Dragon's Dogma has friendly NPC characters called pawns and I know you don't believe me because you are cynical. That's why I have screens, which prove it. So you can shut up now.
These pawns will be responsible for making up your party, so you'll need to get used to them. You can add up to three of them once you've recruited a following, and they can accompany you in the game's open world to assist in monster slaying.
Now you know what pawns are.