The History of the Silver Flame

Origin of the Flame

Visitors to Flamekeep, the largest city in the theocratic nation of Thrane, cannot fail to be impressed by it’s magnificence. What many may not realise is that the Church of the Silver Flame was born a little over 700 years ago in the year 299 YK, when the paladin Tira Miron bravely sacrificed herself to bind the Overlord Bel Shalor. What even fewer realise is that the Flame itself predates the Church by a hundred thousand years.

Historical and sacred writings agree that the Flame came into existence at the end of the Age of Demons. Where they cannot seem to reach any accord is on the birth, or the nature, of the Flame. Most scholars attribute the source of the Flame to the end of the Age of Demons when the couatls sacrificed themselves, almost to the last, to banish the native fiends and their terrible Overlords to the underworld of Khyber. According to this theory, the souls of the couatls merged together into a force of great purity and light, becoming the Flame, the power with which the paladin Tira Miron would eventually bond.

Many followers of the Silver Flame, who call themselves the Purified have a different interpretation. They believe that the couatl souls did not form the Flame but rather opened the way for it. This supreme act of selfless good caused them to bond with the force mortals view as the Silver Flame, and allowed it access to the world of Eberron from a heavenly realm — a transcendental dimension beyond any known plane. Once the door was opened, it could not again be closed.

For a hundred thousand years, the Flame existed in Eberron but could not commune with mortals. It was too holy, say the Purified, for flawed creatures to hear its voice.

In 299 YK, a terrible eruption split the ground of what is now the city of Flamekeep and a great pillar of crimson fire emerged from the resulting chasm. No one understood the significance of the blazing column of flame, but most who dared approach it felt unrelenting malevolence in its fierce, radiating heat. A cataclysm of untold proportions had befallen Khorvaire: one of the rakasha rajahs, the fiendish Overlord Bel Shanor, had managed to break the magical bonds long ago placed upon it by the sacrifice of the couatl race and freed itself from its arcane imprisonment deep in Khyber.

Tira Miron, a paladin dedicated to the Sovereign Dol Arrah, received a powerful vision about this strange fire while exploring the western reaches of the realm. In her vision, a great rainbow winged serpent, a couatl, warned her that a terrible evil was emerging in the east, riding crimson fire from the depths of Khyber itself. Tira rallied the local Galifaran military forces of Thrane and defeated the dark creatures that had come to venerate the crimson fire and help free the malevolent entity trapped within its flames. With her great magical sword Kloinjer, its pommel capped with a Khyber dragonshard, Tira turned to face the emerging fiendish Overlord just as the great serpent with the rainbow-feathered wings of her vision appeared and dove headfirst into its infernal fire. Tira watched as the winged serpent and the demon struggled in the flames. The battle within the fire seemed to last for an eternity, and as she watched the fiend began to overcome the rainbow serpent.

Horrified, Tira saw the demon strike a crippling blow. The couatl, calling on its last reserves of celestial power, encircled the Overlord and buried its fangs into the fiend’s fiery throat. At the same moment, the couatl sent a mental plea to Tira, and the paladin did not hesitate. She leaped into the fire, plunging Kloinjer through the writhing serpent and deep into the demon Overlord’s blazing flesh. Then, the legend says, a powerful explosion rocked the entire continent of Khorvaire. The hot crimson fire became a cool silver flame, the physical expression of the restoration of the couatl race’s wards over the Overlord. Tira remained within, her soul now part of the divine fire that had replaced the malevolent conflagration.

Tira Miron became the Voice of the Silver Flame, and a new religion was born.

Flamekeep, a simple stone castle, was erected around the ever-burning pillar of silver fire. Deep within the chasm, at the point where the divine fire still erupts from the earth, it is said that mighty Kloinjer’s blade is buried almost to the hilt, binding demonic Overlord, feathered serpent, and human paladin together forever.

The Growth of the Church

In time, the castle grew to become a cathedral, and a city grew up around around it, also taking the name of Flamekeep.

