The Guild of Antiquarians have a monopoly on “the professional recovery of unique historical or cultural artifacts”. In short, they steal things that belong in a museum. They are backed by various wealthy patrons who are looking for a classy memento of a far flung land. They trade in maps, travelogues and antiquities. They have sent various representatives over to chart, sketch and loot anything that’s not actually nailed to the walls.
Faction Skill: Trade
Faction Symbol: A large A, typically made of rope or drawn to look like this.
This faction is designed to appeal to characters who want less of a political game and more of an excuse to treasure hunt. You could end up on linears not to Save the Day, but because your backers want a picture of an ancient ruins guardian and apparently there’s some down that dungeon.
Because they receive personal commissions for a job well done, they tend to form close cells in which each member has a speciality, but compete against others of the Guild. Indeed, competition within the cells themselves is far from a rarity.
These Agents are the most likely to have that crowbar for the stuck door on them when you need it, and the hammer for breaking the wall in just the right place, and the dagger for prying the gem off the wall, and the staff for poking the floor ahead of them, and the mirror for looking round corners at creatures without getting up close, and a spare waterskin to help look for depressions in the floor, and a notepad and set of instruments to take a rubbing with.
Often they will be dressed to suit rough weather and all eventualities, with thick clothing which could be discarded if necessary and hoods rather than hats. It is not uncommon for at least one of the group to have a sack tucked away somewhere in case there’s an object too large to carry or stow simply. The Guild’s has its origin as Alfar-commissioned trophy collectors. Alfar regularly accompany Guild members on work to show their bravery, and also to buy the trophies to show off their wealth.
Guild or Church costume features are those that add to the base look of the culture your Agent belongs to.
Popular fashions and styles within the Guild of Antiquarians: