# How do NPCs from the 5 major Forgotten Realms factions know one of the party members is a member of their faction?

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?

• This question doesn't really seem specific to SKT or LMOP, as currently phrased. If you want to ask about something specific to those adventures, you should ask those things directly - though if it's substantially different from what you're asking here, you should do so as a separate question. In addition, if you want to mention potential spoilers but don't want to accidentally spoil it for others, you can spoiler-tag a section of text by starting a new line with >!  followed by the text you want to hide (e.g. >! this is a spoiler, if it were on its own line in a question or answer). – V2Blast Apr 27 '20 at 1:33
• Also, I assume you're specifically asking about the existing/canon factions in D&D 5e lore in general (especially the 5 major factions in FR? Or are you asking about a specific faction? – V2Blast Apr 27 '20 at 1:35
• @V2Blast To me the question is specific to LMOP and SKT, because in LMOP these titles are given to the players without much explanation of how and what. Then in SKT (which has the option to play it as a continuation of LMOP) these titles are quite heavily used. Thus, I think the question is relevant to those adventures. However, 1) the answers to this question will probably also be relevant to other people playing other aventures, 2) It is likely the answers will not be found in the books of LMOP or SKT, and will need to be found elsewhere. – Opifex Apr 27 '20 at 15:10
• @V2Blast I'm asking about the 5 main factions in FR, because these are the ones mentioned in SKT and LMOP. However, if no answer to these factions is available, I'd also be willing to accept an answer that applies to some other faction in D&D lore. – Opifex Apr 27 '20 at 15:13