Originally a group of elite shock-trooper style knights under the crown of Karrnath, the Order of the Emerald Claw has since been outlawed in Karrnath and has gone underground.
Secretly the Order is governed by Lady Vol, the Queen of the Dead, and named after her dragon father. When Kaius I was in service to the lich queen the Order provided security and elite agents to the crown, provided its motivations didn't swerve from that of their true master. When Kaius I learned of the true nature of the Order's patronage he begin to dismantle them. It wasn't until Regent Moranna took power that the Order was driven underground.
They continue to operate in a semi-terrorist fashion to this day, proclaiming their desire to see Karrnath once again rise to power and garnering support from the Blood of Vol. In truth the order serves only Vol's evil ambitions though as to what that actually means remains a mystery. The Order of the Emerald Claw is spread throughout Khorvaire.
The Order of the Emerald Claw makes a good villainous group without any moral ambiguity.
The Order is know for its use of distinctive helmets with half-faceplates.