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➵ Del Cenere's Grand Syndicates and Free Companies
The toolkit to the illustrious Ashen Ring, Syndicates stand in place as a micro-community within Del Cenere, generally comprised of like-minded individuals with concerted work ethic towards mutual goals. The Ashen Ring pulls its power from the Syndicates they so wield - and should, of course, seek to hone the populace and recruit promising individuals into their fold to ensure the Gang's smoother operations on a more detailed scale; as such, members of Syndicates are generally rewarded with priority when it comes to needed supplies, and their participation within their chosen vocation may lend a particular legitimacy and credence to their actions.

It should be noted that not all collectives are spearheaded by the Ashen's tribunal. These smaller-scale operations, generally run by other high-ranking members within Del Cenere, may fulfill niches not otherwise explicitly mobilized upon by the Syndicates. These groups are referred to as Free Companies, and may act as specialized extensions and vocations, fulfilling needs as they so arise - and both are vital to the ecosystem that is the growth and betterment of the Gang at large.

Whichever, if either, your character chooses to participate in will reflect positively on their commitment to the Gang, provided they play their part in contributions!

1.  Grand Syndicates

1.1  Rules, Operation and Joining

Syndicates, run by Ashen Ring members directly as their "Kingpins", generally serve to fulfill overarching needs that the Gang puts forth. Syndicates are in place to help hone and practice the skills therein that each chain of command entails - be that mercantile craft, espionage, crafting, healing, defense, or when it comes to the handling and care of Del Cenere's livestock and hunting efforts. The Ashen Ring have direct control over those enlisted in their respective groups, and thus, may delegate tasks to the individuals in their employ. Each Syndicate has a small scale form of micro hierarchy within them, and a set of specialized ranks.

With the importance of the Kingpin position within the Ashen Ring, Syndicates will enter a 'dormant' state - otherwise referred to as inactive, without the corresponding Ashen Ring member to direct it properly. Characters may still choose to join inactive Syndicates - though specialist ranks may not be pursued until the Syndicate is deemed Active, thus soft-locking the highest tier to "Master".

Characters should be expected to fall in line with these rankings appropriately. Failure to adhere to the micro-hierarchy, or regularly causing problems may result in expulsion from your Syndicate, which reflects poorly on your character - so be on your best behavior!

Free Companies and Syndicates are mutually exclusive, characters may not pursue participation in both.

Rules and Participation

We are happy to see you're looking to take the first steps towards joining a Syndicate! There are a few other rules and stipulations to take note of here:

  1. Characters must fulfill pre-requisites of rank in order to join Syndicates, or pursue promotion within Syndicates.
  2. Joining requires that one of the prompts be addressed in a thread, and written to completion (1000 WC). These may be any type of thread - RO, AW, or Private threads, though engaging another player is, of course, preferred.
  3. Characters may only seek Syndicate promotion once per month. Additionally, characters must unlock each tier at a time - players may not immediately seek to jump to a higher tier without promotion through the lower ranks.
  4. Characters will be removed from Syndicates should they fall inactive over an extended period of time (6 + months), or depart from Del Cenere. Being shuffled to Palisade counts as a departure from Del Cenere.
    • Additionally: Characters who are exceptionally belligerent towards the micro-hierarchy, or regularly fail to participate in Syndicate actions or requests may also be expelled from the Syndicate, and may end up blacklisted from participation in severe enough cases.
  5. Characters who are removed from Syndicates after falling inactive may re-join the Syndicate provided they still fit the pre-requisites, though they will have to start from scratch at the Apprentice position.
  6. cNPCs or pNPCs may hold position within Syndicates, but may not hold Specialist ranks.
    • Players seeking to bring their cNPCs into Syndicates fulfill the same pre-requisites as they would with their characters.
    • Should the played character be expelled, or otherwise forfeit membership to a Syndicate, their NPC will also be removed.


1.2  Syndicate Registry

Craftsman's Collective The Ochre Thread Membership Prompts Information

Artesans: men and women of culture and creation – Craft of all sorts is integral to the production of goods, and the collective wealth of the Gang as a whole. Headed by La Mano, this blanket organization involves themselves with transformation of raw materials into product and furthering Del Cenere’s inventive needs and progress. These members are at home both in the field, and in the workshop, or warming by a forge and are hardly ones to shy from a dedicated work ethic.

The Ochre thread is often in charge of the creation of rewards for members or otherwise producing Del Ceneren goods, and tend to influence the norms in regards to the pack's humanization. These individuals often have a hand in shaping cultural norms with clothing or other useful goods and wares, and are expected to produce items of exceptional quality.

