Bearers of the Black Staff
Originally formed to honour the father of all the generations of survivors who had followed after Hawk. It was formed as a celebration of life, love and the durability of the human spirit.
Over the years it developed into a cult that followed a dogmatic hard-line of exclusion and repression. They believed that their teachings were the way that all others must follow, and claimed special knowledge of something that had happened more than five centuries earlier. They deliberately shunned people of other races and refused to explore the possibility of other beliefs.
They believed they were the chosen people, the ones who were saved when the rest of the world perished in the Great Wars. They saw themselves as the future of civilisation. They thought that theirs was the way, and the only way. All challengers to this thinking either recanted, fell victim to unfortunate accidents or simply disappeared. Whilst it appeared that the councils ruled the villages of men, it was actually the Seraphics and their minions that held the power.
Their religious leader was called a Seraphic.