The Firebrand Merchant Guild is large consortium of merchants who control the majority of the trade running from Hawkstone, down the Dragonwater River, to the city of Atria. This powerful collection of merchants employs hundreds of mercenaries and caravan guards to safeguard the caravans that travel under their protection. Those merchants who refuse to pay the Firebrands’ sometimes steep membership and protection fees and go it alone often suffer mishaps, disasters, bandit attacks, or simply disappear altogether.
In the city of Hawkstone, the Firebrands are headquartered at Firebrand Manor, a fortified, mostly self-sufficient mansion at the edge of the city. They also maintain a sizable presence in the villages along the Dragonwater River, such as in Hawksbridge.
The Firebrands typically hire adventuring companies to deal with problems that their mercenaries cannot solve. To deal with the repeated attacks on their merchant caravans near Hawksbridge and the Redstone Hills, the Firebrands have hired the Stoneblades, a local adventuring group.