Shards of Eberron
The Black Scales are a group being sought by Kriv. He suspects they have something to do with his past.
The Black Hand Can Trace it origins back to right before the end of the Dragon-born Empire. It was Founded by Solomon Gnash. Solomon Gnash was a village lord who rose to power claiming to be the Child of Khyber. Solomon religious theatrics and rise in political power began to gain him a following. They followers began to call themselves the Black Hand, named for the color of Solomon scales. The Black Hand in truth was more of a cult than and organization.
The Black Hand only excepted those who both swore an oath of service to both Solomon and Khyber. Then there was the initiation rites which were overseen by Solomon himself. Not much is known on these rites and all that they involved but it is known that branding a charred black hand upon your body was one of them.
The Black hand aided Solomon rise to power further through more brutal means. they acted as his personal guard and entourage. Once Solomon gained a seat on the council things began to move much faster. And it wasn’t long before the emperor suffered a tragedy and was replaced by Solomon. After gaining the throne Solomon replaced the council with members of the black hand and began his iron rule. Solomon himself was expediting funds to something refereed to as the Khyber project.
The Black Hand served as Solomon secret police and Nobody other than Solomon himself had the right to reprimand their actions. This began to cause tensions with the lords of smaller cities and rural towns within the empire. Daken GaNeel a lord of a smaller city near the edge of the empire began to take action when the Black Hand raped his Daughter.
Daken raise a force of rebels and assaulted the Black Hand at every turn, Until one night Daken and a small force managed to infiltrate the castle and in a battle the brought the castle down killed Solomon. The Black hand was then run out of the empire but not before obtaining the corpse of their fallen leader.
Daken returned home after suffering grave injuries and died shortly after appointing his eldest son Lord of his city. The Empire itself without a strong ruler began to fall apart. the cities that survived did so by ruling themselves.
After the exile of the Black Hand they managed to remain a force by becoming mercenaries. they took the jobs that nobody wanted or talked about. They were not above Murder theft of extortion. true to their early roots they still maintained the initiation rites.
Rumors support that the Black Hand was in the process of trying to Raise their fallen Leader the son of their god. Or even the Khyber himself but all such rumors have so far been unfruitful in the department of hard evidence.
Recently The Black hand has traveled to Khorvaire when they have joined with a group of Lizard-men who serve a Black dragon. The group now calls themselves the Black Scales, and have taken up a permanent refuge in the jungles of Q’barra. What their plans are currently is unknown..
what is Known is that The Black Hand is the group that was hired By KRivs brother to get rid of Trask the Second and Krivs wife