Majenko & the Jacks of All Spades
To the true follower of the Wayfarer, the opposite of slavery and cruelty is not simply freedom and kindness, but full hospitality.
The origin of the Wayfarer faith is lost, though most believe it involved the worship of some long forgotten desert Janni known as Wayfarer. What is know is that this being, or possibly beings, asked for regular tribute in the form of food, water, the construction of simple shelters, and the pilgrimage to holy sites. At some point in the long past, these beings suddenly vanished, leaving only the message found at each shrine: “Walk far, take little, give freely.” Their gods vanished, some say at the same moment the cataclysm that created the Hadranac desert occurred, and the followers of the Wayfarer turned their regular rituals to helping one another, and all those who traveled through their now desolate land.
In such a place as the desert, to refuse a man refreshment is to let him die, and to threaten the openhandedness nomadic peoples must depend on to survive. The rituals and practices of the Wayfarer developed into two distinct, though connected, schools of practice: The clerics, who give all they can, and the Monks, who take as little as they must. The Clerics man way stations along various major trade routes, providing food and healing to any who need it. The monks develop their martial skills and abstain from material needs, often becoming guards for travelers passing through dangerous territory, or accompanying caravans.