Over the centuries, the kings and queens of Galifar, and their sons and daughters who
governed the realm of Thrane as its governor-princes, had a mixed relationship with the faith of the Silver Flame. As Thrane’s people began to turn to this faith in droves, the House of Wynarn was forced to accept the Church of the Silver Flame as a force within the kingdom.

Early on, they tried to restrict it to Thrane, but the faithful were zealous, and missionaries soon appeared to bring word of the Silver Flame to the rest of Khorvaire. More than one Wynarn scion over the centuries, while governing in Thrane, adopted the faith. By 400 YK, just a century after Tira Miron’s sacrifice, the Church of the Silver Flame had grown up to become the dominant religion of Thrane.

One particularly dark episode occurred in 558 YK, when Queen Joliana reached the Galifaran throne after serving as Thrane’s governor-princess. She was a devoted follower of the Silver Flame, and decided that under her rule all of Galifar would accept the Silver Flame as the one true faith. A few bloody clashes almost led to civil war before Joliana died suddenly and mysteriously before the second year of her reign had ended in 560 YK. The work of House Phiarlan’s assassins in Joliana’s death has long been suspected

The Hierarchy of the Church

When Tira Miron sacrificed herself, the Flame was able to communicate to mortals. Tira is revered as the first prophet of the Flame and known as the Voice of the Flame. Her words and the words of the Flame are communicated directly to the Keeper of the Flame.

The Keeper of the Flame serves as the intermediary between the Voice of the Silver Flame and the Diet of Cardinals. The Keeper is not elected but is called by the Voice and once chosen serves for the rest of their life in service to the Flame. All pronouncements made by the Diet of Cardinals are deemed to have come from the Keeper of the Flame and in turn directly from the Silver Flame itself.

The most senior priests of the Church comprise the Council of Cardinals. Cardinals rarely conduct ceremonies of their own and have little to do with governing affairs in individual cities, as they are too busy running the Church itself. Most outside the Church of the Silver Flame believe that the Council of Cardinals refers to the governing body of the Church. In truth, that body is properly entitled the Diet of Cardinals, and its members are drawn from the ranks of the Council. Because cardinals must be nominated and elected by other cardinals, the overwhelming majority of them come from the ranks of the archbishops, since the cardinals have regular discourse with few others.

The doctrine of the Silver Flame has become increasingly zealous over the decades, although some say that this is more to do with the motivations of those making up the Diet of Cardinals than the direct wishes of the Silver Flame itself.

The Church of the Silver Flame boasts a number of militant orders and rigid orders of templars who have over the centuries crusaded to spread their doctrine while purging evil from the world.

The Doctrine of the Silver Flame

The Purified, as followers of the faith call themselves, are bound together by numerous rites and traditions, but by only a single religious doctrine, called the Tenet of Purity:
Burn the corruption and taint of evil from all Eberron. Other gods began the Creation, but it is the Silver Flame, by searing wickedness and darkness from their imperfect world, that must complete it.

This belief that the world can only be made perfect by the Silver Flame and its followers embodies the height of arrogance in the eyes of followers of other religions, but it is absolutely central to the faith of the Purified. They acknowledge the existence and divinity of other gods, such as the Sovereign Host and the Dark Six and of the three great Progenitor dragons. The Purified even honor them, as they know that the Host is worthy of respect. After all, the Silver Flame has never claimed to be a creator deity, and it has not even existed as long as Eberron itself. Even so, the Purified believe that although the Silver Flame was not the first divine force to appear on Eberron, it will be the last. So long as evil exists, the world remains flawed and cannot become whole. By ridding the world of all evil, the Silver Flame will transform Eberron into a paradise without sin or pain. Then the other gods will fade, leaving the Silver Flame to hold dominion over all of Creation.

The Purified maintain that the soul is a form of divine energy, but that it does not originate from the Silver Flame or indeed any god. Rather, it coalesces from the energies of the world. Each person born adds a spark of the divine to the world. Those who are faithful to the Silver Flame join with it after death, their own souls adding the tiniest bit to its own near-infinite power. Others are condemned to Dolurrh, where their souls’ divinity is extinguished, condemning them to an endless existence as passionless minds with no true spirit. Only the Silver Flame can offer an alternative to Dolurrh, and that is proof to the Purified that the Flame will eventually be the one true god of Eberron. When that day comes, the realm of Dolurrh will cease to exist, for it will no longer serve any purpose.

