The Military Brotherhoods – The Confraternity of the Starship and Sword

 

Origin

The Confraternity is a relatively new Military Brotherhood, but it is also one of the fastest growing.  Relatively poor as far as such organizations go, the brothers of the Confraternity are eager to make their mark.  Given the Confraternity’s somewhat dubious origin, this has made a number of planets extremely wary of them, but they have acquitted themselves well, putting their past successfully behind them.

Unlike the Caractacan Brotherhood, the Confraternity has no one founder.  The First Brothers were in fact a mercenary company working the Sobretan Circuit.  The Circuit is perhaps misnamed; there is no formal agreement as to what systems comprise it, and many trouble spots that are considered parts of it are actually outside the Sobretan Sector.  Many of the worlds on the Circuit are perpetual flashpoints, many of them jointly colonized by outsystem factions that then had a falling out.  They are not necessarily always made up of different races, either.  Some of the nastiest wars have been human on human, or forvak on forvak.

Some of the older members of Rheloman’s Company, a mix of humans, forvaks, gordoks, and sefkhit, were talking one day, and hatched on the plan to start their own Military Brotherhood.  No one can be sure of their exact motivation.  The Confraternity’s founding documents are full of high ideals and a story about the First Brothers’ weariness at the constant wars and corruption they had seen.  Some of it is doubtless true.  There are other tales told, however, that the Confraternity was an attempt by the First Brothers to win some greater legitimacy among higher-paying clientele.  It could even have been conceived as a front to allow for quick smash-and-grab robberies of rich clients who let the Confraternity in out of trust.  A Military Brotherhood is far more respectable than a Private Military Company, in many eyes. Continue reading

The Military Brotherhoods – The Caractacan Brotherhood

Continuing the entries into the History and Background files, we present the first profile of one of the Military Brotherhoods to be found throughout the galaxy.

Origin

While definitely not the first of the Military Brotherhoods, the Caractacan Brotherhood is still among the oldest, and one of the most feared and respected.  Founded by Caractacus Regnus in the aftermath of the Elbianian Terror, the Brotherhood has grown over the centuries since then until there are Legions established across the Orion, Carina, and Crux Arms.

Caractacus was not only deeply affected by the horrors that the Elbianian cultists wreaked across a hundred star systems.  The chaos afterward was what really formed the Caractacan Brotherhood.  In the wake of the atrocities perpetrated by the Elbianians, entire systems descended into lawlessness, as so much of their infrastructure had been destroyed.  On many worlds, in many systems, the only law became strength and brute force.

Caractacus was a pious man as well as a superlative military commander.  Retiring from his post on Christopholis, he set out to found his own Military Brotherhood, based on a very specific set of principles. Continue reading