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Originally Posted by History of the BrotherhoodThe Brotherhood of the Wolf, or "Order of the Wolf" as it is sometimes called, is a martial prelature of the Church of Lunitari.
Founded some 600 years previously from a break-away faction of Priests and Paladins, it rose to prominence during the Necromancer Wars and swiftly came to occupy a position of influence and power within the main body of the Church. More than one High Priest of the Church has owed his position due to his distinguished time within the Brotherhood. However, the current High Priest of Lunitari, Ignatius the Pure, never served with the order and this has led to a certain amount of animosity between the prelature and its mother Church.
There are conflicting accounts on the origin of the Brotherhood’s name but the two most commonly held views are that St Sebastian III, founding Paladin and hero of the Necromancer Wars, witnessed a pack of wolves set about a group of undead, promptly destroying them, the wolf has since been revered as a scared animal to the Order, and as a symbol of strength under the moon (Lunitari’s governing sphere). More controversially, it has also been suggested that St Sebastian III was in fact a wolfen lycanthrope. The latter story is given more credence by the Order’s unique nature with lycanthropes but the suggestion that St Sebastian was one of them is something that is suggested in a hushed voice in secluded corridors.
Identifying the aims and ideology of the order is difficult as one of its fundamental strengths is the devolved power that each Chapter enjoys and the secular nature of its membership.
The most common institution within the order is the Chapter. This will comprise of a leader, or Chapter Master, who is almost exclusively a Paladin or Cleric of Lunitari. He or she will be responsible for a geographical area and will govern and lead all members within this boundary. The size of each Chapter’s domain varies greatly but the most common is a Chapter based in a large city that has responsibility for the city and the surrounding countryside.
Due to the distance that can often lay between a Chapter and the order’s governing body, Chapter House (which is currently led by Grand Chapter Master Pausanias) the Chapter Master usually has absolute and arbitrary power within his Chapter, however it is common for a Chapter Master to gather about him a trusted and select few individuals who will aid in him in governing the Chapter. In times of peril the Chapter Master will rely on the support of his officers (occasionally known as Pack Masters) to rally the members and lead them to battle where appropriate, they also perform administrative functions necessary for the running of the Chapter.
Beyond the Chapter Master and Pack Masters the actual membership is made up of an eclectic mixture of races and professions, being a member of the Church of Lunitari is not mandatory, and the Order even accepts Clerics of other faiths. What the order is interested in is a shared ideology and purpose, as long as members are committed to this then the Chapter leader often turns a blind eye to the ecclesiastical activities of the members.
As already mentioned the actual motivations and purpose of each Chapter vary greatly but most commonly the Order of the Wolf is characterised by a fevered and committed battle against the nefarious arts of undeath. The Church of Lunitari view undead as the worse case of abomination, a personal slight against their Goddess, and most members of the Lunitari Church have some skill in combating undead. The most skilled practitioners in battling undead often join the Brotherhood and the Order is now famed across the world for its skills in this area and it not uncommon for other organisations, including other faiths, to ask for assistance in dealing with necromancy and undeath.
Although fighting undead is undoubtedly the driving force of the Order, it is not their sole activity, and due to the pastoral routes of the organisation (the majority of Lunitari worshippers are peasant farmers) they often are seen as crusaders for the common man and are active in combating organisations that use and abuse their populace-such institutions as the Coin Lords and the Dragon Marked Houses have all come to the attention of the Order. It is this motivating force that is undoubtedly the attraction for most members.
Special note should be given to the complicated relationship that Church of Lunitari, and by proxy the Order, have with the lycanthropic disease. To this day fiery debate over the issue rages and great chasms between high ranking priests have been created due to diverging opinion.
Amongst scholars and wizards not linked to the Church of Lunitari it is agreed that Lycanthropy is a disease of the blood that introduces physical changes to the host upon exposure to stimulating effects, the most common being moonlight. As the primary sphere of Lunitari it is this latter part that fuels the fierce debate within the Church. Some argue that no ill effect could come from the moons effect (Clerics of Lunitari receive their divine spells from praying to the moon) and that therefore Lycanthropes are sacred under the Goddess and it is at her will that these creatures are created. The reverse of this is that it is by the moons light that these creatures are mutated and in fact it is Lunitari punishing these creatures that gives rise to the physical transformation, they are therefore to be exterminated with extreme prejudice. To this day no official viewpoint has been forthcoming from the church and if one were to be given by the High Priest it would surely create a schism, one that could tear the religion part.
As of writing, the Order is in a strong position with many new Chapters arising, even in the far flung continent of Xen’Drik a Chapter has recently been founded, situated in the frontier city of Stormreach. Grand Chapter Master Pausanias eagerly awaits news from this fledgling outpost.
Extracted from the ‘Faiths of Eberron’
Compiled by Nathaniel of Orgoth in 998YK