D&D 3e (3.0/3.5) Rules
The Hawkstones are a group of wizards who seek to build their own Tower of High Sorcery. They work in secret in an attempt to uncover the secrets behind the raising of a tower. This group has uncovered the first item needed to locate a stone of threes and are trying to reconstruct the legendary Magestone.
The group has continued to grow since the return of magic and many members have become active in solo or group assignments. The funding of these missions comes from its member's contributions and also through the use of robbery and muggings. These actions are often dismissed but local authorities as the work of bandits or thieves.
The Hawkstones believe that the current Towers of High Sorcery are too few and desire to create a secret tower where they could continue to practice magic without the restrictions imposed by the Council of Mages. Many of the wizards that are Hawkstones are active in the ranks of wizards but do not openly bring attention to their desire.
The wizards are highly secretive and tell little of the organization to outsiders. Members of this organization do not publicly acknowledge other members and all communication is done discreetly. The wizards want to create their own order, but do not wish to be hunted down as renegades and understand the reasoning to keep quiet.
The Hawkstones are a very organized group with structured rank system. The head of the order are three mages who represent each moon, and are called the Guardians of the Moons. These mages also are called by the moon that they draw their power from and are called the White Guardian, the Red Guardian, and the Black Guardian. The three will meet to discuss and vote on issues.
Underneath the Guardians of the Moons, are nine wizards who are called the Keepers of the Stones. Once the Stone of Threes is found, this group will have the task of guarding it and eventually raising the new tower. The nine wizards are drawn from the three ranks of wizards and are given titles to reflect their position and rank. The First Keeper of the White, The First Keeper of the Red, and the First Keeper of the Black also help recruit new members into the organization. The other keepers oversee any missions that the organization is taking part in.
Areas of Influence
The Hawkstones are located throughout the continent of Ansalon. The group does not have an official headquarters and meetings of the Guardians revolve around various locations throughout Ansalon. The Hawkstones are known though to be involved in some areas with ongoing missions to recover the pieces of the Magestone, which will lead them to the Stone of Threes.
Members of the Hawkstones follow the orders of the Guardians of the Moons. The Guardians will send the orders to the Keepers of the Stone who will relay the messages to the appropriate people. The Guardians have kept their identities in unknown to everyone except for the First Keepers.
The Hawkstones have purchased the services of the Warspike Mercenary Group to provide protection to much of their operations. Most of the mercenaries are unaware of who they are working for as there leader Zach Warspike keeps such details to himself. This group is used to provide muscle to the wizards group and is known to be involved in the operations around Kalaman and in Xak Tsaroth.
The Library of Denlthor has also allied itself to members of the Hawkstones. This ancient library order has remained hidden underground since prior to the Cataclysm. The Hawkstones use the library as a meeting place and to research information. The scholars of the library have kept the library up to date as they send out scribes to record information from other sources to be returned to the library. The Hawkstones pay the library a fee for the use of the facility.
If they are discovered by the Towers of High Sorcery the Hawkstones will most certainly be declared traitors and hunted for. As of 426 AC, the Hawkstones are unknown about and for the most part any reports about the wizards are considered to be rumors.
The Hawkstones have made enemies with the Palanthas City Guard during a robbery attempt in 421 AC. The city guard has been keeping a wary eye in the area, which has slowed the progress of the Hawkstones in that area.
The Hawkstones also have made enemies with the goblin tribes that live in part of Xak Tsaroth as well as with the Third Regiment of the Black Dragonarmy. The Third Regiment of the Black Dragonarmy was a small detachment of 1000 draconians to secure the city of Xak Tsaroth towards the end of the War of the Lance. The group has remained there waiting for orders from their commander and occasionally battles with the goblin tribes.
Joining the Hawkstones
Joining the Hawkstones is very difficult as most people are unaware of their existence. Potential mages who are selected are first given a casual interview. This interview is a simple conversation that most mages would dismiss as idle talking and frustration. If the potential mage is selected to join the ranks, the Hawkstones will again speak with the candidate about joining a group that shares the candidate's feelings. If the candidate declines, the Hawkstones will attempt no further conversation.
The Hawkstones only select a few candidates to make it to the second stage of interviews, and few have turned them down. Upon joining the Hawkstones, the new member will be given a contact that he/she will work with to receive and send messages. The new member may be called to work on missions with other members but for the most part members rarely know more then two or three fellow Hawkstones.
Costs and Benefits of Membership
One of the costs of joining the group is that the group's needs come first. Mages are expected to put aside their own studies and ambitions to take care of problems, research, or other things that need to be done. Also the mages understand that if they are found out, that the Wizard's Conclave will hunt them down.
The biggest benefit for joining the group is the sharing of knowledge. Members will receive spells, and magical items upon the completion of their tasks. This is to better equip the members to deal with possible threats in the future and to also ensure loyalty as the more they do for the group the bigger the rewards are.
All members of the Hawkstones have levels in wizardry and are members of the Towers of High Sorcery. Outside forces such as the Warspike Mercenary Group and the Library of Denlthor work with the Hawkstones but are not considered to be part of it.
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