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Then you, my friend, are next up. I'm going to use the model of a PHB II organization.

The Free Blades

Symbol: Three intersecting weapons, at least one of which must be a sword.

Background, Goals, and Dreams: The Free Blades are a network of loosely affiliated mercenary companies. Theirs is less a rigid, hierarchical order and more a seal of quality - those who bear the mark of the Free Blades are known to be warriors of skill and professionalism. The organization itself maintains no particular moral or ethical requirements, nor indeed does it demand much of its members. Its only requirements are that members fulfill their contracts to the best of their abilities, that they not disgrace the Free Blades, and that they pursue martial prowess over other things. (Spellcasting is permitted, as every Free Blade is free to pursue his contracts as he pleases, but those who dedicate themselves to spellcasting over martial combat are disfavored.) Members are also expected to pay a small tithe, in return for which they may use the mark of the association, and have access to Free Blades resources worldwide.

Type: Fighting company.

Scale: 9 (regional/barony). Although the Free Blades are widespread and well-known, they are not particularly influential.

Affiliation Score Criteria: A character cannot become a member of the Free Blades if he has any levels in a class that can learn 9th-level spells. If he takes an archetype that reduces his ultimate spellcasting progression, he may qualify as a member of the Free Blades. A character who is a member of the Free Blades and subsequently takes levels in a class that can learn 9th-level spells will remain recognized by the Free Blades, and may still draw on whatever benefits have accrued to him, but may no longer advance in the organization, and may not represent himself as a member nor use the mark of the Free Blades.

Criterion Affiliation Score Modifier
Character Level 1/2 PC's level
Proficiency with Weapons +1 for each Weapon Group
Levels in Martial Initiator Class +1/2 per level (round down)
5 or more ranks in Knowleedge (martial) +1
10 or more ranks in Knowledge (martial) +2
Paid tithes regularly +1 per year
Took on a major contract that brought prestige to the Free Blades +2 (-4 if you fail)

Titles, Benefits, and Duties: New members of the Free Blades have relatively few obligations, but little access to benefits. More senior members enjoy no new obligations, but greater access to the guild's benefits. All members, irrespective of title, are obligated to tithe 10% of their annual earnings to the organization, to a minimum of 10 gp. Although the tithes are not rigorously audited, a member who continuously tithes little may be investigated; those who are concealing their income from the Free Blades will be stripped of rank and privileges, while those who simply don't earn enough will be gently encouraged to either work harder or retire. Retired Free Blades may enjoy any of the benefits that have accrued to them, but may not advance in the organization, and may not represent themselves as members nor use the mark of the Free Blades.

Affiliation Score Title: Benefits and Duties
3 or lower Greenhorn: Junior member with no benefits.
4-10 Rookie: +1 circumstance bonus on all Knowledge (martial) rolls, +2 circumstance bonus to all Diplomacy rolls with other Free Blades, and access to low-level contracts through the Free Blades.
11-15 Tested Rookie: +2 circumstance bonus on all Knowledge (martial) rolls, +1 circumstance bonus to all attack and damage rolls, +4 circumstance bonus to all Diplomacy rolls with other Free Blades, access to low- and mid-level contracts.
16-22 Veteran: +3 circumstance bonus on all Knowledge (martial) rolls, +2 circumstance bonus to all attack and damage rolls, +6 circumstance bonus to all Diplomacy rolls with other Free Blades, access to low-, mid-, and high-level contracts. You may purchase weapon and armor crafting services through the guild at a 10% discount.
23-29 Seasoned Veteran: +4 circumstance bonus on all Knowledge (martial) rolls, +4 circumstance bonus to all attack and damage rolls, +1 circumstance bonus to all saving throws, +8 circumstance bonus to all Diplomacy rolls with other Free Blades, access to any contracts available through the Free Blades. You may purchase weapon and armor crafting services through the guild at a 20% discount. If you hire other Free Blades (at DM discretion), you may receive a 10% discount on their contract.
30 or higher Ancient Blade: +5 circumstance bonus on all Knowledge (martial) rolls, +6 circumstance bonus to all attack and damage rolls, +3 circumstance bonus to all saving throws, +10 circumstance bonus to all Diplomacy rolls with other Free Blades, access to any contracts available through the Free Blades. You may purchase weapon and armor crafting services at a 25% discount. If you hire other Free Blades (at DM discretion), you may receive a 20% discount on their contract.
Unless otherwise stated, the benefits above are not cumulative.

Executive Powers: Craft, crusade, gift.