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In D&D, if your monsters are not perceived as a credible threat, then it detracts from the overall tension of the story.
The only official contact with the Old Empire is through the Iron Bishops that act as diplomats and negotiators. The Old Empire hungers for metals, magic items, and gems and the Iron Bishops find regions to supply them.
If your players live long enough, they will eventually annoy the powerful.
Baneguards were created by evil wizards (as we would expect), and small red points of light appear in each of their eye sockets. There are three traits that set these low level skeletons apart from their undead brethren.