Rust Never Sleeps
Unusual in that it is both an official and unofficial position,
the Harpy is, at its simplest level, a member of the “Kindred
elite.” Harpies represent a who’s who of Kindred affairs,
the celebrities and fad-starters. Other Kindred look to Harpies
to see who’s in and who’s out, and what positions and
opinions are popular this season. A well-known Harpy can
sway public opinion faster with a biting comment than some
Princes can with a solid decree.
Harpies who attained their influence and position unofficially,
through nothing more than personal power and charisma,
are often more respected than those who are appointed
by Prince or Primogen. An unofficial Harpy probably calls
things as he truly sees them, whereas an appointed Harpy is
usually believed (accurately or not) to be a shill or even propagandist
for the Prince.