The Silver Purge

Around 800 YK, the power of the lycanthropic curse began to grow. The scholars of Aundair sought an answer in planar conjunctions or the influence of unknown fiends, while deep in the Eldeen Reaches shifter moonspeakers bemoaned the growing power of the unseen dark moon.

Evil lycanthropes, always the most numerous of the shapeshifters, became even more vicious, and many good and unaligned lycanthropes were corrupted and drawn down into the darkness. Afflicted lycanthropes gained the ability to pass the curse to their own victims for the first time, the curse normally limited only to those born with it, allowing lycanthropy to spread with terrifying speed. By the early years of the ninth century YK, packs of savage werewolves were roaming across western Khorvaire at will and wererats had established warrens beneath the greatest cities of the age. Farmers lived in fear of wolves that walked like humans. What was once a superstition used to frighten children was now a horrifying reality.

Meanwhile, a sect within the Church of the Silver Flame, called the Servants of the Pure Flame, started questioning the reluctance of the church to do anything about the lycanthrope menace. These Servants, who called themselves Puritans, were more militant than their brethren; they enforced the ideas of forced conversion to the Silver Flame and the destruction of anything that remotely hinted of opposition to the Flame. To make matters worse, the Keeper of the Flame of that era had an agenda of his own. Keeper Jolan Sol saw an opportunity to strengthen the influence of the Silver Flame in Aundair.

In 832 YK, Keeper Jolan Sol proclaimed that the curse of lycanthropy corrupted the soul itself and launched the Lycanthropic Inquisition to wipe out lycanthropes, which quickly became knows as the Silver Purge. The templars and militant orders of the Silver Flame began a zealous campaign across western Khorvaire.

It wasn’t until 835 YK that Keeper Solan Jol clarified that shifters were, in fact, a separate species than the evil lycanthropes. Though the crusaders were instructed to hunt only those corrupted by the disease, the damage was already done; shifters were as feared by the communities of Galifar as much as their lycanthropic ancestors. With suspicions against the shifter populations of Aundair, Breland, and Thrane still high, cities began forming Inquisitor’s Crucibles, where shifters would be subjected to divine vision to see if they were good or evil. Aundair’s hatred of lycanthropes and shifters reached a fever when they began creating “purification camps” designed to purge any evil from shifters that were captured. Some shifters detested the Purge, while others joined the ranks of the Silver Flame to purge these evil creatures who besmirched their names.

As the tide slowly began to turn in the favor of the Church of the Silver Flame, the challenge became one of finding the lycanthropes hidden among human and shifter communities. Here again, many Puritans acted with overzealous aggression, harming the innocent in their desperate quest to eliminate the remaining shapeshifters. Ultimately, House Medani produced dragonshard foci that could detect lycanthropes and guide the templars to their true foe, and this heralded the end of the Purge.

A large number of lycanthropes and shifters fled to the Eldeen Reaches, where they either continued to live their lives hidden from the Silver Flame, or fled across a manifest zone to the plane of Lamannia within the Burnt Wood. Some lycanthropes fled all the way to the Demon Wastes, while others to what is now Droaam. Wolf’s Paw is a small hamlet nestled away in the Eldeen Reaches which some believe the lycanthropes call home. In Droaam, a group of lycanthropes called the Dark Pack are almost entirely made up of survivors of the Purge, and a squad called the Beast Brigade served Droaam during the Last War. Some lycanthropes even fled for the wilds of Xen’drik.

By 880 YK, the Church of the Silver Flame withdrew its military forces from the Eldeen Reaches, claiming that the threat of the curse had finally been eliminated.

The Silver Flame in Xen’drik

The priests of the Silver Flame have always sought to spread their faith, and when word reached Thrane of the new city of Stormreach taking shape across the Thunder Sea around 860 YK, the cardinals were quick to send ministers and templars to the shattered land. A wave of Thrane immigrants helped establish the Keep of the Silver Flame now found in that city’s Temple District.

