The Oracles have existed for a long time prior to being formed as a Guild, since man was first able to recognize the passage of the days and record what has come before to plan for what else may come. The first Oracles were worshiped and revered for the most part by mankind, their insights into life and what was to come valuable in many rising cultures and societies. Held aloof and separated from the troubles and toils of the world, they lived lives of public humility and power amongst both Other and Mankind. Treated with such reverence, it came as a shock to them when the Church descended down and the time of White Death began.
from their gilded temples and protected manors, the Oracles were some
of those hit the hardest by the Inquisition due to their public figures.
As more and more were dragged into streets and burned on accusations of
witchcraft, those survivors began to flee for their lives into the wild
places of the world to escape. Using only their gift to guide them in
survival, they hid amongst the human peasant hordes and deep in the dark
and unexplored regions of the planet. Pushing their abilities to the
limit, they took pity on all the others driven out of their homes and
frequently selflessly used their powers for the betterment of their new
people. For the first time many of them gave of others instead of taking
for themselves, and the joy they found in it was infectious.
the call came out for the grand gathering in Venice, the Oracles
already knew of it. It is said that the simple fact that they saw a
vision of their survival in attending the gathering is what spurred the
others to follow them, the Oracles moved enmass from their hiding holes
and wilderness shacks to descend on what they felt was their last hope.
Inspired by the infectious joy that spread amongst the Oracles, the
Others quickly followed and met for what would be the Venice
Proclamation. Joined officially as a Guild, the Oracles made the
universal ruling amongst themselves to offer assistance to their people
and their new families. They moved in full to support the Underground
and reject the surface world. That is, until WW2.
World War 2 was
the wake up call for the Oracles Guild, the point where they realized
that things were going terribly wrong with humanity and the surface
world. They continued to see how horrible man could be to each other
without a moral guide and advise on lessons of the past, but still held
out a nervous hope that things would change after this second global
slaughter. The moment that the atomic bomb was tested, every oracle
young and old had the same vision. They saw very clearly that man had
now the ability to eradicate themselves from the planet, the power to
destroy all life on earth in their rage against each other. They saw
very clearly that if a third world war was to be allowed, that the
devastation and rage would be an end to everyone's way of life forever.
For a second time in their history, the Oracles convened and agreed that
man needed their influence more than ever.
Underground enmass, the Oracles took to their old roles of shepherding
humanity and offering advice and guidance with gusto. They entered
public life, becoming leaders of revolutionary groups and business
captains. They pushed the envelope of technology and struggled to end
wars around the globe, hoping that a world of peace and free information
could never allow such an event as a world war to erupt as it did
prior. When the dark tidings of war began to brew and the storm clouds
covered the earth, the Oracles felt confident that their great work had
forestalled this terrible destruction. Sadly, they were blind to those
who opposed them in their own midst.
No one knows the name of the
Oracles who were inside the Pentagon when the call for war erupted, but
what is known is that they were there. Someone was inside the Pentagon,
working against their movements and no one should have been able to
follow the same tugs and pulls of fate and destiny except for another
Oracle. When the nukes began to drop on American soil for the first
time, the Guild realized the horror they had unleashed. In their
relentless pursuit of a better tomorrow, they realized they had laid the
groundwork for this war. They had been blinded by their own sense of
righteousness, and were ashamed. Washing their hands of the world, they
turned their backs from the bigger picture.
Oracles Guild Today
Oracles Guild of today is a broken people, their wings burnt as they
flew too high to the sun and now trudge along on the ground with the
rest of humanity. Having decided to stop trying to meddle in grand
affairs, most Oracles busy themselves with their own pet projects and
doing their best to stay out of the spotlight. Oracles very rarely
volunteer to be in charge of a situation, they’re offer support or deny
it often randomly to the outside observer and offer little-to-no
explanation as to why. Being able to see the past and future has jaded
many a member, giving them a twisted sense of right and wrong. It is not
uncommon to find many criminals and white-collar crime perpetrators
amongst the Guild these days, though the reasons for such behavior are
often shrouded. Deeper inspection often reveals that the murders
committed are of those who got away with crimes or will kill in the
future, people stolen from are in fact jewel thieves themselves.
have stopped trying to live for a better future, the Guild that used to
have an optimistic view on what was to come now lives simply for the
moment. Many have taken a revenge bent, trying to avenge those who have
been wronged in the past but had no one stand up for them, while others
are simply using their gifts to make life comfortable for themselves and
their friends/families. Universally it is said the Oracles are a lost
group of good-hearted Others, looking for direction again to bend their
talents once again.
Choosing a Council member
council member for the quarterly meetings is actually a fairly simple
process: they simply allow their natural gifts to decide. Through a
combination of divination, precog and general blind luck they let the
name of the next council member be selected from a master list of
Oracles kept in Venice. The information needed for that meeting is then
sent to the new council member via the Spys Guild, often times an Oracle
will not know he’s been selected until there is a Mr. or Mrs. Smith at
his doorstep with a package.
Joining the Guild
Oracles Guild is actually a fairly simple process, once an Other has
been identified as a possible Oracle he is approached and interviewed.
His or hers powers are tested to verify their precog or post-cog
abilities, a simple process that is clearly evident and a cut-and-dry
method of sorting out possible guild mates. A unique feature amongst the
Oracle guild is the physical sensations that go along with their
abilities. Positive visions will create a euphoric and pleasant feeling
in the body, ranging anywhere from a warm hugging sensation too full on
after sex glow. Negative visions will create just the opposite, feeling
of pain and uncomfortableness in the body ranging from a stiff muscle to
at its worst pain-induced seizures.