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The Claws of Io

Symbol: Five draconic claws, one of each color of True Dragon; Good members use metallic colors, Evil members use chromatic.

Background, Goals, and Dreams: The Claws of Io are a secret affiliation of ancient and powerful Dragons. Their organization transcends philosophy, ideology, and alignment; they convene for the purpose of advancing Dragonkind among the planes. Their agendas are varied and nuanced, their plans centuries in execution. Most members are not fully aware of the organizations goals and means; some are even unaware that they work for any kind of organization. New recruits are selected, groomed, and utilized without their knowledge; frequently potential candidates are employed through a network of intermediaries. Those who prove themselves useful, valuable, and discrete, may eventually become aware of some larger body that they serve, although the extent of the organization will remain unknown to them for many, many years. Many members of the Claws of Io are unaware even that the organization has both Good and Evil Dragons in its employ, instead believing that the opposing number is somehow a perversion or enemy of their order. The leaders of the organization, known as the Ten Tyrants, prefer this - setting Good Dragon against Evil Dragon is the way of their race, after all, and promotes strength among them.

The organization is structured hierarchically. At the top are the Ten Tyrants, choice representatives of one of each of the ten colors of True Dragon, each a Great Wyrm in age. Each is served by Ten Talons, ten specifically chosen subordinates. Each Tyrant chooses his own Talons from among his own race. The Talons are carefully groomed and prepared for potential leadership, over many centuries; each Talon is at least a Wyrm in age. Chief among the Talons' privileges is the right to challenge a Tyrant for his position of leadership, in a challenge of the Tyrant's choosing. Only the Ten Tyrants and their Talons are aware of the full scope of the organization.

Below the Talons are a network of informants, servants, employees, spies, and unwitting pawns, all of whom are True Dragons, with the exception of the Shells. Shells are non-members who are used by the organization, unwittingly, to forward the aims of Dragonkind. The organizational structures vary in accordance with their color - Gold Dragon organizations tend to be hierarchical, while Black Dragon organizations tend to be more loosely affiliated. All, however, serve the ultimate aims of the Claws of Io.

Type: Cabal (racial).

Scale: 19 (multiplanar). The Claws of Io are many, and their influence spans the planes. Some even claim to have the ears of godlings.

Affiliation Score Criteria: A character cannot become a member of the Claws of Io unless he is a True Dragon. A character's advancement within the Claws is limited by his Draconic age; advancement is given only to those who have lived many, many years.

Criterion Affiliation Score Modifier
Draconic RHD 1/2 RHD
Value of Hoard +1 per 20,000 gp
Ranks in Knowledge (arcana), Knowledge (religion), and Knowledge (the planes) +1/4 per rank, rounded down
5 or more combined ranks in Knowledge (arcana), Knowledge (religion), and Knowledge (the planes) +1
10 or more combined ranks in Knowledge (arcana), Knowledge (religion), and Knowledge (the planes) +2
Knowingly performed a minor task for the Claws of Io +1 (-2 if you fail)
Knowingly performed a major task for the Claws of Io +2 (-4 if you fail)

Titles, Benefits, and Duties: Members of the Claws of Io do not owe tithes or duties in the traditional sense. What they owe is a dual obligation of total obedience and total discretion. Insubordination is punishable by immediate execution, a task carried out even by the most noble and Good dragons, as the organization's aims take precedent over any individual member's life. And no creature, not even Dragons, may become aware of the organization's existence; indiscretion results in the execution of the errant member, as well as any creature to whom they might have disclosed their knowledge.

Affiliation Score Title: Benefits and Duties Draconic Age Requirement
3 or lower No rank. In fact, at rank 3 or lower, a member is unaware that he even serves the organization. Must be a True Dragon of at least Adult age.
4-10 Dreaming: +2 circumstance bonus on all Knowledge (arcana), Knowledge (religion), Knowledge (the planes), and Spellcraft rolls, +2 circumstance bonus to the save DC of your Frightful Presence. Must be a True Dragon of at least Mature Adult age.
11-15 Sleeping: +4 circumstance bonus on all Knowledge (arcana), Knowledge (religion), and Knowledge (the planes) rolls, +4 circumstance bonus to the save DC of your Frightful Presence, +1 circumstance bonus to your spell resistance and damage reduction. Must be a True Dragon of at least Old age.
16-22 Awakened: +6 circumstance bonus on all Knowledge (arcana), Knowledge (religion), and Knowledge (the planes) rolls, +6 circumstance bonus to the save DC of your Frightful Presence, +2 circumstance bonus to your spell resistance and damage reduction, and treat yourself as one age category higher for the purposes of calculating your breath weapon's damage and save DC. Must be a True Dragon of at least Very Old age.
23-29 Learned: +8 circumstance bonus on all Knowledge (arcana), Knowledge (religion), and Knowledge (the planes) rolls, +8 circumstance bonus to the save DC of your Frightful Presence, +4 circumstance bonus to your spell resistance and damage reduction, treat yourself as two age categories higher for the purposes of calculating your breath weapon's damage and save DC, and +1 circumstance bonus to your CL for all spells and spell-like abilities and effects. Must be a True Dragon of at least Ancient age.
30 or higher Enlightened: +10 circumstance bonus on all Knowledge (arcana), Knowledge (religion), and Knowledge (the planes) rolls, +10 circumstance bonus to the save DC of your Frightful Presence, +8 circumstance bonus to your spell resistance and damage reduction, treat yourself as three age categories higher for the purposes of calculating your breath weapon's damage and save DC, and +2 circumstance bonus to your CL for all spells and spell-like abilities and effects. Additionally, treat yourself as if you have gained an additional level in any one spellcasting class you have taken, for purposes of spells known/prepared and caster level. Alternatively, or if you have not taken any spellcasting class levels, you may treat your effective Sorcerer level as one higher. Must be a True Dragon of at least Wyrm age.
Unless otherwise stated, the benefits above are not cumulative.

Executive Powers: Gift, harvest, shadow war.