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Factions History and Lore

Below is a complete list of the factions that have appeared in the various Hands of War Games. Each faction contains a description of their beliefs, a brief history, and in which games they first appeared.



The Blademasters

Appearance: Hands of War
Involved In: Hands of War, Hands of War 2, Hands of War TD, Hands of War 3
Champion: Malistar Thorn, the Sword of Blood
Enemies: The Magicians, The Warders

Description
Known for their strict discipline and skill with a sword, the Blademasters is a group of elite warriors with an intense disdain for anyone who lacks the courage to fight face-to-face.



The Magicians

Appearance: Hands of War
Involved In: Hands of War, Hands of War 2, Hands of War TD, Hands of War 3
Champion: Serene Cole, the Arcane Maven
Enemies: The Blademasters, The Warders

Description
A highly secretive and arrogant group of Tempor's best wizards, the Magicians hold the secrets to the most powerful magic and regard those who lack the skill to wield magic as beneath them.



The Warders

Appearance: Hands of War
Involved In: Hands of War, Hands of War 2, Hands of War TD, Hands of War 3
Champion: Aryn Gardius, The Sylvan Spirit
Enemies: The Blademasters, The Magicians

Description
Extensively trained in the arts of archery and tracking, the Warders are the finest bowmen in Tempor, and revile all other savage or magical weapons of war. Note: In the original Hands of War, the Warder faction was known as the Trackers.



The Mercenaries

Appearance: Hands of War
Involved In: Hands of War, Hands of War 2, Hands of War TD, Hands of War 3
Champion: Aeri Swift, the Widowmaker
Enemies: The Merchant's Guild, The Commoners

Description - Hands of War 3
Despite the alliance formed during the invasion and defense of Tempor, the Mercenaries had no intention of burying the hatchet forever. Once the nation was secure, they resumed their battle against the greed and corruption of the Merchantís Guild but also found another source for their contempt. Believing that wealth and land should belong to those who are strong enough to take it, the Mercenaries now found themselves at odds with the socialistic Commoners who fought to spread the wealth to everyone regardless of individual merit.

Description - Hands of War, Hands of War 2, Hands of War TD
Former soldiers driven rogue by their hatred for corrupt merchant officials, the Mercenaries' goal is to disrupt the trade between cities in efforts to end the monopoly that the Merchant's Guild holds over the citizens of Tempor.



The Merchant's Guild

Appearance: Hands of War
Involved In: Hands of War, Hands of War 2, Hands of War TD, Hands of War 3
Champion: Axl Torin, the Arrow of Justice
Enemies: The Mercenaries, The Commoners

Description - Hands of War 3
After funding much of Temporís defense efforts during the invasion, the Merchantís Guild aims to return Tempor to economic stability following the two recent wars. Made up of the wealthiest traders and landowners in Tempor, the Merchant's Guild is solely responsible for all inter-city commerce and financial growth. Their goal is to provide all citizens with the highest quality merchandise at a fair price, but the recent revolt of the Commoners and their ongoing feud with the Mercenaries threatens to unravel their plans. The Merchantís Guild believes that wealth should be the result of hard work and financial responsibility, not simply distributed as a hand-out for the common good.

Description - Hands of War, Hands of War 2, Hands of War TD
Made up of the wealthiest traders in Tempor, the Merchant's Guild is solely responsible for all inter-city commerce. Their goal is to provide all citizens with the highest quality merchandice at a fair price.



The Commoners

Appearance: Hands of War 3
Involved In: Hands of War 3
Champion: Gavin Yuri, the Rogue Hydromancer
Enemies: The Mercenaries, The Merchant's Guild

Description
Overlooked and forgotten, the common citizens of Tempor struggled to survive in the aftermath of the civil war and subsequent invasion. While the noblemen of the Merchant Guild were busy trying to curry favor with the newly formed members of the Alliance faction, the citizens of Tempor, who worked for the Merchantís Guild in exchange for protection and housing, were left to fend for themselves in a nation that was quickly turning to looting and lawlessness. Abandoned and threatened, they joined together to form the Commoners, a faction of Temporís farmers and working class citizens. They fight against the greed and corruption of the Merchants Guild and the growing threat from the Mercenaries who have turned to banditry and pillaging. They firmly believe that economic wealth should be shared evenly among all Temporians so that everyone may prosper.



The Alliance

Appearance: Hands of War
Involved In: Hands of War, Hands of War 3
Champion: Triton Steel, the Guardian of Tempor
Enemies: The Shadow Runners

Description - Hands of War 3
Much like what was done at the end of the first civil war, following the defense and reunification of Tempor, the members of the Guardians and Phoenix factions set aside their differences to forge the Alliance faction. The Alliance now is the governing body and most powerful faction in Tempor. They stand for peace, justice, and equality, and protect the citizens of Tempor from all threats foreign and domestic.

Description - Hands of War
Made up of the citizens and guards of the free cities, during Hands of War, The Alliance was the governing body of Tempor. They fought to rid the land of the Shadow Runners and restore the peace they provided under their rule.



The Shadow Runners

Appearance: Hands of War
Involved In: Hands of War, Hands of War 3
Champion: Beldon Ax, The Shadow Knight
Enemies: The Alliance

Description - Hands of War 3
Originating from a distant land, the Shadow Runners travel to peaceful nations attempting to better the lives of the inhabitants through their teachings. They believe that weakness and vulnerability originate from peaceful and passive living, and that it is only through war and conflict that advances in self and society are achieved. Furthermore, the Shadow Runners believe that it is the right and duty of the most powerful to rule. In their society, it is common practice members to challenge their superiors to duels to the death for their rank, position and wealth.

Description - Hands of War
A cruel and harsh people, the Shadow Runners believe that the powerful should rule. During Hands of War, they invaded Tempor in attempts to overthrow the passive rulers: The Alliance.



Keepers of the Red Sand

Appearance: Hands of War 3
Involved In: Hands of War 3
Champion: Saradyn Red, The Scarlet Tempest
Enemies: N/A

Description
Believed to have originated from members of the Blademasters, Warders, and Magicians who left Tempor, The Keepers of the Red Sand are elite fighters of Temporís newly created gladiator pits. Shortly after the defense of Tempor, the Keepers settled and built their gladiator pits in a secluded area of Tempor. While many battle inside the fighting pits, only the top echelon are members of the Keepers. Acceptance into their ranks is achieved only by challenging and defeating a current member in a one-on-one battle inside the pit.



The Guardians

Appearance: Hands of War 2
Involved In: Hands of War 2, Hands of War TD
Champion: N/A
Enemies: The Phoenix

Description
Once members of the Phoenix, the Guardians were exiled for openly opposing the vision of the Black Council (Phoenix). During Hands of War 2, they fought to stop the Phoenix from enlisting all of Tempor to fight in a massive conquest.



The Phoenix

Appearance: Hands of War 2
Involved In: Hands of War 2, Hands of War TD
Champion: N/A
Enemies: The Guardians

Description
Forged from the remnants of the old Shadow Runner and Alliance factions, the Phoenix was the governing body of Tempor during Hands of War 2. Driven by the power of the Heartstone, they desired to raise a massive army to conquer neighboring nations.


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