Within the Cartel exist the power seeking factions known as Societies. Aside from the Sects which provide the basic governmental frame work, the Societies can be considered political lobbies or parties. The power of the Society is based solely on those who support and align with them provide them the basis to make power plays within the guild as a whole. With the rise of the Societies and the end of the Five Families in the Aekart Fall, a new basis of power was formed. To keep order among the growing Societies, the Shadow struck a deal with the nascent power brokers.In secret the Master of Shadow agreed to set up a shadow council, a secondary ruling body to allow the Societies to exist within reason on even ground, this was the seventh cabal sect, the Trust.
Defining a SocietyEdit
When a faction or group within the Cartel gains considerable power or influence it is approached by the Shadow. Those deigned to meet with the Mouth of Shadow from thereon are noted as candidates to join the Trust. After they are indoctrinated and are taught the Law of Thrones they are then placed within the shadow echelons gaming to rule the Cartel.
When the Shadow approaches a group it is always done in the form of a letter, and more often than not signed as a “mutual friend”. If the initial letter is ignored then a black clothed agent appears in the home of who they consider to be the leading member of the group. If the offer is refused then the Shadow will simply leave. A final offer will then be given, with the threat being that those who refuse a third time most certainly meet a slow demise.