"A secretive branch to the Miners and Steamﬁtters Union, the Arcanists believe that humans should be given free rein to embrace magic and revel in its power. To outsiders of the organization, they are seen as anarchists and criminals, but to those who share their vision, the Arcanists are an ambitious collection of everyday working men and spellcasters that are capable of truly wondrous feats."
"Nestled to the east of Malifaux City is the Bayou, an expansive swamp with open marshes, ﬂooded wetlands, and acres of pig farms. Beneath the branches is a cobbled-together Gremlin society that mimics the important elements of humanity, like brewing alcohol, shooting guns, and generally being a lethal nuisance to society. The Bayou is a chaotic place, and the denizens will do whatever it takes to keep it that way."
"Originally established as a means to reinvigorate the long-dulled sense of adventure of its founder, the Explorer's Society has since expanded to focus on unfurling the mysteries of Malifaux and beyond. These aristocrats, dark tourists, and pioneers venture into the unknown corners of this world to seek knowledge, discover new locations, and hunt big game. While their motivations are unclear, their recent push to amass rare artifacts is not."
"The creatures that humanity has dubbed the Neverborn are the native inhabitants of Malifaux. Some are the twisted descendants of the world’s original occupants, while others are nightmarish ghouls created through bizarre spells or magically-enhanced evolution. Many Neverborn believe that humanity is a scourge that must be cleansed, but those rare few believe that they have an important role in this world’s greater schemes. Only time will tell."
"These hardy men and women are those who seek out an existence free of law and oversight of the Guild and their ilk. The Outcasts often make their way as scoundrels or mercenaries, selling their services to the highest bidder. Often rubbing elbows with those in power, these guns-for-hire take on the dirty tasks others would avoid… or seek their own paths to power."
"A loose cabal of necromancers, grave robbers, and cold-hearted killers, the Resurrectionists have a mutual animosity for the Guild and any that would deny them their morbid curiosities. Drawing upon the unnatural power of the Grave Spirit, these necromancers invoke dark miracles that shake the very balance of life and death and populate the abandoned districts of Malifaux City with shambling undead."
"Dabbling in assassinations, blackmail, racketeering, burglary, gambling, kidnapping, smuggling, drug trafﬁcking, and anything else deemed illegal, the Ten Thunders is a crime syndicate primarily based in Malifaux City’s Little Kingdom. Sworn to secrecy and expected to willingly give their lives for the organization, members are exceedingly devoted to their cause, which is to ultimately gain control of Malifaux in its entirety."
"The Guild of Mercantilers is often seen as an omnipresent, ever-vigilant force that protects citizens against criminals and the monsters that roam Malifaux. What few people realize is that this strength is a carefully maintained illusion. Protection of the people is a secondary motivation at best; their interests lie only in Soulstones, and each shipment sent back to Earth helps solidify their stranglehold over the world’s most powerful nations."