The Cabal & Orders of Blood
The Cabal and the Orders of Blood are a secretive group consisting purely of Elves and Half-Elves; a sinister organization whose inception lies deep in the mist-shrouded past. Originally intended as a defense against the then-rare new race of man, the Cabal was created to fight back the onrushing horde of this new and most proliferic race through new forms of magic. Fearing humanity heralded the end of the civilized era of Joria, the Cabal experimented tirelessly in a bid to understand the new race, creating many new forms of magic. At this time, the magics of True-name and Defiling were created. True-Name is the art of controlling something by knowing it’s forms name in the magic tongue, where as Defiling magic is the art of drawing upon the life energy of all around oneself to power and channel the arcane arts. These experiments also led to the creation of the first Half-Elves, the product of eugenic experimentaion and forced breeding undertaken by the Orders of Blood.
Eventually the elven nations learned that humanity was truly an intelligent race, and fearing repercussions for their horrid acts, the Cabal and the Order were abolished, and all knowledge of these acts was expunged from living and written memory. A few senior members of the Cabal and the Orders escaped with copies of their accumulated knowledge and continue their experiments to this day.
An Elite branch of the Rillistani Royal Army, known only as the Ministry oversees all remaining knowledge of the Cabal and the Orders and seeks out any remaining reminders of the arts created, to wipe the elven nations shame from Joria for all time. Only a few vestiges of the two organizations exist to the modern day, and the Ministry is nearing it’s goal…