Chronicles of Neverael
The Seekers began, around the year 934 ME, as a group of like-minded antiquarians and scholars seeking to understand the mysteries surrounding the ancient Atlaneians and the secrets to their success as a civilization. In the wake of the Blackgate War and the rise of the Church of the One – most of the knowledge of that period was lost or deemed heretical. These scholars sought to recover and learn from the artifacts the Atlaneians had left behind – for the betterment of all mankind. They initially conducted their research in secret – paying adventurers to rob ruins for them or steal items of interest from private collections. Eventually, these same adventurers would join their order for protection against the backlash of the Church of the One – and a metamorphosis took place.
The Seekers became a true organization – with drive and principles. They would couple insatiable desire to learn from the past and better the future with a fierce adventuring spirit. Their initial expeditions and researches often met with disaster – they were opposed at every turn by the Church of the One and had considerable trouble finding patrons to finance their ventures. They struggled onward until, about 224 years ago, they managed to catch a break. The young, affluent son of the King of Thanelia (Izaak Tharn) had a vested interest in the past – and, in particular, the application of Atlaneian technologies to the modern world’s problems. He had, therefore, become a member of the Seekers in secret. When Izaak Tharn was appointed as a representative of Thanelia to negotiate the end of the Jonarteic Wars he used his influence during the negotiations to gain a place of legitimacy for the Seekers within the modern world order.
The Seekers are, officially, funded by the Concordant Council and they report all of their findings to them. They’ve made some interesting discoveries during the years they’ve been around – using reverse engineering to develop many devices which employ mundane science to perform the same functions as magickal ones. Even now, brave Seekers can be found in virtually every corner of the known world – digging around in things and getting into all sorts of dangerous situations. Recently, the Seekers have taken on an almost romantic light – young nobles sometimes run off to go join them and have adventures. Most of these disaffected youths eventually return home and to their duties – but some stick around. Even some peasants or middle-class merchant types have been caught up in this fever – they usually last longer in the Seekers.