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The Hunter of False NoblesD&D Insider Article
Eye on the Realms
by Ed Greenwood

Across the Heartlands, folk have heard of Heldran “Nightcloak” Rallyhorn, and most believe he’s a renegade rebellious member of a noble family. That is, after all, what this handsome, charismatic young man claims to be. He says he’s not only noble, but a “true” noble, and he has dedicated himself to rooting out and destroying all “false” nobles. By this, he doesn’t just mean those of common birth who pretend to be noble, but actual nobles of proven heritage whose decadence, cruelties, and arrogance have made nobles hated or despised by many.

The eight original members of the Scourge of Corrupt Nobility were either fanatics who firmly believed in Nightcloak’s cause or people with legitimate grudges against specific noble families who saw the Scourge as a road to revenges they couldn’t manage by themselves. Thanks to the influence and guard-buying power of their targets, losses among the Scourges have always been heavy, keeping their numbers small. Increasingly, they are reduced to a few veteran, wily fanatics leading men and women who are opportunists and who have joined Rallyhorn’s game for personal monetary gain.

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    About the Author

    Ed Greenwood is the man who unleashed the Forgotten Realms on an unsuspecting world. He works in libraries, writes fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, and even romance stories (sometimes all in the same novel), but he is still happiest churning out Realmslore, Realmslore, and more Realmslore. There are still a few rooms in his house with space left to pile up papers in . . .

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