Excerpts from “Cutthroats or Sellswords? A Comparative Study of Isonian Mercenary Organizations” by Archibald Thronstein, esq.
…as we now move onto the largest, and most contentious, of the groups operating within Ison. The Honored Few, Geo De Basanna and Kan Kilich are the most powerful, famous and infamous of the mercenary companies operating as of today. Many different entrepreneurs and generals have studied the histories of these groups, hoping to learn what special qualities allowed them to survive and thrive as long as they have. Scholars the world over have argued for and against the actions of these companies. Some say that they are all the same in principle, while others argue that such a view is an oversimplification of nuanced differences. Aside from academic arguments, the actual location of these groups is one of their major distinctions.
The Honored Few operate primarily within the Hegemony and occasionally on its borders. The Geo De Basanna (or more commonly, “The Basanna”) are based along the outskirts of the Orcish Imperium and are rarely allowed within its borders, despite their frequent employment by the Imperium itself. The Kan Kilich operate widely around Bersinius and are one of the few external organizations that has consistent contacts with the Elven Tribes.
Each of the groups has a different “flavor” that defines its fighting style as well as its behavior under contract. The differences in the groups come primarily from the common
backgrounds of their members. The Honored Few for example, are generally ex-military and thus have an arguably more organized style of combat. Geo De Basanna on the other hand, are an amalgamation of different outcasts of the highly stratified Imperial Orcish society, with magic users being much more commonplace than in other companies.Kan Kilich is an eclectic mix of Bersinian humans with religious tendencies and Falakite elves seeking to prove their honor in combat, two religious groups that are often at odds externally and internally.