The Malevolence, also known as the Noble Opposition or simply the Mals, is the closest thing to an opposing army the Benevolence has to worry about. The group is only loosely organized, composed mostly of dwarves and those few elves who have escaped the Benevolence’s influence, and while some operate as a rebel military others are simply pirates. The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is to see if they are offended by being called “Mals”; the more militant members of the Noble Opposition find the term pejorative while the more piratical Malevolence are likely to embrace it. Despite their name, the Malevolence are not “bad guys” as such; the term was a natural side effect of fighting against a group called the Benevolence.
The Malevolence plays a role in the short story Yank and in The Sanctum of the Sphere; a number of characters, including the elves Asper and Overmorrow, are members of the Noble Opposition, and Overmorrow is effectively a general.
Previously: Lady Remember.