|protected circle (n.)|
|Synonyms||Personal Ring, Inner Ring (The Old Blood Brotherhood)|
Protector headmates often have certain people (both insiders and outsiders) that they specifically protect. Harm or danger to these people will trigger the protector into action. These people form the protector's protected circle, with the protector being this group's Patron.
A protector's protected circle often includes large parts of their own system, but it may include outsiders like close friends, family, etc. Different protectors in a system may have the same, overlapping, or distinct protected circles.