Status: Active (Active Members: 3)

Archetype

  • Creative-minded individuals. Carpenters, weavers, painters, seamsters, et al.

Suggested Occupation Type
Please note that this suggestion is by no means exhaustive - Players may utilize any Occupations they choose, and justify said occupation to best fit their niche within the Syndicate.

  • Artificio Occupations, Especialista Occupations
Current Kingpin
Anya Southpaw
Artificer Wright Smithy
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Master
-- --
Qualified
-- --
Apprentice
Esperanza Tejada Trelawney Courtright
Apprenticeship
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Brasas
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Are stocks looking low for materials? Work with raw goods to make them more malleable for the general use of the Syndicate, or go out to collect fresh raw materials for later. Dig clay up from Moosehead Lake, cut down lumber, shear the sheep, gather feathers from the coops - there's plenty of work to do!
  • Pack Projects are constantly in need of goods - connect with one of the project leads and work on setting up the supply chain they need to bring it to completion, or report what's being sought to more folks within the Ochre Thread!
Qualified
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Los Inciendos + Apprenticeship Unlocked
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Flex your creative muscle and craft small-scale goods. Del Cenere has a number of events, a handful of holidays; Why not construct some gift bags or trinkets for such an occasion? Submission of your trinkets to Del Cenere storage counts towards Tithe.
  • Team work makes the dream work - combine efforts with another Ashen in order to knuckle down into a more personal, larger-scale project to up productivity. Something needs built? Maybe patched up? Perhaps, even, a massive batch of those things were asked for? Regardless, you're on a deadline.
Mastery
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Los Inciendos + Qualified Unlocked
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Help to direct Apprentices through a crafting project, or teach and hone a Qualified member's skills, or work towards bettering your own work; Practice the nuance and flairs of your own stylistic leanings, or assist new craftsmen with developing their own calling card.
  • Tools of the trade are important - flex your inventiveness, and create tools to help further the Ochre Thread's trades and increase the overall level of craftsmanship.
Artificer
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Piras + Mastery Unlocked
  • Occupation Requirement: 1 Relevant Occupation
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Allover Del Cenere's best craftsman for general goods; from tanning to clay, cloth to wax, it's expected that the Artificer is expected to be familiar with most of these materials at their disposal. Practice with unfamiliar materials to round out your abilities, and document your successes (and your failures!)
  • Teach other Del Cenerens the way of proper craftsmanship - from weaving baskets to the nuance of sewing leather, things may not come so naturally to your fellow Luperci within The Ochre Thread!
Wright
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Piras + Mastery Unlocked
  • Occupation Requirement: 1 Relevant Occupation
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • The Wright is a domesticated man of the woods - it's said they can take one look at a tree, and determine its worth for whatever project is at hand. Grab a lumberjack and head into the woods to seek the perfect tree for whatever project you have at hand.
  • While the job of a handyman is nothing new, the Wright's true passion lies in the creation of something new, of something different. From beginning to end, plan to craft something new, gather your materials, and bring your idea to fruition.
Smithy
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Piras + Mastery Unlocked
  • Occupation Requirement: 1 Relevant Occupation
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Maintain your forge or work station - what all do you need to keep things stocked and clean? Are you running low on kindling for a fire? How about water, or even raw materials? Either handle this yourself or delegate assistance to keep things in operating order.
  • Get in contact with another Syndicate to work on whatever they require to conduct their own trades, be it tools or weapons. Alternatively, hone your skill in crafting said items or refine a fellow Ashen's tools or weapons to keep them from breaking!
Stealth Network The Left Hand Membership Prompts Information

Members who belong to The Left Hand are a clever sort, capable of becoming faceless and blending in with the hustle and bustle of a crowd effortlessly. These delegates of subterfuge act as a cohesive unit, each facet dedicated to something different. Among this shadowy syndicate overseen by El Ojo, spies and assassins with a gift for acting and mixing poisons work alongside scouts and trackers with a knack for getting in and out of places unseen, all of which makes gathering information and concocting schemes a key point of this syndicate. The Rey Salvage and the safety of Del Cenere as a whole is their top priority, something that makes each individual under this banner deadly and irreplaceable.

These individuals have a penchant for ranged combat, or otherwise have talent in identifying plants that may be distilled into potent poisons - however, one of the most valuable tools of their trade involves the accumulation of information.

Status: Active (Active Members: 1)

Archetype

  • Clever individuals, spies, archers, short-blade users, thieves, et al.

