- "Now, being that I have a Hochland long rifle aimed at your head, you have a very simple choice to make. You can tell your story to me, or you can tell it to Old Man Morr"
- —Lars Hammett, Bounty Hunter.
Bounty Hunters live by tracking down wanted criminals, bandits, and fugitives and bringing them to justice.
The lone Bounty Hunter can go places that ungainly military units cannot, which makes such men a useful adjunct to the watch and militia.[1a] Local rulers, guilds, courts, and councils pay the bounties.[1a][3a] They may find Bounty Hunters distasteful, but they are an effective counter to brigands, Goblin bands, and the like.[1a]
Most bounty hunters are private workers, collecting bounties from various individuals and organisations. Some find work as Thief-takers, capturing stolen goods rather than fugitives. As they build a reputation, a bounty hunter may find permanent work with a single guild or cult, or join a company of bounty hunters to collect on a reward that it would be impossible to take individually.[3a]
Bounty Hunters are professional killers who place little value on sanctity of life.[1a] Although most bounties require their quarry 'Dead or Alive,' bounty hunters generally find it easier to bring them in 'Dead.'[3a] They are utterly ruthless, using their formidable skills to track and eliminate their quarries. The poor view them with fear, since more than one peasant has been murdered and passed off as the real culprit. The authorities view them as a necessary evil, but never a welcome one.[1a]