A secret society of assassins, spies, and eldritch sleuths, the Hushed work from the shadows, unafraid to do whatever is necessary to protect their interests and further their pursuits.
Once a secret sect of the Royal College dealing with darker intrigues of the mundane world, the Hushed research both the mechanical and cabal. Recently, a civil war broke out between two opposing Justicars, exposing the secret society and causing panic through the more prominent cities in Erenel. The Royal College publicly expressed shock at their existence, their reputation spiraling into a downturn that threatened the survival of the College and funding from the Krovian Empire. Now, the Hushed have scattered to the winds, holding themselves up in caches or bunkers. Others have begun creating their own independent cells outside of the Royal College's control. During the exodus, leaked information circulated, speaking of a set of documents called the Black Ledgers, information on the standard fare of assassins, eldritch sleuths, and spies.
Formal spycraft and subterfuge. When the College needed eyes, they worked as faces in the darkness, distinguished only by a medallion kept in the hollow of a shoe or boot. Operatives take orders from Justicars, with a single leader guiding a dozen of these saboteurs in a cell. Operatives are a tightly-knit group, able to adapt quickly and handle even the most aggressive jobs. During these dangerous missions, all operatives are required to construct a mask for their visage. A skull mask with cracked features and domed red glass to completely obscure the eyes. After a life of service, Operatives can retire and are expected to take a personal alias, vowing to never return to the spotlight. Retired operatives are permanently shut out with all attempts to access their old life being met with swift execution. No mercy is attributed to those who can unravel the secret society.
Without a leader, a group of spies would create a hierarchy based on secrets gained. To combat this, Justicars hold a more definitive leadership role. The Black Ledgers revealed the selection process for those who would eventually become Justicars held quite the volatile nature. During induction, a drop of blood is placed in a vial, coupled with a single fleck of gold dust inside the tube. Three additional vials are given to people of high repute. However, these additional three possess a poisonous substance that turns gaseous on contact with air. With this, the test becomes clear. Gain the help of an Operative with one's own inherent skill of command, and determine which of these is the nonlethal mixture. At the end of the test, the vials are placed before the Justicar, who must uncork the correct vial. Should the Justicar fail, their life is extinguished, and the body is quickly cremated to prevent any further complications.
- When put to the task, see it through. When the job is done, become as a shadow in the night.
- Remain always a whisper. Once the light has shone upon you, there is no going back.
- Embarass not your lieges or theirs, for it invites silence.
- Operate, Ward, and have the Resolve to take control.