Suggested Occupation Type
Please note that this suggestion is by no means exhaustive - Players may utilize any Occupations they choose, and justify said occupation to best fit their niche within the Syndicate.

  • Archivo Occupations, Balaurte Occupations
Current Kingpin
Hosea Courtright
Bane Tracer Mendicant
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Master
-- --
Qualified
-- --
Apprentice
Joaquin Rose-Morales --
Apprenticeship
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Brasas
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Stealth starts somewhere - practice this vital skill with fellow Gang members; Train on your eavesdropping, observation, hiding, or scouting.
  • Gather information for other Ashen and report on updates along the trails. It's not a glamorous job, but it's important to gather good and accurate intelligence on your surroundings.
Qualified
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Los Inciendos + Apprenticeship Unlocked
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Interact with an Outsider and build a rapport to discuss local rumors and pursue the details to see if there's any merit to them!
  • The Gang is surrounded by different packs on each side, some of them have clear intentions but others are of a more murky sort. Trick, trade, or pressure new information about a different pack out of an unsuspecting mark and make sure they don’t remember your face down the road.
Mastery
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Los Inciendos + Qualified Unlocked
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Spot an Ashen with the gift of subterfuge. Perhaps someone always manages to sneak up on you, is silent on their feet, or shows aptitude for lying with a straight face. Recruit them to The Left Hand, and provide them an safe space to master their particular talents, no matter how shifty and dark they may be.
  • It’s time to check in the grunts and see how they are progressing. Locate an Ashen of your Syndicate that could use assistance, identify the areas that need work and help them improve. A intelligence network is only as secure as its weakest link, and its up to those who have mastered the basics to lead the rest forward.
Bane
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Piras + Mastery Unlocked
  • Occupation Requirement: 1 Relevant Occupation
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Showcase your knowledge of poisonous plants - identify and notate noxious weeds, dangerous flowers, or toxic seeds to teach others, or, to keep for your own records, just in case... Alternatively, distill a poison and treat your weapon of choice. Practice your lethality - within reason, of course.
  • Extract information from a stranger using the tools of your trade from a secret location - this should be outside of the Ganglands, and discrete where you cannot be traced back!
Tracer
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Piras + Mastery Unlocked
  • Occupation Requirement: 1 Relevant Occupation
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • The Tracer's skillset relies strongly on two very important factors: their ability to track fellow Luperci, and their incredible mobility, often in junction with one another. Climb trees and navigate to the best of your ability while stalking quarry, rapidly navigate the underbrush in lupus whilst keeping out of sight, or scale steep stones to stay out of the average Optime's reach.
  • Track and dispatch a threat, all without being detected by any means you so choose - set out a trap, or take a more direct method.
Mendicant
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Piras + Mastery Unlocked
  • Occupation Requirement: 1 Relevant Occupation
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Concoct a convincing disguise and test it on unsuspecting Ashen, using different scents and other manner of dying ingredients to muddle your appearance. A different tone of voice may not be enough, and it's far easier to fool a mark when they aren’t focused on the hand in their pockets, but on what you want them to pay attention too. Work some sleight of hand into the disguise to hook their eyes elsewhere.
  • A good actor is never what they seem, and to remain faceless you must have a firm grasp on language and be able to switch dialects and accents when the situation calls for it. Pick up a new language or practice a foreign accent, or any found in the region that might help you blend in.
Apothecary's Union The Silver Suture Membership Prompts Information

Agents of all things to do with herblore, primitive medicine and spiritual healing, the denizens of The Silver Suture are as sharp minded as they are kind-hearted, seeking to heal the hurts of the body and mind with any tools at their disposal beneath the guidance of the El Corazón. Each individual contributes to the health of the Gang with their collectively held knowledge and desire to make things grow, thrive, and be well. While some of the Silver Suture prefer to spend most of their time with hands planted firmly in the dirt, coaxing life out of the hard ground – others see to the needs of Ashen young and old, mending cracked hearts and stitching wounds shut wherever they may be found.

Members of the Silver Suture are anticipated to exercise immense patience and understanding for the denizens of Del Cenere at large, and tend to have the bloodiest hands of the group when it comes to conflict, thanks to their medical prowess - as such, they must be of sound mind and stable personalities.

Status: Inactive (Active Members: --)

Archetype

  • Healers, spiritually attuned individuals, caretakers, et al.

Suggested Occupation Type
Please note that this suggestion is by no means exhaustive - Players may utilize any Occupations they choose, and justify said occupation to best fit their niche within the Syndicate.

