The Order of the Black Rose

The Order of the Black Rose is an ideal or ‘cause’ across all of the Ten Realms. It was conceived simultaneously in the “Great Eclipse” where the prophecy was shown to all with the ability to see into the Aether. Each and every realm developed a following of the Order of the Black Rose, but the visions and peoples were received very differently from realm to realm. For instance, in Pandemonium the movement was very short lived lasting a generous year before it lost momentum; the culture of Pandemonium made it impossible to survive. The Order lasted quite a bit longer in the Fae Realm of Talamh, but the divide of cultures and grasp of power left the Order with no room to grow; after a few hundred years of its existence the courts waged war on the Order to keep better hold of control of their territories.

Xiasorous has always been a chaotic realm much like Talamh. While the Order still exists within it, it is far from the image of what it was foretold. Now it only exists as a band of people with an ideal much like a guild; its membership are in small numbers. This can be reflected across the rest of the realms, not gaining the momentum it required to make a lasting impact for their mission

 

However, The Order of the Black Rose stood strong in the Earth realm. It suffered casualties, strife and darkest of days but within the movement of human culture it found a way to survive by taking footholds in the New World (America). The only way it could do this was by integrating into the culture and working behind a mask of a secret society. The Order of the Black Rose is vastly different than it was in the beginning. The only way for it to survive the test of time was through the perseverance of supernaturals not of Earth who believed in the movement. As such they carried very anti-human sentiments and a sense of elitism that festered as the Order gained more power and influence. The Order of the Black Rose began to see itself more as a society that would 'police Earth'. They developed rules, laws and obligations through their system to prevent magics and entities from being able to overthrow them or take their power over human society. This also translated to managing of the Aether doorways found around the realm.  Within just a couple thousand years the Order of the Black Rose became the most powerful organization on Earth and despite the illusions of humans holding power, the Order is in complete control.

 

Lost in the lust of power and the luxuries of Earth, the Order of the Black Rose no longer represents the cause it was originally made for. Such things are difficult to find now and humanity is so far repressed they cannot truly fight back from their hidden mundane slavery.

 

However, the veil is thinning and the prophecy it was built for is now beginning. Prepared or not… the Ten Realms will be shaken and only the Order of the Black Rose can truly guide the way.

 Originally, The Order of the Black Rose was to be a court that was to see the Prophecy to fruition. However, thousands of years have now passed, and the purpose of the Order has been lost and power corrupted.  It is easy to say the members these days may not understand what they are apart of or why it exists. However, those in leadership have since justified its existence in tangents of symptoms of the reason they were formed keeping a general purpose still in line.

“There is no good and evil, there is only power and those too weak to seek it.” -- J.K. Rowling

What IS the Order?

It is important to state upfront that the Order of the Black Rose is a Society. It is not a business, organization or other form of ‘employment’ nor is it a form of an alliance among supernatural or humankind. To treat it as such is an injustice to its operations, atmosphere, goals and occultist methods. It is to be treated more as membership to an elite club, per hand selected invitation only, that is an extra curricular activity to ones normal day to day life.

"A secret society is a club or an organization whose activities, events, inner functioning, or membership are concealed from non-members. The society may or may not attempt to conceal its existence." - Wikipedia

Secret Societies may conceal their actions due to issues of morality, illegal activities, superstitions, non acceptance in common society, control, or even a dislike for current day social structure. They can act in plain sight, such as donating large sums of money to the needy, while leaving the public confused as to what they are about and what they do. Keeping memberships secret leaves the public always questioning... who really is part of the Order?

Alignment of the Order

The Order of the Black Rose is adiaphorous. Because it is neither good nor evil, it is considered in the alignment of Lawful Neutral.
The Order has its own code and structure that has been developed since its founding in 548 A.D. and inflicts its code upon all of society through means of assimilation, threats of use of power and annihilation.

While the overall mission can be seen as ‘good’, the manners in which the OBR conducts its business can be seen as ‘evil’. It operates outside of mankind’s common law and thus allows certain conducts that are ‘good’ for supernaturals but may be considered ‘evil’ to humankind.

Rather then conceding to other codes in the world, the OBR remains rather rigid in their own. Those who defy the OBR code and law on society are met with a general mentality of “play by our rules or be imprisoned” and will go so far as to eliminate people who perpetually get on the Orders radar negatively.

Modern Mission

The Order of the Black Rose is adiaphorous. Because it is neither good nor evil it is considered in the alignment of Lawful Neutral.
The Order has its own code and structure that has been developed since its founding in 548 A.D. and inflicts its code upon all of society through means of assimilation, threats of use of power and annihilation.

While the overall mission can be seen as ‘good’, the manners in which the OBR conducts its business can be seen as ‘evil’. It operates outside of mankind’s common law and thus allows certain conducts that are ‘good’ for supernaturals but may be considered ‘evil’ to humankind.

Rather then conceding to other codes in the world, the OBR remains rather rigid in their own. Those who defy the OBR code and law on society are met with a general mentality of “play by our rules or be imprisoned” and will go so far as to eliminate people who perpetually get on the Orders radar negatively.

