Morrigun College – Orders
The Five Orders of Morrigun College
Morrigun College is the largest of the five main colleges that support the College of Controlling power and it deals specifically with the main cut and thrust of Source power. Initially it was set up to deal with the growing presence of Daemons and their ilk among the Basanic community with a particularly single minded attitude. As the years past the teachings of Kurt Nagerson were furthered by others and splinter factions grew, each eventually petitioning the CoCP for an individual birth within the College. Not all were agreed but now there are five clear divisions that have sprung from the original order; initiates that join Morrigun are encouraged to spend their time learning of each of the orders before making a choice as to which path should guide them.
Individually each of the Orders have a role to play and a function to fulfil that are clearly outlined in their definitions to member candidates of the College. However as a collective the College are called upon to fill specific roles in Basanic society, it is vital to understand that in most of those situations the College expects us to lead or play a superior advisory role. Our records, our organisation and our knowledge is second to none among the more politically orientated groups. We, as a group, are not directly motivated by wealth or by physical needs; instead we are motivated by the control of power for the benefit of the Royal Basin. The Churches are unruly, the Shields and the Brothers along with their affiliated guilds are little more than soldiers. The Tao is untrustworthy and the Contemplationists are, at best, children. We are the only Institution capable of leading and advising.
The Order of Kyranry
The order of Kyranry is one of the two founding orders of the College and has stood throughout the centuries as the benchmark of Sourcerous Magics.
Control without Corruption
Leader of the Order of Kyranry – Makeros Kross
Born 1782. Kross is the oldest of four siblings all of whom joined the orders and all of whom are now dead. Kross trained as an artificer originally within the ranks of the house of Kyranry but made a name for himself developing new spells and techniques within the academy. It was not until 1822 that he made his first field appearance during the battle of Kaltrep Ipal, in the Shadowlands, distinguishing himself with his heroics but also suffering devastating wounds that left him crippled. Spending the next eight years in convalescence he developed artefact replacements for his damaged body and returned to the field with vigour. From then until now he has been heavily involved in first hand action and been wounded time and time again. Now he is more automaton than man but retains his keen insight, wisdom and power. He was chosen to lead the Order of Kyranry in 1922 and the College as a whole in 1957.
When Fae’A’Ryn college was established by Kurt Nagerson as the first real place of teaching and learning it was quickly realised by Kyranry that the powers of the enemy were not the way forward. It is believed that his teachings were drawn directly from information that he gathered upon daring the Nexus itself but much of those were lost in the Age of Ignorance. During its existence the Order of Kyranry has made it it’s business to act as the liaison between the CoCP and Morrigun College as well as the plane walker Colleges. This has given rise to a prominent political position with both the black and gold tables and a directive from both to operate as teachers and protectors of Sourcery throughout the other Guilds and Churches. Their composure and lack of corruption has led to them making up the bulk of active Sourcerers that operate through the Basanic armies and Guildic communities leading to the levels of respect felt and professionalism shown to and by them.
It is the duty of Kyranite (Kai Ra Knight) to protect the ethos and validity of Sourcery. It is easy for the outsider to see that the heart of our power, as a College, can be found in our power to combat Daemon Kind and by doing so draw in their corruption. A Kyranite follows the ethical teachings of Kyranry that draw us to understand the pure thaumaturgy of Sourcery; the art behind the form. Sourcery is more than a weapon against Daemons it is a tool that can further enhance our understanding of the world in which we live and to benefit the lives of all around us. Research, development, teaching and understanding are the benchmarks of experience that lead to the control of the magical environment around us. Equally it is our foremost duty to serve the College of Controlling Power and the Crown and to promote the superiority of Sourcerous power over that of the Clergy, Tao and Psionic groups all of whom have demonstrated minimal control over their realm.
Areas of Power
Full Mastery of the Sourcerous Arts
Political Interest and Power
Mastery of Flux
Major Centres of Power
The Order of Kyranry were originally located in the City of Gamtha, which many people have come to call the magical capital of the Royal Basin. Here the secrets of the Order were kept, filed and dispersed to all other Colleges; during its highest period it was the centre of Sourcerers learning and sat on one of the most powerful Ley Lines in the Basin. Many believe this is why Daemon Kind attacked and sacked the City causing the Order to move North to Norfell. Here they remain to this day, satisfied that they removed all knowledge that the enemy could use and continue their activities, growing in strength daily.
