"Shadow Hand" is an organization of sorts, like an intelligence agency. Its agents are called
Executors (full title being "Shadow Hand Executor"). Shadow Hand is a secret society
consisting of highly capable individuals devoted entirely to the cause of the New Imperial
Federation. They operate mostly in secrecy, performing many of the actions of Intel Agents,
though they are not an official division of the New Imperial Federation like the Navy, Army,
The focus on military order is not as great, and Executors operate often as
"kites", with no official connection to the NIF. They report only to the highest level
officers, sometimes only the Executive chain of command.
The Organization. Officially, the Shadow Hands are simply known as department 0451.
Reports marked with this sign is typically sorted out and thought of as "it's not one of
ours. Must be Intel." Or Navy. Or Army, or something else. Extremely few know that dpt.0451
operates outside all of those. The organization is extremely flat. If there are a number of
Executors available (only IMEXCO knows how many there are), one acts as a supervisor,
entitled "Prime Executor". But even then, any Executor may receive direct, individual tasks
to fulfill. Equipment is usually what is at hand, but the NIF provides what is needed for
Executors can be compared closely to Mara Jade, the Emperor's Hand. Operating freely, often
alone, but with support when necessary, Executors can take orders as well as choose their
own actions to make the greatest benefit to the Empire. Orders are sometimes vague and
general, leaving the creativity and ability of an individual Executor to make the
difference, and help to turn the tables in the Empire's favour.
Executors can assume the role of any member type but Dark Jedi,
though many roles would not be appropriate. Members who decide to create a Shadow Hand
Executor as their character should give careful consideration as to whether they will be
able to capably play the Executor.
Executors are not given promotions, and are rarely given specific rewards for their
actions. For one who wishes to be pompous, the Executor is not an appropriate role. Other
characters may not even know a character is a Executor (IC). If you don't have a very good
reason otherwise, you are not one in the know. Executors are very rarely in the heat of
combat against a large mass of foes. To roleplay as an Executor, the individual MUST HAVE
the creative ability and understanding of the situation in the RPG to be efficient in this
role. It is easy for an Executor to make themelves more powerful than is feasible. This
will not be tolerated. IF YOU SIGN UP AS AN EXECUTOR, AND DO NOT PERFORM, A CHANGE OF
MEMBER TYPE MAY BE CONSIDERED.
With the limitations in some areas, and the huge opportunity for creativity and freedom in
others, the Shadow Hand Executor can be an interesting character. However, it is not for
all roleplayers. Please do not create an Executor character unless you are absolutely sure
you are capable of roleplaying one. Details on how you apply for membership can be found in
the Member Manual.