The Traditions' Protocols are the laws that govern mage society. They are:
- Respect Those of Greater Knowledge
- A Tutor's Debt Must Be Repaid
- A Mage's Word is His Honor: Break Not a Sworn Vow
- The Will of an Oracle Must Always be Obeyed
- Betray Not Your Cabal or Chantry
- Conspire Not With the Enemies of Ascension
- Protect the Sleepers, They are Ignorant of What They Do
- Be Subtle in your Arts, Lest Sleepers Know You for What You Are
The Traditions' stronghold in Pikesburg is Hedera University. While all the public stories about its founding and history are true, it is also a means for the Traditions to recruit the best and brightest who have the potential to awaken. One of the buildings on campus serves at the Traditions' chantry. While the building has a name commonly known to the students, faculty, and staff of Hedera University, the chantry's true name is known only to the awakened mages of Pikesburg. There are three classes of mages at work in the chantry - students, mentors, and fellows. Students are newly awakened mages learning their art. Mentors are experienced mages who teach those with lesser knowledge. Fellows are the leaders of their Tradition within Pikesburg and sit on the local council governing mage affairs in the city. Only fellows are allowed unrestricted access to the chantry's resources. There are a handful of other positions in the chantry. Sentinels guard the chantry from outside threats. The herald communicates the council's will to the mages of Pikesburg. The deacon is the head of the chantry and leader of the council. In honor of the fact that the Order of Hermes founded Hedera University, the chantry's deacon is always a member of the Order.
Here is the council. Not all Traditions may be represented in Pikesburg. If a particular Tradition does not have a presence in the city, it does not have a seat on the council.
Cult of Ecstasy: Josh, will your character be the Ecstatic fellow, or will you be leaving that to an NPC?
Dreamspeakers: An urban shaman. He grew up in the city's slums, but attended university on a scholarship. He still resides in the slums trying to make life a little better for those in the grip of poverty. He feels the effect of urban decay acutely in both the physical and spiritual realms. He sees them both as a reflection of one another. He hopes that by making relatively small changes in one, it will be magnified in the other.
Euthanatos: Don't have a backstory for her yet, other than she was inspired after reading Sandman. She felt a particular kinship with Death and users her as her role model. She goes by Didi.
Order of Hermes: An extremely conservative, elderly man. Sees most of the other councilors as flighty and not trustworthy with serious matters. Feels like the weight of the city is on his shoulders. He is probably a member of the Hedera family.
Sons of Ether: The leader of an alternative history group in Pikesburg. I will probably be stealing liberally from the steampunk episode of Castle for this one.
Dan, as an orphan mage, your character probably won't be entirely accepted by the local mage society. They'll probably be putting some pressure on him to join an actual Tradition.
Infernal law has not had time to be anything other than direct and to the point:
- Obey the will of your superiors.
- Respect the territory of others.
- Protect the security of the infernal courts.
Infernal court is made up of the local tyrant and the tyrant's five ministers. The Minister of Eagles is responsible for gathering information for the court. The Minister of Aurochs is concerned with the defense of the court. The Minister of Lions enforces the will of the court. The Minister of Dust is the intermediary with human society. The Minister of Dragons is the court appointed opposition.
I only have concepts for the local demons. One is a preacher for a mega-church. Another is a militia man/urban survivalist. The preacher might be a good Minister of Dust, and the militia man might be good as the Minister of Aurochs. I have an idea in my head of the local tyrant being a former gang leader who was killed in a shoot out. It needs a lot more fleshing out though.
Luke and Anna, do you see either of your characters as an active member in the infernal court?
The one thing I have solidly for demon society is that they conduct their business in one of the rotting, abandoned factories. They see the rusted, neglected development and spoiled waterfront as the perfect parallel for what humans have done to what was once Eden in the demons' absence.
Kelcey, your character will probably be the only actual mummy operating in Pikesburg. Depending on what backgrounds you take, the Cult of Isis or the Children of Osiris might have a presence in Pikesburg.
As you can see, there is quite a bit that still needs to be fleshed out. Who are the other mages and demons in Pikesburg? What is the name of the chantry? Is there anything I haven't thought of that you all think would make a good addition to the local supernatural societies?