The Order of Ithyarn
The Order of Ithyarn were the third of the splinters that came away from the great trunk of the College when it was struck at. The warrior caster, the defenders, the guardians.
The power within is strengthened by the form it dwells in
Leader of the Order of Ithyarn – Anthony Bane
Born 1975. Anthony Bane has seen more combat than most members of the Battered Shield in his lifetime. He began his training at the age of four under his Father, the legendary William Bane, and was a master of both Sourcery and the martial arts by the time he was twelve. In 1989 at the age of fourteen he single-handedly killed the Daemon Lord Artep Bliss, drawing his power into the blade that he carried, and sealed the portal that threatened the safety of the township of Delve. At such an age the power of the Lord almost overwhelmed him and the warping of that encounter can be seen in his face to this day. Many artefacts of power are weaved into his body to fold back the power of the daemons that he controls as he carries on his work from the frontline to this day.
Ithyarn was the first of the Sourcerers to make the choice that the power that the Sourcerers were gaining through their studies could be bolstered through the martial arts. Although many saw this as an impurity of the way, his brother supported him: Ithyarn was indeed a powerful Sourcerer but he and a few others had trained with masters of the blade so that, when the daemons had came, they were ready, experimenting with their own combat methods. He was the first to learn to channel raw power in combat; storing the chaos within him and being able to unleash it with but a single thought, almost innately. As others learnt so he and his orders mastery over such talents grew until they clearly overshadowed the others to such an extent that they accidentally locked themselves into a defining role. The Order have taken up the position of defender in the same way that the Churches have their Holy warriors; their history is one of training in the arts of combat but each member of the order is assigned to one of the other parts of the College and follows them in all things, protecting and guarding.
Our role is one of enforcement of the guild’s safety in a day to day to basis, supporting other Sourcerers and training with the unique techniques of combat and battle that the College offers. Outside of the College the Order is dedicated, much as the other orders are, to the eradication of the Daemonfoe and the enhancement of the College itself. Whilst not as fanatical as the order of Fae’A’Ryn the order is more practical and better trained. They are soldiers as much as Sourcerers, often joining the soldiery of the Royal Basin or entering the Shadowlands to bring low the enemies of Basinkind. With that in mind we all have the choice to ally ourselves to one of the orders of the College, sharing their goals and beliefs and dedicating the arts of protection that we have learnt to them. Our lives before theirs.
Areas of Power
Political Interest and Power
Channelling of power through weapons
Innate skills of Magic
Association freely with all Orders
Physical Prowess and abilities
Greater Physical Prowess
Major Centres of Power
This order established their training facilities in the Golden Lands, the seat of power for so long of Dieron the Blessed and the Swords of Tiberius. It was, in the earliest days, that the Ithyarn and the Tiberiusite Holy Warriors learnt the techniques that allowed the marriage of direct magical and physical martial techniques that is seen across the land today. The Ithyarn Fortress is a nestled collection of towers surrounded by magically enhanced walls with the only entrance to the site being the Warriors Gate. Here thousands of hopefuls enter to train with skills that have been passed down for millennia, however only a handful of these thousands exit the gate in the attire of Ithyarn.
The Order of Thurid Quek
The Order of Thurid Quek were the fifth and final order to be given licence and many say the last. They are loremasters and keepers of the sacred knowledge’s of the College.
The words of the past to unlock the future
Leader of the Order of Thurid Quek – Harbind Stone
Born 1980. Harbind is an odd addition to the rulership of the College; She was appointed due to her outstanding knowledge and ability to manipulate the realms of magic. However she is young, happy go lucky, beautiful and, rumour has it, often engaged in amorous relationships with younger members of the College. Her hedonistic ways and lifestyle often threaten her position but her skills are invaluable and she knows it, often flaunts her position and activities in front of Archmages and the like. She is a firm favourite amongst students and certain individuals but still represents the interests of the College at all levels. Outside of the College she maintains the levels and standards of decorum that have been demanded by its leaders since the dawn of time. Her ability to change her demeanour swiftly is a frightening thing to behold.