The Modern Mission

of the Order of the Black Rose

The Order of the Black Rose’s primary mission is the preservation of the Aether veil. This is simply metaphoric and literal name for the illusionary wall between the realm and the Aether encompassing doorways to other realms, use of magic and the balance over power.

Secondary, OBR seeks to gather and protect esoteric knowledge, practices, spell crafts, species and cultures (including culture, rituals and sacred texts). At first glance this cause seems good, but it is selfish in the extent that it is to withhold information from the outside cultures of both Earth and other Realms to prevent tips in power.



Why is preservation of the veil important?

Not all worlds are benevolent nor do they all still exist. The Order of the Black Rose is quite aware of realms of Talamh and Pandemonium which have both attempted to influence or take over the Earth realm in some capacity in history; and still some today.

 To many entities, it is their first and only home for their base evolution is mankind (such as vampires, werewolves, wendigos and spirit-based entities).  Yet many nonnative species  have lived in the realm along side the natives due to the Earth once being the ruling kingdom of the Ten Realms. Despite the original kingdom’s collapse, Earth has been considered a middle ground for tens of thousands of years. In its time, humans have proven to be volatile and cruel, such that knowing of supernatural entities lead to them being worshiped as gods or slaughtered.
After many horrifying wars, the OBR thought it was best to preserve a veil, the illusion that only humans live on this world.  This veil has brought less conflict proving it to be better methodology then enslavement, as humankind outnumbers supernatural despite esoteric ability.

The Order Views

The Order of the Black Rose exists in multiple realms despite Earth being the only official location with an established headquarters. In each realm the Order faction has evolved based upon cultural differences, wars and elitism that separates them dramatically. It is a universal truth, that while some remember why they exist, the original purpose of the Order has been long lost.

The original purpose of the Order is:

  • “To bring the fulfillment of the Grand Prophecy and that which brings balance to all Ten Realms.”


Of course, it is easy to loosely translate its meaning. The Earth Faction overtime began to take it upon itself to police Humans and the Supernatural in the Image they believed would bring balance. In time with a complex of superiority and elitism brought by domination of supernatural entities, it became a secret society that catered to their own selfish desires to feed their own views.
 

Thus, on Earth, the Order of the Black Rose has the following Views:

  • Abolishing the Catholic Church and other judo-Christian establishments. The Catholic Church has long stood as an enemy of the Order through many inquisitions, witch hunts and even wars with the Knights of Templar. They generally hold the views of abolishment of all esoteric and supernatural entity in the name of their Holy God in which the Order has declared a toxic fallacy.

  • Abolishment or watch of other local Factions. Factions produce anti-OBR based mentalities or fight to expose the Order to mass society. Often, they produce hunters, spies or other pesky groups of individuals.

  • Due to the nature of the member base, especially the abyssal, the OBR has preserved slavery for hard labor, sexual conduct, violence, and food sources. This was declared to keep more violent esoteric species from breaking the veil in common society.

  • The Order of the Black Rose supports and feeds into the Underground network of Black Markets to obtain resources, ingredients, services, slaves, beasts and utilizes the Pendulum (fight pit) in some justice repercussions.

  • Humans are considered inferior in every realm and only to be USED as batteries, food or to the Order's government needs. This is true regardless of their magic capabilities, knowledge and skill.

Supernatural Management 

In order to preserve secrecy, control and elitism on Earth, the Order of the Black Rose actively seeks to mitigate or prevent entirely any of the following:

  • Creations such as homunculus, golems, Chimera and otherwise Frankenstein entities; as they are typically seen as unfortunate abominations. For the most part, these practices are forbidden and experiments are destroyed unless the creature is shown to be ‘happy’ and is sentient with desires to live.

  • Darker magics with powerful curses, wards, 'black magic', necromancy and creation of ‘zombies’ are considered forbidden.

  • Unsanctioned Abyssal feeding, killings, massacres, cannibalism or anything otherwise done for food or fun that would expose the supernatural and general way of supernatural life. If anything is feeding outside of sanctioned slaves or the Underground, they tend to be hunted to prevent abyssal infection spread.

  • Unsanctioned experiments on communities of people at large are forbidden. In order to maintain control over the populations, the Order wants such things to be under their control.

  • The unsanctioned closing of doorways; due to pathfinders being rare and magic-art being lost, doorways between realms are limited and considered property of the Order.

  • Non-sentient creatures of esoteric nature are not to be left in the world if found ‘wondering’. They are to be hunted, collected alive or killed as a last resort to preserve the veil. Those collected are placed in cages or ‘habitats’ operated by the OBR.

  • Supernaturals are not permitted to 'rule' humans in any capacity outside of Order ranks. Individuals or communities caught attempting to enslave humanity will be mitigated.

  • Humans are not allowed to have a foothold of control whatsoever.

If an individual is discovered to be acting unlawfully against these bans, missions will be opened to approach them in order to bring them into control of sanctioned bounds, threaten or even hunt them. In some cases, depending on the individual they may try to recruit as well.

The Order of the Black Rose Roleplay Group © 2020 by Mipps and Morrigan