Thunderscape: The Cogswheel Irregulars
Ghosts of Columbey
The Ghosts of Columbey is a shadowy organization opposed to Lord Urbane’s rule. To the common folk, they are freedom fighters and revolutionaries. To the military and nobility, they are a band of opportunistic thieves and traitors. The ultimate purpose of the Ghosts of Columbey is to bring down Lord Urbane and rebuild the nation of Columbey under the rightful leadership of the Tarello bloodline.
While they recognize Urbane’s great accomplishments in fighting back the Darkfall, they fear that his reign has only brought an equally destructive evil to the land. Urbane’s obsession with industry pollutes the oceans and poisons the land. In fueling his vendetta against the nocturnals, he ignores the needs of his own people. The cities fester in crime and poverty. Perhaps worst of all, his secret police patrol the streets unchecked, violating the rights of a once proud people.
The Ghosts spread dissent against Urbane’s rule, educating people about the inherent evils of his reign. The name “Iron Tyrant” was given to Urbane by them. At times, they do more than plan. On occasion the Ghosts execute precise guerilla strikes against Urbane’s supporters. They generally avoid military targets. Undermining the war against the Darkfall – no matter how much the Ghosts disagree with Urbane’s tactics – is not their intent. Merchants and nobles who support Urbane’s rule, however, are fair game. While some of the profits from these exploits are used to fund the Ghosts, at least half are distributed among Urbana’s poor and needy.