The Explorer’s Society
Since its founding, the Explorer’s Society has dedicated itself to the search for Théah’s true history. True to their name, they explore the ruins of ancient Syrneth, collecting and cataloging what they find in the hopes of learning more about man’s place in the scheme of things.
Not only do members have to guard against the dangers native to the places they search, they must struggle to stay one step ahead of noblemen’s hired “diggers.” These are ruthless men who see the ancient civilizations as great treasure chests whose owners have wandered off.
Fully aware of the perils intrinsic to their work, Explorers seldom work alone on a serious expedition. Instead, they move in teams of at least three. A team includes a Full Scholar — someone dedicated to searching scrolls and tomes as well as studying the actual devices left by the Syrneth; a Field Scholar — someone familiar with the basics of academic research, but also trained to navigate potentially dangerous regions; and a Shield Man — a fighter trained not only in conventional fighting styles but also the art of improvisation. There’s no way of knowing precisely what may lie in ruins untouched by man. Shield Men protect their team by whatever means necessary.
Although the Explorer’s Society is known throughout Théah for their scholarly dedication, another quality identifies them as well. Not all of the artifacts the Explorers find are cataloged and stored. The Scholars need only so many of a certain item to investigate. Surplus supplies pass on to ranking members of the Society, giving them a pool of resources unlike that of any other group in Théah.