The Children of Moriancumer - Rising
The Blue Lotus
The Blue Lotus Monastery is the organization that Val Kiera Moriancumer was raised in since she was a little girl after she was kidnapped as a child. It was here that she was trained to become a Ninja.
Started by a powerful Samurai/Monk who committed great evil acts early in life, and sought to redeem himself by using his great power to aid those like the people he had harmed. His followers created the Monastery of the Blue Lotus (Named after a type of flower that grows on the slopes of the mountain that the monastery was built in) as a way to preserve their teachers legacy.
Nearly wiped out during a conspiracy by a corrupt noble who hired a group of assassins called the Red Raptors. (This happened 15 years after Val was adopted by the monastery.) Val and 26 of the “younglings” escaped the carnage and regrouped later, with the aid of Ya’akov’s children and himself (who chanced upon Val before the younglings regrouped). The counter-attack that resulted caused the deaths of the entire leadership of the Red Raptors (most at the hands of Ya’akov and Epsilon). With the aid of several neighboring towns, including several clerics, most of the Blue Lotus leadership was raised from the dead, and they have rebuilt since. They now seek to establish outposts further away from their current sphere of influence.
Their philosophy can be summarized as this: “Those with great power should use it to aid those who cannot aid themselves by their own strength alone.”
Mostly Monks, Ninja, Samurai, with some Fighters, Clerics, Rogues, and Rangers/Hunters. Arcane classes have recently become more common, including classes like Bloodragers and Summoners. Most members of the organization are trained in survival skills and Diplomacy. Most income is earned through “mercenary” work, though they will work for lower prices than normal in situations where a client may not be able to afford aid otherwise.
Craftsman of the Blue Lotus specialize in “Bluesteel”, which is essentially blue Glassteel. Most of their weapons utilize this material, and all members of the Monastery are expected to learn the basics of the craft. They are also skilled in the makings of armors from both Bluesteel and leathers, as well as Darkleaf cloth. The most prized of their creations are Blue Crystal (or Crystalline) weapons, which, while fragile, are deadly in the extreme.
The organization is neutral good in nature. They tend to get along well with most good aligned groups, but have a distrust of orcs and drow. To this day, they have a severe hatred of the remnants of the Red Raptors, who still seek vengeance for their organizations downfall at the hands of the Blue Lotus.