Esoteric Order of the Palatine Eye

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Esoteric Order of the Palatine Eye
(Organization)
Type Secret
Alignment Lawful neutral
Headquarters Ustalav
Goals Stand against the Whispering Way
Scope Regional
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Source: The Inner Sea World Guide, pg(s). 260

The Esoteric Order of the Palatine Eye (rarely known as the Eldritch Order of the Palatine Eye) is a secretive organization of scholars and historians based in Ustalav. Their mission is to study and monitor dangerous lore and inhuman monsters, and their primary antagonists are the cultists of the Whispering Way and the Night Heralds. Since Tar-Baphon's re-emergence in 4719 AR, the Order's opposition to the Whispering Way has become increasingly direct and in the open, a change that disturbs some of its older members.[1][2] Their primary identifying symbol is a golden scarab.[3]

History

In 4063 AR, the Order aided those responsible for defeating the blue dragon Kazavon, who had set himself as a warlord in Belkzen.[1][4]

The symbol of Ustalav over which the Order stands guard.

Members

Members of the Order are deeply enmeshed in political and arcane matters and are sworn to guard Ustalav and its ancient traditions.[5][6] One of the main written 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.[7][8]

Members once communicated with each other through coded messages and symbols that hold special meaning, but have become less careful since the Whispering Tyrant freed himself from imprisonment in Gallowspire.[2]

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.[9]

Favored familiars

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.[10]

References

There is a major article about this organization in Trial of the Beast 70ff. and an article in Disciple's Doctrine 8f.

For additional resources, see the Meta page.

  1. 1.0 1.1 James Jacobs et al. (2011). The Inner Sea World Guide, p. 260. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-269-2
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tanya DePass, James Jacobs, Lyz Liddell, et al. (2019). World Guide, p. 9, 45, 132. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-172-6
  3. Tanya DePass, James Jacobs, Lyz Liddell, et al. (2019). World Guide, p. 48. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-172-6
  4. Tyler Beck, Jason Garrett, Alex Greenshields, and David Schwartz. (2014). Belkzen, Hold of the Orc Hordes, p. 4. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-710-9
  5. Michael Kortes. (2011). The Haunting of Harrowstone. The Haunting of Harrowstone, p. 14. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-308-8
  6. Adam Daigle and Patrick Renie. (2011). Bestiary. The Haunting of Harrowstone, p. 92. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-308-8
  7. Michael Kortes. (2011). The Haunting of Harrowstone. The Haunting of Harrowstone, p. 13. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-308-8
  8. Michael Kortes. (2011). The Haunting of Harrowstone. The Haunting of Harrowstone, p. 19. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-308-8
  9. Robert Brookes, Ben McFarland, Jason Nelson, and Mark Seifter. (2015). Occult Origins, p. 23. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-785-7
  10. Will McCardell et al. (2015). Familiar Folio, p. 5. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-60125-731-4