"The rules say the scenario is an intitiation scenario for a Hero Band... isn't this putting the cart before the horse, so to speak, in that one would first become initiated and then join the band in the normal course of events?"
If you take a look at the adventure "the hound tower" as it was published in the Retail Demonstration Kit (on the issaries site), you will find the description of two hero bands, a sartarite one and a lunar one. We choose to ask the autors to make the description of such a band (or to use one wich was already published) for two reasons : The first one was to give to the adventures a format wich was like the "official" one. The other reason is to give to the players some references.
Just another point : Initiation : what we call "initiation" is not the passage from childhood to adulthood, it's a first adventure for new players. Although the two "concepts" could take place in the same place, it's not necessary.
I hope I've been clear.
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