Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Unknown


The most feared thaumaturgists of the City are the cabal sometimes called the Inconnu, or the Unseen Lodge, but most often called simply the Unknown. In bars frequented by mages, or in thaumaturgical lodge houses, it's not uncommon to hear “friend of a friend” stories, or paranoid urban legends about them. The Thaumaturgical Society of the City refuses to publicly acknowledge the existence of this powerful group--but privately makes sure to stay out of there way, while trying to collect as much information on them as possible. If the conspiracy theorists are to be believed, even the Hell Syndicate tends to avoid confronting them directly.

Beyond their shadowy existence, little is known for certain about them, though there is a lot of speculation. No more than ten ever appear at one time, but it's unclear whether this represents their entire membership. None of the members names or faces are known as they tend to appear in carnival masks, and sometimes costumes, thought to have occult significance, but their meanings remain obscure. Powerful mages are believed to become members by invitation, and are only admitted after achieving some incredible feat of magical prowess.

The strangest rumors about the Unknown are related to their activities. Minor mages have found themselves given the formulae of new spells, which have led to spectacular results for good or ill at times, but at others have appeared to do absolutely nothing. Prominent businessmen or up-and-coming adventurers have been destroyed by invisible entities, and it has been rumored the Unknown were responsible, but no one knows why. However, town fathers generally consider them friends of the City, apparently for actions they have taken in the past, which are not discussed, and only recorded in the most secure of records, if at all.

9 comments:

James said...

Excellent stuff, as always!

scottsz said...

Seriously... publishers that are working on Pulp oriented game content should be offering you a job.

Great stuff.

Christian said...

Excellent once again!

ckutalik said...

Agree with all the others, this is simply gold.

One question: where is the photo from? Seriously creepy.

Trey said...

Thanks guys!

@Ckutalik - It's from Carnival of Sinners (1943), a French film originally titled La main du diable.

NetherWerks said...

This is excellent. The photo is very appropriate. Looking forward to Weird Adventures...

Trey said...

Thanks, NetherWerks. Yeah, the pic was what inspired the post. When I found it I knew I ahd to write something around it. I wish the artists I'm trying to get illos from were as eager to see WA as you guys...

Harald said...

Ah, the Inconnu :)

Good write-up, Trey.

Trey said...

Thanks!