So I've read through the Underworld section, and I'm not sure if my concept is going to mesh. I wanted to be a powerful, ruthless crime lord at the head of a large thieves' guild/gang, but it looks like the Brotherhood of Silence is already canonically in that spot, and while they're happy to just sit back and collect tribute from the smaller gangs in the city, I doubt they'd be cool with a group looking to outright unseat them as the dominant crime force in Oppara. And if I'm not the head of a large and powerful gang/guild, it'll be a lot harder for me to get the high personal character level I'm hoping to get. Any suggestions?
First off, I have to admit that I like EFA's idea of requiring the use of a discovery (or maybe a feat, with point blank shot as a pre-req). Requiring a hit against the full AC makes sense as well.
The part I put in bold is, I think, inaccurate. Currently my character is the head of a mage order that is between 100-150 people (can't remember the exact number). His cohort is the leader of a small merc company. Currently, he is level 12, which is tied for the highest. There's a chance he'll go one level higher, as I am still occasionally working on things (though nothing lately). Part of his high level was not how much power he had, but the route he took to get there (starting off as a common guard). A part was through submitting ideas to plots for him, like coming up with NPCs, some of which are not as loyal or even outright antagonistic to him. The biggest part, though, probably had nothing to do with his write-up, but just for the other organizations (City Guard, House Tarton, and House Stromford) that I built. There is still more to do, and I would recommend helping with that.
As for background stories to help get there, maybe your char used to be a high-ranking member in the Brotherhood, but a rift following the loss of control removed him from power and he now has a small thieves' guild of his own. Additionally, maybe your char is still in the Brotherhood. After all, someone has to lead it. They are a major Thieves' Guild, and while that does mean power and influence out the wazoo, it also means that fucking everyone wants you taken down.