An Empty Throne
All members of the Order take a vow to uphold the Code, also known as the Three Fold Oath. This is a detailed oath that sets the obligations of Cabalists towards each other and the world at large. Although there are several fine points, there are two critical aspects to the Oath:
1). The cabalist swears to accept the Judgment of the Tribunal and the Council of Stars – over all other authorities.
By establishing the authority of a Tribunal session, the Oath unites all members into a Society. All Cabalists are thus answerable to other members in their region.
2). Members are prohibited from revealing the existence or legitimizing the resources of the Circle of Three Knots.
The determination of the Council of Stars at the end of the War of Power was to engineer the elimination of any sort of apparent organization of spell Users. Disappearing into myth and rumor much like the Oracles of Divine agents; the most powerful Arcane practitioners would conceal themselves in secret and shadow until mortal man was again capable of accepting enlightenment.
Of all the prohibitions of the Code this one is the most dire. The Circle is resigned to existing in the shadows ensuring that mortal man does not meet ‘The End of Days’ without magical protectors to defend itself against supernatural aggressors. During the First Ascension, the Circle used The Art openly to save and protect Men from the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. This path was fraught with failure, at least, partially due to the mortal snares of each cabalist. But to a greater degree, a lack of decisive leadership was to blame – causing the War of Power and the direct repercussions felt during the Days of Rage. Due to the public nature of Circle Activities many associates and supporters died or suffered for their allegiances. Eventually faith in the Circles’ reputation has been sufficiently damaged to make working in the light impossible. Adepts in the Art have been hunted, Masters are persecuted still, and knowledge is continuously at risk of being lost.
The result is that the Circle must continually conceal itself, Individuals are limited in resources used to impact any course of action, lest the circle’s greater activities are exposed to public consideration. And there are several powerful factions in Arkos to be especially wary of: The Church is a powerful social institution, care must be taken to not to endure the wrath of the Inquisition. The Fae are corrupting, chaotic, elemental tricksters, whose allegiances are constantly in question Fae Royalty even more so. Sane cabalists should avoid bargaining with them despite their compulsion to not speak an untrue word. Or, at least, avoid getting caught in between their internal games of domain and ‘seasonal’ power. Lastly, it is often necessary to refrain from creating affiliation with mundane powers. This guideline is the one most often bent, as its is quite hard to live – without relying on the toil and craft of the people, the influence of merchants, or the gold of princes. .
When dealing with other members of the Circle, two issues are often the most important to remain aware.
First, they will guard their secrets as you must guard your own; press if you must but be unsurprised if warding, or deadlier means, are used safeguard them. However, the use of civilized behavior is actively encouraged between members – At All Times. Members of peer status can’t be too so sure of each others specific goals but those of inferior status can be compelled to reveal their agenda – presuming the superior decides to champion this cause.
Secondly, all members have sworn a binding magical oath to the society which affects member to member relationships in dependable ways. The oathbond can determine identity and relative rank by members; it can enforce mutual terms of parley by tribunal; and can exact censure if the oath is broken by the Stars..