Black Hand of Seval
History of the Black Hand
Mentored by [[:Elucius the Cruel]], the Black Hand has enforced the will of Seval through Telthys and the planes for at least 15 years.
The group takes its name from one of their first assembled missions. They were tasked to eliminate an incursion of Drow using extraplanar portals from The Realms. During the final stages of conflict, the adventurers forced the routed Drow Priestess [[:Hes’Taeshall]] through a closing portal while grappled her hands. The portal closed upon Hes’Taeshall, leaving one of her hands with the party.
Following months of patrol duties near the White Bear Mountains and Iapeti, the Black Hand of Seval has been principally active in sorties along planar borders and inside the Elemental Chaos. They operated out of the City of Brass for several years, returning to Telthys to participate in Seval’s Grand Melee under the banner of . Although moderately successful, Elucius’ teams were not awarded major accolades. Nevertheless, the exposure benefitted the Black Hand with new opportunities.
The Black Hand won entrance to the Guild of Colored Sails, a group of explorers, traders, and pioneers seeking to expand Seval’s reach by establish permanent settlements in distant lands. The well-traveled and wealthy group hires many adventuring teams to spearhead explorations into new territories, eliminate threats to settlements, escort and defend caravans, and to act as thugs where necessary. Or, sometimes, when it seems fun.