Each of the following organizations have direct ties to the community of Steel Horse Crossing, and those in the financial know will have opportunities to act for, and with, each of these groups. Choose carefully how each of these companies are supported and tended to, as each will have a direct impact on the prosperity of Steel Horse Crossing and everyone within the area.
The Elder Council
Perhaps one of the most easily recognizable organizations by name alone, the Elder Council has been the foundation of Steel Horse Crossing from the beginning. The three main clans, or families, that make up the Elder Council include The RPM, The Hamilton-Taren Clan, and the Ridge Tribes. The RPM, as the first settlers, control waterway access and are responsible for overall town protection from outside forces. The Hamilton-Taren Clan focuses on commerce and general upkeep of the Steel Horse community, ensuring goods and services are available. The Ridge Tribes scout, hunt and scrounge to maintain food stores and trade goods. All three work in concert to ensure the prosperity of Steel Horse Crossing.
The Helldiver’s Association
One of the older institutions in the overall region, the Helldiver’s Association is best known for their society membership that jump into adverse conditions to ensure safe living for those near the hellscape that randomly appears over the summers in different locations. They also serve a very different purpose as an institution however, as they are also the premiere company to hire when one needs information about local areas, dig sites, mining, ancient artifacts, and other relics from days past. Their knowledge of the general world is unparalleled. The Helldiver’s Society is a small group of dedicated people that help others and are often supported by The Helldiver’s Association via resources and information.
Bloom Industries has been a staple in the scientific community for some time and has a long history of achievements in research and development of local and foreign flora. In short, if you want to know anything about plants top to bottom, Bloom Industries has already done some extensive research in the area. They formerly worked for the Ironworks almost exclusively in the local area but were otherwise fully funded and self-directed. With the Ironworks fallen, they have chosen to stay rooted in the local area and continue their outreach across the Wastes in order to learn more about the wonders of natural (and perhaps unnatural) plant life.
The Labour Union
Formerly headed by the Ironworks Brewing Collective, the Labour Union has consistently been a source of community work and development in the production sectors. With the Ironworks pushed back, the IBC has stepped down as de facto leadership and cemented their relationship with other production sources. The Rooftop Farmers association, the Mining Guild, the Livestock Ranching Federation, and several other groups that are familiar faces in the area have all agreed to a loose partnership for the betterment of the overall production of the region.
The Great Lake Trading Company
Born out of a combination of former Ironworks naval sailors, lake trading across the waters, and the very legal (and likely some illegal) privateering sanctioned on the waters, The Great Lake Trading Company was formed to take advantage of a void of productivity following the fall of the Ironworks. The GLTC provides a great number of services including open trade, protection, escort, and salvage operations. Some even rumor that they have kept up the tradition of privateering under the black flag, though the ties between the rumors and the institution never seem to have a solid enough foundation for a true accusation.
Sterling Controls & Mechanics
Science and Technology was never in short supply in this region, and Sterling was at the heart of many of the developments coming from the Ironworks for many decades.They have a dual purpose according to their mission statement: to develop new and advancing technology, and to manufacture that technology in an efficient, cost-effect fashion.While their morals have been called into question here and there, they have maintained that they work independently for the highest bidder, according to their mission statement, and do not take part in the debate on whether science and technology must follow a moral code.Instead, they view their purpose as a purer concept, and allow those that consume their work to debate the moral quandaries that may come from it.