We’ve already written about the Tomekeepers – i.e. the signatory city-states/nations that work in support of the Tome and have incorporated the Tomekeepers into their security and emergency services. Today, I want to give you an idea of how the second core faction within the Tomekeepers universe works. The Lorebinders are not a single faction, but a very loose grouping of like-minded groups who have decided that the knowledge they hold should not be incorporated into the Tome. This includes:
- Religious and martial arts organizations, whose initiated members are privy to rites and meditation techniques that might manifest as powers that could be attributed to magic or psionics depending on who you ask. Such abilities are becoming less uncommon as the factor 46 antidote takes effect in populations.
- Isolated outposts of pre-apocolyptic nation states that were sufficiently isolated to be able to quarantine themselves from factor 46 and its effects. Examples of these outposts might be NORAD, nuclear weapon silos in the Soviet Union, Area 51 in the Nevada desert, and other (largely militaristic) bastions of nationhood and self-serving agendas.
- Individuals with unusually rich resources who are hoarding works of art and literature, or items/works of historical, cultural or political significance.
- Organized crime groups whose operations survived factor 46 without losing all of their resources and capabilities. Knowledge of their networks and trading relationships would be considered highly valuable by Tomekeeper states, and such criminal groups would also have hostile intentions towards the Tomekeeper Corps in particular.
Obviously, this is a work in progress, but you can already see where there could be significant opportunities for conflict to arise between the Lorebinder groups and the Tomekeeper Corps. In some cases, this might simply manifest as a certain brusque uncooperativeness paired with a stubborn pursuit of their own agendas, but in other situations, the Tomekeepers could be forced to defend themselves against hostile actions from Lorebinders.
The Lorebinders are not necessarily a formal alliance per se. Individual groups may make situational/tactical alliances with other Lorebinders to further mutual interests, or as a tactical manoeuvre in order to outfox another group while in pursuit of their own goals and agendas. The politics of the Lorebinders will be diverse, highly entangled and driven entirely by each group’s strategic agendas.
The third faction of the Tomekeepers milieu is the Free Trade Alliance, and we’ll talk about them in the next post.