The Institute of Contemplation – Guild Buildings, Uniform and Guild Leaders
The original Halls of the Mind building was built in St Mundensburg in the Northern quarter of The Bitter Vale. The building contained the largest and most powerful crystal chamber; where psionicists meditate, learn new talents and plumb the deep astral ever created was built. Tragically the city of St Mundensburg was completely destroyed in 2005 by the machinations of a mysterious group called the Conclave who are rumoured to be a group of powerful merchants and high up Guild Members. Despite the psionicists best efforts to defend the city the Conclave had manipulated the power of the Lords of the Oriental Hells into the use of one of their coins.
In 2006 the Halls of the Mind were renamed the Institute of Contemplation and received a massive donation from the CoCP: The Tremik Crystal. The Tremik Crystal is the purest piece of Variscite that has been discovered so far and one that has been used by powerful psionicists for over two hundred years. As such it is incredibly attuned to the Astral and resonates with Diotheric power with an oscillation of .32 degrees. The Crystal was carefully cut in twain; one half placed within the newly built institutes in Haven and Shriekspire. The two buildings are now closely linked, transport and communication between the two of them for example is said to be instantaneous and unbreakable.
The badge of the guild is three horizontal, parallel white lines on deep blue background and is expected to be worn at all times
Christine Rivers is the archetype of what she believes a psionicist of the Institute should be. She has been the Guild Head since the inception of the building in 1832 when it was the Halls of the Mind. She was discovered in 1749 at the age of twelve in the village of Delve in the Western Marches; her mind pouring out the wealth of innate talent that she still possess to this day. It is whispered that she was approached by an unidentified psionicist, perhaps even a cabal of psionicists who prepared her for the path that she walks now. However she gained control over her power she vanished a few weeks before her thirteenth birthday and did not return to the Royal Basin for seven years. On her return the twenty year old made her way directly to the College of Controlling Power and spent two further weeks closeted away with Quinn Shadowreaver.
She emerged with the funding for the first Halls of the Mind and a charter that allowed her to seek out potential psionicists and offer them a place at her Guild. Since then she has set the example to the guild; remaining the epitome of loyalty to the Royal Basin, specifically she has shown a great deal of support for the College of Controlling Power. She is brave, intelligent and wise and always has time for the members of the Institute who are having trouble coming to terms with their powers and their place in society. As to her extreme longevity; many point to her mastery over the physical arts others wonder still where she vanished to for seven years of her youth.
Dazkial Tripps was born in 1722 to parents who themselves were gifted with the Astral somewhere in what is now called the Mordell Wastes. He was a slow developer who did not grasp the true power that was at his disposal but instead revelled in the stories that his parents had told him of their persecution at the hands of the Ministers. He took it upon himself to ensure that the psionic populace did not find themselves in the same situation as his parents and the generations before him. His knowledge and his campaigning bought him to the attention of Guild officials and it was soon discovered that he had a talent that was crying out to be developed. He was soon installed as the Guilds Lore Master and record keeper with his parents passed on knowledge giving him unique insight into the Astral and the past of the psionicists as a people.
In the last few years the guild has grown in size and stature and Rivers has turned to the guild to provide her with a second in command. The ever approachable and enthusiastic Tripps was the most obvious choice and he has bought a new dimension to the running and control of the Institute. Greatly respected there is no doubt that should he choose to be he could raise to equal standing to Christine but he shows no desire for such greatness.