Ardent

The Ardent is a mercenary company headquartered in Ardent Keep, located on the outskirts of the Ardeep Forest. Formed in late 1492 by the aarakocra adventurer Aial Vock Tal, it is dedicated to aiding in keeping the peace and eliminating injustice. The group provides contractual services to several major polities, including Waterdeep, Baldur's Gate, and Cormyr. In addition, the Ardent also conducts independent operations for its own goals.

Structure

The Ardent is run by the Lord Ardentor Aial Vock Tal, the Lord Ardentor is the head and the highest rank in the organisation. The Lord Ardentor has the final say on matters pertaining to the future of the organisation and its goals. The choices are not made without input from the council. The council pertains of the following members; the Spymaster Sariel Liadon, the Steward Dohrim Qai, and the Marshal Nathyra Mystan. There are a number of roles that other people play, and serve under the council, such as the treasurer n'Lob, tactical trainers, and Chief Scout Nathxena Fey.   The organisation has a company of 130 soldiers, a platoon of highly trained personal guards, and 4 operations teams. The four operations teams are; Alpha Team, Beta Team, Gamma Team, and Delta Team, with the latter two finalising recruitment.

Culture

The organisation acts solely for the needs of those who have contracted them, and only for the good of the common people. Members of the Ardent follow the laws of wherever they are visiting and working within. Members are told to always act within the law unless extreme actions are required, in which they must be done without prejudice, and fairly.

Public Agenda

Much of the current agenda of the Ardent are on a need to know basis, and only the members and those who are contracting them know. The organisation has officially stated that it is working to prevent world ending events after Aial Vock Tal was part of the team that ended the giant threat to the Sword Coast in 1492 DR (the Storm King's Thunder event).
Founding Date
10 Marpenoth, 1492
Type
Guild, Fighter / Mercenary
Training Level
Professional
Veterancy Level
Experienced
Demonym
Ardent
Leader
Leader Title
Subsidiary Organizations
Location

Articles under Ardent


  • 1492 DR

    7 Eleasias

    Harpshield Castle Reclaimed
    Military action

    Aial Vock Tal, Sariel Liadon, and Wislaw Jansobski defeat a blue dragon at Harpshield Castle. Aial decides to create a new organisation based out of the ruins, and begins preparations for repairs.

    Location
    Ardent Keep
  • 1492 DR

    10 Marpenoth

    Founding of the Ardent
    Founding

    Aial Vock Tal founds the Ardent, based in the former Harpshield Castle.

    Location
    Ardent Keep
  • 1492 DR

    2 Uktar

    Alpha Team Formed
    Founding

    Alpha Team is formed as a subunit of the Ardent. It is comprised of Mystan Rhogar, Brave Star, Alana Pruder, Damu Ubo, and Meribel Lahasha.

    Location
    Ardent Keep
  • 1492 DR

    2 Uktar

    Nathxena Fey Recruited
    Miscellaneous

    Sariel Liadon meets Nathxena Fey and after a short encounter, recruits the half-drow into the Ardent.

  • 1492 DR

    2 Nightal

    Beta Team Formed
    Founding

    Beta Team is formed as a subunit of the Ardent. It is comprised of Altin and Valna Mellerelel, Kovos Varuxath, Lucius Ecall, Okrim Lawbringer, and Relpee.

    Location
    Ardent Keep
  • 1493 DR

    30 Ches
    1493 DR

    3 Tarsakh

    Investigation of the House of Stone
    Military action

    Two days after completing their training, Beta Team investigates the House of Stone in the Ardeep Forest.

    Location
    Ardeep Forest
  • 1493 DR

    24 Tarsakh
    1493 DR

    25 Tarsakh

    Investigating Ched Nasad
    Military action

    After finding an access route to the Underdark in the House of Stone, Beta Team investigates the city of Ched Nasad. They find a war zone and are introduced to House Helvirae as they find agents influencing one of the sides.

