Pinnacles of Power
“Balaren, a tiefling warrior and a natural leader, founded the Crimson Sashes as an expert party of mercenary adventurers. Years ago, Balaren and his companions helped defend Gloomwrought from an assault. Balaren’s victory gained him prestige within the city and, perhaps more important, cachet with Prince Rolan. The entrenched nobility consider him to be something of an upstart, but Balaren was quick to secure his position in the city. Seeing a need for a force of capable warriors, Balaren hired his adventuring companions and convinced them to stay with him in the City of Midnight as part of a larger mercenary force. Balaren presented each one with a red sash to mark membership in the new company. Since that day, dozens of mercenary warriors and mages have joined the Crimson Sashes. Those who wish to sign up must endure a probationary period. Once a new hire proves worthy, he or she receives a red sash and full membership in the company.
Balaren sells his employees’ services as bodyguards, security experts, and problem solvers. True soldiers for hire, the members of the Crimson Sashes have few principles that money can’t buy.”