First of the orders founded by the temple of Dhom, the Order of the Wyrmwood has always been a powerful force for good on the northern continent. Many zealous followers with a capacity for battle consider being inducted in the order as the highest of honors. The Order of Wyrmwood consists mostly of Paladins and have historically been the first line of defense. Unfortunately, the order has taken heavy losses in recent campaigns and their hold on their territories has started to wane somewhat. Faithful and disciplined, its members remain undaunted. While they can come across as rigid and self-righteous to some, few dare claim their work hasn’t been beneficial to not only the theocracy but to Arkiyan civilization.
Few know of the Hand of Amas, and fewer still know about how they operate and their broader objectives. While they are a Faction within the temple of Amas, they serve as an intelligence gathering arm, watching for foreign and domestic enemies of the Lysantho empire. They maintain a large network of spies even far beyond the empire’s borders. And, they recruit others through layers of intermediaries so someone may not even realize they are working for this shadowy organization.
To those within its actual ranks, theirs is a holy task. They watch and spy with cold efficiency, the very act of which is their way of honoring their god. Every briefing is a sermon, every classified document a prayer book, honoring Amas by uncovering hidden truths for the benefit of the Lysantho empire.
The geographic society is based out of the University of Santarem, with a presence in the other five city-states and the larger towns of the peninsula.
The primary goals of the Geographic Society are exploration and education. They use knowledge to illuminate and protect the wonders of Aer’ath. The Geographic Society began as a guild of cartographers and mapping the world continues to be the focus of most expeditions. Others work on understanding cultures by collecting their lore. Much of what is learned is shared in public lectures at the University. Excavation are handled with expert precision and all artifacts are cleaned, cataloged, and neatly stored.
Of course, charting the unknown invariably leads to the discovery of hidden troves of treasure and lost relics. It is not uncommon for the Chartered Houses to fund expeditions