Common Orders and Societies of Panisadore

Numerous organizations exist in the world which often bypass the boundaries of political borders, racial differences and specific religious/church affiliations. Whether® religious, (M) monastic or (L) lay (or combinations thereof) they all draw membership from divergent backgrounds for the purpose of pursuing a common goal, profession or way of life. Nearly all function in multiple nations (if not virtually world wide) and offer training of some sort in keeping with their fundamental purpose and objectives. Many are cooperative efforts of multiple churches and are commonly associated with them in the minds of the general populous. All display heraldic symbols, though not always overtly. A few encompass smaller organizations which focus more specifically upon related or complimentary concerns within the overall scope of the larger groups function. Degree of structural organization and coordination varies quite widely as does the degree of independence which they accord their members, operatives and chapters and the level of their cooperation with each other.

Public Organizations

Type of membership is indicated by abbreviation; multiple types in descending order of prevalence. In general usage Religious refers to clergy capable of manifesting divine magic (by virtue of an individual’s primary class), usually clerics and adepts – rangers and paladins rarely serve as clergy in the performance of any liturgical or sacerdotal duties. Monks in some cases do fulfill such functions as spiritual leaders but not through the channeling of divine power as a deity’s representative. Monastic here refers specifically to the monk class. Monastic© cloistering is occasionally practiced but is rarely limited to any specific class(es). By their very natures, such contemplative orders rarely exert any influence upon outside society. Lay refers to all other classes.

Secret Societies

While the existence of the following is widely known (or at least rumored), members rarely reveal themselves publicly if at all. Known information about them e.g., location(s), leadership, assets, etc. is minimal and their affairs are conducted clandestinely. Goals and agenda vary widely; political power, religious mandates, monetary gain, opposition to some other body are the most common, and methods employed to achieve them are likewise varied.

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