Any heroic adventurer breaks many of the rules and norms associated with the feudal hierarchy. She is often the champion of the common folk, yet granted access to the highest halls of power as an agent of her lord or king. Generations of good-hearted adventurers have helped make the realms a somewhat safer and better place to live, and any ruler knows that the best way to solve a sticky problem often involves finding the right adventurer for the job.
By definition, adventurers are well armed and capable beings who are incredibly dangerous to their enemies… and not always healthy to be around, even for their friends. Lords and merchants tread carefully around adventurers and take steps to defend themselves against a powerful adventurer who suddenly develops a crusading zeal or an appetite for power – typically by retaining skillful and well-paid bodyguards to discourage sudden violence.