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The Crimson Dawn originate from somewhere
in Cathay from what can be gathered. They appear from
glowing portals, from somewhere called the Shadow Veil
and disappear back to the same place. These portals can
appear almost anywhere, but seem to do so close to transport
circles, but rarely within them.
From these portals they send in humanoid looking creatures
in waves of 10 or a dozen. These creatures look human,
but at closer observation they are less than real. Disappearing
in a shadowy burst upon their deaths they throw their
lives away without a second thought. They also detect
as if unliving, shadow creatures in origin and unlike
any unliving seen in the Heartlands.
Each group is lead by a human, however. This person seems
able to open the portals to the Shadow Veil without access
to ritual magic and travel back and forth bringing waves
of Undercloaks with them each time. The leaders give little
information as to why they are doing what they are, usually
just ordering the Undercloaks to attack and assisting
in the fighting.
What the plans are of the Crimson Dawn is unclear, and
what they want done with the Tengu is still a mystery.
Comments about "tests" and similar have been
cryptic in the extreme. Kidnap attempts have been made,
rather than assassinations, on several members of the
Tengu. But what the long term goals of the Crimson Dawn
have yet to be revealed.