Council of Venice
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The Council of Venice, formed from the Dragon, Illuminati, Phoenicians, and Templars, monitors the secret world, polices activity between the four major factions described previously, and serves as an unaffliated medium through which matters of policy may be debated. Whether the Council also includes the Orochi Group or the faction currently only referred to as 'The Rising Tide of Change' is unknown.
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The Council's Purpose
Originally, the Council was formed for the protection of the Secret Societies; under threat of exposure through larger and bloodier wars, representatives from each society convened to form an impartial governing body, which would set the 'rules' of the so-called Secret War, as well as when and where such battles can take place. The accord is little more than a 'gentleman's agreement' - that is, each member society obeys the accords out of fear of the remaining societies turning on them.
Additionally, it gives the societies a place to debate policies and issues of the Secret World, functioning in a manner similar to a Secret World equivalent to The United Nations. Indeed, as part of their function, the Council of Venice has its own impartial military force that can be deployed when approved war-zones get out-of-hand or cells of a secret society go rogue.
The Book of Secrets
The Book of Secrets is an object of great importance, but mentioned very rarely by the member societies. It was supposedly penned during the first convening of the Council of Venice, and features heavily in the Council's charters. The book serves as a comprehensive list of items which the 'real world' must be protected from and kept secret: 13,519 entries at last count. Thus far, nothing else about the book (e.g. its location, any details about its contents beyond the number of entries) has been revealed.
Coordinates: (157, 374)
The Council of Venice envoy in the Savage Coast is located at the shop north-west of the portal to Agartha. The co-ordinates are (177.1, 853.3).
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- Main article: Lore:Council of Venice
Our wisdom flows so sweet. Taste and see.
TRANSMIT - initiate the assembly signal - RECEIVE - initiate the lame behemoth syntax - DEADLOCK VOTING REMAINS UNBROKEN - initiate the Armageddon Proclamation - SOUND AND FURY SIGNIFYING NOTHING - the Technicolour spectrum - WITNESS - The Council of Venice.
It was a great idea. Gather the secret societies, form a council, protect the mundane civilians from the secret war, mitigate the damage, avoid esoteric mega-disaster. Theory mutates in the half-light. The road to ruin is paved with good ideas. Ideas are easy. Execution...now that will kill you.
Initiate the secret histories.
Initiate the King James Protocol. The code is 16 and 16. The password is "Revelation." Transmit!
Initiate the King James Protocol. The code is 6 and 17. The password is "Revelation." Transmit!
Initiate the King James Protocol. The code is 20 and 1. The password is "Revelation." Transmit!
In times you call ancient, something almost went horribly wrong. Those who sleep gigantically nearly woke. Apocalyptic desperation breeds cooperation. The cabals worked side by side, but realized disaster could have been avoided long before. We buzzed in their ears.
The five most prominent cabals formed a council in Jerusalem - an open dialoge to create an acting mediator between the factions and ensure common decisions regarding the most dire aspects of the secret world. The seat of this council migrated many times. In the wake of the crusades, the power of the Roman popes and European kings, the council moved to Venice in the 13th century. There it remains.
In all the seasons between the then and the now, the COuncil has ensured that the mundane world never see its own shadow.
Each secret society has a number of delegates proportionate to size and importance. The Illuminati, the Templars, the Dragon, and the Phoenicians have three each. The others have one or two. The Council itself has its own neutral delegates. The mechanism is complex. It clogs so easily.
A Chief Councillor is elected every seven years. This Councillor cannot belong to a specific cabal, must abandon his or her allegiances. How very incorruptible. Eh, sweetling?
Initiate the secret war. When secret worlders decide to battle one another, it is the Council of Venice who sets the rules of the conflict. They fancy it a gentleman's war, and make sure the factions act accordingly.
The Council was a fine idea, with some altruism in the proportion. It even worked for a while. But to, dear sweetling, your meat memories are short. In the mayfly blink of centuries, Armageddon fades away, cooperation shrivels up, bureaucratic Alzheimer's sets in. Impotency is a forgone conclusion.
Initiate the riddle: How can something be so mighty and so helpless?
All those opinions. ALl those agendas. The red tape forms a web that chokes all action. When a decision is actually made, it is respected, but those become more and more rare. Cue the farce and parody and slapstick show. The beating of gavels. THe verbal sparring. Semantics devour truth.
Initiate the dark days.
Something Ominous bubbles in Egypt and Transylvania. The Council deploys agents. See designation Amparo Osorio. See designation Carmen Preda.
The treaty over Solomon's treasure is violated. When old agreements are breached, things turn serious. The farce ends. "Diplomatic crisis!" crook the storm crows. Murmurs ask if there is even a need for a council anymore.
Calamity Compiles. The Council weakens. A worm slithers inside. We see the coming betrayal, for what is time to us? We stand outside. Everything has happened. Everything is happening. The echoes screech, "Ruin-ruin-ruin-ruin." All that potential strength, and yet what can they do? It is like relocating a desert with a thousand forks. What will unite them? Perhaps something must go horribly wrong again...
We will be there, sweetling. Will you see us in the half-light?
During this systems malfunction, evidence of sub-groups from within the Council were discovered. From the warning message there is a reference to COTROE, a reference to the Council of Three; assumed to be members of the Dragon, Illuminati, and Templars. In the email that provided some explanation; we learn that in addition to Council seat holders, there is also the "Circle of the Secret War" which has at least one protector.
On August 27, 2011, leaked emails were posted by The Dark Places at murex.wikidot.com (1, 2, 3). These emails introduced the Phoenicians, Elias Berbera and Dr. Elissa Hanna, and the Council-Consul Sienna. It must be noted that Sienna and Monticiano are both from the same geographical area in Tuscany Italy that has links to the House of Borghese.
The Secret War