Agents of Blackmoor: Assignment Iron Ring
Faith. It can be fragile enough to be shaken by words alone, or strong enough to withstand the test of hammer and anvil. If the will is brittle, it will shatter, but if the will is like iron, faith can deform and change shape to accommodate any challenge while retaining integrity and essence.
Most of the current crop of agents were recruited by Bertram Rand, and it was he they placed their main faith in. His grand, and sometimes grandiose, vision of Red Dome's mission, and his approach to recruitment, protocol, and secrecy were often eccentric, but his integrity and conviction were never in doubt...
Until New Pangea and the revelation that he was the architect of Pattern Fall, formerly known as Prince Brand. Until his ouster from the position of Chief Director of Red Dome Operations and Head of Sci-Corps. Until he was branded renegade by King Drake himself.
Now the family of Blackmoor, whom the agents serve, slips farther beyond the pale, some fighting one another within the newly formed Iron Ring of worlds about Blackmoor herself, some driven to madness by the debilitating effects of the failed power known as Draconoth, and some m.i.a. for many years. All of the agents make their homes within the Web and Hive worlds within Blackmoor's auspice, and many of them have found strong ties to the other Magnified agents they have served with, but who are they to place their faith in now?
Is the grand dream of Red Dome, to help newly empowered Magnified find their place in the Verse, to investigate strange new phenomena within the leyscape of the Tellurian, and to help those who have suffered at the hands of the Qwarim and worse enemies find sanctuary and healing, at an end? The expanded powers of Hive operatives and the seeming re-designation of Red Dome as a military outpost would seem to indicate that, at the very least, things will never be the same.
There are many who believe the Magnified must place faith in the unity of their common origins, thus carving out a separate identity from Blackmoor herself. Yet there are others who feel that Blackmoor can be saved, and that jumping ship now would amount to turning one's back on any chance of survival.
A proactive approach would seem to be in order, for the worlds will keep moving while men sit in committees, and the Agents of Red Dome are rarily idle. When a request for aid comes from an unlikely sector, the agents will have an opportunity to test themselves against the challenges facing Blackmoor herself, in an assignment to the Iron Ring.