There came a time in the history of the College that we came to realise that the ages of Corruption and Ignorance had caused a great deal of damage to the very heart and integrity of the organisation as a whole. Great swathes of information and knowledge had been stripped away from the institution; some locked away for fear that the information would damage those that came to know it, some simply lost in battles with Daemon Kind and others whilst some we had simply lost the ability to understand. Thurid Quek, the founder of our order, was tasked with the duty to collate, uncover and return knowledge and information to the Masters of the CoCP. This duty we have upheld, accompanying the Ithyarn and the Fae’A’Ryn on various pogroms into the Shadowed Lands and the hearts of cults in Daer Akmir; here we have recovered knowledge at great personal loss and brought it back to our libraries. from there we have spent our time unravelling the secrets that will guide all the Orders around us to the greatest purpose for which we were created.
Is it right to abandon the pursuit of magical development for the knowledge that once we had? This question is frequently asked of us by our peers in the other orders. They do not realise that their power, their diversity and their continuing fathoming of new and wondrous gifts comes from our devotion to the past. It is difficult choice; to seek the knowledge that we have lost rather than to gain in the powers that we already but to be Thurid Quek is to be a servant of the College but at the same time a master of the development of those around you. We are old, if not in flesh but at least at heart, we who seek the past but if the Kyranite is the heart and the Fae’A’Ryn the breath, the Nov the soul and the Ithyarn the Blade then we are the mind of the College and in truth we dictate all of its actions, all of its futures and the direction that its power will flow.
Areas of Power
Mastery over current Lore
Mastery over Lore beyond the realm of the Colleges
Greater Knowledge of Elemental Realms through study
Influence through knowledge
Skill in artifice and creation
Increased Access to Lore
Abilities in Downtime
Major Centres of Power
Quek Tower is located in the centre of Haven and comprises several wings of the collected libraries of the Colleges. It’s Southern Wing joins directly to the College of Controlling Power buildings shielding the Archmages from sight as they scurry back and forth to check with the Sourcerers of this order and the Tomes of Wisdom that they guard. A more public section of the Tower is open to Guildsfolk wishing to gather information of a basic level to assist them in the field and has proven a popular destination for fellows of the University and followers of Bethylak. Their interest is most likely fuelled by the presence of some of the forbidden archives that rest somewhere in pocket dimensions, protected by words of power, in the vaults of the Thurid Quek.
The Order of Fae’A’Ryn
The powers of the College began in a state of Council and from that Council sprung two Colleges, the first of which was the Order of Fae’A’Ryn; the Daemonfoe.
The line unbroken
Leader of the Order of Fe’A’Ryn – The Magister
Born, unknown. None see The Magister save his two aides who pass his word from the depths of the Tower of Fae’A’Ryn to the Archmages that effectively represent him on the council. Even his aides are shrouded figures whose voices are sibilant whispers and presences chill the bones of those who encounter them. Many believe that The Magister is an ancient Sourcerer who is more Daemon than man who spends his time in chains upon a great throne communing with the comet itself. Others believe that it is Kurt Nagerson himself who dwells below, thousands of years after he vanished. Others still believe both to be true. The truth remains shrouded in mystery but the words that echo forth are edged with power and direction; few would question them.
The forbidden archive contains the ancient knowledge of the beginnings of our order but it is shrouded by the protections of our oldest magics and the depths of the Nagerson Tower itself. The crucible of war against Sarkith that created us led to a young but powerful weapon that burned bright and hot and one that we took into battle against the like of Pydathay and Orbolom; great Daemon Generals. Here we tempered that weapon and took from our enemies the strength that they possessed and made it our own. The sacrifices that the great Kurt Nagerson gave for us and the knowledge that he returned with from the city of Staves has meant that we can take that corruption into ourselves and use it for our own end to battle the Daemon Foe. Time and again our history is littered with the crusades that we have taken into the Shadowed Lands and the armies that a handful of us have smashed. Equally we have fought on the home front, weeding out the corrupted Sourcerers, the Daemon Worshipers and burning the villages that they hide in to the ground.
