Guardians of the Past
[[Code of the Harpers]]
What do Harpers believe in? – they believe that good folk of all races can stand together working against warfare, slavery, and the wanton destruction of the plants and creatures of the land. They tolerate many faiths and deeds. They oppose those who would build empires by the use of the sword or spilled blood, or who would work magic heedless of the consequences.
They see the arts and lore of fallen Myth Drannor as the high point of all races. Harpers strive to preserve the history, crafts, and knowledge and believe it should be willingly shared with all races.
They seek to oppose those who plunder the lore and art of the past to raise their own thrones and unleash fire upon others. Those of evil mind: the Zhentarim, Cult of the Dragon, the slavers of Thay, and the dark necromancers shall always find Harpers opposing their plans.
Harpers guard the weak and the helpless against such enemies, even unto the death. They also guard books and their lore, precious instruments and their music, and Art and its good works.
Harper bards always sing true tales of kings, as far as the truth is known. They do not for any reward, sing falsely the grand deeds of the usurper, nor portray as bad the vanquished predecessor. A Harper cleaves to the truth, so that the song will be a truthful record for ages to come.
Harpers do not always fight with blade or spell. They give aid to those in need, forge friendships and help build trust with natural allies. Evil shrinks away at what it cannot destroy with fire and sword.
HARPER WATCH WORDS
Harpers work against villainy and wickedness wherever they find it but they
work ever mindful of the consequences of what they do. (I shall do no less.)
All beings should walk free of fear, with the right to live their lives as they wish.
The rule of law aids peace and fosters freedom, so long as the laws are just
and those who enforce them lenient and understanding.
No extreme is good. For freedom to flourish, all must be in balance.
Whatever it takes, a harper will do. Pride never rules the deeds of a true harper.
Harpers can spare themselves less freedom than those they work to protect
must have— but even a harper must be free.
Harpers police their own. A harper who hears the call of personal power can
no longer hear the sweet song of the harp. A harper who seizes power, and holds
it above all else, is a traitor to the harp. Traitors must die, for freedom to live.
Without a past, no being can appreciate what they have, and where they may be going.
Cares of the Harper
Harpers don’t give up; they always work on unfinished missions, however much time has passed.
Harpers help other harpers without hesitation or thought of personal cost or credit.
Harpers do not respect rank or power; Harpers do respect wisdom and good character. They never discriminate on the basis of sex or race.
Harpers do not conceal their own shortcomings or handicaps (such as disease, carried curses, and lycanthropy) from other Harpers.
Harpers do the unexpected. Harpers do not settle into a routine that invites easy attack or anticipation of their aims and activities.
Some Harper quotes
May your harp be unstrung, your dreams die, and all your songs be unsung. – Harper Curse (origin unknown)
It is my duty as a harper to die if necessary in the task of protecting others. – Harper Reisz Roudabush, Year of the Serpent
Harpers live- and die – to keep the balance. – Harper saying (anonymous)