Fenris Isle; formerly Ravenholdt Manor
Civilians who reside at the manor and the assassins of Ravenholdt themselves
The survival of the guild and to accumulate profits at the expense of the lives of the wicked or unjust
The highest bidder (The latest exception being the Great War of Lordaeron)
Ravenholdt was an elite spy and assassin guild in the Great War of Lordaeron and beyond.
Long ago, the Arathi tribe of humans embarked on a campaign of necessity to conquer and assimilate its rivals through combat and politics. The cause was righteous, as the Arathi offered peace, security, and equality to those they conquered. However, many rival tribes were resistant to the idea of relinquishing their own authority and becoming part of a larger whole.
It was at this time that a guild of assassins arose within the growing human coalition. Infiltrating rival tribes and removing dissidents and other opposition (most commonly pagan and other non-lightist religious leaders), this group was very successful and aided considerably in what ultimately became the founding of the united human nation of Arathor.
Over time, the guild grew in size and autonomy, and when Arathor dissolved into smaller Kingdoms they established a small, independent, and secret settlement in the Alterac Mountains, Northwest of the Hillsbrad Foothills. This community took the name Ravenholdt, after the man who spearheaded its founding. The exact location of the settlement is kept confidential for security reasons, and visitors brought in are customarily sensory-deprived.
Too small to contend with larger kingdoms in any head to head confrontation, the mostly self-sustaining Ravenholdt trains its forces to be masters of stealth, infiltration, melee combat and discipline. Stories say they are so skilled that they are invisible.The Mountain itself is well defended. The incline is so steep that it is nigh impossible to get any cavalry or siege equipment up to the summit. The jagged rocks fall into a formation such that marching infantry up the mountain restricts movements, and no more than 2, perhaps 3 soldiers could fit up any potential path. Add to that the fact that the area is extensively booby-trapped, and it is a test of cunning just to get up to Ravenholdt when nobody is around. When factoring in invisible assassins around every corner, you really want an invitation before trying to go there. The county has remained small, and only invites new residents if they possess extraordinary skill. Ravenholdt at the time of the Great War of Azeroth possessed a standing force of only a few hundred active agents and a small civilian community, though all civilians undergo mandatory training and are compelled to refine a useful skill or craft. The country also employees gender neutrality, making use of its female citizens to the same degree as the males.
Ravenholdt possessed one of the truly great armories in all of Azeroth, a testament to both their high adventuring and their thievery. Only the revered were permitted access though, as many great weapons had been lost forever on failed raids.As part of the family legacy, the Ravenholdt Bloodline runs the day to day, menial tasks of leadership. However, true authority has always lied with the Grand Master since the early days of the guild.
The Great WarEdit
As a significant instrument in Arathor’s original subjugation of pagan tribes, and with the blood of pagan holy-men historically on their hands, the predominantly Lightist Ravenholdt feared pagan victory in what they saw as an inevitable war. They openly sided with the other Lightist nations and re-solidified an old alliance with Lordaeron that had been left idle. Under Grand Master Warester Van Dam and master Travot Ravenholdt, Ravenholdt pitched its skills into the war effort, beginning with their traditional enemies in Alterac.
The Xie regime was targeted.
Warester killed Proudmoore during the Fenris Summit.
Magyver McGowan was sent to infiltrate Gilneas.
Warester Van Dam, Grand Master
Travot Ravenholdt, Hereditary Civil Ruler of Ravenholdt
Krol, Former Grand Master
Vord Wallis, Travot's Lieutenant
Magyver McGowan, Operative
Kid Gorgeous, Panther
Myrokos Silentform, Operative
Robere de Changee, Nightslayer
Percy Fayette, Nightslayer
Qu, Quartermaster & Inventor
New Qu, apprentice to Qu
Bazil, Nightslayer; Spear Rogue
Barbara Friendly, Operative & Instructor; "Cruel Barb"
Johnnie Jacula, Nightslayer
Charlie Vidal, Nightslayer; "the Knife"
Robin Keats, Nightslayer
Bill Sleeve, Nightslayer
Jason Redleaf, Nightslayer
Kai Orochi, Doctor
|Warester Van Dam · Travot Ravenholdt · Krol · Myrokos Silentform · Hellen von Xie · Magyver McGowan · Kid Gorgeous · Vord Wallis · Qu · Barbara Friendly · Robere de Changee · Percy Fayette · Owen Zverenhoff|