The globe spanning commercial entity known as the Tyrrius Consortium is one of the most powerful groups on the planet. Getting its start over 100 years ago in far off Ratepkhem, as little more than a small merchant’s guild, the Consortium grew through shrewd business practices and a willingness to do whatever is necessary to accomplish their goals. Today they have interests in most major cities on almost every continent, and the Tyrrius Consortium is wealthier than all but the largest empires and kingdoms. There is no limit to what they will sell or trade in, nor who they will trade with. They are loyal to no government, having members from many countries and nationalities. This also allows them to take neutral positions in any disagreements and appeal to all sides. The Consortium’s emblem is that of a three interlocking circles, one of gold, one of silver and one of copper.
Membership in the Consortium can be broken down into two groups: merchants and mercenaries. Merchants are the brains behind most Tyrrius operations, deciding where profits can be maximized and how the goals of the organization should be implemented. They are drawn from the tradesmen classes of many lands, although all seem most eager to promote the Consortium’s profits before all other considerations.
Second are the mercenaries, who provide protection for the Consortium’s operations and provide guidance on military matters. The Consortium employs an army of mercenaries larger than some nation’s own military. The rest of the people working for the Tyrrius Consortium are unaware of whom they serve, only knowing that they are paid well for their work.
(note: obviously, Tyrrius is really just a re-skinned Aspis from the Pathfinder campaign setting. In fact, much of the above description is lifted and re-written from the Pathfinder Campaign world book.)