- The White Company
- "One bird. Many feathers."
The White Company is a free company of professional military men, without allegiance to any government. A mercenary army, their only loyalty lies to the coin. If you have the largest purse, then you have their blades. When without steady employ, they survive off of the land, taking whatever she offers. The Company takes great pride in the quality of its soldiers, who are renowned for their skill and bravery in battle.
The settlement of Caelum has a long, unusual history. Though its periods of activity have been relatively brief, it still holds a notable place in the story
of Gobaith. For too many years, however, the town has simply lay there, empty and forgotten. Today, it has become little more than a dot on the landscape. With the blessing and support of Caelum's surviving citizens and senators, we shall strive to breathe some life back into the settlement.
The White Company calls the lands of Caelum home. While not away on campaign, they reside between its walls and continue to operate from within. From this day forth, Caelum shall be the Company's military fortress and primarily revolve around them. It shall seek no alliances, and shall play no part in the politics of Gobaith.
The gates of Caelum are open to all of good intent, whether their stay is to be permanent or temporary. Traders, potential employers, and fellow soldiers regularly visit the settlement, where they are offered a warm reception and a cold ale. In addition to the mercenaries themselves, a large contingent of commoners also live within Caelum. Camp followers, these men and women make a comfortable living by meeting the needs of the soldiers, whether culinary, medical or otherwise. It is not unheard of for this group of people to outnumber even the soldiers of the town.
With no recorded laws to speak of, it is often suggested that Caelum is a place of cut-throats and criminals. This, though, could not be further from the truth. An unspoken code governs life within the settlement, and the soldiers of the White Company are always prepared to see it upheld. On the rare occasion that a serious dispute presents itself, the matter is brought before the Captain (Condottiere) of the Company, who is sure to have it settled. While the settlement continues to rebuild, this martial law shall remain in effect. Should the town grow to a sufficient size, the decision may be made to implement a steady government and codified law.
The Company will make sections of property within its lands available for rent and purchase, in order to help fund the ongoing operation of the army. Lessees and landowners may develop these properties as these please, subject to prior consultation with the Company Condottiere. Those who reside within Caelum, or serve as a mercenary, shall receive highest priority in any such purchases.
Should you wish to call Caelum home, you are encouraged to contact the Condottiere.
Before joining the White Company, a soldier must rid himself of all prior loyalties. He may have no tie to government nor guild. The Company does not simply accept any peasant into its ranks; first, a soldier must prove himself worthy of joining. The Company maintains a standard of quality and guarantees this to its clients. Its mercenaries are expected to uphold this standard.
The Company operates under a simple structure. The Condottiere is captain, judge, and treasurer. Beneath him, all are of equal rank, importance and voice. Maintenance of weapons and armour is to be carried out by each and every soldier. Replacement equipment will be provided at regular intervals. When you fight, you will be paid. All money earned under a contract will be divided throughout the army. Any dispute between soldiers which cannot be resolved privately is to be brought before the Condottiere.
There is no set price to obtain the Company's services, all contracts are subject to negotiation. The number of coins parted with shall depend upon the number of soldiers required, the risk involved, the time needed, and any other relevant factors. A deposit shall be paid on agreement of the contract, with the balance met upon its completion.
Any soldier who wishes to ride with the Company should initiate communications with the Condottiere.
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