Society of Deus

Domain Summary

Built with the foresight to withstand the Fall and the War of the Dead, the walled Twin Cities of the Society of Deus house a library whose extensive collection rivals the legendary Library of Alexandria, itself. The Society of Deus stands as a monument to the philosophies of personal ascension of its founder and primus, the infamous so-called Liche King, Damien Vryce. 

Dominant Races

Vampires and Mages, few Fae

Costuming and Archetypes

Modern Military Mage, Ancient Sorcerer, Modern Businessman, Special Forces Agent

Politics & NPCs

The Primus of the Society of Deus oversees the domain. He is served by a Council of Sages who oversee the various guilds and are responsible for managing a portion of the city. The second of the Society, the Apothee, aids the Primus with various logistical matters in running the domain. There are ten internal titles within the Society, which loosely equate to Dischordian titles. In descending order: Primus (the lord of the Society, internally considered the equivalent of king and above), Tribunis (Prince), Evocati (Duke), Decanus (Count), Decuri (Baron), Opti (Knight), Centurion (Squire, no Sage is below this status), Immunis (Trusted Retainer), Discens (Retainer), Acknowledged (Citizen). Any who are of title Centurion or higher can visit the Libraries of Deus without an escort. Though they may extend such invitations on a temporary basis, they are held responsible for the actions of their guests. The contents of the Library may not be removed or copied under any circumstances..

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Umbral Realms

  • Low Umbra - Shroud 5
  • Middle Umbra - Gauntlet 8
  • Dreaming - Mists 0 (Far Dreaming - Mists 6, Deep Dreaming - Mists 9) / Banality 8
  • High Umbra - Periphery 4 (Vulgate - Periphery 3, Elemental Courts of Occident - Periphery 5, Fortress of Government - Periphery 6)

Historical Information

Harbingers of the Fall

Just prior to the Fall, the nascent Society of Deus was a battleground between scions of ancient powers. Serabella, childe and pawn of Arikel, championing comfort and complacency, fought to keep mankind docile, while Vryce, patronized by Saulot, fought to awaken mankind and return magic to the world. Foreknowledge that such awakenings are rarely peaceful, the Twin Cities had been preparing for the upheaval for quite some time. As a result, it withstood the Fall of the Shroud and the subsequent War of the Dead better than most.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

In the Foundation Era, the Society of Deus was a force to be reckoned with. In spite of their power, or perhaps because of it, many domains counted Deus among their enemies. Much of that enmity was directed at the brash Crown Prince of Deus, Gabriel De’Angelo, and his sire, the Lich Lord, Damien Vryce. Their aggressive pursuit of power with little regard for consequences, earned them more enemies than allies. De’Angelo was appointed the Imperial Magistrate of Dischordia, due to his investigative prowess, and he attempted to establish an organization among all other domains that would report to him. But, as few other domains trusted him, questions were raised about his loyalty to Dischordia, and he was ultimately stripped of his position by the Voice of Balor. 

However, by the end of the era Michael Dragosani, Baron and Sage of Deus, had been named “Champion of the People” by High King Balor for his ability to garner allies in the Wastelands, and Donovan Raid was invited to join the Sage Council of the Society. With Odin’s departure after the Nightmare War, the Wolves of the North found themselves under Michael Verkonis, former Sage of Deus, who rejoined his allies with the goal of strengthening both domains.

Dischordia's First War

Aiden Shaw, a True Brujah Sage of Deus, and Nada, an Abyssal Nosferatu of the Unification Proclamation, fought constantly at court. From their personal hatred, the two domains went to war. Hal Morgan, the Demon of War and Domain Lord of Unification Proclamation, was only too eager to fuel this fire. Hal Morgan, the Demon of War and domain lord of Unification Proclamation, was the first to declare war, gleefully leading his soldiers to their deaths against his enemies in the Society of Deus. For each soldier that fell, on either side of the conflict, contributed to his legend and his power. Nada’s true loyalties emerged when he broke his oaths to Dischordia to join with Nul and the Kingdom of Aether.

Constantinople Joins Dischordia

Tensions remained high between Lazarus and Dischordia throughout the Foundation Era. When Constantinople found itself threatened by Lazarus, Al-Ashrad sent a representative, C.J., to seek aid from Dischordia, and the Society of Deus in particular. Dischordia sent one noble from each domain to negotiate with Lazarean diplomats. Lazarus agreed to relinquish his claim on Constantinople; in exchange, Dischordia pledged non-interference in Lazarus’ dealings with Xibalba. The tense peace continued, and Constantinople joined under Deus’ banner, claiming St Louis as its North American stronghold. The close ties between their two Domain Lords, Al-Ashrad of Constantinople and Damien Vryce of the Society of Deus, led to the two joining together. While Dischordia gained new territory, Lazarus forged an alliance with Xibalba.

Constantinople claimed the city of St Louis after CJ, an Assamite of ill repute from Constantinople, and Gemini, a Deus stooge in Second City, along with Sylar Veselov of Appalachia and Doc of Devil’s Triangle went there to close a gate opened through the arch that was pouring out bygones and chimerical monsters that the denizens of the ruined St. Louis were cutting their teeth on. Constantinople kept the city as those found there swore under CJ, Sylar kept the gate, the St. Louis Arch, to watch over the trods connected to it, and Doc kept the malfunctioning device that held the gate open permanently.

