The Society of Sages

aka The Dragon Hunters

Description:
Bio:

This group of mages and alchemists operate in the neighborhood
of the city-state of Kingsdale. The organization’s harmless
sounding name might indicate that the Society is only concerned
with scholarly research with little impact on “the real world.”
Nothing could be further from the truth. While research is an important
part of the Society’s activities, its goal is the mastery of
the secrets of magic and the accumulation of power. Much of its
research involves Dragonkind; the Society considers dragons to
be a potential danger to humankind, and its members are concerned
about the influence of dragons in such places as Lazlo
and Kingsdale itself, not to mention the ever-growing Cult of
Dragonwright (see Rifts® World Book Two: Atlantis and Rifts®
World Book Six: South America).
Although the Society of Sages operates in Kingsdale, it has
contacts with other organizations and individuals on the continent,
including the shadowy Federation of Magic. Several powerful
sorcerers from the so-called “Federation” are full-time
members of the society, communicating through the distance by
arcane means. There are even tales of messengers braving the
Bermuda Triangle and other dangers to bring communiques and
messages to and from mysterious South American nations like
the Voodoo worshippers of the Bahia Kingdom, or the Elven
Biomancers of Maga Island (see Rifts® World Book Six: South
America One). The Society is also rumored to have some contacts
with a group of psychics in Ohio, the mysterious community
known as “Psi-World” or “Psyscape” (more information
about Psyscape will be made available in Rifts® World Book
Twelve: Psyscape’™).
The Sages were able to learn the secrets of making Dragon
Juicers, thanks to a highly placed spy within the Federation of
Magic, although the Federation blames the original Kingsdale
inventor with the leak of its secrets. In a matter of months, the
Sages had “manufactured” over a dozen of these enhanced humans,
and used them as secret agents and enforcers. Some of the
Dragon Juicers were sent into the wilderness to hunt for dragons,
especially those who were hostile to humans, although on at
least two occasions, friendly or neutral dragons were killed without
provocation. The Society did not condone those crimes and
the agents responsible were executed, but most dragons and
friends to dragons are suspicious or openly hostile to the Society
of Sages, which has been nicknamed “The Dragon Hunters.”
Membership: The actual number of full Society members is
kept a secret from most, including its own members (with the
exception of the leaders). The organization is believed to
comprise no more than sixty powerful mages and alchemists,
and perhaps another ten or so beings of supernatural power.
Among them are at least three or four members of the Federation
of Magic.
Agents: The Society of Sages employs about a hundred fulltime
agents and often hires as many as an additional two or
three hundred mercenaries for some major projects. Of the
current full-time agents, 22 are Dragon Juicers, some 30-35
are Juicers of various other types, and the rest are all manner
of adventurers and creatures, including psychics, D-bees and
other beings, including seven Pogtalian Dragon Slayers.
Relations with Other Organizations: The Sages and the
Kingsdale Magickal Guild have a tense relationship. The
Guild is sure that several of its members and many candidates,
are secretly members of the Society of Sages and serve
the Society’s interests above those of the Guild. Furthermore,
several Guild masters are dragons who do not take kindly to a
group who has been responsible for the deaths of no less than
a dozen hatchlings. Any mage who is suspected of being a
Sage is watched carefully. Three sorcerers who were found to
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be Sages and guilty of betrayal have since disappeared without
a trace. A game of cloak and dagger between the two
groups is constantly played in the streets of Kingsdale.
Agents of the Society are often caught in a web of intrigue
and betrayal.
Outside Kingsdale and the Federation of Magic, the
Sages keep a low profile, content with sending out agents and
messengers to other magical enclaves.

The Society of Sages

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