Shadows of Evil
Sometimes called “Deaders” or “Those in-between”, the Shroud is compromised of those who see undead as the next phase of life. Newer members are responsible for keeping the ranks of lesser undead around, less the become one of those. Out of these faithful, only a few raise in the ranks and begin the deadening process while still alive. Starvation, skin modification, bone grafts, and undead grafts are all a part of the lifestyle. Learning to handle undead, prayers, and swelling of the ranks are part of the stage three. Stage for is the change, a ceremony is held that removes the life force, and creates an evolutionary phylactery that enhances power as the petitioner gains power.
They do team up with various organizations for profits and knowledge. The Shroud offers fighter zombies and skeletons to battle with the Kareri, as part of the training that they endure. The dead can be brought back over and over as needed. They team up with the Laureate to discover new magics, or information. Some Brave souls belong to both the Laureate and the Shroud. These people usual fund adventures themselves, and more often than not, people they have hired on end up joining the ranks of the shroud.
Anyone who makes it to the deformity stage of the guild gets an automatic +1 Natural AC due to repeated and continuous scarring and deadening of the nerves. Once the look of the undead is achieved, they can select an undead/bone graft for free.