Perfected Czardom

The Perfected Czardom is the name of the secret, hidden monastery-based community deep underground in a lava-tube, on an otherwise uninhabited planet somewhere in the Harvosette double-systsem. The community is ruled by the Perfected Czar, Ziame Hivi B’Rungi, a Third Order Master of the Nag-Sai path.

The Disciples of Nag-Sai venerate and follow the teachings of a body of twelve serpent-entities known as The Perfected Sisters. Masters of the Second Order of Nag-Sai have been known to work directly with the Sisters on tasks. The Second Order Masters affirm the faithful of the Sisters’ reality with their stories and teachings. The Perfected Czar himself is said, as a Third Order Master, to have “touched” the Sisters, in their inner sanctum deep beneath the planet’s surface.

Pledges and First Order Initiates live within the fortified Monastery grounds themselves; which closes off and prevents access to the lower tunnels of this particular lava-tube complex. Beyond the Inner-Palace of the Monastery (accessible only to Second Order Initiates and above), are the Inner Sanctum, the abode of only the Perfected Czar himself, and the Twelve Sisters.

Pledges and First Order Initiates perform many of the tasks, both menial and expert, of the outer temple’s functioning. Much of this involves interactions with townsfolk who come to view the Palace, and the twelve grand statues of the Perfected sisters that flank its entrance. Each peasant family outside the Monastery walls is obligated to pay tribute at the Place facade at least once per Imperial year; many do so much more often. First Order Initiates also serve as the majority of the Monastery’s military force, and spend much of their time training for this role.

Pledges and First Order Initiates are taught by Second Order Masters who come out of the Palace to teach to large nightly gatherings of Pledges, Initiates, and townsfolk alike. Sometimes the Masters will test their students, in various and sundry ways. On occasion, a Master will recommend a student be promoted to the next tier based on such tests. The Czar himself approves each and every such promotion. Second Order Initiates apparently receive more private instruction within the Palace itself. They also serve as the Perfected Czardom’s primary means of income, information about the outside world, and also their primary means of gathering new, talented recruits.

The local Lord-Commodore found out about the Czardom’s existence sometime in the late 1080’s. The Czar responded by negotiating a mutually beneficial deal with the Commodore. He rented out some of his psi-trained “Adepts” (Second Order Initiates) to serve as covert-agent “talents” in the sometimes messy intrigue-games of the Persephone Cluster nobility. As a side benefit of their work, these “Exterior Agents” brought back lots of useful intelligence about the outside worlds… as well as promising “wild-talent” psions they found in the course of their missions. These wild-talents have been trained in the Monastery ever since, and often volunteer to become Exterior Agents themselves.

A similar arrangement was struck with Roguhu’s Roges in the opening months of 1110, when they chased their arch-enemy (Unit 42) to the Perfected Czardom, which he had ferreted out and approached for membership to hide from his pursuers. The Masters, impressed by his prodigious psionic talents, passed the infiltrator (going under a false name) with only preliminary training into the Second Order training of the Inner Palace. With his greatly-enhanced intellect, Unit 42 quickly became a Master of the Second Order… which is when the Rogues found him.

The Masters proclaim that the Perfected Sisters themselves turned the traitorous infiltrator over to the Rogues, incapacitated with the chemicals and devices that Doctor Xi Nitar gave them for the purpose. They also proclaim that three of the leading members of the Rogues were ushered in, at the demand of the Sistsers! into the Inner Sanctum; to “touch” the Sisters directly.

Thus, the Rogue officers known as Xi Nitar, VUD Masterson III, and Orkin Sideways McClain are now seen by many in the Perfected Czardom as Initiates of the Third Order. All will be greeted by citizens of the Czardom as “Master,” and given great honor and privilege.

In addition, the Perfected Sisters apparently deemed it important to send three Adepts along with the Rogues as Exterior Agents.

Exterior Agents assigned to Roguhu’s Rogues:
Aelis Min Honin, Second Order Initiate
Karron Lotharian Vestanbule, Second Order Initiate
Master Earnon Isa, Second Order Master

Exterior Agents assigned to Lord-Commodore of Ang-Irani
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Perfected Czardom

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