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BEHOLDERS

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“He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”

- Friedrich Nietzsche

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 Something righteous this way comes...

...and are we sure they aren't wicked?

 Beholders are people granted with the ability to   distinguish deviants from humans and see daemons   even when they wish to hide themselves. Their   supernatural sight is known as espial, sometimes   poetically referred to by other names such as third eye   and sixth sense. Other than this singular ability they are   entirely normal humans who must use all their wits if   they should wish to survive. Some Beholders hunt   deviants and daemons while others seek to   understand this hidden rung of the world and some   wish to use the supernatural for their own benefit. 

They are not infallible; a Beholder's opinions, biases and   emotions may cloud their espial meaning they can see   humans as deviants and vice versa as well as   potentially clouding their sight making it useless.   Additionally, there are ways for deviants to temporarily   hide their nature from Beholders. 

STRAND BY STRAND

 A Web is a large group of Beholders who work   together, many of these groups are governmental or   religious in nature. Some smaller Beholder groups also   exist known as Cobwebs. It is extremely hard to   generalise these groups since many will not even all   recognise each other or may not even know that the   other Webs and Cobwebs exist. The motivations, end   goals and methods vary a lot between each Web   and Cobweb too. What is particularly important to   note is Web and Cobweb are terms generally used   by deviants to describe these groups rather than by   Beholders themselves. 

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CAUGHT IN THE WEB

“Cherish those who seek the truth but beware of those who find it.”

- Voltaire

 While there are too many Webs and Cobwebs to name them all, there are some of   particular note. 


 In order to combat Germany’s Thule Society during the Second World War, the United   Kingdom set up the Abnormal Intelligence Service, or AIS for short, as the thirteenth   section of the Directorate of Military Intelligence. Much like MI6 and MI5, AIS/MI13   continues to operate today. 

The United States is protected from supernatural threats by the Bureau of Occult   Research and Intelligence, or BORI for short. The BORI has left its mark on the country   causing conspiracy theories of Area 51 and the mysterious men in black. 

The Middle East has the Disciples of Alamut, the modern incarnation of the Order of   Assassins from the Crusades. They have a long-lasting mutual hatred of the   skinchanger Demimonde the Children of Absolution thanks to their usage of the Knights   Templar during the Crusades. The Disciples of Alamut are not tied to one country and   its many strands often travel from place to place, having no fixed location. 

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

 The resources and tactics of Beholders can vary a lot as the kind of tools they can get   a hold of will greatly vary and their attitudes towards deviants, daemons and society   will shape the way they act. 

The AIS is a highly secretive organisation preferring subtle tactics as opposed to direct   altercation with deviants if it can be avoided. 

The BORI is deeply rooted in the military though it does have covert and scientific   divisions, its origins do affect its methods today. 

The Disciples of Alamut are an interesting case. They are known for being assassins; in   fact, the word assassin comes from their original Arabic name though even in their early   days not all of its members were killers. They make use of lotus for ‘revelation’, aiding   them in their hunt but hopelessly addicting them. While assassination does remain a   part of their repertoire today, they are a lot more careful about how they deploy it,   recent conflicts in the region being the cause for this discretion. Once power hungry and   drug mad, many of its modern members though not all try to bring peace and freedom   from humans, just as much as from deviants. 

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