Magical Societies

While any Awakened being can Initiate on their own, it’s far more common for someone to join a Magical Society. There are a couple reasons for this, notwithstanding that metahumans are social creatures by nature. There is protection and power in numbers; Magical Societies can exert more influence than a single Awakened; and there is more access to magical materials through a group.

Three groups are currently known to the world at large, showing up more in media and gaining a little public awareness within the last five or ten years.

Scions of the Temple – Conspiratorial

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Locations

The Scions of the Temple have only one known location, which is located in Glasgow, Scotland. They operate out of the Glasgow Cathedral, possibly one of the oldest locations of Christian heritage (and hermitage) in the British Isles. This location is run more like a corporation than a magical order, however, and almost all direct media communications come from the Glaswegian location.

Because of this, it is assumed that the Scions of the Temple have their primary magical structure somewhere else in Europe or the Middle East. Considering their focus on the knowledge of Solomon and their beliefs in the old supposed sorcerer’s power, it could very well be that the Scions of the Temple are based out of Israel or Palestine. Only members of the society are able to verify this, and their vows prevent them from mentioning this – if they would at all.

The Vandal Society – Initiatory

Possibly the largest magical society in recent memory, the Vandal Society is equal parts initiatory magical order and political group. The Vandal Society was founded in the chaotic Flux State of Berlin, originally formed into an Awakened militia to ward off enemies of the Friedrichstadt District. After Friedrichstadt’s primary movers and shakers built alliances with the nearby districts of Kreuzberg and Kochstrasse, the V-S began to spread into other parts of Berlin. The anarchic and raucous parties of the Vandal Society attracted mages from across Europe, even drawing some Awakened from North America.vandal-society.png

While the headquarters of the Vandal Society is still in Berlin, they now have chapterhouses, libraries, and shamanic lodges throughout the world. The society is still centered in Europe primarily, but a recently reported collection of graffiti has placed the Society in Japan and the newly founded Kingdom of Hawaii.

Beliefs and Structure

The Vandal Society is very strict about their beliefs. They will allow anyone to join who meets their criteria, which indicates that anyone coming into the Society must realize that order is impossible and that the universe will return to chaos eventually (through the laws of entropy applied to the multiverse and magic). As a disparate group of anarchists, they still retain a fairly strong collection of political beliefs. Primarily, the Vandal Society encourages its members to work at destabilizing corrupt governments and protecting the environment. However, they have groups built toward just about any cause one can think of, from women’s rights worldwide to non-human metatype rights in Japan and China. While the Vandal Society does require loyalty to the Society itself, it is more a situation of “my brother/sister and I against the world.” The Vandal Society does not have a primary governing body to ensure that all members are following any sort of laws (and it would be ridiculous for the Society to create a system of laws for their members to follow). The only real law that exists in the Society is to protect it from outsiders by not telling outsiders or Mundanes about the internal structure of the Society.

Despite its large numbers, the V-S is perhaps one of the poorest funded of the Magical Orders on this list. Since the Society works based on autonomous cells with relatively few centralized libraries or lodges, most members are suggested to provide for themselves. In some of the more Society-friendly places (see below), members can count on being able to find a Library or Lodge and get discounts on Talismongering and Enchanting equipment when dealing with their fellows; however, most cells have a difficult time providing for their own needs without forfeiting their ideals and will not usually be in a position to help out another cell in any material or financial way. Helping out another cell using copious amounts of powerbolt spells and fireballs, however…

Notoriety

The Vandal Society is known for being both fairly brutish and taking in just about everyone. However, due to the Society’s structure, there is a great deal of misrepresentation throughout the world. The Vandal Society is organized into cells of individual Awakened magi. One of the more recent scandals involving the Vandal Society occurred in Switzerland when, operating alongside members of the Humanis Policlub, a cell of the Society traveled into the Troll Kingdom of the Black Forest intent on killing several high-ranked members of their government. The Vandal Society disavowed this group and put a contract out on the cell’s members’ heads – according to rumor, anyway. Beyond that, they’re linked to a series of crimes against various states, with a lot of focus recently placed on UCAS’ political troubles in the wake of the death of Dunkelzahn.

Rumors

According to rumors…

  • …The Vandal Society is in a little over their heads. Their first cell in Berlin got involved with a group of shadowrunners that unleashed an artificial intelligence into the Matrix. All of this is conjecture and hearsay, but some of the deckers that frequent Shadowland based in Berlin have noted that the Matrix feels a lot stranger there lately.
  • …The V-S actually has a leader and just pays lip service to the ideals it foists onto its members. There’s no anarchist agenda; it’s just a way to get undesirables to kneel to someone who’s building their own Awakened army.
  • …On the flip-side, the Vandal Society is the F-State’s primary sword against outsiders. Though the Society has cells all throughout the world, the Flux State has started to look toward expanding beyond the Berlin Wall to encompass more of the Allied German States. It plans to use the Vandal Society for this purpose.

Locations

The Vandal Society’s central location is in Friedrichstadt District, part of the neo-anarchist Flux State (or F-State) of Berlin. As they operate in a series of cells, it’s assumed that they have members worldwide. Notably, their membership seems to center around Europe and North America, and there’s even a group in Tir na nOg despite the elven nation’s general distrust of outside political influences. The largest group of Society cells outside of Berlin is in London, with three cells supposedly operating around the city (and according to rumor, influencing the House of Commons).

The only known Society stronghold in Asia is in Kyoto. Beyond that, Hong Kong has seen some of the Society’s vandalism, but the city’s reliance on crime syndicates to get things done and the conflicting elements of Chinese bureaucracy and old British imperialism has made it difficult for the V-S to create much of a mark in Hong Kong. There are two cells operating out of the Kingdom of Hawaii, in the town of Kahului on the island of Maui. The Hawaiian cells do their best to help out anyone incoming who is sympathetic to their cause – they believe that the monarchy is already starting down a path that could be construed as tyrannical and would like to attempt to introduce the neo-anarchist philosophies of the F-State. In total, the Vandal Society has about 60-65 members worldwide.

The Patronage – Dedicated

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