Throughout the world, men and women have dreamed of occult secrets which would not only bring power to them, but order and reason to their societies. They formed societies of letters, mystic orders, and secret lodges to share their advances with other worthies. Through Reason, they fought against oppression by an intolerant and inimical Church, tyrants who wanted the power for themselves, and unthinking rabble who would destroy that which was different or incomprehensible to them.
By strength of purpose, they survived, and the network of the Illuminated grew. Today, their fingers reach into the highest