Vanguards of the Brotherhood
The Brotherhood is a group independent of any nation or government which is highly organized and veiled in secrecy. Their presence is spread throughout many nations, although they operate in small, elite units with no centralized location or known leadership. The only publicly visible part of the Brotherhood is the Vanguards, who enforce the Brotherhood’s will. Vanguards always appear in even numbers, clad in distinctive black cloaks.
The Brotherhood thrives in times of need. When local militaries are ill-fit to protect their citizens, the Brotherhood deploys the Vanguards to dispatch threats in exchange for a fee. Vanguards have also been known to occasionally act without being commissioned, perhaps to mitigate dangers to the organization itself.
The Brotherhood is well known by common people, and the cloak of a Vanguard is instantly recognized. The Brotherhood is regarded with a mix of fear and respect. Some say they are knights of justice in unjust times, others say they are ruthless mercenaries extorting the helpless.