Evil Factions (Dominaria Supplement)
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The Carnival of Shadows
Base of Operations: Ardile Fens
Area of Influence: Ardile Fens and central-Western river system
Leadership Style: Jack of Blades and the leaders of the Krewes
Patron Deity: None
Symbol: By Krewe
The Companions of Wrath
Base of Operations: None permanent
Area of Influence: The Westlands
Leadership Style: Military
Patron Deity: Erythnul
Symbol: By Company
History: The BandoGora was formed in the Dark Kingdoms as the Wandering One’s “Shadow Hand”. They draw mostly from highly skilled assassins or magic users as well as shapeshifters and ghosts. Since their creation they've operated all across the face of Dominaria. their operations range from meeting and trading with the Witch Doctors of the Najiki Archipelago or Shamen of the Dhazantar Steppes, to assassinations and coercions throughout the Caliphate and the Westlands. They’re informally known as the Shadow Hand or more recently Dark Brotherhood in most the world. The name change came in the long period between the Wandering One's second campaign and his third campaign when knowledge of him began to decrease and the Bando Gora lost some of their identity. Many of their operations as the Dark Brotherhood were for their own ends and served to strengthen the group and build their influence outside the Dark Kingdoms. Since the Wandering One's third campaign and up until his recent final defeat at the hands of The Travelers, the Bando Gora had acted with more of a focus and increasingly worked alongside the Cabal; their operations and presence in the Dark Kingdoms is unknown.
Most of the BandoGora’s bases are in fairly innocuous places, such as down a well, the cellar beneath an abandoned shack or the ruins of a church – they can usually be found in places no normal person would care to venture. Their hideouts and bases are not unusually sinister from the outside, they prefer to keep a low profile. Their shadowy council of leaders isn't necessarily one's usual conception of evil, they're more self-concerned and callous than evil in the 'proper' sense. this attitude springs from their roots as the Wandering One's eyes, ears, and extra hands during his fall from Good and subsequent rise to power. It's said that they were first commissioned and given their tasks from a strange tomb not of this plane, and that may be their black heart still.
Aside from collecting money and magical artifacts, rank and file members will often be told to go to seemingly random places and perform seemingly random rituals. It seems that the organization is intent on spreading a general aura of darkness alongside their spread of material influence. The group's last known leader was the Lich known as 'The Leper', who was ardently pursued by several groups and who was last seen fleeing the battlefield at The Battle of Venicia. It is his way to spread his shadowy influence to gain money, knowledge and power. Under him, the organization has secret bases in most cities across the map. Sometimes even castles have been tunneled into and secret entrances built, guarded by a Brother/Hand on the inside.
Base of Operations: Unknown
Area of Influence: Dominaria
Leadership Style: Council
Patron Deity: Unknown
Symbol: A black hand holding the world
Other: The only way to join the BandoGora is to be recruited, although one seeking recruitment can follow the signs if they can find them.
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