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PostSubject: Tribe: Shadow Lords   Fri Apr 22, 2011 6:12 am

Shadow Lords

Totem: Grandfather Thunder

When Gaia stretched Her hand forth across the land and sculpted the first fifteen Garao, they were a failure.
Scowl not, cub, for it is true, and there is nothing to be done about it. Oh, they fought well, to be sure. They growled and snarled and leapt and clawed and bit, and they tore through the hatchlings of the Wyrm like no other creature could. But for all that, they were not enough. And Gaia despaired, for although Her children were formed of oak and ice and thorn and all things strong or dangerous, they still lacked the strength to prevail against the Wyrmlings.

And Grandfather Thunder, mighty and unyielding in the darkness above the sky, looked down to see Gaia's plight. There he watched Her child waited. He waited as She asked Luna to bless her children with Rage, and he waited as She asked Helios to scour the sores from Her sides. And finally, Her eyes rose to his with an unspoken plea — and he descended to Her. The pup that She then birthed was black as a hole in the sky, and the strength of Thunder himself roiled through the young one's veins. The strike of his paw was as a thunderbolt; the force of his howl was as lightning. As he leapt into battle, the other Garou rose up at his heels and followed this great warrior, this first Shadow Lord, onward to victory.

And yet, glory shall always breed jealousy, and in the hearts of the first Garou a cancer arose, a spite that turned them against the Shadow Lord and his children. But hush, cub, for that is another night's tale, and you will know the root of our grievances soon enough....

Recent History
The Shadow Lords' patience has been strained to its limits of late. The tribe has carefully monitored the atrocities of humanity, but for rather different reasons than the Children of Gaia or the Glass Walkers. Rather, the tribe has been cataloguing the incidence of slaughter, rape, torture, incest, genocide and the sundry crimes of humankind — all to serve as evidence. As far as the Shadow Lords are concerned, humanity's dark deeds have far outshone the Impergium, the War of Rage or any of the stains on Garou history — and even the Garou's crimes, they reason, were not prevented by the "Gaia-ordained kings of the Garou."

Many Garou are becoming very wary of the Shadow Lords. These others worry that, with the End Times at hand, the Lords may make their bid for power soon. Of course, few realize what staunch proponents of patience the Shadow Lords have always been. Garou who know the Lords' ways well realize that the tribe will not make a play for power until it is quite, quite ready — which is small comfort.

But Margrave Yuri Konietzko, a Shadow Lord strong enough to keep his domain even in the vampire-infested
Carpathian mountains, has grown tired of biding his time. He has sent Stormcrows to all Shadow Lord septs of late, demanding their support in a yet-unspecified endeavor to come. And although most Silent Striders would give an eye to know the tribe's answer to him, it remains a mystery.

Organization
Only one Garou has the right to rule a Shadow Lord sept: the strongest. This leader brooks no disrespect from underlings; the Lords have a clear system of dominance and submission, and woe to all who will not or cannot learn their place. Might does not make right, in the tribe's view: Rather, might gets results. Few of the Lords concern themselves with questions of what is "more right" or "less wrong"— all that matters is what is necessary.

Of course, the Shadow Lords would be fools to assume that physical strength alone confers the right to rule. Cunning, charisma and spiritual power have all led great Lords to stations above their fellows — and kept them there, for the Lords in no way tolerate incompetence among their leaders. Garou who lead the tribe wisely and firmly shall rule. Garou who are incapable shall be dragged down.

Peculiarly, the Lords find that by merely attaining the position of leader, a Lord has proved himself "perfect,"
worthy to rule — unless he is proved otherwise. Until that proof comes, Shadow Lords defer to his wishes as though he were the chosen son of Gaia Herself.

It's rumored that the Shadow Lords normally hold moots of two varieties: the commonly known moots where policy is decided and revels held, and darker "shadow moots," — forbidden even to young Lords — where the tribe's true plans are discussed and enacted. If the Shadow Lords truly hold such moots, it's guaranteed that only Lords of the highest status are allowed to attend, and the Lords
have multiple means of enforcing their privacy....

Organization

  • Bringers of Light: Distrusted even by their own tribe, the Bringers of Light place themselves in daily temptation for the good of the Shadow Lords. They are known to consort with mages, vampires and worse, to make lengthy undercover stays in Black Spiral Hives or even to visit hideous Umbral realms such as Atrocity. Many Bringers have fallen into full darkness, but ones who survive show a tempered purity of spirit that even the Wendigo might envy.

  • Judges of Doom: Perhaps the most infamous of Shadow Lord camps — or even of all camps — the Judges of Doom are a fearsome force for Litany law throughout the Garou Nation. Although a quasi-secret society, tales of this grim band of pitiless executioners spread quickly from sept to sept. Some have compared the Judges of Doom to the human Inquisition in terms of fanaticism and ruthless methods. More than one seemingly upstanding sept leader has been dragged into the night to face punishment for his "wellhidden Wyrm-taint." Most Garou are of two minds concerning the true motivations of this all-Philodox camp. The more popular theory is that the Judges strike at "corruption" in other tribes in order to shock and weaken rivals, thus granting the Lords another advantage in their quest for dominance. The second
    is that the Judges are atoning for some great secret in the Shadow Lords' past. None can say for certain.

  • Society of Nidhogg: Secretive in the extreme, this camp focuses more on the mystical than on the political. The group's fanaticism would revile even other Shadow Lords, were it made public. To the Society, even sunlight itself is an affront to the power of Thunder. Many other Lords feel that the Society may be going too far in its devotion to darkness; if the Lords see a genuine threat to their infrastructure in the next decade, it may be due to machinations by the followers of Nidhogg.


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At last it has came to this: that mercy has finally proven itself a weakness and compassion is revealed as a failing. With our, numbers fewer than ever before, any fool can see that methods are a luxury. Results are all that matter now.
--Margrave Yuri Konietzko

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PostSubject: Re: Tribe: Shadow Lords   Fri Apr 22, 2011 6:37 am

Grandfather Thunder

Grandfather Thunder looks favorably upon the Shadow Lords and others who strive to keep the Garou Nation strong and out of the hands of the weak, old, corrupt, and incompetent. "Thunder rules with a fist of iron and a voice of silk," is the ancient adage. Thunder is more feared than respected, yet his place amongst the Totems of respect is secure. Thunder fosters patience, ingenuity, subtlety, and strategy within those he chooses--but it is ultimately directed towards the acquisition of power and the downfall of any incapable or undeserving of wielding it. The respect-through-fear aspect often results in few Garou--especially at-risk Garou in positions of power--trusting those who pack under Grandfather Thunder. For it is the nature of the pack to test those in power, as wolves test a herd of deer, to seek out the weak and unguarded and to pull them down so that others more fit for duty may take their place. (If it just so happens that one of Thunder's own is better suited, then that simply speaks to the strength of those who pack under Grandfather.) Obviously, those in power often want to know precisely what Thunder pack is up to. Despite claims of underhandedness, Thunder's children generally usurp power from others via the normal, acceptable means within Garou society: challenges, demonstrating greater skill, or revealing incompetence; however, tipping the scales to favor a challenger often goes hand in hand with the more acceptable means.

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