Defias renegades (often called thugs or brigands) are those individuals who left society to join the Defias Brotherhood.
There are two ways someone is typically introduced to the Defias Brotherhood. Some are traveling through central Azeroth and suddenly find themselves surrounded by cloaked figures demanding their valuables in exchange for passage. Others, despite their skills and talents, get caught in desperate situations — and find a member of the Brotherhood stepping forward to assist them, then vanishing back into the night.
Both groups tell their stories and hear what others say about the Brotherhood. They hear of how the Brotherhood was cast out of Stormwind and how it rebels against the authority that once ruled its members. They hear of how the Brotherhood's members hone their technological acumen and teach one another the secret art of the ambush.
A character who wishes to join the Defias Brotherhood must mark herself with a cog tattoo on the back of their right hand. A very few choose to mark themselves with a cog tattoo and set off into the wilderness. Out of desperation, dedication, or determination they decide to join the quest of the Brotherhood to change the world one unwary traveler at a time. Turning their backs on society, they join the Defias Brotherhood and become renegades.
A Defias renegade is wellversed in the staging and execution of ambushes, and rarely falls into one herself. Defias renegades are skilled at finding or detecting non-magical traps. The Defias Brotherhood instructs its members not only in the construction of devices, but also in ways to impede the operation of a functioning device.
- Jac Northshire