The Lumen Society traces its origins to the explosion of literary and learned societies at the start of the Scottish Enlightenment in the eighteenth century. Edinburgh’s teeming streets were a hotbed of genius, attracting ministers and architects, scientists, philosophers, and writers. Mages were drawn to an atmosphere seething with new concepts in all fields of the humanities and sciences, driven by visionary men (and some women) out to change the world for the better.
Gathering in small social and intellectual clubs, the Lumen Society found its footing after only ten years. Mystic scholars soon learned of the townhouses and basements where they could exchange ideas and discuss their findings without the stultifying or oppressive atmosphere found elsewhere. The opportunities attracted a diverse set and fired their imaginations. They hungered to understand the changing world and the human mind, all bound together by the vital philosophy Man -- Sleepers and Wise -- must think for himself in this new age.
Powerful British industrialists provided financial backing, and the Lumen Society extended its reach far and wide. No field was off-limits, no region unexplored. The Invisible College took umbrage to intrusions on its traditional territory, but the Lumen Society seemed an unstoppable force as it rode the tide of men everywhere questioning the world they lived in. Their contributions gave the Royal Society its reputation as a radical, cutting edge Consilium. Refusing to ally with the Seers of the Throne, they hunted their mortal enemies the length and breadth of Britain.
Their fortunes soared on the back of the Industrial Revolution, and the Wise walked among scientific and philosophical giants in Glasgow and Edinburgh. They seeded ideas and possibilities in their fellows to lead society towards a great awakening, trying to gather humanity’s sparks into a great bonfire of possibility. Seers claimed Glasgow, and the Lumen Society ousted their bitter foes in a catalytic moment for the Order. In months that followed, their Nameless allies and followers aligned behind the Scots in the Great Refusal of 1900 that created the Order on a worldwide scale. Perfection was farther at hand than they thought, and the war of hearts and minds was not the quick skirmish the Wise hoped for.
They struggled against crushing poverty and social woes brought by a headlong rush for development, and the crippling blows left by the World Wars indelibly marked a transition for the Order from firebrand youth to sobered maturity. Thatcher years come and gone, the Lumen Society gathered a new generation of spirited free-thinkers for a new war.
Today, the Philologi look back on the developments of their predecessors for inspiration and seek to use a disturbingly familiar set of circumstances -- disdain for authority, financial and social agitation, and gripping unrest -- to catapult Scotland into the Second Enlightenment.
The Free Council|
Scotland witnessed the start of the Enlightenment and the modern age under the nurturing influence of the Lumen Society, mages who ignited the global revolution that would establish the Free Council more than a century later. The Order owes its existence to the first Philologi cabals who represented a new way of thinking and forged diplomatic ties the Diamond Orders, resulting in the Royal Society's formation. Thus, all mages of the Order in Europe proudly bear the title in homage to the rabble-rousers and free-thinkers embodying the best of their principles. The Lumen Society led the vanguard in battles against the Seers of the Throne in battles strung from Glasgow to Hong Kong, and for their great sacrifices and leadership, the Free Council regards Edinburgh as their birthplace and crucible.
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Stories and gossip surround all the Orders, and the Wise might grow rich on learning valuable secrets or discovering the false ones.
Someone influential in Lumen Society has issued an invitation to visit Edinburgh through its diaspora of apprentices, allies, and exiles. Friendly words and greetings mask no less than an open call for revolutionary action against a stagnating Consilium mired in a mystical log jam. The time to seize the initiative is now. Philologi gather together in preparation of rescuing the Royal Society before the whole city flies apart, and they want nothing less than to revive and unleash the ideals that birthed the modern age. Lumen Society cabals will be damned if they let the Seers of the Throne claim a victory in the birthplace of the Scottish Enlightenment, and they are positioning themselves to strike at the best opportunity.
- Nicknames: The Philologi, Libertines
- Leading Figures: Wallace
- Rote Skills: Crafts, Larceny, Persuasion
- Theme: Magic is humanity’s birthright.
- Draw to Edinburgh: We will cast the stones which break the stagnation and usher in the second Scottish Enlightenment.
- Sample Concepts: Acanthus student of fate at the festivals; Mastigos undercity bartender; Moros modern day alchemist or the fortunate son (Bush II, Texan); Obrimos Anti-Seer political campaigner; Thyrsus henge engineer (Celtic)
A sampling of the Order's interests include, but are not limited to the following:
- High Tech
- Seers of the Throne
In 1889, two Lumen Society cabals staggered home from Glasgow after a protracted confrontation with the Rosewood House pylon of Seers. Their luggage contained treasures salvaged from a demolished workshop which belonged to a vanished cabal, the finest of them the partially destroyed Radical Device. Philologi struggled in vain to reassemble the bashed machinery of the device and make sense of its complicated mechanisms. After thirty years, exhausted researchers declared defeat and condemned the so-called Enigma to a lonely shelf. Every few years a mage attempts to tackle the project with mixed results, and masters delight in unleashing their apprentices on the Radical Device in hopes they might reach a solution -- or patience. No one has fathomed its purpose, but its likely Atlantean origins and antiquity are indisputable.