Pawns act as servants of The Architect, who recruits them by uttering a single phrase that hollows out their minds, making them completely vulnerable to mind control. The Pawns are chosen as three unrelated beings selected from a random Architect Verse, seconds before its untimely destruction. The three newest Pawns are then transported instantaneously to a newly created Architect Verse for them to inhabit, where they will become responsible for establishing order and prosperity. This event is known by other Pawns as the "Reaper's Harvest". Once a Pawn is chosen, they become frozen in time, making them immortal. The very essence of the Pawn is stored in The Void, a realm located outside of existence, making Pawns unbound to any specific timeline.
Pawns act rather sophisticated and complex, often going through mood swings and beats of unpredictability.
In The North Woods Project, the Pawns of Kryesor were freed from the Architect's control by the Glitch, who revealed the true colors of their actions. This inspired them to form a rebellion against the Architect and the few remaining Pawns still under his control, which will be waged for all eternity due to the non-linear timeline of Doom.
The Pawns appearance is described in most stories as looking slouched over in a depressing, awkward posture. They often wear some form of insignia to mark their status as a Pawn, as well as their faction. Many Pawns don the clothing of their time period; some wear the armor of a knight, while others wear futuristic body armor only found in future battlefields. Different factions also wear silver masks with different symbols drawn on them in ink during or close to the Reaper's Harvest, dirt in times of poverty or unfortunate occurrences in an Architect Verse, or very rarely in times of attack, blood.
The Pawns have many different abilities, such as enhanced strength and reflexes. They often carry weapons from their respective time periods. These weapons have been blessed by The Architect himself, often giving each of them a unique, enchanted ability. Pawns are widely known for their supernatural ability to speed up time at will, a power that only effects the surrounding matter and energy of the pawn, and is only able to last a few seconds.
Most Pawns have a shard of broken glass covering a small part of their hand. When touched, this piece of glass will extrude a toxic poisonous gas, and the person in question will be found deceased, with several glass shards piercing their heart the next day. This is used as a natural defense mechanism for the Pawns, as their genus and biological structure are changed immensely when selected. Another defense tactic used beyond the Pawns' control is their silver mask. When taken off by any living thing besides a Pawn, the person in question will observe every single alternate version of themselves from each Architect Verse they exist in, along with any other sentient beings viewing the Pawn's face after the mask's removal. This drives them to insanity and eventual suicide.
The Pawns are known for holding many factions, all serving a specific purpose. Many of these factions are, however, unknown at this time.
The Crusade is known as one of the first founded Pawn factions. Many Pawns from this order have achieved the highest form of power from The Architect. They are often seen as a specialized task force, and generally carry out the dirty work of the Architect. The most common trait that makes these Pawns stand out from any other is the fact that they are able to take the shape of any person at any time, or completely become invisible to the naked eye (thermal and infra-red vision is known to reveal "cloaked" Crusaders, however).
Crusaders are usually seen wearing some form of dark, hooded attire. They often carry any quick, effective killing weapon, such as scythes, sniper rifles, daggers and any silenced, ranged weapon.
These pawns are rare, an off shoot of The Crusade, dealing with time and those who mingle with it. They are known to whisper a phrase or word in the Voyager's tongue, usually driving them insane, or converting the victim into a member of the Inquisition. It's thought that they view 'surface time', and the only way to avoid them is to travel in 'deep time', something that is dangerous as the traveler may get stuck in a time loop.
The Brotherhood of Exiles
A splinter cell division of The Crusade, "The Brotherhood" are a select few Pawns who were completely freed from The Architect's control during the Pawn Uprising on Kryesor, caused by The Glitch. This faction follows no higher authority, leading them to be almost chaotic in nature, maintaining little to no order or organization. They are often seen in random places throughout the realm of Architect-Verse / Kryesor, acting as mercenaries, murderers, thugs and sometimes even seen working for the Fears or other powerful entities.
One thing that makes these Pawns unique from other factions is their ability to remove their masks from their faces without harming themselves or others around them. This makes it easy for them to blend in with society.
This faction of Pawns, although scattered across time, are believed by The Architect to be the smartest minds to have ever lived. Once every hundred years, a member of The Spoken (referred to as a "Speaker") is chosen by The Architect himself. Speakers are believed to be members of society who hold a large importance in history, technological advancement, and cultural uprising. Speakers are often chosen to "uplift society" during times of distress. They are the greatest minds of their generation, serving as symbolic torchlights for the human species.
The Enlightened (Influenced "Puppet Faction")
Capper, first appearing in The North Woods Project, has stated over Twitter that he was, at a time, a Pawn himself. Later, Capper reveals himself as Alex (or possibly an iteration of Alex). It is unknown how this works, but it is speculated that Capper may be some version of Alex who has come from a future timeline, or a completely different timeline.
Tyler was the location scout for Alex and Robert during their project in the series, The North Woods Project. He was later seen being tortured by a masked figure (presumably Capper) for unknown reasons. Later, his dead body was found, laying in the exact spot where he was tortured. A Pawn's mask was placed over his face, covered in blood. After a run in with the Archangel, who appeared as if he sensed something off in the room, then left, sparing Alex, Tyler's body was missing, nowhere to be found. It was later revealed that Tyler was brought back by unknown means, serving under The Brotherhood of Exiles. He is believed to be responsible for The Bombing of Paragord, in which his life was ended once and for all.