The Harpers are a semi-secret organization dedicated to promoting good, preserving history (including art and music of old) and maintaining a balance between civilization and nature by keeping kingdoms small and the destruction of plant life to a minimum. They consider the elven empire of Myth Drannor shortly before its fall to be the pinnacle of civilized history and strive to recreate the world in that image.
Those Who Harp are led by a council of seven High Harpers, who are responsible for most of the group’s long-term plans and goals. High Harpers are elected through the means of secret ballots among the other High Harpers, with the criteria being long time service and extreme discretion in the implementation of their plans.
The Harpers have disbanded three times in history. The most recent group is based only in areas in Luruar.
The Harpers were first founded in 324 DR as the Harpers at Twilight. They became the Harpers in 720 DR, disbanded and then were reformed in 1022 DR The group made their presence felt in the Western Heartlands due to their doings with Baldur’s Gate, though they were also felt in Silverymoon. A schism in the group would form after Khelben “Blackstaff” Arunsun left the group to form the Moonstars in Waterdeep. The Harpers would then stop the plans of Eldrith the Betrayer and Mordoc SeLanmere and would disband shortly prior to the Spellplague. In the decades leading up to the present (1479 DR), the Harpers enjoyed something of a resurgence in membership with many new agents joining their ranks. In 1479, in Silverymoon, a new group called the Harpers of Luruar would form.
In the time of Mystra’s Return, Storm Silverhand begins to revitalize the Harper organization in Cormyr. She sought out people from all walks of life from smithies, merchants, leather workers, and even those who worked in brothels. Her revitalizing actions were known and tolerated by the War Wizards of Cormyr. The Harpers prevented the assassination of King’s Lord Lothan Durncaskyn who was sheltering Mirt’s lady, Rensharra Ironstave.
During the Cult of the Dragon plot, The Tyranny of Dragons, the Harpers were one of the many factions who rose up to appose Tiamat’s attempt at freedom.
Most members are either good/neutral-aligned rangers or bards, though many wizards and druids are also their willing allies. Five prestige classes are tied to the Harpers including the Harper paragon, Harper mage, Harper priest, Harper agent and Master Harper. It should be noted that this wiki considers Harper agent and Harper scout to be the same prestige class in two different versions of the game (3.5 and 3rd, respectively).