D&D 3.0: Tales from Mystara
Biaoshi Hui Escort Master Council
Biaoshi Hui Escort Master Council
Biaoshi Hui: Escort Master Council
Escort guilds are firms that provide caravan guards to the merchants of Ochalea. They are very common, and highly organized, in the most regions. The main exceptions are Bohan, where most trade is conducted by sea, and the presence of large garrisons makes travel safe even inland, and the Celestial Territories, where there is very little trade, and none on the scale that would allow the formation of such organizations.
Escort guilds aggressively police their field, making it impossible for independent guards to operate within their provinces. The Biaoshi council, an organization of the most important masters, controls the allocation of trade routes and the authorization of new guilds. The council meets in Chungkiang Li, once at the beginning of spring and once in mid-autumn.
Each guild has a single base of operation, but maintains outposts at regular intervals on their major routes.
The rest of this section describes the most powerful guilds, those controlled by the members of the Biaoshi Hui.
Fortune and Benevolence Escort Guild
Based in Cao, Fortune and Benevolence covers the route between Wongzhao Tsushao and Chungkiang Li, making it one of the richest guilds. Fortune and Benevolence biaoshi work with both land and river-based caravans. This is the second most powerful escort guild in Ochalea.
Bright Future Caravan Service
Bright Future shares a lesser, but still very important, part of the the major Cao-Kiang trade route. It mostly escorts land caravans. This firm is based in Wongzhao Tsushao.
Upper Cao Escort Guild
This guild has a monopoly over the lesser trade routes in Cao. Its members protect transports from the mining villages to the provincial capitol. It is a less profitable businness than the main route to Kiang, but the Upper Cao still manages to be the third strongest guild of the province, and the sixth overall. This outstanding performance is explained by the highly skilled personnel employed by the Upper Cao master, which allow the guild to function with much smaller teams than most competitors.
Golden Sun Trade Guild
Based in Wutang Dongha, the Golden Sun controls only a single trade route, from its hometown to Beitung, yet the fact that most gold trade occurs on this route makes it the third richest guild in Ochalea. A very conservative guild, the Golden Sun is known to routinely oppose any request for the establishment of new guilds, as well as any modification to the traditional route allocation. Its operatives are only moderately skilled, however. The Golden Sun prides itself on its traditionally good relations with the monks of the Mystic Way of the Eight Immortals. Golden Sun biaoshi are always available to escort the high ranking monks and priests.
Jade Hawk Escort Guild
(Shun/Daisun) This aggressive guild is based in Shun, but has expanded to Daisun, and is now bent on taking control of the small traffic that goes on in Chi as well, using its master’s position in the Biaoshi council to obtain better and better route assignments every year, and hamper the work of the smaller competitors. Jade Hawk escorts are more likely than most to solve any encounter with combat.
Green Lupin Trade Services
The major Lupin-owned Biaoshi firm, Green Lupin mostly escorts silk traders from Yuen to Beitung, as well as sharing control of the major route between Ta’ang and Sung with minor firms. This firm has been controlled by a family of Ochalean Houndlings since its foundation, and it is known for its skill in dealing with the local authorities. The Green Lupin is based in Wongzhao Tsu Yi.
Harmonious Temperance Escort Guild
The most powerful guild in Ochalea, Harmonious Temperance has the advantage of a central position, controlling the routes between Kiang, Chung, and Yuen. Harmonious Temperance biaoshi are known for their mild character and their ability to negotiate out of any trouble without recurring to combat. This guild is based in Chungkiang Li.
The ’ escorts ’ of the guilds are usually mercenaries (Fighter:3/Ranger:3) that now their way around Ochalea roads and the wilderness near the cities. The cost of hiring them is 1.8gps (3sp per level) per day each and 0.20gps per day to feed them. They can be hired in any number from 1 to 30. Depending on the size of the city and available resources at the moment.
Spellcasting and other Services
Some of the Escort Master Council groups will not hire Gaijin, other will.
The Escort Master Council will not give away trade secrets. They have knowledge about how to travel safetly around the Celestial Territories avoiding creatures and fighting them. They are paid for doing that. they are not telling.