Hermetic Order of Wizardry
The Hermetic Order of Wizardry is an ancient and secretive group of magic users, whose origins and purpose remain shrouded in mystery.
The little that is known about the Hermetic Order is conflicting at best, because its members are sworn to secrecy. The wizards’ headquarters is a secluded complex, complete with a tower, where it is rumored that anything from magical research to contact with other-dimensional beings is conducted.
The Order does open trade in minor magicks through authorized distributors, all of which are members of the Order itself. Elemental Wine is one famous example and is highly pized among the wealthy nobility of many nations.
In lands where magic is outlawed or persecuted, the Order maintains an invisible profile. In civilized lands, the Order attempts to influence through the authorities or by their presence certain strictures upon the use of magic. It is the regulation of magic and its practitioners that either alarms and causes fear in people, believing it a sorcerous conspiracy to control all magic and perhaps the world through it – or which makes the Order respected as seen as a force for societal good.
The Order does not solicit members. Those that wish to join the Order contact one of its local representatives in the area where they live (for the Order has many lodges scattered throughout the known lands). If the candidate passes an initial interview and examination, conducted under magical means, they are given an apprenticeship in the Order. All candidates are then sent for a 10-year training period at the main compound. During their training, the apprentice is initiated progressively into the arcane secrets & rituals of the Order. Some apprentices have never returned, but most are sent out back into the world to gather information or rare items in pursuit of the Orders desire for ultimate magical knowledge. Other wizards are sent off to pursue their own path, but remain tied to the Order and they report back to it of their travels and dealings.
The library maintained at the Hermetic headquarters is undoubtedly the greatest one ever collected, though few have seen it to tell of its wonders. Some believe the wizards are plotting the subjugation of the world – others believe they are trying to protect it from unseen dangers.
The symbol of the Hermetic Order of Wizardry is a tower and an all-seeing eye. The eye is always seen on the ceremonial robes of the wizards, which are worn during their rituals.
This secretive group of sorcerers is the source of whispers and rumors in taverns and drawing rooms everywhere. Whatever the truth is, their power and influence is unquestioned.