The Salvaged Demesne
The Mysteries and the Shadow Cults
As Lumnos has written and inpsried the prophecies, so to has Shadow added her insights to the world. Called the Mysteries, these writings are far less mystical and projective than the Prophecies. Instead, the Mysteries tend to be a far more believable accounting of how things used to be in the early days of Mydril. Most of the texts have been covetously horded by the elf Queen Shiandrianna, and those that were not have been systematically destroyed by the Radiant Host. Despite this, pockets of the faithful remain, and in secret places throughout Mydril the Mysteries are revered as the actual truth. The most prominent and noble group to follow the Mysteries are the Lanterns. There are others though, known as the Shadow cults, which have taken a more aggressive stance with these texts and the hunt to find and preserve what remains of Tenebrae’s teachings.
This ancient society of magick practitioners cares nothing for philosophy or morality. Their sole aim is the restoration and mastery of arcane ritual. Illyarius is said to have already accomplished the former through the discovery of certain alchemical formulae that allow the mind to reconnect with the flow of the arcane. The price is said to be steep. This could be dangerous, as this group would undoubtedly seek to carve out an empire of their own. If they truly do have magic, they will be almost impossible to stop.