  • Suministro Occupations, Bienestar Occupations
Current Kingpin
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Sage Physician Greenskeeper
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Master
-- --
Qualified
-- --
Apprentice
-- --
Apprenticeship
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Brasas
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • As the Garden grows and the Gang requires more clear land for growing livestock feed and medicinal herbs, the need for fields that have been picked clean of rocks, debris and poisonous weeds has arisen. Band together with the other apprentices or strike out on your own to clear land around Irving for agricultural purposes.
  • The need of materials meant for potions, alcohol, or medicine is especially high in the warmer months. Help out any of the Ashen by gathering ingredients necessary and contributing them to the packs storage, if you happen to learn about what they are used for all the better.
Qualified
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Los Inciendos + Apprenticeship Unlocked
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Now that you’ve shown your stuff in the lower ranks of the syndicate, it’s time to get serious. What medicines are the pack missing, and what areas of medical expertise are lacking? Find out what you can, and construct a plan to bridge the gaps or a way to gain the skills and information needed.
  • Band together with the other Ashen to make processed items for pack use, a step up from simply gathering materials for others to use. Better yet, teach the apprentices why the things they gather work, and how to make them into a salve, vinegar, or infusion to benefit the other Ashen.
Mastery
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Los Inciendos + Qualified Unlocked
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Bushy tailed and bright eyed, there are plenty of Apprentices without direction, organize a field day or workshop to demonstrate various disciplines involving the syndicate and how they benefit Del Cenere as a whole. Speak to an apprentice directly to find out what skills they have, and what discipline they’re going after. Some could use a mentor, will your character step up to the plate?
  • Medical work is tough, but you're experienced enough to operate through any crisis with a calm and cool head. Spot a problem and treat it before it gets worse, heal a grievous injury and perform follow up, or organize a preventative treatment plan concerning an Ashen getting on in years, Luperci or animal alike.
Sage
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Piras + Mastery Unlocked
  • Occupation Requirement: 1 Relevant Occupation
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • As Sage, its your job to listen and heed the spiritual word of various Gang member's beliefs. Advise someone who’s lost and looking for guidance, selecting a belief system to share with them you think would benefit the most. Alternatively, seek out and learn about the different faiths present in the Gang, and who these Ashen pray to, and help shepherd them .
  • Combine faith and medicine - for instance, is there a specific salve application that requires incantation or prayer for a certain amount of time to maximize its effectivity? Pass on this knowledge to some of your fellow medics.
Physician
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Piras + Mastery Unlocked
  • Occupation Requirement: 1 Relevant Occupation
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • The act of having puppies can be messy, and complicated - help deliver pre-mature pups successfully, or check in with an anxious pregnant Ashen to create a birth plan. If there’s trouble during labor, rush over and assist with a safe delivery.
  • Help treat a major injury, such as a broken leg, cracked ribs, or dislocated shoulder. Ease the injured Ashen into the procedure, and remember to offer plenty of sedative or curatives to offset the pain!
Greenskeeper
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Piras + Mastery Unlocked
  • Occupation Requirement: 1 Relevant Occupation
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • As a gardener, your knowledge on the art of growing things and identifying plantlife is extensive. Transplant something new within Irvings Gardens and challenge your own green thumb, or peruse the Gang's vast territories to forage and harvest fresh goods and ingredients.
  • Blight has begun to infect the gardens, and if left unchecked could wipe out valuable ingredients, causing untold damage. Demonstrate your expertise by quarantining the infected plants and stop the spread. The blighted plants are a loss, and plans should be made to adjust plots to prevent further outbreaks.
Merchant's Collective The Three Sisters Brokerage Membership Prompts Information

Barterers, tradesmen, diplomats and more – the participants of Three Sisters Brokerage are conducted under the tutelage of the Gang’s La Oreja. A home for the silver-tongued and quick-witted, these worldly individuals are no strangers to the travel and lands abroad and are masters of commerce and navigating tricky intra-pack diplomacy; Acting as an extension of the Rey Salvaje and Comandante, they are well-versed with Del Cenere’s cultures and ideals and serve as a mouthpiece whilst visiting trade partners to bolster the Gang’s stores.

The merchants of Del Cenere are expected to be shrewd, yet fair - while getting the best deal for Del Cenere is tantamount, and cleverness may swindle the mind of an outsider, these tradesmen are still expected to act within certain realms of decorum and honor. After all, Del Cenere is a stationary place, and Charmingtown is open - inviting misfortune with a series of bad deals is not exactly enticing.

