One of many such splinter-factions to develop from within the ranks of the Mesmerists, much like the Necro-Mesmerists before them, the Metempsychotics have codified a 27-page creed, a distinctive dress-code, and their own corpus of spells and rites reserved for those initiates who have proven themselves to the Inner Quadrangle.
"We remember everyone. We are everyone. Eventually..."
Excerpted from The Metempsychotic Creed
Metempsychotics seek a personal and abiding union with the souls of those who have preceded them into the gaping black abyss of death. Trained in mnemonics, the art of memory, and esoteric trance techniques originally developed by Mesmerists, Hypnogogues, and their ilk, each Novitiate who petitions for Initiation into the Inner Mysteries of this group is severely tested by way of three increasingly difficult ordeals. The first ordeal is a Mental test, the second ordeal is a Physical challenge, the third Ordeal is Spiritual in nature. Those who fail any of the Three Ordeals are banished from the cult after having their memories purged through a harsh combination of drugs and spells that is both deeply damaging and often debilitating.
No one who has failed the First Ordeal has lived more than three months after being unceremoniously dumped, naked and unarmed in some back alley.
Those who fail the Second Ordeal tend to go mad and die violently within a few weeks of being cut loose. Those who do not develop into full-blown demoniacs, maniacs or ravers tend to suffer berserker-style rages at seemingly random intervals, until they attract the untender attentions of Hasnamusses, Predatory Projections or worse.
No one who has passed the Third Ordeal ever spoke in their own voice ever again. Those who pass this ultimate test of ideological fitness and self-discipline are rewarded by having their minds expanded, their brains re-channeled and their very souls surgically modified by deeply intrusive sorcerous techniques. They become the active core persona surrounded by a constellation of captured souls. Upon attaining this new level of spiritual development they are expected to go out into the world to capture and enslave as many spirits, souls and whomever, whatever else they see fit to tyrannize. These Initiates are granted the means to Detect, Attract, Bind and Control discarnate entities, souls, and their further progression within the cult depends entirely upon their continued accumulation of spiritual power through the ruthless and continual application of these secret spells and damnable rites. Initiates also gain full XP for those souls they bind to themselves, and only 1/4 XP for anything else.
To the Metempsychotics, there is no distinction made whatsoever between the recovery of long-dead souls or stripping the soul from a still-living person. The founders didn't feel it was necessary to codify morality into their cult's doctrines, allowing thoroughly immoral individuals to assume a great deal of power over their more altruistic, even naive fellow initiates.
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