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    Default Name ideas for "sellsword" organization?

    I'm looking to revolve a D&D campaign around the players being members of a "hero-for-hire" kind of organization.

    Essentially the nation in which the characters reside the ruling class have their knights, but they more or less protect the ruling class, and in real problematic times defend the borders. Peacekeeping for the lower class are knights in training, but they really focus most of their time on issues like violent crimes and either don't care, or don't have time for much else. Thus various businesses emerged to fill the void to provide protection, help those in need, or do whatever a paying customer wants. I'm trying to come up with a good name for the organization that the players will be working for.

    Right now my best idea is "Heroes, Incorporated", but I'm waffling on whether I actually like that or not. So is Heroes, Inc. a good name or does anyone have any suggestions?

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    Do you want a more serious name or a more comedic one?

    Serious
    Watchmen's Guild
    Black Watch
    Mercenary's guild
    Free Company

    Funny
    Rent-A-Guards
    Mercs-R-Us
    International House of Unemployed Reclkess Trained Excelent Military Professionals (I-HURTEM)
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    Rich Muderous Hobos guild.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eulmanis12 View Post
    Do you want a more serious name or a more comedic one?
    At this point I'm open to either. I think what would be cool is a name that satisfies both, which is what I think I was trying to accomplish with "Heroes, Inc.", but I don't quite know if that succeeded, haha.
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    Why not borrow a name from a real private military organization? Such as Blackwater or Executive Outcomes?



    Another thing you need is have a badass name for the founder of your organization....., probably someone with a noun as the last name, such as "Joseph Shield", "Erik Prince", "Damien Sword", remember no one will take the name of the organization seriously if the CEO's name isn't badass.....
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    "Dirty Deeds, Done Dirt Cheap"
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    Shield, Peace @ Price, The Defenders.
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    I also suggest adding the word "guard" or "legion" or "batallion" to a noun (color, or object)

    :Kingsguard, Saphire Guard, Black Legion, Earl's Batallion etc.

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    Serious:
    • Westwood Warrior's Guild
    • The StormHammer Clan
    • The Wardens


    Funny:
    • Thugs For Hire
    • Bureau of Really Ugly Thugs, Etc (BRUTE)
    • The Lollipop Guild
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    Black Company

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    Association of International Mercenaries
    More Economic Recruiting Center
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    The one I used in my last-DM'd game was called the Redbolt Mercenary Company.

    Of course, they weren't a business company, but a company in the sense of a military unit.

    Since you got Heroes, Inc. it seems like you want it to sound Good with a capital G. In that case, something like "Protagonism" might be an idea. It also has the slightly whimsical, arrogant air about it.
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    Garant Opal,
    Agile Standards,
    Bloom Wilds (or Wild Blooms)
    Soldiers of Fortune (or Heroes of Fortune)
    The Condottieres
    Tempestmantles
    Sovereign Squad
    Calmcover
    Bladehawk
    Camp Fire, Inc.
    Hourmen (or Daymen, Minutemen, Weekmen,...)

    Just a few.

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    Builders League United
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    Some ideas listed from funny to not:

    Three Midgets and a Tall Guy

    (^^ we seriously used that one once)

    Errant Knights Errant
    Blood and Iron
    The Red Shields
    The Trader's League
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    'Name of home location/town' Guard/Company/Band/Group etc.

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    Riverdale Guard/Company/Band/Group etc.
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    Haha, these are great. I think I'm going to have a harder time now coming up with a good name... so many options!

    Maybe I should go really obvious: Player Characters, Inc.
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    Money Blades.

    Ironguards

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakaran View Post
    Haha, these are great. I think I'm going to have a harder time now coming up with a good name... so many options!

    Maybe I should go really obvious: Player Characters, Inc.
    PC Inc.

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    My campaign world had a mercenary captain a generation or two back who called himself the Blue Bladesman. He made quite a name for himself both as a swordsman and as a unit commander. When he retired, he opened an inn and school by the same name. Sort of a "mercenaries with a heart of gold" organization.

    So nowadays, people can hire and PCs can join. You're either "with the Blue Bladesman" or you're "one of the Blue Blades", etc, etc. The titles vary, but the association is there.
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    I've got essentially rent-a-cops in my campaign world called the Blue Knights. I think it nicely bridges that gap between verisimilitude and fourth-wall-breaking.
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    Do you want a single large organization, or numerous, more local ones?

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    Of course, there are some obvious ones:

    The Iron Hearts
    The White Ravens
    The Tiger's Claws
    The Stone Dragons
    etc.
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    Band of the Hawk

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    The Song of Ice & Fire series features a situation that fits your description almost perfectly.
    There a a number of free companies, sellsword companies that get hired by cities to support their common born/slave armies and heroes.

    Maybe you will find inspiration from the names of the companies from the books:
    • The Golden Company
    • The Shadowcats (an actual animal in the setting)
    • The Windblown

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    Golden Shields or Silver Swords

    "You got gold we'll shield you"


    A classic formula for Merv companies is
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    Hammer's Slammers

    JOulie's Jaguars

    Grants Grunts

    Xenons Xenos

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Tyger View Post
    Do you want a single large organization, or numerous, more local ones?
    Large org. It could have various "branches" in different towns, but all the same org.
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    Trade of Blades?

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    I always thought 'The Red Hands' sounded cool. If you're going for a evil/assassination tilt you could go w/ Murder Inc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dakaran View Post
    Large org. It could have various "branches" in different towns, but all the same org.
    Leading questions:
    Where is their home office located?
    What is the name of their leader?
    Is there any special normal or mythic animal with which your campaign, the organization, or their home kingdom is associated with?

    For Forgotten Realms, they have
    Bloodriders
    Blue Sigil
    Brotherhood of the Griffon
    Company of the Lynx
    Eagle Knights
    Flaming Fists
    Gutbuster Brigade
    Knights in Silver
    Knights of Merciful Judgement
    Knights of Myth Drannor
    Order of the Radiant Heart
    Red Plumes/Sashes/Shields
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    Star Protective Services
    The Nine

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    The Order of the Resplendent Falcon
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    Sabers of the Red Caliph
    The Iron Shackle
    ... and many others.

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