Status: Inactive (Active Members: --)

Archetype

  • Merchants, peddlers, dealers, diplomats, et al.

Suggested Occupation Type
Please note that this suggestion is by no means exhaustive - Players may utilize any Occupations they choose, and justify said occupation to best fit their niche within the Syndicate.

  • Artificio Occupations, Bienestar Occupations
Current Kingpin
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Magnate Advocate Usurer
-- -- --
Master
-- --
Qualified
-- --
Apprentice
-- --
Apprenticeship
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Brasas
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Take tally of Del Cenere's stores to get an accurate concept of what needs gathering and general inventory, and report on your findings to a higher ranked individual. While grunt work is never fun, it certainly is a necessity!
  • Accompany higher ranked Ashen on either a trade expedition or diplomatic visit - be prepared to help ferry goods safely along trade routes, and memorize designated paths that the Orientador lays out.
Qualified
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Los Inciendos + Apprenticeship Unlocked
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Participate in helping to put together or prep for a Pack Event, from ensuring there's enough food to keeping folks in line. Cook, craft, or acquire the help to help fully supply parties or festivities to ensure that Del Cenerens talk about it for months to come!
  • Improve or maintain relations with Loner Bands, and learn something new from these delegates. Do they have a lead on lucrative trade deals? Is there a rumor mill involving limited resources? Be sure to report your findings to your higher-ups!
Mastery
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Los Inciendos + Qualified Unlocked
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • A prosperous trading network is critical to this Syndicate in particular, and its up to those in the Mastery rank to keep those social relationships up to date. Organize a small ambassador venture to strengthen and build rapport with friendly packs and loner bands, taking care to abide by any customs. Perhaps bringing small trinkets of goodwill is a chance to not only show off your handcrafted goods, but the mutual wealth in store by trading with Del Cenere.
  • The ledgers upkeep can get monotonous at the best of time, but you have noticed a discrepancy! Investigate the cause and who is responsible in order to find out if you are dealing with outright thievery or lazy book keeping, and dole out consequences based on the nature of the variance.
Magnate
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Piras + Mastery Unlocked
  • Occupation Requirement: 1 Relevant Occupation
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • The deal is the deal, and you’ve got an ear to the ground in order to keep up with rising trends in the market. Take inventory from other Ashen and find out where stock is flying out the door and increase production of that item. Slow moving goods should be scaled back, and with the change of seasons its imperative as Magnate you are on the ball, guiding the invisible hand of supply and demand in Del Cenere.
  • While staying behind the borders always feels the safest, the Magnate has an insatiable drive to find more. Whether you are on the look out for an entirely new product or sampling the wares of other packs, find something that may be a diamond in the rough and that Del Cenere cannot produce itself. The more exotic the better, but beware of inflated cost due to scarce availability.
Advocate
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Piras + Mastery Unlocked
  • Occupation Requirement: 1 Relevant Occupation
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Ruffled feathers are no easy thing to calm, but as Advocate you have the gift of the gab and can talk your way out of any situation, no matter how hairy it may be. Use this silver-tongue to get yourself or another Ashen out of a spot and prevent any fall out from the issue at hand. Some of the Ashen may not prescribe to the established hierarchy, this may be the time to remind them why it’s better to fall in line (especially around foreign guests).
  • Diplomacy is all about being tough enough to have the know how to effectively negotiate. Demonstrate this by teaming up with the Usurer or some muscle to smooth over a debt gone wrong, establish a new contract with a loner band, or connect positively with another pack we have a poor or neutral relationship with.
Usurer
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Piras + Mastery Unlocked
  • Occupation Requirement: 1 Relevant Occupation
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • You wheel and deal in debts, loans, and other valuable exchanging of goods. Dole out your generosity to someone in need, though it’s prudent to begin adding interest for your generous actions. Come up with a fair interest rate and deliver the terms to your client, keeping an eye on any assets in case the deal goes south.
  • A debt’s gone sour and someone has to pay - After all, the Usurer, while generous, is equally cut-throat. Unfortunately, the situation is beyond a polite conversation, and the time to collect collateral has come. Team up with members of other Syndicates should you need muscle, track down your deadbeat quarry and take what you are owed. Alternatively, blacklist the Luperci in question from dealings within the pack and spread the word about their untrustworthiness.
Militia The Sword & Shield Membership Prompts Information

Monitored and tested by El Diente themselves, members of the Sword & Shield are experts at using their strength, weaponry, and guile to keep the borders secure, visitors in check, and Ashen safe. Defenders through and through, individuals representing this Syndicate are frequently found in Charmingtown, where they keep the peace between Del Cenerens and outside factions, but their vigilance isn't restricted to one location, nor does it ever end. It is the Sword & Shield that those traveling outside of the Gang seek out for protection, and it is their expertise that the Rey Salvaje relies on in times of unrest or war.

