Company Size: Small
Contract Specialization: Guarding and protection
Current Defensive or Resource Gathering Duty: Gate guard, personnel guard, guards of the Hammer Gate
Outlying Village: Withersfield
Requirements for Joining: Blades, Axes and Bludgeons, Polearm, or Whips: 26, Shield: Any: 26, must be sober, must have some amount of reverence for Ilaren
History of the Company: The Sober was founded by Hitch in 682 by Hitch with a focus on protection fighting. While other companies of mercenaries may have honorable beginnings among brothers in arms who fend off bands of raiders, The Sober's origin story is not as electric.
The Sober was founded by Hitch who, after leaving Rharne, sought to earn coin the only way he knew how; as a bodyguard. Eventually, the respect for Hitch's name grew expansive enough for others so that when Hitch eventually began looking for members for a newly budding mercenary group, numbers readily volunteered. Eventually, enough came in that Hitch began making The Sober fairly exclusive, as well as enforcing stricter rules, regulations, and regimens within the company, almost exclusively based off of his personal preferences, as well as remnants of Rharnian culture. As an example, due to the alcohol-induced death of his brother, Hitch imposed a strict ban on all alcohol and substances within the ranks of The Sober. As well as this, all members of The Sober, while not having to necessarily declare exclusivity within their worship, must hold some amount of reverence for Ilaren, although those marked by Ilaren cannot join the company for fairly self explanatory reasons. As well as this, The Sober are willing to take up contracts that put them at odds with Rharne, however would never willingly inflict considerable damage to the infrastructure due to their respect for Ilaren. Although, since The Sober are a majority shield-based company, there is a fair amount of worship towards Ethelynda.
The Sober are unassuming, quiet, stoic, and contained individuals who, although they don't take an official vow of silence, are by and large very strong but silent type individuals, likely just based on the fact that Hitch shows a preference to that type of person. As a result, many of The Sober dress in heavy armor, all of which branded with the insignia of two horizontal lines with a slanted stripe crossing them. Most of them carry either kite or tower shields as well as bladed one-handed weapons, with the guards positioned at the Hammer Gate sporting large tower shields and warhammers.
The Sober also hold ties with a village located in Fool's Run called Withersfield which, through a particular form of irrigation, produces a solid stream of agriculture, which The Sober take to sell in Yaralon to continue funding their company. In return, The Sober provide protection for Withersfield, as well as periodically training the people of Withersfield to defend themselves in the case of an emergency.
The Sober, although not large enough to have taken part in any large conflicts, have repelled impressive forces from those they have been contracted to defend. Their numbers boast the defeat of EE soldiers, Thunder Knights, Scalvori assassins, even Avriel bands. Though The SOber are small, they're focused, they're secure, they're effective, and, most importantly, they turn a profit.