People living normal lives in suburban settlements were hit the hardest when the spread of Essence blighted the world. Without law enforcement or any other protectors, people had to survive on their own. Those who could, scavenged for resources in the abandoned settlements whilst trying to avoid the Essence creatures. But people in the wastelands had much worse to fear than the beasts. Raiders began hunting the scavengers for their possessions as resources became the key to survival. After slave trading in Company of Fist took off, these raider gangs have provided most of the slaves throughout Tharmor.
Never staying in any one location for too long, raiders have become experts in survival and hunting.