I’m not sure what it is with me and these banners or standards lately. A little awhile ago I wrote about an interesting banner I noticed in the Catacombs and since then I have come across a couple more that I have found quite interesting, for one reason or another.
The first banner is probably more of a standard but I’m calling it a banner anyways. It is the banner you see when you come across the hobgoblin outpost in Tangleroot Gorge. The outpost marks the outlying boundary of the hobgoblins of Splinterskull. The banner itself is consists of a deep red backdrop with a black line running down the center which occasionally breaks off in opposite directions to various spikes and curves on both sides. The deep black line is then bordered by a thinner yellow line. The banner is hanging off of post that is accentuated by a large humanoid skull. I’m not sure why I find this banner interesting. I just think the mixture of colors, the sharp design of the black line, and of course the skulls just symbolized a very strong and confident, and downright evil, clan of beings. That is probably something a banner should do.
The second banner is more intriguing to me. I noticed this banner when I was taking Erdrique through the great quest, Partycrashers. As you make your way through the Illusionarium and then into the Chapter House you may seen a beautiful banner hanging on the wall alongside one of the fountains. The banner depicts a couple serpents entwined with another in the center on a dark backdrop that is bordered by a lighter purplish color. Along the border on each side is a red line in a swirly design. Beneath the serpents is what appears to be some type of an anvil or bush or possibly a creature of some sort with a sword thrust into it. Above the serpents is a leaf shaped symbol. I believe the symbol with the serpents has something to do with the Mark of Shadows, but I’m not entirely sure what the other figures represent. Actually after looking at the Eberron Wiki it looks like the bottom symbol might be the Siberys version of the Mark of Shadows. In either case, it is a great banner to portray the intrigue that surrounds House Phiarlan and its network of spies and assassins.
Thanks for reading everybody and happy hunting!!