Companions


The Companions

Kynigos (Hunter)


Contract Board

The Contract Board is located in the Vigil Keep and provides a list of level-appropriate contracts issued to the Companions.


Rankings

Companions gain ranks based on their skill and achievements. This is shown via an emblem they can have placed upon their cloak, shield, or armor. They also receive a cloak clasp bearing the emblem of their rank which must be worn. The emblem is placed in parenthesis for each rank. The last rank is reserved for the masters of the Companions who have chosen to dedicate their lives to the future of the guild and who make all executive decisions for the guild.

  • Prospect (Pup)
  • Initiate (Shield)
  • Ranger (Sword)
  • Companion (Wolf)
  • Knight (Lion)
  • Champion (Bear)
  • Knight-Champion (Dragon)
  • Knight-Commander (Lightning-Bolt)

The Companions make their base of operations in Vigil Keep located in the mountains of the central Peloponnese.

Companions can be members of any nation or polis, and are expected to leave the order at one time or another for domestic reasons. However, while acting as a companion no political action may be taken for or against any City. The companions are an entirely neutral entity. Members are skilled mercenaries, and often take their own jobs on the side in order to make a living. The order itself takes requests from all around Greece, which any members may accept. Any mission taken officially by the order like this must exclusively consist of the tracking, identifying, hunting, slaying, or otherwise harm of a monster or supernatural creature of destructive nature. Their are strict rules against killing any creature of a peaceful composition. Intelligent monsters such as Centaurs and Satyrs may be hunted, but only an individual that is known to have harmed humans in a unprovoked manner.


The Companions have become an elite and famous organization, however membership is fairly limited considering the dangerous nature of their work. At full call-up the Companions can marshal a force of around 200 strong, however many of these members are always away on missions. All notable nations have signed the Treaty of Arcadia, giving them protection from all city states as long as they maintain their rules of autonomous neutrality.


It was the Spartan Nikandros who founded this organization, along with his students Diogenes and Lykos. In his late 40’s at this time, Nikandros had been rendered blind when he fought an elder Gorgon in single combat. Knowing he would not be able to out-maneuver the creature, and that it would eventually catch his gaze rendering him into stone, he slit his own eyes and fought the beast blind, earning himself unparalleled status in Greece as a monster slayer.


Lykos and Diogenes became masters of the art of Monster Hunting. Eventually, with the backing of Nikandros, they would appeal to the Ephors to be granted the authority to create an independent organization that would be subservient to no nation, and take sides in no conflicts. This group’s only goal would be the training of young warriors in the art of hunting and slaying monsters. With the blessing of the Spartans, it was Lykos, his brother Diogenes, and the elder Nikandros who would initiate the Order known as the Companions. The companions set up their base in the wild lands of Arcadia, being of little political significance and a central location, they offer their services to any Greeks in need of their skills.



Vigil Keep


This large Keep has blossomed to the size of a small city. Home of the Companions, this fortress is located in the mountains of the central Peloponnese alongside a cliff. In the canyon below, a large market supports free trade brought from merchants traveling from all over Greece. The keep is home to some 200 companions and their families at any one time, but holds homes for another 300 families of companions who are currently away living in their home city. The keep also houses the homes of around 300 Helot families who were given to the Companions as a gift from Sparta for their sustenance and support. These laborers work the fields and provide the keep with its’ food and menial labor. For all intensive purposes Vigil Keep is a large and self-sufficient military fort. Delegates from all over Greece are invited to live in the Keep as well, supplying contracts from their home-city and ensuring that the group does not breech the neutrality agreement made in the Treaty of Arcadia.

All contracts have a 10% tax which goes to the guild for its continued operation, there is no payment for living quarters or food which makes it very enticing for members to bring their families. Family members are expected to take up some kind of trade to help support the guild. City-States also make donations to the group, but this often means their delegates to have leverage when contracts come up from their city. Even in a completely neutral guild, politics abound.



Companions can be members of any nation or polis, and are expected to leave the order at one time or another for domestic reasons. However, while acting as a companion no political action may be taken for or against any City. The companions are an entirely neutral entity. Members are skilled mercenaries, and often take their own jobs on the side in order to make a living. The order itself takes requests from all around Greece, which any members may accept. Any mission taken officially by the order like this must exclusively consist of the tracking, identifying, hunting, slaying, or otherwise harm of a monster or supernatural creature of destructive nature. Their are strict rules against killing any creature of a peaceful composition. Intelligent monsters such as Centaurs and Satyrs may be hunted, but only an individual that is known to have harmed humans in a unprovoked manner.

The Companions have become an elite and famous organization, however membership is fairly limited considering the dangerous nature of their work. At full call-up the Companions can marshal a force of around 200 strong, however many of these members are always away on missions. All notable nations have signed the Treaty of Arcadia, giving them protection from all city states as long as they maintain their rules of autonomous neutrality.



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