03 Nov 2005 :  17:48:46  Show Profile  Visit Fletcher's Homepage Send Fletcher a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The zhents. I just love the mafia. Both straight up in-your-face bold, and lots of 'It wasn't me' in the back ground. And they have the people and money to make it happen.

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Mumadar Ibn Huzal
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Posted - 03 Nov 2005 :  18:38:47  Show Profile Send Mumadar Ibn Huzal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Twisted Rune, nothing more fun evil than pulling the strings of goodly folk to accomplish one's dark deeds. SES did a masterful job in describing the influence of the Rune in the Lands of Intrigue and Empires of the Shining Sands, I still have to be convinced thare is a 'better' evil group out there...
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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
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Posted - 03 Nov 2005 :  22:59:04  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Beirnadri Magranth

i dont even know what the rundeen consortium is!



Page 170 of Lords of Darkness:

quote:
The Rundeen is a powerful mercantile and slaving consortium that controls trade in Chult, Tashalar, and parts of Calimshan, and is working its way into Tethyr, Amn, and other countries to the north. It protects its caravans with well-armed guards and sends bandits and pirates to attack its rivals' interests.


See that tome for more information on them. There's a more extensive write-up on them in the 2E sourcebook Cloak & Dagger.

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Kianna
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Posted - 03 Nov 2005 :  23:28:18  Show Profile  Visit Kianna's Homepage  Click to see Kianna's MSN Messenger address Send Kianna a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ha! You know, I do sorta agree that sometimes the Harpers are a bit evil....or maybe nosey is a better term. :)

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The Sage
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Posted - 04 Nov 2005 :  00:27:48  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Mumadar Ibn Huzal

...and Empires of the Shining Sands...
I'm not nitpicking... but it's Empires of the Shining Sea friend Mumadar .

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wiseguysez
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Canada
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Posted - 12 Jan 2006 :  17:39:54  Show Profile  Visit wiseguysez's Homepage  Click to see wiseguysez's MSN Messenger address Send wiseguysez a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My favourite are the Red Wizards, from what i'v read, they almost seem to be a bunch of bumbling idiots with powerful magic
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Vvornth
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Sweden
48 Posts

Posted - 12 Jan 2006 :  18:02:52  Show Profile  Visit Vvornth's Homepage Send Vvornth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Two bumps by a newbie, can we expect a public flogging? ;)

I found one interesting piece in here that El Magnifico Uno touched upon (though in a humorous way) that I'd like to add on to. The Harpers, especially the ones operating out of Berdusk, at times runs their operations in a we-know-what's-best-for-you-way. I've actually picked up on this in my current campaign that I've just gotten of the ground, you might said that they are an allegory to the current Bush administration.

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Faramicos
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Denmark
468 Posts

Posted - 12 Jan 2006 :  19:34:58  Show Profile  Visit Faramicos's Homepage Send Faramicos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Long live the dracolich worshipping mortals of the realms...

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Aquanova
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63 Posts

Posted - 13 Jan 2006 :  02:29:37  Show Profile  Visit Aquanova's Homepage Send Aquanova a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by sleyvas

You racist from the west <g>. Where's all the eastern power groups? Ahem, the red wizards of Thay? The cult of Tiamat? The Cult of Set? The shadowmasters of Telflamm? The shadow mages of chessenta? The nine golden swords? The demon cultists of Narfell? The Blightlords? The Durthans? The witches of Rashemen (still not convinced they're all good)?


Agreed. Confounded Westerner.

My favorite is the Shadowmasters of Telflamm, as they're evil, but economic, level-headed evil (well, pretty level-headed for BBE organizations in the Realms). They already have Thesk pretty much under their command, and soon may have strong footholds in other nations (Damara, The Great Dale, Aglarond, et al).
Plus, they're Maskarran-- my brethren.

But, seeing as the Shadowmasters aren't in the poll (), I voted for the Zhentarim, for reasons that most have stated; their endurance, their arsenal, their persistance, their plethora of deities, their intrigue, etc.

But the Shadowmasters are still number-one to me.
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Alisttair
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Posted - 10 Mar 2006 :  13:42:34  Show Profile  Visit Alisttair's Homepage  Click to see Alisttair's MSN Messenger address Send Alisttair a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Twisted Rune!!! What's not to like about an organization that is Ultra secret in it's work (and that I am using.....but don't tell my players that)

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Zimme
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Posted - 17 Aug 2006 :  12:25:41  Show Profile  Click to see Zimme's MSN Messenger address Send Zimme a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Go Zhentarim!! e viva Manshoon! Nothing like a big evil network to inspire a devious campain! And there is challenge for all levels, not only the ultra-powerfull(twisted rune).

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Kalin Agrivar
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Canada
956 Posts

Posted - 17 Aug 2006 :  14:21:56  Show Profile  Visit Kalin Agrivar's Homepage  Click to see Kalin Agrivar's MSN Messenger address Send Kalin Agrivar a Private Message  Reply with Quote
can this poll be changed? as there are some more new groups to be added...like the Shades...

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Jorkens
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Posted - 17 Aug 2006 :  14:54:18  Show Profile Send Jorkens a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Favorite is a strong word, but I voted for the Cult of the Dragon. The Night Parade and Arcane Brotherhood (The version in Volo's guide to the North) would have been candidates if they were alternatives.
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Alaundo
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Posted - 17 Aug 2006 :  15:47:55  Show Profile  Visit Alaundo's Homepage  Click to see Alaundo's MSN Messenger address Send Alaundo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by kalin agrivar

can this poll be changed? as there are some more new groups to be added...like the Shades...



Well met

Alas, the maximum number of poll entries has been set to 12, so therefore no more can be added.

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Lysan Lurraxol
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Posted - 17 Aug 2006 :  18:28:24  Show Profile  Visit Lysan Lurraxol's Homepage Send Lysan Lurraxol a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I voted for Iron Throne, I've liked them since I played Baldur's Gate. I just like the idea of an evil group of werchants, particularly ones who do seem to actually trade, unlike certain other organizations, who tend to plot,cackle and be generally villanous.

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GothicDan
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Twisted Rune.

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Conlon
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Posted - 18 Aug 2006 :  04:35:12  Show Profile  Visit Conlon's Homepage Send Conlon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Arivia

The Eldreth Veluuthra.

For some reason, I just inexplicably like the concept of a group of xenophobic, ultra-conservative elves.



I am also, for some reason, a huge fan of the Eldreth Veuuthra. It is almost like cheering for Agent Smith in the Matrix: "You humans are a virus". They are just trying to protect their forests from the destructive, short-sighted humans. Maybe a few Eldreth Veluuthra in some of the beautiful, ravaged corners of this earth would be of some benefit. Okay, I'm not saying that people should be killed, but neither should entire ecosystems and species be annihilated. Anyways, that's why I like the Eldreth Veluuthra. They are idealistic and commited. Rock on - but only in fantasy worlds...

And welcome back, Arivia! Nice to see you posting again!

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