The AFEC is the colonial and scientific branch of the Atlantic Federation Navy
When the Hexanjager Order was formed and brought the evil magic users low, they were loved by the people, but, just like many a group of vigilantes, they went too far and now their rule is just another form of oppression.
The Doomseekers are a faction within the House of the Forsaken that have as their goal the creation of a biological Doomsday weapon
For too long, the realm of magic has been controlled by the jealous hands of just a few. That time is no more, and though they may resist, the great blossoming of magic cannot be stopped.
The offspring of Political Action Committees and Lobby groups
The trade and commerce commission of the Solar system
The ICA is a United Nations like organization that nominally oversees the colonial assets of humanity in the Solar System
This Temple rests at the highest point of the island of Gond so that the Seers might observe the rising and setting of the sun, moon, and stars.
The original mechanical humanoid manufacturer, long since purchased by Omni-Consumer Products.
The IronCorps is a multinational security company frequently employed by celebrities, corporate BODs, and other high profile non-government VIPs.
Orders within the Guild of Adventurers-Upon-Return (GoAuR)
The industrial colony of Tetropolis was founded as a cybernetic research and production center, designing and producing robots and autons for the Atlantic Federation Lunar State. ElectraCorp was to be the controlling corporation. Things didn't go as planned.
Also known as the SHT Division, it is a very small counter-intelligence and special forces task force attached to Nippon's premiere military contractor, To'a Heavy Industries.
A traveling group of misfit performers that hire our brave adventures for protection.
A group of "knights" who fight werewolves, but struggle with the curse themselves.
The House of the Forsaken replaced the failed Order of Ixion with the cyborg commandos of the Gendarme Maschina
A low end private security force, the Order of Ixium operated as the enforcers and henchmen of the House of the Forsaken
Here is the governing hierarchy of a standard western style modern military. This is mostly just an amalgamation of the military rankings used primarily within the US and UK armed forces with some inventions of my own. (For example, I gave the OF-10 to OF-7 Air Force ranks the title of "Marshal" just to make them more distinct from their Naval and Army counterparts.) If you're wondering how I came up with this list, I used this link as a frame of reference: http://legacy.koveras.org/ranks/ranks.html
Fugitives forever. Followed by the doom.
Also known as the Fortress of Beauty, Praesidium Qetesh is the seat of the Glamourian Council, and
The PCs are making their way from village to village across a rural hinterland, when they spot a weird sign along a farmstead's fence, with an arrow pointing to the actual farmstead.
"CRAZY DANCING HOES!!"
If they investigate, a rather sedate local farmer, explains to them that for a mere two coppers, they can witness the show for themselves.
The show involves six ordinary, animated hoes "dancing" on a makeshift stage, as the farmer accompanies them by slapping his thighs to keep the beat, and playing on his flute.
If asked how the trick is accomplished the farmer demurs, not wanting to share his "secret".
"If you can get Old Man Purkiss to tell you how he gets his cows to spout poetry, I'll tell you how I make my hoes dance."
In reality, this minor encounter can lead to the PCs discovering that some localized, magical effect is active in the area. All kinds weird phenomena seem to occur in these parts.
Perhaps the PCs have finally found the ley-line of mana energy that they have been searching for! The party's wizard gets excited.