There are a number of large and small groups active throughout Nehwon that are extracurricular to the governing bodies themselves. The large groups are few and far between, but formidable in reach and power. There are a far greater number of smaller groups scattered throughout the cities, and many more spring up each day.
- The Silent Service: More than just your typical thieves’ guild, the Silent Service is a ubiquitous and multifaceted web of public and secret organizations. Public companies train and sell the best bodyguards in the world, while training assassins and pickpockets in the off hours. While violence has always been good business trading knowledge is their forte, with an emphasis on the timely and hard to get. Every piece of information is for sale, from the day’s catches down at the dock to trade secrets and industrial espionage. They can tell you what a High Merchant will have for breakfast tomorrow morning if you’re willing to part with enough coin. Within the Service there are several different factions, all working separately, but in harmony. The governments and businesses officially denounce the service, though they all secretly know they would crumble without it. The public accepts them as a fact of life, to be dealt with or avoided as one sees fit, but no one ever challenges them lightly.
- The Merchants’ Guild: Made up of the wealthiest 1% or so of the merchants in each of the 9 cities. They are the guiding forces behind anything even remotely resembling a government. They decide who is allowed to do what, and there is no law passed that they have not personally approved, and any public figure or celebrity that has crossed them is yet to live more than a few days. They are rarely if ever accessible except through extensive and expensive channels, or if the party you’re throwing is good enough.
- The Wizards’ Council The smallest and most reclusive of the organizations, this group consists of a prize few elite members, about which very little is known. Rumor states they move about from city to city as they please, truly above the law of the land. Most of the public knowledge regarding their membership and actions is made up of legend. It is believed that the only people to have complete information regarding them are The Head Council of the Silent Service, but the public knows almost nothing and most do not believe they exist.