I'm a newbie story teller and could really use some advice for an upcoming, four player campaign. The characters I have to work with are...
Sseleman, a Fiend and Black Claw Stylist, he uses Cecelyne's wish granting charms to spearhead his cult (a cult which consists mostly of his personal harem and eunuch bodyguards). When he was a mortal he tried to shelter a Solar only to have his whole village destroyed when a Wyld Hunt attacked, he blames the death of his friends and family upon the Solar and now has the power to seek revenge. While he subconsciously wants to replace the people he's lost and has an overinflated need to be loved/appreciated his stated motivation is to rid the world of oppression.
Firebrand, a Phoenix Totem Lunar, Bandit King and Righteous Devil Stylist. He grew up in a tribe that had been forced to steal out of sheer necessity so he doesn't really see anything wrong with theft. Despite Exalting he chose to stay with the tribe out of a sense of duty and shaped them up into an intimidating and expanding empire of bandits. His motivation is to become the greatest thief in all Creation, largely so that he can bring honour, pride and glory to his people. Firebrand and Ossio formed an alliance as part of their backstories.
Ossio, an Air Aspect and rogue Dynast. Ossio is a Sky Pirate who's main strengths are money, manpower, weapons and connections. A member of House Tepet he grew up disillusioned by the low expectations that were being heaped on him. Eventually he fled and tried to completely remake his life, his lead him to join a pirate crew where his eventual Exaltation elevated him far above the rest of the crew and soon enough secured his place as Captain. Having gained an outsider's perspective of the Empire he sees it as corrupt and unjust, his motivation is to change the Scarlet Empire so that the power is in the people's hands (though how much of this is just trying to prove himself is uncertain).
And finally an as of yet unnamed Scourge. He comes from a clan of powerful assassins who are encouraged to kill each other to become head of the clan. The rationale is partly social darwinism but it also forces each member of the clan to become intimately familiar with assassination techniques and how they're prevented. Not only that but if you're raised to see even your own family as things to be killed for your own profit then you'd have no qualms about doing the same to strangers. His motivation is to usurp his father as the head of his clan, even if it means systematically killing his siblings.
As you can see there's a lot of plot hooks here and consistent themes of power, weakness, oppression, authority and rebellion. I have lots of ideas for stories that I can get from all of this, I've even got a starting adventure/location in mind. But there's one simple yet necessary thing that's got me stumped. How do I get them to all meet up and agree to work together for the length of a campaign?
How do you usually get a circle together in Exalted and what would you recommend for these guys in particular?