Before the Red War, there were already many rumors of the major factions (Emerald Enclave, Harpers, Lord’s Alliance, Order of the Gauntlet, and Zhentarim) setting higher recruitment targets and discussions of the changing of standards to accommodate these new goals. Now we’re seeing those policies roll out in the form of relaxed standards for entry into the factions.
Interestingly enough, all of the factions seem to have settled on the same recruitment policy: they’re now putting effort into directly petitioning members of previously barred groups such as warrens of kobolds, orcish warband, goblin tribes, and hobgoblins mercenary bands for membership, and issuing forgiveness for previous denials of entry to these groups.
Last year, numbers from recruitment efforts in the Lord’s Alliance were revealed to us which stated that a massive 1 in 6 individuals were turned away due to reasons of security due to affiliation in the aforementioned groups. Now, they’re giving them a second look.
A spokesman from the Lord’s Alliance commented on this change, stating that “while some may misconstrue this as a ‘lowering of standards’ and a ‘security risk’, we always have a desire to recruit quality individuals into the Alliance. This policy change is the natural byproduct of recognizing talent in places which have been previously overlooked.”
Of course, given the recent escalation between Thay and the factions, the possibility that this recruitment is for a war effort is highly likely, as many of the newly accepted individuals come from a background of conflict. As the Thayvian conflicts worsen, we may see a wide swath of individuals from all walks of life being welcomed into the factions.