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ARMA

COMPOSED PRIMARILY OF THE REBEL MAGES OF THE FORMER NEW YORK ORDER OF THE FIRST, THE MEMBERS OF ARMA (MAY BE AN ACRONYM OR SIMPLY THE LATIN FOR 'SHIELD', DEPENDING ON WHO YOU TALK TO) ARE COMMITTED TO THE DEFENSE OF THE WORLD AND THE EAA FROM ALL THREATS. THEY ESPECIALLY OPPOSE THE OFL AND THE ARCHMAGI AT THE VATICAN - MANY HAVING SUFFERED PERSONALLY AT THE VATICAN'S HANDS. ARMA WAS FOUNDED ON AN IDEALISTIC PRINCIPLE: THEY WILL BE THE SHIELD THAT PROTECTS THE INNOCENT FROM ALL THOSE WHO WOULD DO THEM HARM, WHILE REMAINING AS NEUTRAL AS POSSIBLE. APART FROM THIS GOAL, THE MEMBERS HAVE DIFFERING IDEAS - THEY RANGE FROM THE NAIVE TO THE RUTHLESS, RECKLESS AND DANGEROUS TO SOME AND HEROES TO OTHERS. FOR THE MOMENT, HOWEVER, THEIR EYES ARE SET ON THE VATICAN, AND PREVENTING ANYONE ELSE FROM SUFFERING UNDER THEIR HEEL.
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BAKKHOS

AFTER THE NEVUS EVENT, THE MAFIA AND MOB FAMILIES OF NEW YORK WERE FRAGMENTED PIECES WITHOUT LEADERS. UNDERBOSSES FIGHTING IN A SCRAMBLE FOR POWER WITH NONE RISING TO THE TOP. ANGELO GASPARI CHANGED THAT. IN AN UNPRECEDENTED MOVE, ANGELO CLAIMED CAPO DI TUTTI CAPI, BOSS OF ALL BOSSES AND BROUGHT ALL THE "FAMILIES" OF NEW YORK TOGETHER, AND WITH THEM, ALL THEIR BUSINESSES AND MUSCLE TO FORM THE LARGEST SYNDICATE NORTH AMERICA HAS EVER SEEN. WITH A REACH THAT EXTENDS BEYOND THE BORDERS OF NEW YORK AND A CODE OF HONOR THAT MEANS DEATH TO THOSE THAT BETRAY THE "FAMILY", BAKKHOS IS A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH.
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FANYA NIASA - VEIL ALLIANCE

AS THE WORLD BECAME SPOTTED WITH FOREIGN "INVADERS", SOUTH AMERICA WAS DIFFERENT, IT DROWNED IN THEM. IN THE FIRST DAYS AFTER THE NEVUS EVENT, FAE, ELVES AND OTHERS THAT CROSSED THROUGH THE VEIL BETWEEN WORLDS FOUND THEMSELVES STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND. THEY WERE MORE OFTEN THAN NAUGHT HUNTED FOR BEING "DIFFERENT", FOR BEING "MONSTERS". HUMANS IN THEIR ARROGANT BELIEF THAT THEY WERE THE ONLY INTELLIGENT SPECIES COULD NOT RECONCILE THAT THEY WERE NOT ALONE IN THE UNIVERSES LET ALONE ON THEIR OWN WORLD ANY LONGER. BUT AS HUMANS SLOWLY BEGAN TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEY THEMSELVES WERE IRREVOCABLY ALTERED, THE INVADERS FROM OTHER WORLDS SEEMED LESS AND LESS A THREAT THEY NEEDED TO FOCUS UPON. WHEN THE SECOND NEVUS EVENT ROCKED SOUTH AMERICA MAKING THE VEIL CROSSERS THE DOMINANT RACE OF THE CONTINENT, THEY FORMED THEIR OWN ALLIANCE, ENSURING THERE WOULD BE A SAFE HAVEN FOR THEIR KIND IN THIS WORLD WHERE THEY DIDN'T BELONG.
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GOVERNMENT/LAW

FROM THE DISTRICT ATTORNEYS, TO THE MAYORS, TO LAWYERS, TO DETECTIVES, TO THE COPS ON THE BEAT; THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE AFFILIATIONS TO THE LOCAL OR NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS OR SIMPLY ARE A PART OF LAW ENFORCEMENT.
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ORDER OF FIRST LIGHT

THOUGH NO ONE HAS SO FAR BEEN ABLE TO CONFIRM THIS, THE ORDER OF THE FIRST LIGHT CLAIMS TO BE ONE OF THE OLDEST GROUPS IN HUMAN HISTORY, STRETCHING BACK THOUSANDS OF YEARS. THEY HAVE HAD THEIR HANDS IN THE MASONS, THE ILLUMINATI, THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR... IF THEIR LEGENDS ARE TO BE BELIEVED, NEARLY EVERY SHADOWY ORGANIZATION HAS HAD AT LEAST SOME INVOLVEMENT WITH THE ORDER OF THE FIRST LIGHT. THEY CALL THEMSELVES THE KEEPERS OF THE SPARK, THOSE WHO KEPT THE ANCIENT KNOWLEDGE ALIVE, AND WHEN RESONANCE TORE THE WORLD APART, THEY ASSERTED THEMSELVES QUICKLY AS THE MASTERS OF MAGIC AND MANA. COMPOSED ENTIRELY OF THOSE GIFTED WITH THE TALENTS OF MAGES BY THE EVENT, THE ORDER FIGHTS FOR THE SAFETY AND DOMINATION OF HUMANITY, OFTEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH REMNANT GOVERNMENTS TO ESTABLISH SAFE ZONES FOR CIVILIANS, WITHIN WHICH THE ORDER OPERATES WITH NEAR IMPUNITY. THEY FIGHT AGAINST DARK FORCES, AND COLLECT POWERFUL MAGICAL ARTIFACTS FOR THEIR OWN PURPOSES. THEY ALSO TRACKED DOWN ALL THOSE WITH GROWING MAGICAL TALENT, OFFERING THEM TRAINING IN EXCHANGE FOR JOINING THE ORDER... THOSE WHO REFUSE WERE RARELY TREATED KINDLY. THEIR IMAGE AND POWER HAS BEEN SHAKEN RECENTLY BY THE SPLINTERING OFF OF THE NEW YORK BRANCH, WHICH FORMED THE GROUP ARMA, AND LEVELED SEVERAL DAMAGING ACCUSATIONS ABOUT THE ORDER'S TRUE PURPOSES. DO THEY SEEK TO PROTECT... OR TO RULE? EITHER WAY, THE ORDER REMAINS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL GROUPS ON EARTH, SETTING THEMSELVES AGAINST ANYTHING THAT MIGHT THREATEN THEIR POSITION OF POWER.
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PHAROS

