Group of powerful mages called Magisters who enforce the regulation of magic on Corwyn. The Veiled Society is currently based out of the island fortress of Erôn-Khorlöth and their current leader is Ilario Nasilar. The Society sends a Magister to every royal court in the West to serve as a counselor in the area of the arcane arts. The Society has an iron grip on control of magic on Corwyn, using their secret spell of Triumveration. The Society enforces its authority by use of Triads, three-person groups of powerful mages who respond to threats against the Society. There are several ranks of the Society; the lowest level Magisters are called Apprentices, then Adepts, then Monitors, then Masters. The most powerful enemy of the Veiled Society is the evil and secretive magical cult known as the Arcanum. All aspiring young magical apprentices must either join the Society and live by its rules or become independent. To do otherwise is quite dangerous, for the Society has little tolerance for disobedience. Such mages are called ‘Anarchists’ by the Veiled Society. These free spirits are not persecuted, but are heavily discriminated against, in that they cannot be employed by a royal or noble household, nor practice in civilized areas, such as cities or towns.
This secretive and aloof order of mages and sorcerers regulate and control magic in western Corwyn, and has done so since the creation of the order more than 3,000 years ago. The Society was created to ensure that never again would a powerful mage, such as Alokkair or Sorimmar create worldwide havoc and destruction by misusing his powers. The Society is made up of high level powerful mages who dedicate themselves to ensuring that the use of the arcane arts does not topple the delicate balance of power in the West. The Society also controls a monopoly on the authorized use of magic, and all western royal governments have passed edicts that it is unlawful to practice magic unless one is a member of the Society. The Society is neutral, but can be quite deadly in dealing with intruders, and those who act against their interests.
The emblem of the Veiled Society is a red pentagram on a black field, outlined in deep blue. In the center of the pentagram is a red eye, and at the end of each point are symbols of: fire, water, wind, earth, and a hand. The Society has four basic ranks: the lowest of the order are the Magisters called Apprentices, then the junior Magisters called Adepts, next highest are the senior Magisters called Monitors, fourth are the highest level Magisters called Masters. Only Masters are allowed to sit on the ruling council of the Society called the Circle, and only senior monitors can be assigned as court mages called Liaisons, or serve as leader of a Triad. To further this goal, the Society employs the following methods:
Very high level Magisters are assigned as the court mage and advisor to every royal court throughout the western kingdoms. These advisors protect the monarch and his family, provides magical advice and services, and presides over other lesser Society members throughout the kingdom in the affairs of magic regulation and recruitment.
The Society has used their most cherished secret, the Triumveration and Immunity Spells, to enchant and protect all important royal and noble structures in the realms, as well as the fortifications and walls of major cities, castles, bridges, catacombs, and keeps. These spells also magnify the power of offensive spells, making the Triads very powerful.
The Society limits access to high level spells and the creation of magically enchanted weapons and devices to ensure their rarity and those items do not fall into the wrong hands.
The Society employs high level rogues to spy on independent mages and learn of unauthorized use of the arcane arts. These spies report to the Monitors. The spies also monitor the Society’s arch-enemy; the evil magical sect known as the Arcanum.
Senior Masters can be selected to sit on the Circle; the ruling body of the Veiled Society. There are only nine members, chosen from the most powerful mages on Corwyn. Other Masters devote their time to magical research, the training of Society Apprentices, or the creation of arcane items.
Senior Monitors, who will act as a royal advisor and protector, are chosen for their loyalty, intellect, and skill. These twenty-four powerful wizards and their assistants serve on the various royal courts of the following realms, Freeholds, and City-states: Alveron, Ammarind, Cyrendar, Derianor, Elyria, Eldara, Erindar, Gwynne, Marundi, Orel, Rennsfar, Serathyr, Shoredale, Khorlanis, and Sarkosa. A typical Liaison Triad would consist of one senior Monitor, one junior Monitor, and one Adept, who would serve as the apprentice to the senior Monitor. There are Liaison Triads, usually led by a Master or senior Monitor, for every Kingdom, Freehold, City-State, Duchy, County, and Barony in Western Corwyn. Below the royal courts, the use of Triads is limited, and usually only one Society member is assigned to any given ruler. As a general rule, the smaller or less important a territory is, the less senior the Liaison that is assigned to its leader by the Society. For example, the senior Liaison for the Kingdom of Alveron is an 18th level wizard, whereas the Liaison for a small Barony might only be a 4th level wizard.
The Society also enforces magical order and will use deadly force to stop unauthorized mages and so-called ‘Anarchists’ who use magic to subdue, torture, or terrorize others. When the Society decides to intervene, a strike team or Triad, will be assembled, based upon the level of force necessary. To ensure their own safety, even when vastly outnumbered, all society members have the following spells:
Defensive Spells: Anti-Magic field (6th), Protection from arrows (2nd), Stoneskin(4th), Teleport (7th)
Offensive Spells: Forcecage (7th), Chain Lightning, Monster Summoning, Cone of Cold, Fireball, Flame Arrow, Lightning bolt, Magic Missile.
The Circle is the secretive and powerful ruling council of the Veiled Society. The Circle is said to have nine members and their identities are a closely guarded secret. The Circle names the Liaisons, or magical advisors to each of the western kingdoms the Society serves. The Circle also dictates policy on the regulation and limitations on use of the magical and arcane arts. Triumveration is the most powerful arcane spell possessed by the Veiled Society and its most guarded secret. The powers of these spells allow the Society members to control magic and impose their will like no others. The spell also protects the castles and fortresses of the realms the Society serves. The process simply magnifies the arcane powers of three wizards using the spell and magnifies their power for its most potent effect. Because of this spell, no enemy has ever been able to withstand a high-level Society Triad. Triads are powerful strike teams of three mages employed by the Veiled Society to enforce their will and combat the enemies of the Society or their allies. The Triad’s power derives from the secrets of the Triumveration spells they employ which magnify the force of the spell caster by a factor of three. These teams of wizards have been used to successfully combat the Arcanum, the Cult of Kultherë, the Zûl, Ice Wraiths, and even Grymethar from the underworld. Recruitment of mages and sorcerers occurs in the following manner: First all realms and freeholds of the West have laws that young persons showing any magical abilities must be reported to local authorities, such as the nearest Society Wizard. Second, the Society employs rogues and other agents to be on the lookout for mages and sorcerers not of the order. Third, it is a crime for any mage to take an apprentice without prior notification and approval of the Society. Nevertheless, independent mages do exist. Upon reaching 3rd or 4th level all PCs of wizard or sorcerer class will be approached by an agent of the Society and offered membership. If they refuse, then they will be permanently restricted from using magic in cities and towns, and from obtaining magical scrolls and other devices. The penalty for disobedience is severe. If caught, the Anarchist wizard or sorcerer will be taken by force by a Society Triad, and put under a spell that prevents him from casting spells permanently. (6th level Greater Geas Spell)