Most people in Minkai do not know what to make of the Mercenary Mendicants. Exploding onto the landscape in the aftermath of the Jade Empress' ascension to the throne, these "homeless heroes for hire" wander the countryside, doing good deeds in exchange for "donations" in what can only be described as semi-organized blackmail.
However, it would do the organization a great disservice to classify them as thugs or mere extortionists. Over the past two hundred years, it could be argued that they have done legitimately good deeds on behalf of Minkai and its inhabitants. The fact that they often descend upon an area, stripping it clean of valuables like a horde of ravenous locusts cannot be ignored, but it can be mitigated by the overall stabilizing presence they have upon the country's borders, especially in locations far from organized constabulary.