The Walbook Council
The Walbrook Council are a variable structured group whose flexible hierarchy is based on context – those with the most experience in any given situation are given leadership positions which they are expected to relinquish when the need for them has passed.
They operate something like a cross between a corporate hierarchy and an official bureaucracy, forming working groups/committees/ad hoc teams rapidly in response to changing circumstances. At their worst, they can occasionally get bogged down in their own sense of procedure, one in bickering between internal fiefdoms that the “very experienced” sometimes establish, but at their best, their methods adapt adapt rapidly to changing circumstance and their responses are remarkably swift and decisive. (And if those responses turn out to be less than optimal, that’s a matter to be discussed by the successive organisation, in order to learn appropriate lessons.)
The Walbrookians who believe that the language of creation should be used to raise everyone up, to grant everyone the gifts and perspective on the world that the supernatural community currently have, to make everyone who is currently a “normal” human being into a supernatural entity.
Example Titles: Councillor, Alderman/woman, Chair, Member, Project manager, Team lead – think either local government or corporate.
The Effran Synod
Of the four groups, The Effran Synod are the ones with the closest connection to the non-supernatural world. Its members set themselves up as small scale religious figures – priests, witch doctors and cunning folk. The Council is a loose association of individualist cults, all pulling in roughly the same direction. They have a hierarchy based on an annual election of a leader, who then appoints officials and advisers. Within their term of office, it is considered bad form to publicly challenge the decisions made by the leader.
An individual group is probably no more than one or two members of the Synod, and their initiated mortal associates – anywhere between 5 and 20 humans of varying levels of initiation.
The Effrans believe that the existence of supernatural creatures is, if not exactly immoral, then at least unfair and potentially dangerous to the normal humans, and that creating more of them, while it is arguably fairer, would none these be the spark in the power keg. They wish to use the first language to render everyone human and mortal.
Example Titles: Reverend, Mr/Mrs, Doctor, Cunning – almost anything with a small-scale cult/religious overtone.
The Order of Tyburn
The Order of Tyburn, are an order of militaristic scholars. The have the most rigid and well defined hierarchy, which offers promotions based on length of service and demonstrable achievements that advance the order’s cause. They have the least contact with the non-supernatural world, being heavily focused on supernatural research, and the efficient deployment of that research to advance their cause.
The Tyburnites think that both camps have a reasonable viewpoint – the world cannot afford to loose the divine spark that the supernatural embody, but granting it to everyone would be to court the apocalypse. They believe that the only rational course is to use the power of the ur-syllables to lift up those who are already empowered – those who have already proven that they have the knowledge and insight to navigate the responsibilities of power.
Example Titles: General-professor, Colonel-dean, Major-doctor – fuse military rank and academic title.
The Fleet Company
Note: The Fleet Company are not a playable group – they are entirely made up of NPCs. What follows is a description of what other three groups know about them.
The Fleet Company are a group of loosely-allied people who seek to maintain the status quo. Not that actual war that has been fought, but rather, they would like the outcome of that war to be “no change”. They wish to continue being supernatural (but not gods), but for the rest of the population to remain as normal humans, for entirely selfish reasons. Put simply, they like using their abilities to get ahead in the world. They are a loose confederation of organised criminals, celebrities, politicians, bankers, and other members of the 1% who exploit their supernatural talents for personal gain. They are widely regard as crooks and scum by the other factions.
Their general relationship with the other factions is as sometime allies and sometime enemies that can be trusted exactly as far as they can be trusted, and no further.
Over the years, they have reliably offered genuine and useful aid to whichever faction was weakest at any given time. Each of the factions has, at some point in its existence, owed the fact that they weren’t entirely wiped out in London to the aid of The Fleet Company. Each of them has also heavy casualties inflicted on them by The Fleet Company at another point.
Example Titles: Sir, Lord, Earl, Baron.