Keeper of the Flame Tzandra Corus had a vision of a ministry that would bring the Flame to the drow and the giants and a bastion that would hold back any darkness that might threaten the city.

Outside the catacombs

Reality fell far short of the dream. Stormreach was founded by pirates and smugglers, and the priests of the Silver Flame received a cold welcome as they built their Keep of the Silver Flame. Missionaries sent to spread the word to the dark elves rarely returned. With the Church in the midst of the Silver Purge, a few of the more moderate members of the Church saw a position in Stormreach as a way to distance themselves from the atrocities being committed in the name of the Flame in western Khorvaire, and so a small but steady trickle of the faithful continued to make the journey to Xen’drik.

It is thought that this drift of moderates may have been the beginning of the schism that would later divide the Church of the Silver Flame.

The War of the Five Nations and Thalin’s Vision

In 894 YK King Jarot ir’Wynarn, the last ruler of Galifar, died. Prince Thalin of Thrane unexpectedly rejected the rightful succession of his sister Princess Mishann, the governor of Cyre and the eldest child of King Jarot, to the throne of Galifar.

Fueled by religious fervor, King Thalin believed his destiny was to rule far more than just Thrane. He could rely on powerful allies in the Church of the Silver Flame, and the feeling among the nobles of Thalin’s court at Flamekeep reinforced his sense of entitlement to the throne: Queen Mishann was no more worthy, and far less pious, than he was. The people of Cyre, with their debauchery and their emphasis on fashion rather than wisdom, could not possibly be led by a woman worthy of the throne.

Even so, the Thrane nobles, the Church of the Silver Flame, and the people were divided over how to proceed. Everyone looked for someone or something to confirm Thalin’s claim; most desirable would be a divine mandate or a proclamation from the ruling Diet of Cardinals. The group was much too shrewd and conservative to take such a bold step, however.

Thalin decided that he must act first. He needed to improve his secret network of informers, and so he quietly appointed a spymaster. The newly proclaimed King of Thrane also asked his most trusted dukes and barons to significantly expand their feudal armies. More publicly, he decided to strengthen his ties to the Church, so he underwent a ritual cleansing and vigil at the heart of the Church at its cathedral in Flamekeep.

For twenty days, “Good King” Thalin fasted and prayed. On the twentieth day, he experienced a vision of the couatl, enfolding him in silvery feathers, opening his eyes, and showing him a land where silver fires sprang up in the eyes, hearts, and minds of every soul. He knew then that it was his destiny to bring the Flame to all the people of Khorvaire. Mishann’s succession to the Galifaran throne was not just a mistake; it was blasphemy against the Silver Flame.

The proclamation of Thalin’s Vision caused immediate controversy throughout Galifar. Why did Javor Daran, a close family friend of the king and Keeper of the Flame for over twenty years, not experienced this vision? The prelate’s power and skill had been tested, trusted, and understood for decades. Others saw nothing amiss with the Silver Flame granting the king spiritual strength; war loomed, and divine aid was most welcome. Cynics and skeptics, even within the Church itself, discounted the pronouncement, mocking it as “Thalin’s convenient vision of infallibility.”

Neither the Keeper of the Flame or the Cardinals formally condoned Thalin’s Vision, but neither did they reject it. Thalin’s Vision marked the beginning of what has come to be regarded as a dark time in Thrane’s history, even by those currently administering the theocratic nation. In truth, Thalin’s description is not, on its face, overly dire nor at odds with common Church rhetoric. The Church of the Silver Flame has long sought to embrace all Khorvariens, viewing such widespread faith as a cornerstone of achieving a living paradise on Eberron. The real conflict between the Church’s factions has always centered on the means to achieve this goal. The moderate Church emphasises teaching and voluntary acceptance to bring outsiders to its religious truths; the extremist Church stirs intolerant passions and mandates forced conversions. The history of the Church of the Silver Flame is defined by the struggle between these two approaches.