The duties of the Fae’A’Ryn is clear: To hunt down Daemons and their followers, to destroy all that they have touched and leave no remnant of their passing. To sieve through the blood lines of all beings and eradicate those that have the taint upon them and to seek the power base of the Daemonic overlords and destroy it. To seek the Souls of our enemies as they flee the world and to imprison them within the Foci that we are taught to make and to claim that power for our own. To accept the gifts that the rituals of transfer give us and to control them as a weapon that will destroy our enemies and to accept that the corruption they bring will eventually make you one of their own. To accept that when this day comes, when the purification rituals no longer work, you will have completed your duty and served Nagerson to the last of your strength and to accept the destructive power of your brothers that your soul may empower them.
Areas of Power
Destruction of Daemons
Longevity of life
Power through mastery of corruption
Interrogation without conscience
Maintenance of the Purity of others
Powerful Boons from Corruption
Major Centres of Power
When Maryat fell the great tower built by Nagerson was moved, as if by some force of will and now inhabits the Melanic Grove in the centre of the new capitol, Haven. The Tower is ancient in its design and is said to have been constructed from stone quarried from sites sacred to the Skagriagaard long before the coming of the comet. It is isolated from the rest of the College buildings and surrounded by protective markers that were built when the city was created. Few can approach the Nagerson Tower without feeling the touch of Daemon Fear in their hearts.
The Order of Nov
The Order of Nov were the Fourth Order to form; our histories state that it was our duty to try to draw links and parallels between the magics that were birthed by the Source.
To unlock the Void
Leader of the Order of Nov – Panlink Irn
Born 1322. Panlink is a mysterious figure, very little is known of this rune mistress. She developed many of the techniques that are used in the guild today, as a Basanic Eaölf she has been part of the College for almost 800 years, and has proved her abilities time and again. She spends much of her time locked away within heavily warded chambers and is known to have manifested several daemonic aspects that have made her heavily paranoid. She has dropped fieldwork all together and no longer attempts to expand her powerbase through the harvesting of Daemonic essence.
In the earliest part of the histories of our College we remember steering away from the teachings of Nagerson and Kyranry in our efforts to understand the Source. Our research and delving theorise that the route and source of our power gave birth to the alliances of the Gods and presumably to the awakening of the world of Kethlan and to the power of the Psionicists. It was also overshadowed by the then heretical approaches of Mantacism and Ionic powers which the Sourcerers of the time tried to unravel. From out magic sprang all other base realms and it was Sourcerers that procured the research to allow the form of the magic to change. The order of Nov continued these obscure studies and performed the mastery of ritual. Our history shows us that we are responsible for the earliest experiments in the exchange of the powers of the Base Realms that led to the current guild of the joining and that we have become integral to the eventual expansion of the CoCP.
It is our duty to learn and understand the majority of other base realm powers and to eventually master them. We travel the land, often with other groups searching out the old ways and the old mysteries. We understand that the Source is the Source of power but we do not know what caused the split and the change into other forms. If we can understand this key sequence we can understand the power of the Nexus itself and our mastery over the manipulation over the core of the magic will be complete. The knowledge and the lore that will one day unlock the power of the comet itself lies within the remit of the Order of NoV and one day through perseverance we will uncover those truths. Until that day we follow the code of the guild; after that day perhaps the Code will change.
Areas of Power
Cross Realm Casting
Mastery of Runes
Manipulation of one realm through skill in another
Investigation and Understanding
Understanding and use of various forms of corruption
Major Centres of Power
The Tower of Nov is located in Shriekspire and was part of the original construction of the site when it was cleared for erection. The Order rely heavily on specific materials that are common in the Bitter Vale to construct the amulets that they prize for use in the holding of runes. Despite its unassuming appearance the College’s power is tangible and viewers that patiently view the area around it can, if they are lucky, observe fluctuations of the power that flows here which should not be normally visible to the naked eye. This may be, rumour many, that the original building of this edifice took into its use Arcana Stone gifted to them by the College of Controlling Power.