A Great and Terrible Whisper
In paneled salons and dark catacombs, the secret elite of Ustalav assemble in exclusive social clubs known collectively as the Esoteric Order of the Palatine Eye.
What began centuries ago as a cabal of mystics exploring forbidden knowledge has given rise to an organized network of gentleman philosophers who almost universally rise to the most influential stations of Ustalav society as judges, deans, landed aristocracy, and even high-ranking clergy of Pharasma’s church. The Order promotes divine enlightenment through participation in secret meetings involving mysterious philosophies and strange rituals.
Western Ustalav’s bloodless shirking of aristocratic rule is of course attributed to the benevolent machinations of the Order, and Palatine Eye arcanists are widely credited for their part in the legendary defeat of the dragon Kazavon in Scarwall. But power has its detractors, and such malevolent occurrences as the inexplicable disappearances in Canterwall and the attacks of Lozeri’s Devil in Gray have been attributed to the Order by conspiracy theory broadsides. The elusive Order’s refusal to dignify the stories with responses only exacerbates the rumormongering among Ustalav’s superstitious citizens.
Members of the Order delve deeply into political and arcane matters; they are sworn to guard Ustalav and its ancient traditions. One of the main 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. Besides being obsessed with Orisonology and the study of mummies not much else is known about them.Known Members