The devil you know.
As a regular player myself I'd like to point out that while Lord Recluse is unapologetically evil, he has very high standards of proper villain conduct. It shoulad also be noted that there are certain people Lord Recluse WILL NOT associate with. For example Lord Recluse has no problems negotiating for technology with alien invaders set on conquering the planet, him included eventually, but he will not even consider allowing the 5th Column (Nazis) to operate in his territory and while the Rogue Isles were neutral in WWII they were highly supportive of tha Allies. Lord Recluse has also declared the Circle of Thorns are to be killed on sight by Arachnos troops, whether this is because they are ancient enemies of his order of mystics, the Mu or because they killed his lover, Red Widow, is anyone's guess. Lord Recluse and Nemesis are arch-rivals/enemies. As Nemesis is a master manipulator Lord Recluse obviously is not willing to afford him any level of trust to worm his way into Arachnos. All that being said by someone who frequents the Rogue Isles, as evil as he is, Lord Recluse keeps ALOT of villains safe from much bigger jerks than himself.
Lord Recluse and Top Cow
Ah, that big speech. I remember how impressed I was when I first visited Grandville with my main Villain, Bloodywedd (Dominator, Mind Control/Psionic Assault). Bloodywedd and I flew in from the port to chase some new contact, flew up the stairs and just froze at seeing all those monitors with Lord Recluse's face, giving that big, looped, fascist propaganda speech. I just hovered there and listened to the entire speech twice. Good times. Good memories. I wish that City of Villains could have lasted forever.
Anyway, I used to have a subscription to Top Cow's City of Heroes comics, which included a multi-issue story arc in which Arachnos flunkies, led by Manticore (who was pretending to be a turncoat in order to ferret out Lord Recluse's latest plan), kidnap Sister Psyche so that Lord Recluse can use her psychic powers to fuel an unusually large mecha-tarantula. If I find those issues, would I be welcome to add their relevant insights and events regarding Lord Recluse to this article? Or are the Top Cow comic books not considered source material for whatever reason?
Yes, the Top Cow issues, while not always lining up with the game, since it went through different writers, should be considered cannon, or at least semi cannon, and certainly worth noting for the article.