These individuals are expected to be vigilant, well-trained, and mindful of their surroundings at all times. While constant attentiveness may not be always a given - at the very least, these combatants must always be prepared to step in should conflict arise, and be able to think quick on their feet to either diffuse or otherwise put an end to potentially dangerous situations.

Status: Active (Active Members: 2)

Archetype

  • Swordsmen, weapons masters, combat pragmatists, guardians, et al.

Suggested Occupation Type
Please note that this suggestion is by no means exhaustive - Players may utilize any Occupations they choose, and justify said occupation to best fit their niche within the Syndicate.

  • Labranza Occupations, Balaurte Occupations
Current Kingpin
Fredrick Knight
Brute Sentry Chariot
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Master
-- --
Qualified
-- --
Apprentice
Willow Martel --
Apprenticeship
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Brasas
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Weapons, horses, and gear can quickly become filthy when they're used and, if they aren't cleaned up in a timely manner, that can lead to trouble. Offer to wash and groom someone's horse, polish and sharpen blades, or clean and mend worn gear after they return from a mission.
  • Nothing is more instrumental in learning and mastering a skill than repetition! Spar with a partner, challenge your aim, give a new maneuver a shot or try a familiar one under different conditions - Whatever you do, just be sure to remember your mistakes and apply what you learned to future drills.
Qualified
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Los Inciendos + Apprenticeship Unlocked
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Sometimes folks get themselves into trouble and, when they do, they end spending time in the prison cells or, if their actions were especially egregious, marked as Sin Luz - possibly even both! Guard a prisoner for the night or take steps to ensure that one of these martyrs is minding themselves.
  • Spend the night patrolling the Gang's extensive borders, preferably with a buddy, in order to ensure that Effigies are intact, boundary lines are well-marked, and no threats lurk in the shadows. Alternatively, act as an unflappable bouncer for the Ugly Coyote.
Mastery
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Los Inciendos + Qualified Unlocked
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Vigilance and quick-thinking are hallmark traits of those among the Sword and Shield. Prove that you are a worthy member of the Syndicate by heading off a would-be altercation before it starts or put an end to one already in full-swing before it gets more out of hand.
  • There will always be those in the world who wish to do others harm, especially to those who are young, old, or otherwise unable to defend themselves. Protect a Chispa, Fumar, or someone else in need of help from an aggressor intent on doing them harm!
Brute
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Piras + Mastery Unlocked
  • Occupation Requirement: 1 Relevant Occupation
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • The blade, the enforcer, and the bruiser - Fighting is like breathing to the Brute, each strike seemingly effortless yet finding its mark with savage precision. Knock an offending Ashen down a few pegs with a well-placed punch or take care of a particular mouthy Luperci who’s threatened the Rey’s honor at The Ugly Coyote. Perhaps there is a debt to be settled somewhere in the pack lands, but the only answer is your fists.
  • While being well versed in the art of combat, every Brute has their favoured weapon. Find yours and fine tune the technique to use it, becoming a deadly expert in your chosen specialty. It might be helpful to track down others who are partial to the same brand of hurt you are, to share ideas and offer critiques on form and execution.
Sentry
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Piras + Mastery Unlocked
  • Occupation Requirement: 1 Relevant Occupation
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Should the upper echelon of Del Cenere need escorting outside the packlands for diplomacy reasons or anything else, a Sentry would rush to offer their services and aid in such a venture. Stalwart protectors, guards are just as skilled in combat as the Brute, but tend to mount more of a defense and act as a solid, impenetrable shield against those who would harm their charges. Cool, calm and collected, these individuals are bomb-proof and fearless, showing rock-solid dedication to the task at hand.
  • Being skilled at pre-emptive protection, it is up to the Sentry to spot weaknesses in Del Cenere’s security. Identify an area that needs to be fortified and come up with a way to pre-emptively strike at would-be invaders. Cleverly disguised traps that are marked only so Ashen can see notice them would go a long way in keeping our borders secure.
Chariot
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Piras + Mastery Unlocked
  • Occupation Requirement: 1 Relevant Occupation
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • The Chariot's lifeline is their horse. Strengthen your bond to your equine companion with regular care, with combative training, or by working on its endurance; Remember not to overwork your companion and be mindful of injury. Hooves need checked, coats need cleaned, and bellies need fed to stay in peak physical condition!
  • Practice your own skill with a weapon of your choice - mounted combat, after all, is the Chariot's forte. Bows, swords, or spears, the choice is yours. It's of the utmost importance to also desensitize your horse to the sounds and motions of combat.
Crofter and Huntsman Coalition The Drunken Tusk Membership Prompts Information

