Bloodright : Rise of the Border Princes
The Iron Ring
Slavers and Bandits
The Iron Ring is a secretive cabal of robbers who control the slave trade throughout the Border Kingdoms and beyond. It’s interests do not stop at slavery, however, and they are always involved where any scheme or operation that makes it money and increases its influence or power. It is said the thieves guild (or Lia-Kavair), watches their secret empire from the shadows of the largest cities in the realms.
Their symbol is a rusted wreath of a barbed iron chain, often on a black field. The flaming brand and the barbed chain (weapon) are also considered their symbols. Each true servant (or Hound) of The Iron Ring is known for the black brand found under their hair-line, while “Masters” (often referred to as Reavers) of the society bear heavy, engraved iron rings on their left small finger. Armed bands of active Iron Ring slavers often carry a banner of their society before them, to drive fear into the hearts of their opponents, and they tend to act like typical raiders, pillaging homesteads, caravans and isolated forts of its people, supplies and arms for their own devices.
The origins of The Iron Ring in the shattered realms of the western eaves of The Beast Shards is murky. That they have long worked with the church of Agrik – The Harbinger goes without question, but more than that, they have often been found serving the other dark powers of the region, including Redstone – Barony of Steel and Flame, and from time to time, The Tauri.
During the troubles of the fall of The Mark – Land of the Iron Dragon and the rise of the orcish hordes in the eaves of the realms, The Iron Ring society has become a feared menace to all the isolated villages and steadings of Cygnus – The Swan Kingdom and other places across the region. They raid with impunity, often under the guard of priests of Agrik, and their orcish allies. A scourge to the independent people of the region, their banners are feared and despair follows in their wake. Increasingly, they are becoming a political power in their own right.