Agent of the Black Croc Ale Company
The Black Croc Ale Company is a vast conglomerate that stretches across the known world. While the origins of the Company are shrouded in legends and hearsay, the sign of the Black Croc can be found in almost all corners of creation. Every inn worth staying in sells their ale, as does every tavern worth drinking in, and all roadside establishments need product. Often simply called The Company, the faction deals in foodstuffs but has been known to operate construction companies, shipwrights, and a wide variety of infrastructure businesses, all of which amount to shell companies providing access and influence.
As an Agent, you might have worked as a distributor, making deals as you traveled, or you might have worked security, insuring shipments arrived intact and on time. Or, perhaps you worked on a ship dedicated to transporting Company goods. Regardless, you are well-liked in countless establishments and always seem able to find a companion. One truth is known on every far-flung shore: Agents of Black Croc look out for their own, period. The mark of the Black Croc on a uniform is the mark of a fast friend. Being a part of the BCAC is knowing that you are trusted to handle yourself in any situation, while at the same time guaranteeing that if you cannot, there is a legion behind you that will come to your aid.
Goals: Travel far and wide gathering friends and allies wherever one goes to spread the influence of the Company. Agents of Black Croc serve justice, even when that ideal does not match the law of the land. A good agent always looks out for their own.
Skill Proficiencies: Choose (1) - Intimidation or Persuasion Choose (1) - Insight or Perception Language/Tool Proficiencies: Choose (2) - A language of your choice, Artisan’s Tools, Forgery Kit, or Navigator’s Tools
Equipment: Tool kits to match your proficiencies, a letter of introduction as an Agent of the Black Croc Ale Company in good standing, a set of common clothes with removable company insignia, a pouch containing 15GP
Background Feature: Company Representative As an Agent of the Black Croc Ale Company, you can rely on certain benefits: Inns and taverns will provide you with lodging and food if necessary and pay for your funeral should you die on their property. These are almost always great central locations to meet potential patrons, allies, or clients. You can gain access to some specific contacts through The Company if you are a member in good standing. Such connections are not automatic, though. They always require some sort of favor performed for those facilitating the introduction.
The Company often wields tremendous legal influence. If you are accused of a crime, The Company will support you if a good case can be made for your innocence or if the crime is justifiable. The BCAC requires dues of 5GP per month. Information on a new influential ally can be logged in The Company ledger in lieu of payment. If you miss payments, you must make up back dues to remain in The Company’s good graces.
Suggested Character Traits
D8 Personality traits 1. I believe that anything worth doing is worth doing right. I can’t help it— I’m a perfectionist. 2. I am not the most eloquent person but I do everything 100% and I encourage others to do the same! 3. I don’t part with my money easily and will haggle tirelessly to get the best deal possible. 4. I've never met an enemy, only a new opportunity for an alliance. 5. I judge people by their actions, not their words. 6. If someone is in trouble, I’m always ready to lend help. 7. I have a strong sense of fair play and always try to find the most equitable solution to arguments. 8. I’m confident in my own abilities and do what I can to instill confidence in others.
D6 Ideal 1. Community. It is the duty of all civilized people to strengthen the bonds of community and the security of civilization. (Lawful) 2. Generosity. My talents were given to me so that I could use them to benefit the world. (Good) 3. Freedom. Tyrants must not be allowed to oppress the people. (Chaotic) 4. Might. If I become strong, I can take what I want—what I deserve. (Evil) 5. Sincerity. There’s no good in pretending to be something I’m not. (Neutral) 6. Aspiration. I work hard to be the best there is at my craft. (Any)
D6 Bond 1. I will go to the ends of the world (and beyond) for my friends. 2. I created a great work for someone, and then found them unworthy to receive it. I’m still looking for someone worthy. 3. I owe The Company a great debt for forging me into the person I am today. 4. I pursue wealth to secure someone’s love. 5. I will get revenge on the evil forces that destroyed my family’s place of business and ruined my former livelihood. 6. Through my drunken endeavors as a youth, I became a connoisseur of all of The Company’s fine products and can identify them all by taste, smell, or sight.
D6 Flaw 1. I enjoy The Company’s products a little too much, sometimes to the detriment of my duties. 2. I have no shame, and inadvertently embarrass my companions for my lack of decorum. 3. I’m never satisfied with what I have— I always want more. 4. I can't pass up a dramatic moment, even when it puts me or my companions in danger. 5. Secretly, I believe that things would be better if I were a tyrant lording over the land. 6. The people who knew me when I was young know my shameful secret, so I can never go home again.