[Tier 0] The OutsiderEdit
Outsiders are those who know next nothing of the Cartel except as a mysterious “Union” or as the shadowy criminal Syndicate working throughout Tyria. How they know of the Cartel comes from their status as either abiding the Laws of the Land or breaking them. People who abide the Law and know little of the Cartel’s existence; those that delve too much and try to run often face initiation into the organization, or the painful punishment of having their memories erased via a mindwipe.
[Tier 1] The Recruit and The ChainedEdit
The Recruit is person who has been Initiated by a Handler has come to expand their knowledge of the Cartel’s existence. They often serve as base workers for the Sects and often are free to work for various Sects as needed. Others may work for a particular Sect, but have yet fully joined it. The Chained are Cartel slaves who either serve as indentured servants or indebted property to a particular owner
[Tier 2] The CarteliteEdit
Normal members and standard workers for the Cartel are known as Cartelites. They often work in Cartel businesses while never truly knowing the full scope of the organization, in some cases under the lie that their place of work is nothing more than a local business. They are often directed and supervised by Officials in their chosen territory.
Having gained full membership within the Cartel, Cartelites often fully know the Entente Tenets, who their superiors are and of the general politics of the Cartel (if they so choose.) They know of the Sects and know what each does within reason. Knowledge of the Cartels illegal opportunities would be unknown to Law-Abiding members unless they have gone digging which would result in them Knowing too Much, a level of knowledge that generally prevents them from leaving the organization without massive repercussions (see level 4 punishments under Entente Tenets.)
For more information, review the Expanded Tier 2 Knowledge article.
[Tier 3] The OfficialEdit
They are the middlemen, and the supervisor chosen to execute the order of those from above. Officials often run the everyday operations of the Cartel while relaying commands from a Sect’s Master or the Legate of their chosen Allegiance. Powers of The Officials and Tier 3 Knowledge.
[Tier 4] The LegateEdit
The Legates are the leaders of the departmental divisions of the Sects. Each is charged with overseeing various operations and business based upon the set of services and duties assigned to their Allegiance. Legates are charged with directing their Allegiance as per their Master’s orders and making sure their side of the Sect remains productive. Powers of The Legates and Tier 4 Knowledge
[Tier 5] The MasterEdit
The Master is the elected or appointed leader of one of the ruling Sects (The Spear, the Tome and the Crown) who come to together to form the Cartel’s leading Council. A Master is charged with not only leading their Sect, but also providing key resources, services and support for the other Sects when needed be as departmental heads of the Cartel. Masters are often respect and feared for the power they hold within the Cartel and also the sheer force of will required to lead a Sect. Powers of The Master
[Tier 6] The GrandmasterEdit
The Grandmaster is the Master of Masters, the “King or Queen” of the Cartel. As an elected individual the power of the Grandmaster is based upon those who support them and their ability to gain backing from Cartel political factions called Societies. Charged with leading the entire Cartel as a unifying force of will, the Grandmaster often plays the game of power carefully lest they be removed from power. Grandmasters although elected, do demand much respect and power. For if they can rule the Cartel, even for a short bit they must surely be a person to be reckoned with. Actions made by the Grandmaster can be vetoed by the Council. Powers of The Grandmaster
The Council of MastersEdit
While the Grandmaster is the titular leader of the Cartel the leading governing body, all major changes and edicts that affect the Cartel as a whole are passed by the Council, compromised of the Masters of The Crown, The Spear and The Tome. As a mixture of legislature and supreme court, the Council’s rulings are often final and can only be overturned by the Grandmaster. The Council meets once every thirty days.
These are members appointed to positions of power to oversee the greater bounds of the Cartel. In their chosen area they may exercise partial authority of a Legate. Council representatives are appointed by the Council or the Grandmaster. The following is a list of the Representatives of the Council.