Overseen by La Carne, representatives of the Drunken Tusk seem eerily familiar with the minds of beasts and are either seen among the livestock or, when out in the field, not at all. Those boasting expert tracking abilities will find themselves setting traps or hunting game in an endless effort to keep the Gang's larders full and its craftspeople supplied with raw materials. Closer to home, these Ashen are responsible for the health, wellbeing, and acquisition of the Gang's livestock while also deciding which animals are culled, gelded, or traded off, all in order to best provide for the future of Del Cenere.

These individuals have a regular hand in the training and furthering of the Polvo de Oro project, and may regularly be called upon to work with Del Cenere's horses or other livestock. Their training is to be calm, understanding, and purposeful, without implementing excessive force.

Falconry, trapping, food preparation and fishing all also fall beneath the umbrella of the order of the Drunken Tusk.

Status: Active (Active Members: 3)

Archetype

  • Shepherd, cowherds, horsemen, hunters, fishermen, butchers, et al.

Suggested Occupation Type
Please note that this suggestion is by no means exhaustive - Players may utilize any Occupations they choose, and justify said occupation to best fit their niche within the Syndicate.

  • Suministro Occupations, Labranza Occupations
Current Kingpin
Rafaela Tejada
Deerstalker Wirer Stablemaster
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Master
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Qualified
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Apprentice
Bennett Braithwaite Kubota Mossberg
Todd Langley --
Apprenticeship
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Brasas
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • One of the best ways to discover something that might otherwise go unnoticed is to simply sit, observe, and listen. Spend some time watching the livestock, wildlife, and flocks for evidence of anything unusual or perch yourself in a blind and observe prey patterns that could lead to a more successful hunt.
  • Record-keeping, while not especially fun, is instrumental in ensuring that important information about prey abundance and herd management is accurate and available for referencing. Track your successes (and failures!) in the hunt or add some useful notes about the livestock to a register.
Qualified
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Los Inciendos + Apprenticeship Unlocked
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Knowledge is power and there is a whole lot of it out there! Increase expertise in your preferred field by being shown a method of trapping you've never used before, hunting a species of prey animal that is new to you, or learning about a type of livestock that you know very little about.
  • Tools, gear, and tack are all essential to the Drunken Tusk. Take care to ensure that blades are sharpened, rope and twine are sound, harnesses and wagons are in good condition, etc. Alternatively, contribute to these communal items by knotting new nets, braiding new rope, making more arrows, etc.
Mastery
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Los Inciendos + Qualified Unlocked
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Now you have the knowledge, it's important to share it with others and ensure novices are properly trained. Teach someone about your skills, be it a newcomer just starting out or a young Chispa trying to find their place in the Gang. Alternatively, work through an issue that another Drunken Tusk member is having with their own abilities.
  • Fresh meat doesn't stay fresh for long. Thankfully, there are plenty of time-honored methods of meat preservation that you should be able to demonstrate proficiency in. Enlist the help of those below you to start preserving a fresh kill and oversee the work being done, making corrections or offering advice as needed.
Deerstalker
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Piras + Mastery Unlocked
  • Occupation Requirement: 1 Relevant Occupation
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Plan and lead a group hunt involving multiple participants, taking special consideration for how you will coordinate your hunting party in order to better your chances for a successful outcome. For quality assurance of both the meat and the hide, work together to properly field dress the animal before bringing it back to Charmingtown for further processing.
  • An expert hunter should not only know other methods of hunting, they should have mastery over more than one primary technique. Forgo your preferred way of hunting in favor of practicing your expertise on another method. Alternatively, hunt in a form other than your preferred one!
Wirer
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Piras + Mastery Unlocked
  • Occupation Requirement: 1 Relevant Occupation
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Snares and deadfall traps can certainly do the trick, but they don't work for every type of prey out there and sometimes they can be a little too basic. Think outside the ordinary by setting a fish or a bird trap. Alternatively, go big or go home by setting a tension trap, such as a spring spear trap, to try snagging a wild pig or a deer.
  • Setting successful traps and snares is all about knowing the behavioral patterns and, in a way, how a prey animal thinks. Spend some time putting yourself in your target's mind by processing the way your intended quarry might think or behave and then set your trap accordingly.
Stablemaster
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Piras + Mastery Unlocked
  • Occupation Requirement: 1 Relevant Occupation
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
  • Livestock can be unpredictable and sometimes prove quite dangerous. Being able to keep your wits about you when things go awry can make the difference between staying alive and suffering a grievous injury. Successfully manage an unexpected situation with a communal animal and consider ways to reduce future incidents.
  • Culling livestock isn't the best part of the job, but it's an important way to ensure quantities are manageable, that the stock remains in good health, and, of course, to provide ample food and raw materials for use by everyone. Make the difficult decision to cull a communal animal for the good of the Gang.