The Theocracy of Thane

In 914 YK, after a reign of nearly thirty years, King Thalin of Thrane died of old age. Even before his death, the Church of the Silver Flame’s Diet of Cardinals, now dominated by the Church’s fanatical Puritan faction, had been vocal in its concerns about his weak son Prince Daslin taking the throne. In the countless eulogies and memorials after the king’s death, the Church of the Silver Flame first broke its silence about Thalin’s Vision, claiming the event was both legitimate and misunderstood.

The people revolted openly against Prince Daslin ir’Wynarn, and tens of thousands barred his entry into Flamekeep for the coronation as the new king of Thrane at his ancestral palace. The mobs demanded that the Keeper of the Flame, Kaith Serrain, lead them and their nation instead, and that the Diet of Cardinals ensure a pure life for the Thrane citizenry by assuming legislative control of the kingdom as well. After stalling for two months “to explore options,” the Church hierarchy accepted the people’s mandate. In truth, the Church of the Silver Flame appeared paralyzed by these events, and it was several years before it acted in any meaningful or coordinated way as the new government of Thrane.

As militant sects and orders sprang up, each strove to outdo its competitors. By 915 YK, almost any stripe of religious radicalism and zealotry was accepted as normal. Calling a neighbour “impious” could lead to that person’s death sentence at the hands of a mob of his fellow citizens. The Pure Land movement murdered foreigners in the streets, the Order of the Pure became a wandering carnival of excessive piety and self-flagellation, and the Fire of Tribulation sect sought to cleanse “speech, deed, and thought itself.”

In early 919 YK, Keeper of the Flame Kaith Serrain spoke to an enraptured crowd in Flamekeep. His vague exhortations concerning a “flame sweeping across nations” were, once again, not widely divergent from long-standing Silver Flame dogma and fuelled Thrane’s ambitions and resolve to wage the War of the Five Nations.

The Excommunication of Stormreach

Already divided over the Puritan slaughter of innocents during the Silver Purge, the Diet of Cardinals assuming theocratic control of Thrane proved to be another turning point for the Silver Flame in Stormreach. After long debate, they rejected Keeper Kaith Serrain’s decision to assume theocratic control of Thrane. Both Church and Crown had roles to play in human society, the priests explained, and it was a mistake for one to supplant the other; it would only lead the Church away from its true purpose.

Inside the catacombs

The Council of Cardinals was infuriated by this rebellion, but with the War of the Five Nations in full swing, the Thranes could not afford to send new forces to such a distant post. Instead, the city’s Church hierarchy was formally severed from Flamekeep. To this day, the Keep of the Silver Flame in Stormreach receives no support from Thrane, and the faithful are warned to beware the words of these heretic priests.

Although separated from the Silver Flame in Thrane, the powers of the Stormreach clerics and paladins are no less diminished, giving them comfort that though they no longer answer to the Diet of Cardinals, they are still every bit as much blessed by the Flame.

The Keepers of the Last War

Keeper Jovor Daran’s was Keeper of the Flame when the War began in 894YK following Prince Thalin of Thane’s rejection of his sister’s birthright to assume the crown of Galifar. In 903 YK the elderly and well-loved Keeper of the Flame passed away.

After an unusual delay the Voice of the Silver Flame indicated its will, a controversial choice was proclaimed. The Cardinal Kaith Serrain, an outspoken advocate of Thrane’s glory and greater Church oversight over Thrane’s affairs, ascended to become the new Keeper of the Flame and leader of the Church of the Silver Flame. Keeper Serrain was an odd choice to take that position due to his older age, his hard-line stances on Church doctrine and his provocative rhetoric calling for greater Church control over the state. At thirty-one winters, he was far older at ascension than any other Keeper in recent memory. Just over a decade later, Keeper Serrain assumed control of the nation of Thrane in the name of the Silver Flame in the theocratic uprising of 914 YK.

