Malifaux is ruled by the conflicting interests of powerful organizations. The Guild was the first to seize power in this world, establishing rigid and fascist laws that guarantee control over their precious Soulstones. Despite these laws, the Arcanists have managed to build a powerful resistance against that oppression and maintain a black market Soulstone smuggling ring. Concerned with the buried secrets of the past, the grim Resurrectionists loot the abandoned districts of the city of its treasures and wield terrible powers garnered from the grave. The agenda the nightmarish Neverborn is unknown, but their presence and influence are obvious in the terror they sow.
In between the plots and schemes of these factions, there are men and women who, for one reason or another, have turned their back on other affiliations to live a more roguish lifestyle. These scoundrels and mercenaries are collectively referred to as Outcasts, as many of them are forced to live out meager existences as petty crooks or hired guns.