Dreamers and advocates, passionate leaders and inspired patrons, the Silver Ladder strives to mend a broken world brought low by hubris and corruption. They see greatness in Edinburgh, and the bridge to a new world among neoclassical symbols of the Parthenon and the seven hills. Destiny is written in stones and fields and blood of the city, and the Order’s mission is fulfillment of the mystical promise all around them.
Their powerful, united vision fueled the Royal Society from its inception in the 18th century, a message of hope shared down the ages. Mavericks protective of their independence rejected the influence of their conservative, pretentious London cousins, earning a reputation as free-thinking, adaptable, humanist, and even radical by Order standards. Strong leadership charted a bold course through turbulent times, attracting leading figures and active cabals from far and wide.
Never the largest Order, the thearchs are undoubtedly the most active. They shoulder day-to-day administrative affairs, negotiating between their fellow Orders, and pursue grand ambitions, guiding the Wise towards perfection itself. Diplomats smooth over friction raised by Lumen Society hotheads and watchers snatch up promising candidates before enemies can.
Edinburgh’s fortunes act as a mirror for the Order’s virtue and success. Portentous dreams struck a number of the Wise throughout the 1980s and ignited a collective vision to restore the city to a leading centre of Supernal and mystical significance. To that end, they devote themselves to the great work of transforming Edinburgh into a new Atlantis, a gateway to bring the Supernal and Fallen Worlds closer together. What others reject as stagnation many thearchs perceive as certain proof their efforts are succeeding. Stability from the Pax Alba is just a taste of what will come once a new link is achieved.
Influence embedded in banking and law complement the Silver Ladder’s traditional interests in church and state. Thearchs promote working towards common enlightenment by combating division among the Sleepers, although terrorist threats and virus outbreaks stretch them to the limit.
Stories and gossip surround all the Orders, and the Wise might grow rich on learning valuable secrets or discovering the false ones.
Over the past twenty years, the Silver Ladder has invested countless man hours and resources into an unconventional project: an oil rig and drilling platform in the North Sea. At least, that's what it appears like on the books and to other bemused mages in the Order. Their intense focus on drilling in the seabed may be a hedge against rising commodity prices and increasing scarcity, but the Edinburgh thearchs keep to themselves the grander vision. They are doing no less than seeking to reach the fabled Hallow of Aether. A string of dreams guided the Silver Ladder to recover a block of material that may just be from the Ocean Spire.
- Nicknames: Thearchs
- Leading Figures: Lleu, Niniane
- Rote Skills: Politics, Socialize, Survival
- Theme: Magic is humanity’s birthright.
- Draw to Edinburgh: Favours from the greatest mages in Europe are ours to earn as we pick up the pieces and guide the Royal Society in a new future.
- Sample Concepts: Acanthus Arthurian mythology expert or 'mediator' (Londinium); Mastigos cultural curator (Celtic); Moros geomancer (Norse); Obrimos leyline specialist (Norse); Thyrsus neo-Arthurian novelist (Celtic) or great white hunter (Londinium).
A sampling of the Order's interests include, but are not limited to the following:
A hard-line faction who thought themselves pre-destined for salvation, and chosen to govern over others by right of innate superiority, once existed in the Silver Ladder. Purges during the Scottish Enlightenment failed to erase their sympathisers or writings.