The Secret Lives of Heroes
Factions are philosophically based power groups in Pendros which adhere to a certain belief with an intensity seen only in religious zealots; many have come to call them philosophers with clubs. While the Vampire Lord of Pendros (currently Nikos) is considered the ultimate ruler of the metropolis, now that the traditional forms of government have collapsed, the Factions perform virtually all the actual administrative and practical functions of the city. They are the ones the people look to for authority; Nikos only gives edicts or appears personally under rare circumstances. Each of the Factions is based around one particular belief system; many of the Factions’ beliefs make them enemies where their other goals and actions might have made them allies.
Factions are led by a Factol. Other high-ranking faction members are called Factors, and mid-level faction members are called Factotums. The lowest-ranking members are called Namers because many of them have only a tenuous faith in their faction’s philosophy and are thus members in name only.
- The Believers of the Objective Truth
- The Children of Mercy
- The Circle of the Nine
- The Court of Whispers
- The Crimson Brigade
- The Danse Macabre
- The Exalted Order
- The Foundation for a Better Tomorrow
- The Lawbringers
- The Libertines
- The Masked Council
- The Peacekeepers
- The Preservers
- The Robot Revolutionary Front
- The Union of Order
Characters that have an Allegiance to a Faction gain something called a Faction bonus to certain kinds of rolls and checks. This bonus is determined by the Importance of the Allegiance and your effective character level (ECL), not just your highest class level. Your Faction bonus can’t be added to a single die roll or other number more than once. Just like standard Allegiance bonuses, the character gains their Faction bonus on Charisma-based skill checks when dealing with someone of the same allegiance-as long as the character has had some interaction with the other character to discover the connections and bring the bonus into play. If someone tries to make a Social Maneuver check against you in regards to your Faction, you gain your Faction bonus to defend yourself. Faction bonuses replace Allegiance bonuses, and the two do not stack. Unless otherwise stated, Faction bonuses cannot be added to attacks (unless related to the Aid Another action) or damage rolls, or static numbers like Defense and CMD.
Additionally, Factions confer special abilities to characters at certain levels, as long as they maintain an Allegiance to their Faction and have a Relationship score with the Faction equal to or greater than their current level. A character with Allegiances to multiple Factions (something that is discouraged and looked down upon in the setting) only gains the abilities for their Most Important Allegiance.
|ECL||Most Important Allegiance||Important Allegiance||Least Important Allegiance||Faction Ability|
|1||+5||+3||+1||1st Faction Ability|
|5||+6||+4||+2||2nd Faction Ability|
|10||+7||+5||+3||3rd Faction Ability|
|15||+8||+6||+3||4th Faction Ability|
|20||+9||+7||+4||5th Faction Ability|