The Companies of the Battleborn are self-governing bands of mercenaries that operate across the known world, serving various purposes and aims. The focus of a given Company varies widely with the group in question, and Companies specialize in everything from body-guarding to dungeon-crawling to construction.
There are over half-a-hundred known Companies, ranging in renown and longevity. As there are no formal prerequisites for forming a new Company except the Battleborns’ own sense of honor and self-respect, some Companies have withstood centuries of upheaval, while many splinter into fragment-Companies at the first signs of internal strife.
There are a dozen widely-known Companies that are generally regarded as the most powerful, either for reasons of longevity , or military or financial success. They are (in descending order of antiquity):