Mage society is organized into orders. While all orders have different tendencies of organization, there are always members traveling on the lookout for newly awakened mages to recruit. There has been a decline in the number of mages. Something is killing them, and it focuses on the oldest and most powerful mages. So far, none of them have even been able to find out what’s killing them, although theories generally relate to a side effect of the spell that created the Frozen Billions.
- The Guardians of the Veil have the goal of hiding magic from mortal eyes. It’s been a rough few decades. They are a secretive organization even by supernatural standards and are often mobile, going from community to community making sure secrets are kept. As it’s become increasingly obvious that superstitious belief is only increasing, one tactic they use is to promote belief in religious miracles, traditional medicine, and other beliefs that could explain supernal magic without raising too many questions. They have eyes everywhere and often call to convene local Consilii (joint mage councils) when they see a rising problem. They base themselves wherever they think it’s least expected.
- The Mysterium are seekers of knowledge. The role of some mages is to seek and gather relics and information, while the role of others is to study and protect that which is found. When society collapsed previously safe places no longer were so, and the Order has found new hiding places to use as strongholds for its artifacts and relics. As an organization, they have as little to do with other groups as possible, but individuals members may have their own ideas of what to do with the knowledge they’ve gathered.
- The Admantine Arrow are focused on strength. They will be strong enough to protect themselves and others they deem worthy. They were a leading factor in giving vampire covenants a headache while trying to establish the Fang Cities, but since then have maintained a lower profile. Cabals of Arrow mages tend to maintain monastic strongholds of their own, apart from society, sending members on missions as the need arises.
- The Free Council mages are techo-mages who have an odd social status. Their new-gen style was never particularly well accepted, and they’re quietly blamed for enabling the Silver Ladder to cast the spell that created the current chaos. At the same time, they may be the key to rebuilding society as they possess a lot of technological knowledge that was lost during the collapse of society and was subsequently destroyed. Free Council mages are widely dispersed. They collect technical knowledge like the Mysterium collects magical knowledge, but the philosophy of their Order leads them to help normal humans with it. They like helping independent settlements best, but aren’t above cutting a deal with a local Fang government if they think tech will improve quality of life for it’s inhabitants.
- The Silver Ladder has the goal of awakening the entire human race and using them as an army to retake the Supernal Realms. This explains their bottom-of-the-barrel reputation among other Orders as the spell that wrecked the world appears to be an attempt to awaken the entirety of the human race at once. An attempt that no one but the Silver Ladder would be likely to make. Silver Ladder cabals denied any knowledge, but the order is still often snubbed from Consilii meetings and treated like near-criminals. They are still active in awakening new mages and trying to unravel the mistake that cost them their reputation, but they do so at a disadvantage.
- The Seers of the Throne is an anti-mage order, though composed of mages. They are agents of the Exarchs who took over the Supernal Realm of Divine Fire thousands of years ago. The Exarchs still see a threat from Mages with access to supernal magic and the Seers are their hands to eliminate as much of that threat as possible.