Toward the end of 936 YK, Thrane lost its controversial ruler and the head of the Church of the Silver Flame. After a lingering ailment during which the Keeper of the Flame Kaith Serrain reportedly aged prematurely, the leader of the Church suddenly died. In a relatively brief but extraordinarily momentous reign, Keeper Serrain had given full voice to Thrane’s territorial ambitions, wrapping them in the mantle of religious mandate. In a last oddity, like so many that characterized his rule, it was months before the Voice of the Silver Flame spoke about ascension. Not until mid-937 YK was the new Keeper of the Flame, Lavira Tagor, proclaimed.

From a long-term viewpoint, Keeper Tagor’s appointment was one of the most important
events of the early middle war years. The new Keeper of the Flame fully supported the long-standing Church doctrine of spreading the faith of the Silver Flame across Khorvaire. She also made certain that she curried favor among the nation’s theological hard-liners, who so dominated the ruling circles. Still, her approach and dictates were significantly more moderate than Keeper Kaith Serrain’s. Keeper Tagor began to emphasize core values of the Church of the Silver Flame — using Thrane’s military might to do good, not just win battles. For example, it was during Tagor’s reign that the Church officially abandoned its stance that shifters and changelings were the “spawn of evil.” No doubt mindful of the world’s legitimate grievances against Thrane, and the dire circumstances of the Purified in other nations, Keeper Tagor began to stress themes of redemption and repentance.

In 992 YK, the Diet of Cardinals decided that Thrane’s need for more troops overshadowed any theological quandary. Since 965 YK when House Cannith first presented the new generation of warforged, the Puritans in the Church had argued that the warforged were soulless constructs and that they had no rights. Its war chest depleted, Thrane somehow gathered the funds to purchase an unprecedented number of warforged soldiers from House Cannith and incorporate them into its armies. At Keeper Tagor’s urging, the living constructs were exempt from long-standing policies requiring all Thrane soldiers to attend Church of the Silver Flame services. Perhaps because their conversions were never forced, many of Thrane’s warforged became quite devout worshippers of the Flame. This shift in warforged treatment, if not Church doctrine, would be the last major event of Keeper Tagor’s service. After almost sixty years at the forefront of the Light, the ancient cleric passed away in 993 YK.

The Voice of the Silver Flame almost immediately called Jaela Daran as the Thirteenth Keeper of the Flame. As is the case with most new Keepers, the preternaturally self possessed six-year-old had no difficulty assuming power. Still serving today, Keeper Jaela Daran asserted an authority and wisdom that defied her youth, including her part in the sueing for the Treaty of Thronehold that ended the Last War after Cyre was destroyed in the Day of Mourning.

The Reformation of the Silver Flame

While the Church of Thrane no longer follows Keeper of the Flame Jolan Sol’s extremist
doctrines, the Church continues to hunt shapeshifters in the present day.

The present Keeper, Jaela Daran, has ordered Silver Flame templars to subdue lycanthropes whenever possible and to accept the surrender of any lycanthrope, so that the shapeshifter can be cured or exiled to the astral dominion of Lamannia. However, if a lycanthrope does not cooperate, the templars use lethal force. This is covered under special provisions in the Code of Galifar added during the Purge; the templars of the Church are authorized to defend the people of the Five Nations against supernatural threats, and an afflicted lycanthrope who willfully maintains his condition is seen as intentionally endangering others.

The Puritans of Aundair are infamous for ignoring Jaela Daran’s edicts, and most Aundairian templars show no mercy when dealing with lycanthropes. Some Aundairian Puritans spread gossip that declares that Jaela Daran herself is a lycanthrope; if the tales hold truth, it could be that the Silver Flame selected her to attempt to heal the damage done in its name.

While Keeper Jaela Daran pursues a path of reformation the Puritan sects remain powerful and rumours of corruption among the Council of Cardinals persist. Much of it’s farmlands devastated by the century of warfare, the moderates in the Silver Flame seeks to lead Thrane’s recovery towards a new age of enlightenment while the Puritans insist that the Purified must hold true to the purity of their beliefs if Thrane is to retain it’s identity and survive in the new era.

Now that the war is over, the Puritans among the Council of Cardinals believe that Flamekeep should act against the splinter faction in Stormreach who still reclaim the title of the Silver Flame. However, Keeper Jaela Daran is more willing to accept theological diversity than her predecessors had been; for the moment, Stormreach has been left on its own.

