Order of the Emerald Claw
Famine and pestilence weakened Karrnath to the point of collapse in the early days of the Last War. Seemingly spontaneously, an order of warriors arose that emphasized flexibility, self-sufficiency, and accomplishment regardless of sacrifice. These Karrnathi fanatics called themselves the Order of the Emerald Claw, and their heroics stabilized previously crumbling battle lines and drew
scores of Karrnath’s best to their ranks. These flamboyant knights rattled Karrnath’s established officers with their nontraditional methods, often acting outside the chain of command, but none could dispute their discipline, training, and readiness to give their lives in defense of the kingdom of Karrnath.
The emergence of the order was so sudden and its methods so radical that many officers and government officials were suspicious and resentful. Despite the order’s successes. Karrns who raised concerns about the group never ran out of rationales or rumors. The whispers hardened into
accusations when Regent Moranna staged a coup against the order. She removed Emerald Claw members from positions of power, laying terrible crimes at their feet, dismantling the organization, and forcing those who escaped to go underground. Although the order still has its defenders, both inside and outside Karrnath, most consider it, at best, a group of fanatics that overstepped its bounds.
Today, the Order of the Emerald Claw is an extremist militant sect of the Blood of Vol. The order is led by a mysterious figure known as the Queen of Death, one of the mightiest necromancers associated with the Blood of Vol. The Emerald Claw’s loyalyy to Karrnath was only as strong as the monarch’s subservience to the cult’s demands, and as long as the two institutions were on the same side, the order served Karrnath well. When first Regent Moranna and then King Kaius III rejected the Blood of Vol, the crown and the Blood of Vol broke their long alliance, and the Order of the Emerald Claw fell from power. Despite the order’s fanatical devotion to the Blood of
Vol, moderate members of the faith denounce and oppose the malicious actions of the Emerald Claw.