THE TERMS PHAROS AND THE WARD INSTITUTE ARE USED INTERCHANGEABLY. THEY WERE ONCE A SECRET SOCIETY OF ARCHIVISTS, SCHOLARS AND ADVENTURERS, DEVOTED TO THE STUDY OF BIOLOGY, ANTHROPOLOGY. NOW IN OUR 'NEW WORLD' THEY STUDY THE EFFECTS OF THE RESONANCE AND TRY TO HELP PEOPLE COPE WITH THIS FAST CHANGING WORLD OF MAGIC AND RESURRECTED MYTH. THEY COMB THE WORLD IN SEARCH OF ARTIFACTS AND ANTIQUITIES TO LEARN, DOCUMENT AND CATEGORIZE. THEY ARE RELIC HUNTERS BRAVING A NEW HOSTILE WORLD IN PURSUIT OF THE MYSTIC AND MAGICAL IN WHATEVER SHAPE OR FORM IT MAY TAKE. THEY SPAN NORTH AMERICA AND BEYOND IN SEARCH OF THE ENCHANTED REMNANTS OF LOST CIVILIZATIONS RETURNED, THE GATHERING OF RARE PLANTS, AND THE CAPTURE OF DEADLY AND BIZARRE BEASTS SO THAT THEY MAY BETTER UNDERSTAND THIS NEW FLORA AND FAUNA. THEY ARE THE INVESTIGATORS, THE EXPLORERS, THE SCIENTISTS AND SOMETIMES POLICE OF OUR NEW MAGICAL FRONTIER.
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REBELS/OUTLAWS

FROM THE DRUG DEALERS, TO THE ASSASSINS, TO THE GANG MEMBERS, TO THE ANARCHISTS; THESE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE SHED THE NEED TO HOLD TO SOCIETIES RULES.
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SHEUT NATION

THE SHEUT NATION IS A SECRETIVE GROUP COMPRISED OF MAGUS, LYCANTHROPES, ELVES, HUMANS (WITH ABILITIES AND WITHOUT) AND VAMPIRES WHO HAVE BANDED TOGETHER WITH A CODE OF LAWS TO GUIDE THE WORLD AND ITS HISTORY THE WAY THEY DEEM FIT. NOTE: IF YOU ARE NOT IN THE SHEUT NATION YOU WOULD NOT KNOW ANY OF THE LAWS NOR WHO HAS POSITIONS OF POWER, INCLUDING ANY OF THE NON-VAMPIRIC MEMBERS UNLESS YOU ARE TOLD DIRECTLY BY AN EXISTING CHARACTER. PLEASE BE SURE NOT TO AUTO-KNOWLEDGE, YOU SHOULD ONLY LEARN THESE THINGS IN THE COURSE OF THE GAME. IF YOU ARE SHARING THIS INFORMATION IN THE GAME - BEWARE GETTING CAUGHT BY THE NATION!
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VANGUARD OF HUMANITY

THE VANGUARD OF HUMANITY REVEALED THEMSELVES AT THE ONSET OF THE RESONANCE. THEY ARE A MILITANT FACTION WHO BELIEVE THAT THE OVERUSE OF MAGIC WILL LEAD THE INEVITABLE DESTRUCTION OF THE WORLD AND THE SOLAR SYSTEM, THUS THEY STRIVE TO GUIDE, AND SOMETIMES FORCE, ALTERED PERSONS BACK ON THE PATH OF HUMANITY. THE VANGUARD HAS NO USE FOR THOSE WHO ARE NO LONGER HUMAN OR CHOOSE NOT TO CONTAIN THEIR GIFTS. THEIR MOST HATED ENEMIES ARE LYCANTHROPES. THEY HUNT DOWN LYCANTHROPES WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE AND EVER PLOT TO OVER THROW ARMA AND THE ORDER OF LIGHT. THOSE ALTERED PERSONS WHO ARE A PART OF THE VANGUARD OF HUMANITY ARE SO BECAUSE THEY DO NOT WANT TO BE ALTERED. THEY MAY ACCEPT WHAT THEY ARE BUT BELIEVE THAT THE ABUSE OF THESE ABILITIES WILL ONLY BRING ABOUT THE END OF THE WORLD, THUS THEY STRUGGLE AND STRIVE TO BE HUMAN. TO BE SURE, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE MEMBERS OF THE VANGUARD WHO QUESTION THE FAITH. THIS IS NATURAL. IT IS NOT OUT OF THE QUESTION FOR MEMBERS OF THE FACTION TO BE AT ODDS, MANY PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD ARE, BUT THESE PERSONAL BATTLES ARE NOT BE FOUGHT IN PLAIN SIGHT OF OTHER VANGUARD.
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