Our campaign (includes spoilers!)

The Silver Flame in Stormreach thrived in the decades following it’s excommunication from Thrane. While still dedicated to the elimination of evil, the Stormreach chapter has continued to attract moderates who are no less devout in their faith in the Flame but have become suspicious of the Diet of Cardinals.

Dryden

The diverse nature of the citizenry of Stormreach has saw the Silver Flame become more tolerant than most in Khorvaire would have believed possible. The Stormreach chapter welcome the faithful from Thrane but are mindful to make them aware that Stormreach is not Flamekeep and they are guests of the Coin Lords and the Houses.

Our party first encounter the Silver Flame following an invite from Friar Renau to check on the progress of his niece Marguerite’s treatment in the lower levels of the Silver Flame Sanctuary.

As the Dryden storyline concludes, the party are now known to the Silver Flame and entrusted with keeping their secrets of the Dryden family who have been Archbishops in Stormreach since the time of the excommunication.

Wraith

The reputation of the Inquisitors persists since the time of the Silver Purge. The party encounter Inquisitor Gnomon and Inquisitor Lightbringer in House Phiarlan during the course of their adventures. It becomes obvious to the party that Inquisitor Gnomon represents the traditional Puritan outlook of the hardline members of the Silver Flame, while Inquisitor Lightbringer represents the more moderate outlook of the modern church – still fully committed to wiping the taint of evil from the land while respecting those of the Faiths not opposed to the Silver Flame.

Brother Gnomon

The main storyline where the party assist the Silver Flame sees the party arriving in the bleak rain soaked ruins of the Necropolis. The Silver Flame has established a sprawling outpost at the ancient Necropolis where the faith of the clerics and paladins of the Silver Flame is tested in their service to the Flame. As the Black Abbot storyline unfolds, the party repeatedly return to the Silver Flame’s camp in the Necropolis to be directed by Loremistress Jinna to pursue additional information to uncover the mystery of the events taking place.

Loremistress Jinna

Following unnatural lunar alignments, the Silver Flame are joined in the Necropolis by the Emerald Claw, the martial arm of the Blood of Vol. After initial unfortunate incidents the leaders of the Emerald Claw meet with the leaders of the Silver Flame in the Necropolis and an accord is reached. As the influence of Dolurrh grows, the party learn more and more about the ambitions of the Black Abbot until they finally face the lich who would ascend to godhood.

black abbot

Having proved their loyalty to the Silver Flame through their actions in the Necropolis, the party are approached once more by Inquisitor Lightbringer. The most ancient enemy of the Silver Flame are the Lords of Dust and their Overlord masters. The immortal Lords of Dust have existed since the time of the Age of Demons and are sworn to defeating the allies of the couatls who imprisoned their demon Overlords in the depths of Khyber.

Rakshasa

The party, through their actions in pursuit of these Lords of Dust reveal Inquisitor Gnomon’s true nature before delving into the depths of Khyber and eventually coming across the prison of a demon Overlord. Coming face to face with one of the legendary Overlords, the party are able to reinforce the power of the Flame that held it prisoner but as their moment of victory approaches, the Overlord is able to call upon ancient allies and escape to planes beyond the knowledge of the most learned scholars.

Rashasa overlord

Throughout the course of the campaign, the party have proven themselves to be trusted allies of the Silver Flame in Stormreach, though not necessarily bowed by it’s doctrine.

There is some concern that the details of an Overlord escaping from their grasp into unknown planes reaching the ears of the Puritans in Flamekeep would provoke a response from the main body of the Church even in these more moderate times.

There are rumours among the Council of Cardinals that the Diet of Cardinals in Thrane are already turning their attention to the potential newfound wealth to be obtained in Stormreach. As a way to recover much of the lost wealth from the Last War that almost bankrupt the nation of Thrane, it would seem a tempting option to accept the Stormreach faction back into the fold of the Church. What the future holds of the Silver Flame in Stormreach remains to be seen.

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