For more specifics about The Sects, review the Portal:The Sects.
The Crown Edit
The Noble Sect Born from the reluctant merger of the former Voice and Coin sects, the Crown exudes profit based ambition mixed with political finesses. An uneasy union, the Sect has come to act as the Cartel's political connections and business backing while acting as the underhand at the same time. Those seeking power through either business or the political arena are often at home in the Crown. Tasked with not only acting as the Cartel's social arm in the world of Tyria, the Crown operates spy networks and employs some of the more darker tactics the Cartel uses to remove opposition. Be they noble house, or charr warband, the Crown is home to anyone seeking power and profit in the lands of Tyria.
The Military Sect The Spear is the Cartels military and acquistion arm. They are the result of the combining of the formal rival Hunt and Blade sects to create a new unified force of defense and enforcement. Spears are known for their tenacity, their discipline and for their skill in simply getting things done. From wayward adventurers or storyteller to the organize squads of war fighting in the mists, the Spear is for those seeking to make a mark through their achievements or through organized warfare.
The Arcane Sect They were once known as the Lore and through pain they were forged anew. The Tome is the Cartel's research and magical. They are often tasked with keeping vast records, identifying magical threats, or even combattinng the strange and unusual. For those seeking advancement through knowledge, or simply greater understanding of the what Tyria once was, the Tome is their home. Tome is also charged with maintaining and advancing the asuran technology. Long has the Cartel relied upon the inventions of the Wanderer, yet with the coming of a new Era, the Tome seeks to advance the Cartel's fields of magic and technology on their own.
The Chained Edit
The Under-Sect The Chained are the fogotten Fifth of the Cartel (after the mysterious Shadow) and are the bound saptients indebted to the organization. Chained include gladiators, silk-bound dancers, skilled indentured laborers and personal servants. Those seeking to tell a story of the down trodden to then rise to power or to take to the pits or the silken dens can find a home among the Chained.
The Shadow Edit
The Hidden Sect They are the Cartel's secret police, and the descendants of the vanguard who overthrew the last Aekart boss of bosses. After years of activity the Shadow have fallen back into the darkness to become the silent master. Few see them and only hear of them in rumor or in neatly scrawled warnings. All that is known is to invoke the shadow's wrath is to disappear one night and return the next without recollection of where one had been.
The Trust Edit
The Cabal Sect Once there were the Five Families the founding Houses that created the original basis of the Cartel. After what would become known as the Aekart Fall, the Five Families were cast to the winds. Rising from this murderous night were the Societies, powerful new factions that rivaled the families in influence and political clout. Afraid that the Societies would unbalance the newly found peace of the reformation that had come after the Era of Fools, the Shadow struck a deal with them. Forming the Cabal Sect, or The Trust. Filled with intrigue and the center of Cartel politics, The Trust are those seeking to make a name in becoming or placing a King on the throne of the Cartel. Expanded information on Societies.