I'm currently running LMoP for 4 players. One of them has already joined the Lords' Alliance, and I expect another to join the Emerald Enclave in the near future.
I'm planning to run SKT next, and have already started reading the book. The same 5 major factions of the Forgotten Realms - the Harpers, the Order of the Gauntlet, the Emerald Enclave, the Lords' Alliance, and the Zhentarim - are mentioned quite often, and usually in a way that if one is a member of the faction they can get free lodgings/special items/a special quest.
I wonder, though... How would NPC members of these factions know that party members are, in fact, part of their faction?
- Would they be wearing a symbol on their clothes (such as a pin)?
- Would they have to explicitly state to the NPC that they are a part of this faction?
- Or would the NPCs simply be already informed about the new member and his/her appearance?
Any other possibilities?