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Law Keepers

The Law Keepers are a religion of lawyers, police, judges and court workers. They believe in law so much that they worship it, as well as many gods of justice.

There are four major factions among them, causing fierce rivalry.

The Spiritualists believe in following the spirit of the law in the pursuit of good. They often serve as defense experts.

The Readers believe in the letter of the law and they try not to interpret it any way other than how it reads. They most often serve as judges and other court officials.

The Individualists believe in interpreting the law as serves the individual at any given moment. They also often serve as defense experts, but they're the ones that give lawyers a bad name, helping the guilty to go free. These are the ones that look for loop-holes to twist the law and are often “on the take,” willing to accept money to look the other way. The others tend not to get along with them.

The Undecided are exactly that. They're undecided as to how to interpret the law and are often swayed by the arguments of the other three factions. However, in the end, they never quite hold to one specific view. Instead, they seek the truth, above all else. These Keepers often serve as investigators and detectives, as this appeals to their quest for truth.

All four take well to working as law men, with varying goals in their work.

The Law Keepers are on good terms with the Modrons. Some of the Keepers actually worship them, because they're supposed to be the embodiment of Law itself. The Modrons uniformly ignore this behavior, or don't notice. No one is sure which.

The Keepers have a private war with the Shadowed Eyes. The very existence of the Special Agents is due to this war. Currently, this conflict is on the back burner, as they've been dealt a serious defeat. They were extraditing island-hopping thieves to Medusa Island, the home of the League of Adventurers, but this practice has ended, because the Eyes took it personally and took out their anger on the League. After much death on both sides, they've made peace. The League won't accept requests for extradition to the island any more. No one else wants to get involved after seeing what happened to the League.

The Keepers have a fortress known as the Hall of Judgment on Theris Island. It serves as a center of legal education for the Archipelago, where lawyers, judges and law men are trained. It includes a prison.

Special Agents

The Law Keepers have very broad jurisdiction for law enforcement activities. In essence, they have the cooperation of most of the islands in the Archipelago. Those Keepers that are most trusted are granted an international license to bring law breakers to justice.

These individuals are known as Special Agents. They normally have the 15 point version of Legal Enforcement Powers. Most of them are also members of the League of Adventurers and extradition (to the League) is normally granted with little question, except in the case of members of the Shadowed Eyes.

Special Agents are assigned to hunt difficult criminals that hop from island to island, thus the need for international jurisdiction.

The Undecided never become Special Agents, as they lack the requisite passion for the law.

The Eyes of Justice

The Eyes of Justice are a sub-group within the Special Agent Corp.

They began with a single individual, a Special Agent who was tortured nearly to death, losing his sight in the process. Due to the nature of his injuries, even the strongest healers could do nothing to repair the damage. His blindness was permanent and he was promptly discharged from the Special Agents, due to an inability to perform his duties.

He was furious and left the Keepers behind, in the heat of the moment. He spent months struggling to master the most basic of skills required to get by without his sight. He felt abandoned and unwanted.

As he was dealing with this new reality, a travelling priest from the Order of the Unseeing Eye heard of his plight and knocked on his door, as they often do in such cases.

The priest's first words to him were, “Do not abandon your faith. You've done many good things as a Law Keeper and you can again.”

After that, they talked, for quite a few hours.

This Keeper was invited to take training with the Order's priests, undergoing the same arduous regimen. When all was said and done, he felt like a useful part of society again, but he still wasn't satisfied.

He had gained a great deal of respect and affection for his new friends, and he saw the good they were doing in the world. He asked to become a priest, with one condition: he did not wish to let go of his old religion.

After much discussion between the priests of both religions, it was decided there was no conflict. With some additional research, it was also discovered that the god of the Order of the Unseeing Eye was actually a goddess, one that was worshiped by some of the Keepers in her aspect as a god of justice.

The Eyes of Justice are travelling priests of the Order of the Unseeing Eye and Law Keeper Special Agents, as well. Most often they are Spiritualists, but very rarely Readers. Very, very rarely they will serve as a Law Keeper priest, as well. These truly exceptional individuals are known as Eyes of Inquisition.

Regardless of the title, the Eyes of Justice are some of the most useful Special Agents, due to their soul sight, which allows them to see the emotions of anyone. This can be very useful in situations involving difficult criminals.

Priests

Law Keeper priests are normally, but not always, Readers. They're built using the the notes for Priestly Spell-Casters on the Magery page. Their power modifier is Moral in nature, specifically Order. The required Disadvantage is Honesty (9 or less).

They often gain other powers in addition to spell-casting ability, such as Detect (Lies), Detect (Truth), Neutralize (Chaos), Static (Chaos), True Faith, etc.

For these priests, True Faith works against demons, native inhabitants of the Plane of Limbo and anyone with the Berserk, Fanaticism (Chaos), Impulsiveness, Manic-Depressive or Paranoia Disadvantages. It has no effect on devils or undead.

The priests of this religion most often serve as judges and lawyers. Very occasionally, they're also Special Agents. These exceptional individuals bear the title of Inquisitor.

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