When the old Baccus Empire invaded Pendor, among them came the Red Brotherhood, a collection of secret societies, slavers, assassins, and all kinds of criminal masterminds. They quickly spread their influence, they can now be found everywhere dispensing their unsavory services. Despite being such a large group, the Brotherhood did not appear to have a central leader or hierarchy, but are rather a network with several minds and leaders which makes it impossible to get rid of them, as when one leader is down, there are several others to take their place.
Most of time they act behind the curtains, often keeping two faces before the society. One of a legitimate nature and the other which is their real criminal persona, where they perform all kinds of dark deeds in secret.
Comments on the Red Brotherhood
"Everything in this life has a price and nothing is forbidden, so just make your offer." -Red Brotherhood Motto
"We sell desires, I mean, anything you desire can be yours. It’s just a matter of price." -Red Brotherhood Agent
They don't field armies, preferring to use assassins when someone poses a problem, they often field small gangs of bandits which ride the countryside looking for slaves, when pressed they claim that this groups had no connection to them or are rogue freelancers. They usually field relatively weak mounted crossbowmen with some poor foot troops, the Red Brotherhood Guildsmen are the only remotely powerful unit they have. They are a good faction to fight reasonably early in the game.
On rare occasions, they do field a large ambush party of around 100 men comprised of Guildsmen, Thieves and a large amount of Bandits and Outlaws.
Note that the various gangs of Red Brotherhood operate independently of one another.
The Slave Traders of Pendor
The Red Brotherhood is a guild of thieves and slavers. You may profit off their slavebrokers (in taverns), but they may also seek to profit off of you. Red Brotherhood Thieves and Red Brotherhood Guildsmen can be encountered; they tend to prefer blunt weapons for taking prisoners.
The Red Brotherhood is an organization that, as a whole, thrives off of illegal trade in exotic goods, drugs, slaves and other clandestine ware, and most of this illegal trade is done through the many agents that the Brotherhood has scattered throughout the land, infiltrating and assimilating the local populations to avoid the wary eyes of the law. These agents come from every walk of life, every background, all united by the lure of power and wealth that their position doubtlessly grants them.
The vast majority of these agents choose to do business from the local taverns of the various towns and villages, blending in among the crowds, disguised as regular patrons. It is from quiet, darkened corners that deals are made with potential business partners over a tankard of ale, where weaponry, drugs and indeed people are bought and sold at a whim.
However, undoubtedly illegal and sinister their line of work may be, a wise adventurer or noble lord would do well to take note of an agents presence, as due to the constant wars being waged across Pendor, there is always someone who needs prisoners taken off of his hands, slaves to fill his own ranks and weapons to arm them. All of which these agents of the Brotherhood can provide. All that must be decided, is the price.
The following agents have been known to ply their trade from the taverns of Pendor:
- Sift Moonshadow
- Clea Swiftedge
- Borgi the Fat
- Iris the Lotus
- Javen the Blade
One of them will know the coordinates of the Snake Cult Stronghold. This can only be triggered after fighting against the Snake Cult attack, no matter if you're victorious or not. The correct one will ask you for 200 denars in exchange.
Their main purpose is to buy prisoners, but they do have another option. Paying them 10 denars will ask them for rumors. Posible outcomes are them selling the map of The Red Brotherhood Hideout or selling a random number (always less than 10) of one random troop type from this table:
|% Chance||Minimum Amount||Maximum Amount||Price per troop||Troop|
|10||2||5||300||Queen Agnus Freebooter|
|5||3||8||100||Red Fletcher Longbowman|
|10||2||4||25||Rogue Blackheart Squire|
|5||1||2||500||Knight of the Falcon|
Note: if you are unable to pay the price of the whole pack, you won't be able to buy any (example: he offers 3 Queen Agnus Freebooter but you only have 800 denars, you won't be given the choice of taking 2).