For years in southwestern Vangoth, the land was partially controlled by four opposing crime families headed by men known to the public as the Bandit Lords. Also known as the “Great Four,” these men once worked in conjunction with one another some four generations prior, although circumstance, sabotage, and a hunger for power drove them apart. The families involved are the Raissels, the Andreasens, the Bonecellis, and a circuit of outlaws wrangled by a singular man known as “The Guard.”
As time has wound on and Vangoth has begun to wither away from a mixture of political corruption, war, and invasion, the Bandit Lords have either scattered or fallen: Hadyn Raissel has converted his men into a mercenary company, Roland Bonecelli—the last of his family—was killed by native soldiers after the collapse of his band of thieves, and Alain Andreasen is believed to have been killed by the youngest Raissel with no heirs to speak of. Only The Guard is still in operation, though most of his men are dead and the survivors have been chased into hostile, nearly inhospitable land.
However, the impact left by the groups is apparent. Even now, with no visible threat of their bloody battles or vicious raids, the mere whisper of the name of a bandit lord is enough to cause noticeable distress in a Vangothic villager.