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2.  Free Companies

2.1  Rules, Operation and Joining

Free Companies are similar to Syndicates in the sense that they seek to fulfill specific purpose, though they lack the same level of organization and coordination that Syndicates possess. Generally lead by an Las Antorchas or Enkindled member acting as Proprietor, these independent groups have a looser-form structure, with the proprietor acting as the contact point, and the other participants their chosen union of workers. As such, their environments are considerably more relaxed in nature while still reaping the benefits of proof of work ethic, albeit to a lesser degree than that of Syndicate members. Free Companies, however, are limited in size, and lack specialist ranks.

Free Companies without a Proprietor are, unfortunately, forced to dissolve until a new proprietor is elected.

Free Companies and Syndicates are mutually exclusive, characters may not pursue participation in both.

Rules and Participation

We are happy to see you're looking to take the first steps towards joining, or forming, a Free Company! There are a few other rules and stipulations to take note of here:

  1. Proprietors must be ranked Las Antorchas or above to operate a Free Company. They will act as the Free Company's IC "Contact Point".
    • Proprietors which fall inactive will initiate a dissolution of a Free Company, unless another character fulfills the pre-requisite to step into the Proprietor Role and agrees to do so.
    • Ashen Ring members may not run, nor join, a Free Company.
  2. Characters seeking to join a Free Company must be ranked Las Brasas or above.
  3. Free Companies require two played characters in order to form.
  4. Free Companies are capped at five played characters, and three NPCs, making for a total of eight characters permitted.
    • If a pNPC is not a member of Syndicate and players feel they may be a good fit towards their Free Company, they may request Leadership that the pNPC joins. This may, or may not, be accepted at Leadership's discretion.
  5. Characters seeking to join an open Free Company requires that one of the prompts be addressed in a thread, and written to completion (1000 WC). These may be any type of thread - RO, AW, or Private threads, though engaging another player is, of course, preferred.
  6. Characters will be removed from Free Companies should they fall inactive over an extended period of time (6 + months), or depart from Del Cenere. Being shuffled to Palisade counts as a departure from Del Cenere.
  7. When founding a Free Company: Free Companies must be able to stand on their own as a concept - for example, a ferry-themed Free Company cannot exist with a boating-themed Free Company already in operation.
    • Defunct Free Companies may be resurrected, but must be done so upon request and must fulfill the minimum character requirement for re-foundation.
  8. If you would like to found a Free Company, please submit the following form to DCG's Pack Account:

[b]Proposed Free Company Name:[/b]
[b]Proprietor:[/b] Character Name
[b]Played Members:[/b] Character Name, Character Name
[b]Character Name:[/b] Character Name
[b]What sort of Archetype fits your Free Company?[/b] What sort of characterss do you feel match your Company the best? (Archers, carpenters, horsemen, et al.)

[b]Modus Operandi:[/b] What does your Free Company do? What utility does it have? What niche does it fulfill? Please provide a brief synopsis here.
[b]Prompts:[/b] (Note: These will indicate how future players can join your Free Company)
[list][*] Prompt One
[*] Prompt Two [/list]

Upon approval, prospective members of the Free Company must complete (1000 WC per player) one thread involving the formation and foundation of your Free Company within two months. The completed thread must be submitted via PM to Leadership.


2.2  Current Free Companies

Free Company Free Company Name Membership Prompts Information

Modus Operandi
Purpose and Function of the Free Company is listed here!

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Status: Open (Active Members: --)

Archetype

  • Characters that fit the ~vibe~
Current Proprietor
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Members
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To Join
Requirements Prompts
  • Minimum Rank: Las Brasas
  • Words Written: 1000 WC
  • Prompts Utilized: 1 Prompt Minimum
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2.3  Historical Free Companies

Free Companies that have since dissolved or fallen inactive are listed here, alongside the purpose they served.

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