    Location
    Ched Nasad
  • 1493 DR

    19 Mirtul
    1493 DR

    21 Mirtul

    Investigating House Helvirae
    Military action

    Beta Team follows tunnels leading out from Ched Nasad . Beta Team is ambushed and captured by drow, then interred into a work camp. They are broken out by Nathxena Fey and meet for the first time. Together they infiltrate House Helvirae and uncover that they are working with the archdevil Fierna.

    Location
    Menzoberranzan
  • 1493 DR

    25 Mirtul
    1493 DR

    8 Eleint

    Investigation into House Helvirae Portals
    Expedition

    Nathxena Fey and Ardent scouts conduct research into portal devices. Eventually they discover that House Helvirae needs various magical items to power their portals. They also recover an amulet of the planes for Beta Team to use to collect these parts before House Helvirae.

    Location
    Ardent Keep
  • 1493 DR

    11 Eleint
    1493 DR

    12 Eleint

    Investigating the Feywild
    Military action

    Beta Team enters the Feywild, where they meet Queen Titania and perform a play for her. They then receive a root of a fey tree as a reward after slaying a dire troll. This root is one of the magical items suspected as a portal device.

    Location
    Feywild
  • 1493 DR

    17 Eleint
    1493 DR

    18 Eleint

    Investigating the Shadowfell
    Military action

    Beta Team enters the Shadowfell and fights their way through enemies. Making their way through dungeons and fighting House Helvirae troops, they recover a piece of solid shadow - a magical artifact for the portal.

  • 1493 DR

    3 Marpenoth

    Investigating a House Helvirae Outpost
    Military action

    After making their way to a House Helvirae outpost in the Underdark below the Sumber Hills, Beta Team captures a priestess. Interrogating the priestess provides the Ardent with significant intelligence on House Helvirae plans and troops movements.

    Location
    Underdark
  • 1494 DR

    2 Hammer

    Beta Team Attempts to Stop the Portal
    Military action

    Beta Team is alerted that Nathxena Fey had been captured in Menzoberranzan by House Helvirae. They rush there to find her being used in a ritual to create the spell. A large fight ensues where the team are pushed to their limits. They are too late however, and Nathxena Fey is killed in a ritual sacrifice. An explosion of planar causes them all to be transported to Sigil.

    Location
    Menzoberranzan
  • 1494 DR

    3 Hammer
    1494 DR

    4 Hammer

    Escaping Sigil
    Expedition

    After waking up in Sigil, Beta Team revives Nathxena Fey. They then work with a young brass dragon to make their way out of the city. They manage to return to Waterdeep after a day.

    Location
    Sigil
  • 1494 DR

    5 Hammer
    1494 DR

    28 Alturiak

    Investigating The Elemental Planes
    Military action

    Beta Team is informed they need four elemental energy devices to construct an anti-portal device. They travel to the elemental planes of water, fire, air, and earth to charge the devices at elemental vortecies. These vortecies are places of interaction between the planes, creating large amounts of planar energy. After charging all the devices, they return to meet up with Nathxena Fey at Ardent Keep.

  • 1494 DR

    8 Ches
    1494 DR

    10 Ches

    Battle of Menzoberranzan
    Military action

    The Battle of Menzoberranzan took place in the city of Menzoberranzan in early 1494 DR. Ardent forces, along with city guards and loyal Drow houses, fought and defeated the forces of House Helvirae and Fierna.

  • 1494 DR

    20 Ches

    Beta Team Disbanded
    Disbandment

    With their mission complete, Beta Team disbands. Valna and Altin Mellerelel, as well as Yip Relpert stay with the Ardent, but the other members return to their lives.

    More reading
    Beta Team
  • 1494 DR

    7 Tarsakh

    Arrowheads Formed
    Founding

    The Ardent officially recognises the Arrowheads as a formal, independent team within the organisation.

    More reading
    Arrowheads
  • 1494 DR

    29 Tarsakh

    Arrowheads Expanded
    Miscellaneous
    More reading
    Arrowheads

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