Technic League

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Technic League
Technic League
(Organization)
Type De facto government
Leader Ozmyn Zaidow
Headquarters Starfall, Numeria
Goals Pursuit of power, and the exploration and exploitation of the Silver Mount
Scope National (Numeria)
Structure Naval ranks
Members Arcanists with interest in the Silver Mount

Source: Lords of Rust, pg(s). 64ff.

The Technic League is a group of arcanists and other lore-seekers obsessed with unlocking the mysteries of the Silver Mount, an ancient alien artifact that crashed long ago near the Numerian capital city of Starfall. Through their indirect control over the nation's ruler, the Black Sovereign Kevoth-Kul, the Technic League also has strong influence over the laws, policies, and economy of Numeria. Although sorcerers and wizards are also counted among their numbers,[1] many members of the League are magi.[2]

History

Sidrah Imeruss, founder of the Technic League
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Understanding Silver Mount

Despite having complete access to the fabled alien artifact, the Technic League has only the faintest understanding of the incredible site. What little knowledge they have managed to garner has already granted them huge amounts of power within Numeria. Not only do these debased arcanists have great access to the incredibly valuable skymetal—particularly adamantine—that makes up the mountain, but they have also gained considerable political power within the region. With the help of the Technic League, the Black Sovereign gained complete control over Starfall and all of Numeria, and in return, the Technic League has forever gained his ear.[1]

Silver Mount has been the source of countless strange artifacts through the years which the League has sought to catalog and tightly control for their own power and profit. Despite their best efforts, some artifacts have been smuggled out of the country and sold on foreign markets where they command extraordinary prices. Because of the destructive nature of many of these artifacts, Numerian technology has developed a deservedly dark and sinister reputation.[3]

Members of the League go to great lengths to keep their findings secret, even hiring assassins to track down copies of the book, A Thread of Silver, an early survey of the Silver Mount, and kill its owners.[4]

Gearsmen

The Technic League have also gained great military power from their discoveries. A generation ago they discovered the humanoid-shaped robots made of steel and stranger metals known as gearsmen within a previously undiscovered chamber in the Silver Mount. Once members of the League discovered how to control these constructs, they began using them as soldiers and enforcers, unleashing them on anyone who disobeyed their dictates. Because of their versatility and (general) unconditional obedience, gearsmen have been of incredible value to the League.[1][5][6] The League has had a much harder time reworking the programming of other, more complex robots (such as myrmidons and annihilators); such attempts have generally resulted in disaster and a great loss of life.[7]

Noqual Golem

The wizard Furkas Xoud is said to have created a powerful noqual golem during his time in the Technic League. Due to the magic resistant properties of noqual, it was made to act as a fail-safe, should the League's technology not be adequate to deal with a problem.[8]

Economic & Political Power

The Technic League has gained great economic and political power within Numeria by exerting subtle control over the nation's overlord, the Black Sovereign Kevoth-Kul. They did so when Kevoth-Kul captured the city of Starfall and made it his capital during his rise to power. They addicted him to the strange ichors that leak from Silver Mount, and distracted him from his regional ambitions, diverting his attention to only fulfilling his deepest, darkest carnal desires.[5]

The Mendevian Crusades have provided and continue to provide an additional lucrative source of income for the League, as the Sellen River is the main artery for crusaders travelling to Mendev from the south. This River Road begins at the Inner Sea and travels up the many tangled branches of the Sellen and West Sellen Rivers to the harbor city of Chesed on the Lake of Mists and Veils. Even though the crusades have brought strange faces and foreign ideas to Numeria, the Technic League welcomes them with open arms while overcharging them for even basic necessities, and makes sure that they leave with little more than their fervent faith to battle the demonic hordes of the Worldwound.[5]

Local Unpopularity

Despite their strong influence in the cities of Starfall and Chesed, the Technic League is quite unpopular in other Numerian settlements, especially in the town of Iadenveigh in the nation's south. Here devout followers of Erastil condemn the League's pursuit of alien technologies as blasphemous, and subject anyone associated with the League, or simply carrying objects of their manufacture, to a quick, pro-forma trial and execution.[9]

Structure

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Known Members

Ozmyn Zaidow is the current leader of the Technic League.[10] Known members of the Technic League include the human evoker Klarkosh who lives in the Emerald Spire in the River Kingdoms studying its Azlanti magic.[11] The wizard Furkas Xoud was once a member of the League before leaving to build the Choking Tower in southern Numeria, though most believe him to be long dead.[12] Kannath and Captain Merisk Kaffaun are the overseers of Aaramor and Chesed, respectively.[13]

Artifacts of the League

Members of the League have procured countless technological artifacts from Silver Mount and other Numerian ruins through the years. These items are not magical, but possess great power nonetheless, and include the Rod of Razors, and the Mindrender Baton.[14]

References

Paizo has published a major article about the Technic League in Lords of Rust.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Erik Mona et al. (2008). Campaign Setting, p. 114-115. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-112-1
  2. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 275. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  3. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 257. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  4. Amanda Hamon, Gareth Hanrahan, David Ross, and Jerome Virnich. (2013). Dungeoneer's Handbook, p. 15. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-510-5
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 142-143. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  6. Jim Groves, James Jacobs, Rob McCreary, et al. (2012). Inner Sea Bestiary, p. 44. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-468-9
  7. Jim Groves, James Jacobs, Rob McCreary, et al. (2012). Inner Sea Bestiary, p. 45. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-468-9
  8. Jim Groves, James Jacobs, Rob McCreary, et al. (2012). Inner Sea Bestiary, p. 18. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-468-9
  9. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 145. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  10. Jim Groves. (2014). The Technic League. Lords of Rust, p. 66. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-678-2
  11. Richard Baker, Jason Bulmahn, Ed Greenwood, et al. (2013). Thornkeep, p. 26. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-519-8
  12. James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 144. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  13. Jim Groves. (2014). The Technic League. Lords of Rust, p. 69. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-678-2
  14. Jason Nelson. (2010). War of the River Kings. War of the River Kings, p. 46. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-252-4