Caiphas

Caiphas

Children of the Infinite Memory

Children of the Infinite Memory

  • Active Membership: 20
  • Where Based: Ramsalon
  • Leadership: Caiaphas
  • Distinguishing Marks: A black masquerade mask with golden flecks around the eyes, like rays from a drawing of the sun, and the Inkahani character for "infinity" on the brow.

History
The Children of the Infinite Memory are cultists formed around an initial chance encounter with a powerful spiritus mage named Caiaphas, who convinced them he was a demon from a dark world, come to claim Vaxia for his own. He promised them great power if they assisted him in the endeavor, pointedly recruiting alchemists and practitioners of the forbidden magicks, notably blood magic and spiritus magic.

Philosophy
The Children of the Infinite Memory worship Caiaphas as a sort of dark god, calling him "The Infinite Memory" for his ability to possess others, and the fact that none of them has seen his corporeal form. They have been led to believe that he is coming to claim the world and subjugate all in it, and that in helping him, they will be granted places of great power to rule over all who survive.

Beliefs as to the exact nature of the Infinite Memory or his plane of origin differ from member to member within the organization. Some consider him a "lord of hell," a dimension of unending, personalized punishment, while others feel he originates from the Void an endless expanse of pure nothingness. The 'demon' himself has never confirmed any one philosophy, telling any followers who ask that the answer itself would be enough to drive them literally mad.

Encounters
The Children of the Infinite Memory have been encountered twice: once in the forests outside Ramsalon, and again in Manida Memorial Hospice in the Beth Bow region of the city.

In the forest, they were making ritualistic sacrifices in the marshes, leading up to the attempted (but thwarted) sacrifice of a soldier of the Elven Alliance kidnapped from the outpost. All members there encountered were slain in the course of rescuing the elven scout, with the last being briefly possessed by Caiaphas himself before biting off and swallowing his own tongue.

The hospice was an elaborate ruse created to capitalize on the destitution following the Inkahani Invasion of the city. With housing, schooling and food for the homeless in the area, the hospice seemed like a boon, which was precisely what the cultists were counting on. During the night, their members would take blood samples and inject strange alchemical drugs into many of the sleeping boarders. Said boarders began to report strange nightmares, but the in-hospice clinic naturally assured them is was merely a result of trauma suffered during the invasion and succeeding months.

In secret, in a laboratory in the sewer access behind the hospice building, the members of the Infinite Memory were working on using the blood and dreams of their patrons to conjure and bind spirits and raw spirit energy to the area. What final purpose their experiments had has yet to be revealed.

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Rams Head Gang

The Ram's Head Gang

  • Active Membership: 60
  • Where Based: Ramsalon
  • Leadership: Able Dawson
  • Distinguishing Marks: A white armband with a ram's head icon in black ink

History
The Ram's Head gang were founded shortly after the Inkahani Invasion of Ramsalon. With the destruction left behind both by the invading army, but moreso by the Vaxian Empire's own leadership, the situation in the city was rough, food was short, many were out of work and still more were out of home.

Able Dawson, a talented weaponsmith operating out of the Wayward Ho (until it was razed by the automatons), blamed the forces of Shi Inkahan for the situation of the city and its destitute citizens, and considered their continued presence in Ramsalon to be an insult and a danger. Having lost all three of his sons fighting to repel the invaders, Dawson went looking for a chance to take revenge, but found himself limited as both an old man and a simple smith.

So it was that he and his young apprentices collectively founded a gang in order to strike back against the Inkahani still entrenched in the city. With the Inkahani army too intimidating a force for them to reckon with, the forming Ram's Head group began to take their vengeance on the citizens of Shinkantown despite the fact that most of them arrived well before the invasion, and many were actually born in Ramsalon.

Despite the thuggish behavior of the group, bullying the young, elderly or weak in packs larger than their victims, they somehow escaped the overall notice of the town guard and their Inkahani counterparts through the use of surprisingly subtle tactics and clever movements throughout the city.

The group was finally exposed the day its members attacked a cart delivering bread and other foodstuffs to the edge of the Shinkantown district. Attacking a handful of Vaxian guards and their Inkahani military chaperone, the gangers announced their presence to all those passing by, decrying both the Inkahani citizens of Ramsalon and any who would seek to aid them. They were defeated and the guards rescued without any genuine incident, but the encounter alerted the guards to their presence in the city, and their other raids and thuggery stopped for a time as a result.

True Leadership
Over the course of several encounters with small groups of Ram's Head thugs, some individuals within the city came to believe that the leadership behind the organization was not the simple smith whose wares had been recovered from the bread cart raid, but an altogether more sinister force: a powerful spiritus mage named Caiaphas known to be able to possess others for extended periods of time.

While unconfirmed, the rumor would explain the gang's creative means of staying unnoticed long enough to grow in number. What greater purpose could be behind the control, or what interest had drawn the 'body-hopper' to Dawson and his thugs originally, remains unknown.

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