Guild:Children of the Dreadlord
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The Children of the Dreadlord are a Holy Order in service to the demigod The'ton, patron of fear and intimidation on Avlis. The guild follows the teachings of the Dreadlord as interpreted by the Crimson Seraph, the founder of the order, and Rune, the self-styled Good Man. These two, in turn, remember their old mentor, Ba'alzammon, in their teachings. The Children of the Dreadlord seek to further The'ton's influence in Southern Avlis, both spiritually and politically, as well as improving the fortunes of its members. The order is based at the Church of The'ton in the city of Mikona and thus its interests lie mainly in M'Chek, though not exclusively so.
Alignment: Anyone paying their respects to the Dreadlord is welcome, thus any Evil. The guild itself broadly follows a Lawful Evil roleplaying approach.
Religion: Anyone paying their respects to The'ton is welcome.
Classes: Any class is welcome. There are a large number of monks (Seraphim) in the guild.
Races: Any race is welcome. The'ton was an Orc, so in theory there should be a strong Orcish flavor to the guild. The guild has had members with human, elven, halfling, gnoll and orcish blood.
Base of operations: Mikona. The Temple of The'ton (Northern end of the temple district, slightly North of the Valokian temple) is our main base of operation.
How to contact us: Leave a message at the Temple of The'ton in Mikona for the Sable Seraph (OOC: PM Deider), or seek one of us IG.
What we do ~ What to expect
The Children of the Dreadlord is a group of characters whose roleplaying style matches the "Fear and Intimidation" portfolio of The'ton.
This does not necessarily mean that we gather and run around scaring old women, children and newbies. On the contrary, our purpose is to assist each other, using any means at our disposal, to excel in our private affairs and thereby serve the church at the same time.
Characters whose roleplaying concept focuses on powerlust, who wish earn the respect of M'Chek through their deeds, whose roleplaying approach is ((non-stupid)) Evil and who wish to roleplay in a rather... spooky environment, are always welcome!
Some words from The Good Man, taken from the Elysia Tavern Boards, explaining his philosophy
The'ton is not the Lord of the Fearless, but the Lord of Fear. The Children of the Dreadlord do not claim to be fearless, nor do they see fearlessness as a virtue. The Children of the Dreadlord do not suppress their fears as a Paladin of Gorethar might, nor overwhelm them with other emotions, as a follower of Maleki or Ra-Ghul might. The Children of the Dreadlord respect the power of fear, and seek not to ignore it, but to master and control fear, starting with their own fears. Indeed, the Children of the Dreadlord are not fearless, but fearful. By this I do not mean cowardly, for part of mastering fear requires that the individual's fear should not control his actions. Rather, a follower of The'ton appreciates the lessons that the fear he feels is able to teach him. Only one who understands his fears truly understands himself. Only one who understands and masters his fears can take action without being influenced by his fears.
Thus, it is not the objective of followers of The'ton to prove how brave (or foolish) they are, but to learn about themselves through the power of fear and to protect those they are responsible for from undue fear. For example we do all we can to shield the people of M'Chek from having to face their worst fears. Once one of the Dreadlord's Children has sufficient mastery of their own fears then they may begin to use their knowledge of fear's power to help others learn about themselves, so that they too may develop and grow as people. Such lessons would not necessarily require demonstrations of the faithful's prowess and fearlessness, nor even that they make their identity known, merely that the student is able to learn about themself through the fear they feel. It is not required that the student should request such a lesson.