Boatmen of Styx
The Boatmen of Styx (Assassins' Guild) are one of the major factions in The Age of Decadence.
Background[edit | edit source]
In the halcyon days of the Empire, the Emperor commanded his own guard, known as the Boatmen of Styx. Apart from their regular duties of protection for the Emperor, they were trained as experts in infiltration and assassination. Many political and military opponents would meet with unexplainable misfortune or death in the rapture of night, ensuring the long-standing stability of the Empire. After the fall, without a master to serve, the guard disbanded into the chaos of the fallen empire. Once outside they found that even as the world lay in ruins, their peacekeeping services were in great demand. An Assassin's Order was established that later bore the proud name of the Regiment.
Although an assassin may deal in muffled footfalls and the tip of a knife rather than gold, his trade is no less respected than that of the Commercium, and, given the ruthlessness displayed by the Merchant's Guild, he is actually even more well-liked by some than a comparable trader of standard goods. The Boatmen are a respected organization, doing business openly, and dispatching one's opponent with steel is as respected a method as peaceful negotiation. Perhaps a more civilized and morally anchored period would find the concept of a massive, openly operant network the sole purpose of which is to kill for money to be quite barbaric and disturbing, but the wake of an apocalypse tends to erode such ethical considerations, and the decadent care little for scruples.
Ranks[edit | edit source]
Known Members[edit | edit source]
Teron[edit | edit source]
- Neleos: Head of the guild in Teron.
- Coltan: Alchemist who prefers to assassinate via poisons and bombs.
- Dias: Most reliable of the Teron Boatmen. Tells stories of past kills.
- Agatai: Dead-eyed killer.
- Fulvio: Bouncer for the Boatmen and skill trainer.
Maadoran[edit | edit source]
- Darista: Head of the guild in Maadoran, aligns the guild with House Aurelian.
- Hamza: Oldest member of the Maadoran Boatmen.