Shadows over Ustalav
Organization: Esoteric Order of the Palatine Eye
The Esoteric Order of the Palatine Eye† (sometimes known as the Eldritch Order of the Palatine Eye) is a very secretive organization thought to be based in Ustalav. The organization works against the Whispering Way and recently aided those responsible for defeating Kazavon, a blue dragon, who was styled the Lord of Scarwall.
Members of the Order delve deeply into political and arcane matters; they are sworn to guard Ustalav and its ancient traditions.23 One of the main works of the Order is the Manual of the Order of the Palatine Eye, which is adorned with the symbol of the Order: a scarab beetle with a single eye image on its back.
True silvered thrones
Those who ascend to the upper echelons of the Order are known as true silvered thrones. Such shamanistic scholars embrace the occult and are masters of occult rituals.
Cats, bats, greensting scorpions, and toads all have occult connections that draw members of the Order to select them as familiars, while pseudosphinxes and psychopomps attract those with specific interest in Osirion.
They are specifically opposed to the Whispering Way and possibly predate UstalAv, many claim their origins lie in arcane societies from before the Earthfall, from the ancient days of Nex and ANcient Osirion, which means they are an older tradition than many gods.
*Further Research on the Topic May be AdvisableThey are the true masters of the old world and the powers behind thrones. In secret they meet to judge the fate of Ustalav in strange whispered tongues. In ritual are they reborn, and in mystery they forever remain. Engraved in keystones of buildings old and new, the Order’s blazing eye sees all. We do not understand their bizarre contemplations, but we know without them all would be lost, as they are the saviors of our lands.
– Professor Breverius Trusdale, On Secret Societies
In paneled salons and dark catacombs, the secret elite of Ustalav assemble in exclusive social clubs known collectively as the Esoteric Order of the Palatine Eye. What began centuries ago as a cabal of mystics exploring forbidden knowledge has given rise to an organized network of gentleman philosophers who almost universally rise to the most inf luential stations of Ustalav society as judges, deans, landed aristocracy, and even high-ranking clergy of Pharasma’s church. The Order promotes divine enlightenment through participation in secret meetings involving mysterious philosophies and strange rituals. Western Ustalav’s bloodless shirking of aristocratic rule is of course attributed to the benevolent machinations of the Order, and Palatine Eye arcanists are widely credited for their part in the legendary defeat of the dragon Kazavon in Scarwall. But power has its detractors, and such malevolent occurrences as the inexplicable disappearances in Canterwall and the attacks of Lozeri’s Devil in Gray have been attributed to the Order by conspiracy theory broadsides. The elusive Order’s refusal to dignify the stories with responses only exacerbates the rumormongering among Ustalav’s superstitious citizens.