An Organization For Religions Profile, Prepared for Record by Hand of the Scrivener for the Crimson Bastion, Calligraphus Idain
- Affiliation -
- Founder -
Drevenites, a fraternity of Old Religion heretics seeking to revive Matisanctism.
- Appx. Founding Date -
circa T.I. 310
- Numbers -
The Order of the Seekers, also known as the Quaesitors or the Wanderers, is an esoteric order of sacrilegious brethren and sworn enemies of the Sophist Sun that focus on strict asceticism and small numbers. Their mission is to send bands of martially trained saints to seek out the presence of the now absent Seers while purging the land of what they consider to be wickedness, including anything related to the Imperiom. Founded by the ex-Ecclesia leader and Seer loyalist Sophist Dreven, rarely are they encountered in public settings, and if so, are often passing through on errand. They are often seen as heroes in many of the boroughs, characters that often show up in times of demise at the hands of Silvestris or Navarri raiding parties, to use their hergeat, their knowledge of combat, and lore of the wilderness to defend the hopeless settlers. Most of its membership consists of heretics that often have protested publicly their distaste and traitorous intentions before seemingly vanishing, showing up later garbed in Seeker clothing and participating in the search for the Tyranny.
The Seekers themselves have been reported to existed before the founding of the Imperiom during the reign of the Old Religion as members of The Keepers of the Eye, but no sources from Imperiom knowledge can confirm this, so it is seen uncitable
"Believe in the words of those who are seeking the Eye. Doubt in those who will to find it not."
Words of Father Dreven, T.I. 120
Entrance into the Order of the Seekers is deemed illegal by Imperiom custom. Anyone who submits to this cause cannot be claimed any longer as citizenry of the Sophist Sun and as a result is immediately declared as an outlaw and enemy to the cause of the Crimson Bastion. It is truly unknown to any person that is not a devout Matisanct or has not considered membership how to become a member. It is reported that members can be born or raised as a foundling in the Order, or recruited by Seekers who aim to develop apprenticeships with strong youth. After making a solemn Declaration of Oath through a special ceremony, a trainee or apprentice trains all their life until they feel they can survive the travels and travails of a life in the wilderness.
Seekers train indeterminable amounts of time for their treks, studying ancient methods of concealment, wilderness survival, combat, and interrogatory skills. From entry, Seekers are taught to always observe and utilize their surroundings. As quoted from many leaders that admired the order, many state that their "bodies were splendid and flexible. Nimble, skillful, enduring, and resistant, they would surpass even the greatest of Carmot military training, and when sought for answers by curious trainers, they would confess that they had no other tutor in gymnastics but their lives in nature."
During their training, Seekers live in strict seclusion to society, developing hermit-like lifestyles that teach them the importance of self-dependance and the need to be courageous, both within and without. One of the more prominent Seekers operated a training program based on the simple ideal of "be strong to be useful", based on studies of the Sarkara desert communities of indigenous natives and their physical development. The Seekers operated on a methodical, progressive and continuous action of physical training from childhood if born in the Order, or whenever entry was desired. To the Grandmasters of this Order, this assured all members an integrated physical development; an increase of organic resistances and an emphasis on training aptitudes across all forms of natural exercise, to include climbing, balance, lifting and swimming. For the life-long travel, it helped develop the Seeker's energy and all other facets of physical strength to the point that all assets, both physical and virile, were mastered, and that one dominant moral idea would stand above all else, the concept of absolute altruism, for both the gods and their worshipers.