The Beginning of the End
Cormyr’s Shadow Guard is effectively an anti-terrorist organization. Originally organized to combat the Fire Knives, a group of assassins and thieves working to undermine Cormyr’s nobility, they have grown into a group of operatives who protect the people of Cormyr (especially the royal family and nobility) from any threat. They wear leather armor dyed black and carry longswords with an enchantment that makes them lighter and easier to wield. Members of the Shadow Guard are trained first as Fighters, then as Rogues, and then their training follows one of three courses depending on their assignment: more levels in Rogue and then the Avenger prestige class for assassins, more levels in Rogue for intelligence-gathering undercover operatives, or (the most common) whatever class skills would allow them to blend in where they are assigned to watch over a member of Cormyr’s nobility. Outside of the organization, only the King (currently the princess-regent), and the leaders of the War Wizards and Purple Dragons are aware of the existence of the Shadow Guard.