Burning Hearts Social Club
The Burning Hearts Social Club is a non-partisan, male-exclusive club whose members seek out adventures, unique tales, fortune, and romance in distant cubes.
Functioning as an adventuring guild, the Burning Hearts Social Club informally ranks its members based on travel experience, with the eldest and most respected members being both expert explorers and expert storytellers. Membership can be purchased at the cost of at least one share in the club's pub franchise, but advancement requires either real adventuring experience or the ability to tell a plausible and exciting tall tale. The club has no centralized leadership, however, with individual Burning Hearts Pub managers serving as the local heads of the organization. For most day-to-day issues of club policy, a direct democratic vote among shareholders (i.e. all members) at the pub of the region most affected is sufficient, though almost all members will respectfully consider the advice of the elder members.
The Burning Hearts Social Club advertises itself as providing the means and motivation for men to go out into the world and discover its splendor for themselves. For those without the proper traits for military, scientific, or trade excursions, the Burning Hearts Social Club serves as another potential route to fame and a sense of purpose in the confusion of modern times.
The capitals of all major nations within the Manifold each feature at least one Burning Hearts Pub, a franchised pub chain owned collectively by the club members. These pubs serve as social networking hubs for members of the club, allowing members to gather information and connect with potential employers, travel companions, and purveyors of useful goods and services in the surrounding community.
Patrons to the Burning Hearts Pubs are known to climb the large banquet table at each franchise's center to tell stories of their adventures long into the early morning hours; particularly exciting tales are recorded by the club's scribes, becoming pieces of shared cultural legend that the club members can rally around in tough times.
For wine, women, and the wilds!
Many members of the Navigator's Guild are also members of the Burning Hearts Social Club, with the navigation profession serving as an easy source of stories. The services of the Guild are, furthermore, indispensable to the Burnhearts, as the whole purpose of the club is to encourage their members to travel to exotic locales.
Not only do the Burning Hearts Social Club and the Hive City Royals share a flair for the dramatic, but both organizations get as much pleasure from public attention as they do from actual payouts for their work. Burnhearts and Royals have worked together on numerous occasions.
The two organizations would be closer if not for the fact that the captain of the Royals is a woman, meaning that she cannot attend pub gatherings with the rest of the crew. While Cpt. Satin is displeased with this state of affairs, she also acknowledges the need for her male subordinates to carouse with like-minded men from time to time as a way to keep up morale; shared membership also serves as excellent native advertising for her crew's services.
While the Sorority of Solace and the Burning Hearts Social Club both share an itinerant lifestyle, penchant for danger, and a desire to leave the Manifold a better place as a legacy for themselves, the Sorority often views the Burning Hearts as a group of chauvinistic, thrill-seeking cowboys, while the Burning Hearts often consider the Sorority's dedication to mercy to be overly soft, overly moralistic, and more concerned with immediate positive feelings than deeds which will help the Manifold on a grander scale. Despite these major differences, more than a few members of each organization have encountered one another on adventures and wound up retiring into romantic relationships with one another.
Most Burnhearts are lovers first and fighter second, meaning that they dislike the Avarix Corps from a moral point of view. Nevertheless, encounters with Avarix in distant cubes make for great stories to tell back at the pubs, meaning that a final defeat for the Avarix would not be in the best interests of the club as a whole.
More than a few members of the Burning Hearts Social Club themselves harbor a secret affiliation with the Avarix Corps as a means of picking out green adventurers as potential marks. These marks will invariably be allowed to live so that they can return to the pub and spread the fearsome reputation of the Corps through their wild tales.