This is another worldbuilder fluff I've written for a game setting I'm writing with friends:
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The Spies Guild: Of Rumor and Hearsay.
all the Guilds formed during the Venice Proclamation, none have the air
of mystery and secrecy as the Spies Guild. No other member of the
Underground can say for sure what it is they do, or who they are.
Removing themselves from history and from the greater politics of the
ages, they have cultivated a sense of power just from the unknown goals
and elements within.
What little facts available mostly stem from
the signing of the Venice Proclamation. Those who would become the
Spies Guild did not band together under a common allegiance or bond like
many others, the original Spies Guild was hand selected by a Chinese
man names Han Xi. While the other Guilds spent time drafting themes,
building power bases and joining in families, Han Xi moved amongst the
Others gathered in Venice and selected individually those who would join
Understanding the need for a neutral party who's sole
purpose was the protection of their race, Han Xi selected Others like
himself who had the abilities to move invisibly through the world and
find the enemies of their people and to kill without mercy. Those who
could hypnotize, hide in plain sight, walk without a side, expert
marksmanship and could even read minds were all selected. Those who
would unite under Han Xi's leadership joined the ranks, willingly giving
up their identity for the cause.
When the Guilds moved to sign
the Venice Proclamation, the Spies Guild stood as one. Each had donned
uniform clothing, each wore a white Venician mask hiding their face, and
none spoke but Han Xi. He stated their purpose and goal was to protect
the Underground not just from the enemies of the Inquisition, but from
the enemies within the very Guild ranks. He swore, on behalf of his
Guild, to remain neutral and stay out of politics. That they would
oversee the protection of the Council, and that they would only act in
the interest of the Underground. Han xi then signed on behalf of his
people, then they walked silently out and away from the hall.
that point on, the Spies Guild has moved at the edge of legend and
fact. Dispersing across the world, they did their work in secret. Later
changing their identities from the faceless legion to Mr. John Smith and
Mrs. Jane Doe, they move in secret above ground and below to stop any
threats to the existence of their race.
don't care what they say, there are more than 2 of them. Yeah, you only
ever seen Mr. Smith or Mrs. Doe, but too many times they've been
spotted as different skin tones and ages. Ya don't magically turn black,
Mr. Smith! Why ya hiding how many there are?"
- Jackie Garlie, Oracle's Guild
what I was told by my padre, the existence of our race is the most
important thing to them. That because the Inquisition is dead and gone,
they've set up a breeding program. Apparently they got orders to fuck
and knock up as many as they can, to keep making more of them. And you
know the number of times you've banged a chica and then suddenly she
disappeared never to be heard from again? Maybe they're breedin' us to,
- Reggie Al-Deli, Medium's Guild
Following a bunch of rules and ancient bullshit for things that aren't
real anymore. They do regular virgin sacrifices to Chinese Gods and
Goddesses for what? I ain't ever seen them do shit, and all their magic
hocus pokus is just to pull the wool over our eyes as they keep us
enslaved. They're the real guys in charge, and we're the puppets."
- Bennie Two-Pence, Fortune's Guild
don't know much about them, except whenever Mr. Smith has been around
there's trouble. Like a hurricane he is, when you see him fucking run
for the nearest bolt hole and hide. They say they keep the monsters at
bay, that they're behind the removal of AI because some got loose. Now
the computer is our new enemy, and the Spies hunt them."
- Jill V., Orphans Guild
don't forget their oath, and neither have they. I pray you never given
the cause to visit you, your life will never be the same."
- Brandon McLeason, Immortals Guild
and rage, lightning and storm. I can taste death in their shadow,
regret in their smile and hope in their steps. They hide from everyone,
including themselves, who they are. They suffer, so that we shall not
suffer as they. They've divorced themselves from us so far, I've heard
they all operate from an orbiting station. Maybe that explains why they
feel so distant, and so sad."
- Jeremiah Hills, Empaths Guild
them. You wanna know the face of the Inquisition today? Don't look any
farther than Mr. Smith. People disappear all the time, whole cells and
undercities suddenly collapse when they get involved. Never trust them."
- Francis Dearheart, Charmers Guild
I see dozens of them, on a regular basis. Two my ass. And I don't know
what they keep fighting, but it has big teeth and nasty claws. And
bullets, lots and lots of bullets. as for what they do, I heard they
recruit folk from other Guilds. Take away their minds, personalities and
make them another drone to throw at the enemy."
- Dr. Gail Maris, Physicians Guild
don't care where they come from, I don't care what they are or who they
are. They are angels, a godsend. I thought they were coming for me, I
thought those bastards who have taken the mantle of Inquisition had me,
then Mr. Smith and Mrs. Doe arrived. Saved my skin, they were throwing
fucking fire from their hands! Angels, I tell you."
- XxGaleHazzardxX, Cyberpath Guild