Many fantasy stories have a band of heroes who accompany the hero on their adventures. Prominent examples include The Fellowship of the Ring, Robin Hood’s Merry Men, and King Arthur’s Knights of the Round Table. Some of these companions would have certain specializations such as thieves, assassins, hunters, mages, healers, warriors, and so forth. I am thinking of giving the hero in my fantasy project a band of eight companions to join him in his quest to save the kingdom. The characters I have in mind will be an interesting collection of individuals who each have something to offer in the battles to come.