Although united by their common purpose, each secret society has many layers that make up their structure. One such level of stratification is known as a cabal. Cabals enable the vast societies to operate efficiently by bringing like-minded members together in smaller groups. Having smaller groups enables societies to mobilize their resources much faster to respond to local threats. And they also allow cabals to specialize in areas most suited to it's memberships interests and skills.
Each cabal operates from it's own secret headquarters, which they furnish to their own taste. These locations serve as a social hub for their members, allowing them to come together in private to discuss their trade in much the same way that guild does.
Each cabal has a certain autonomy, and a range of resources that it can deploy for it's members. However, there is always an order to such things, and members will need to rise through the ranks to gain access and influence. The cabal itself is also ranked, and it's standing can improve in relation to other cabals within the secret society that they are affiliated with.
It has been speculated that cabals choose to locate their own headquarters close to the hub city of the society they belong to. However the exact location of these cabals are a closely guarded secret, and so I have yet to uncover any specifics. I have though managed to compile a list of contacts, which you may be interested in contacting if you seek to join the ranks of a cabal. Alternatively, you may consider starting a cabal of your own...
To determine which one is the right secret society for you, try taking the official initiation test.
- Hub City: Seoul, South Korea
- Catchphrase: "The Art of War is Chaos and Deception"
- Society introduction video
The Dragon are an international secret society that has existed in one form or another for thousands of years.
As with the Illuminati and Templars, they have chosen to deploy their considerable resources against the rising darkness to prevent the end of days. However, just like the other secret societies, they seek to position themselves as the the dominant faction when the fight against evil is over.
"The Art of Chaos"
Manipulators and conspirators, the Dragon have survived for millennia by playing their enemies against each other. Since before the first empire, through the aggression of the Mongol Khans and the ebb and tide of political change, a whisper in the right ear, a strategic assassination, alliances carefully crafted and broken - and the world eventually bends to the patient will of the immortal Dragon.
With a spiritual and philosophical approach to the secret crafts, as an acolyte of the Dragon you are taught to listen, shown how to teach others, and expected to respect the balance of the universe and to be humble in the face of fate. Yours is not the path of force, though force is often needed to clear the path.
Few know of the Dragon and their long history, and that is how the Dragon want it. You are invisible but pervasive, silent but all-knowing, and when the other secret societies have decimated each other, you will rebuild the world from the ruins of their arrogance.
The Dragon is too easily underestimated, but those who do so live to regret it - or die before they get the chance.
"The Templars are too rigid and old fashioned and the Illuminati are too gung-ho and individualistic. The Dragon has patience."
The quote above may help some to understand how the Dragon compare to the other two societies. It would be a fatal mistake though to confuse patience with inaction. Throughout the ages the Dragon have indirectly influenced the path of history, constantly churning the waters of change.
The core ethos of the Dragon states that the only way to maintain true balance is through chaos. To achieve this they follow the path of the 'true' Sun Tzu, which revolves around the statement "The Art of War is Chaos and Deception". Those who have been initiated are taught to respect the balance of the universe and to be humble in the face of fate. They also learn that the Dragon way is not that that of force, although force is often needed to clear the path. These precepts ensure that "out of chaos comes a new order".
It is often hard to know the motives of the Dragon. They are masters of manipulation, seeking to play the Illuminati and Templars off against each other. They wouldn't call it lying as such, to the Dragon the truth is flexible and ever moving like the ocean. But if they can agitate a greater conflict between the other two societies, it ensures that the Dragon will be there to pick up the pieces after the others have spent their strength.
Although all three societies are secret, the Dragon reside deeper in the shadows than the other two. Their headquarters are in a Buddhist monastery in Seoul. They are not a Buddhist organization, but it works as an ideal innocuous front so they may come together without attracting attention.
There are no restrictions on ethnicity when considering who will be initiated, so you will see a wide cross section of cultures. However their surroundings definitely inform their style. The weapons and occult techniques of the Dragon have an Asian flair. This Asian influenced style also extends to their military regalia.
A word to the wise
The Dragon especially like it when you underestimate them, and those that do underestimate members of this faction generally come to regret doing so sooner or later. This quote from the Dragon introductory video shown to new initiates sums it up quite well: "When they think we are weak, we are strong. When they think we are few, we are legion"
You may also enjoy this video, which some have speculated is of a Dragon member in action.
And here is an academic lecture on the Dragon given by Professor Tornquist in 2009.