The Brigands Guild was founded in the early eighth century. They are a secretive guild, although they are rumoured to make their home in the northern forests of Avalon. Brigands learn the same skills as their brothers in the Rangers Guild, though they have chosen a more self-centred role. They do not defend any particular city, but instead travel the land enforcing their laws. Brigands have been called churlish and sadistic by their enemies, and stories about their unruly, unlawful actions are widespread. It is told that often they kidnap folk from the cities, set them free again in the woods, and then hunt them to death beneath the dark forest eaves. Brigands recognise no traditional authorities - they are termed rebels by many, and ne'er-do-wells by others. Brigands often act as hired mercenaries or assassins, though their price is high. They maintain tenuous links with the Guild of Thieves.