Morningkill's Treason

Morningkill, and the pack of shifters who followed him, sought to create a new Fera Nation through threats and intimidation. In pursuit of this, Morningkill swore an Oath to put the Shards of Helios back together and return the sun to the sky. Aidan Shadowclaw, a Bastet in service to CJ and part of Morningkill’s pack, was one of the most aggressive recruiters for the new Fera Nation and, though he was not directly implicated in the treasonous oaths, his lack of diplomatic subtlety was partly responsible for many of the enemies the Ordo made during this era which ultimately led to their downfall. This treason was brought to light by nobles of Aranta-Shadur, followed shortly by an attempt on Morningkill's life, which sent him into hiding. Great scrutiny was placed upon Deus to root out all traitors there, including Duke DeAngelo. 

Surveyor's Court

Though the Ordo had many triumphs in this era, their representatives continued their aggressive stance towards the other domains which emboldened enemies and alienated allies. Premier among those was the domain of Aranta-Shadur, with whom they shared a bitter rivalry.

War of Aether

Nightfall in the Society of Deus was accompanied by a full assault by abyssal creatures as a scar was cut between worlds. Some of the mightiest heroes in Deus fell that night, and even the Amo A Deus armies and the many methuselahs were unprepared to face such a surprise assault. Finally, the Lich King, Damien Vryce, showed his face and made his way to the upper city to take on Nul personally. As Vryce unleashed all his cunning and might on Nul, his body mended itself, reforming in a different shadow each time. With a small grin, Nul ripped Vryce's shadow from him and, with it, his Avatar, before vanishing into the shadows once again.

After his defeat at Nul's hands, Damien Vryce returned to seclusion beneath the Society of Deus to plot his return to power and discover a way to recover his avatar a second time. None in the domain knew exactly what had transpired, but it became apparent that Vryce had lost much of what had made him powerful. The defeats Ordo suffered began mounting. Odin's return, followed by the Wolves' defection from Ordo Trismegistus was the first. Many of the northern territories broke away with the Wolves. When the Aether struck at Constantinople, Al-Ashrad called upon the Ordo for aid. Gabriel De'Angelo and his allies fought their way to the portals, in an effort to aid Constantinople against the darkness, only to discover the portals had been severed. None know for certain what happened in the chaos of battle, only that De'Angelo and those who accompanied him were never heard from again. The final straw was the society's army, the Amo A Deus, leaving their service and vanishing into the night for unknown destinations. This left Deus highly vulnerable and it was up to the Gargoyles lead by Onyx to defend the territory. Though Deus survived the war, the gargoyles did not.

The methuselahs of Deus grew restless, believing Vryce was no longer fit to lead. Deus nearly entered civil war as the power that had founded it was slowly unravelling. Due to his seclusion the various factions maneuvered against each other as much as they maneuvered against Aether. The council met as well as the Sages of Deus and, Vryce placed Menelaus in the position of Domain Lord to allow him to focus on regaining what he lost. All oaths to Vryce were released, and the Domain swore to Menelaus. Few are convinced, however, that the Primus of the Society of Deus would give up his power so easily, and many suspect that Vryce still pulls the strings behind the scenes.

War of Maelstrom's Rebuke

During the Court of Empires, diplomatic relations between Dischordia and Lazarus' Kingdom failed, and the longstanding hostility between those two kingdoms erupted into war. A coordinated attack by Dischordian nobles on the European domain of Carpathia and its lord, Alyosha Buljiev, precipitated the conflict, which would come to be called the War of Maelstrom's Rebuke.

The Sublime Cataclysm

With the tides of the war turning quickly to their enemy’s favor, the Dischordian domain lords prepared a spectacular attack certain to bring a swift end to the conflict. Sultan Suleiman, unsurpassed master of spirit magic, led the largest ritual Dischordia had ever seen. Aided by New Faith ritualists, the Arcane Academy, and a million occultists assembled from every domain, the sky itself bled with the power they summoned. Chunks torn from the spirit realms themselves bombarded Lazarus’ Empire. As each realm impacted, it laid waste to thousands of miles of Lazarus' territory, destroying immense swaths of land and destroying millions.

As Europe reeled from Dischordia's devastating attack, armies of Aether seized their chance to attack both of its weakened enemies. Territories which had fallen to darkness during the War of Aether now bled shadows like an open wound. Swarming forth from these tears in reality, the shrouded armies of Aether laid waste to surrounding areas. Shadow-eaten vampires, spectres, and darker things spead their chill touch, overrunning nearby cities and domains.

Treaty of Maelstrom's Rebuke

In the aftermath of the cataclysm which ended the war, exactly one year after the events which marked its beginning, representatives from Dischordia and Lazarus met in Vancouver to solidify a treaty to bring an end to the hostilities and negotiate terms for a lasting peace. Diplomats from every kingdom were sent to witness the treaty, but each hoped to see their own agenda reflected in the final document. The Treaty detailed the terms of the ceasefire, returning of prisoners of war and withdrawal of troops from occupied territories, but also contained several initiatives designed to further specific agenda.