Technology within the Cartel has for years been based on the creations of the wandering Asura. However, this led to a stagnation of the Cartel's ability to adapt to the oncoming changes once required by growing opposition. Over time this instance invested several members of the Cartel (including the Shadow) to invest in new ideas and reworking the dying infrastructure of the Cartel itself.
Now armed with new technologies, and aspirations to adapt further, the Cartel prepares itself for any obstacles it may face in the new Era.
The Signet RingsEdit
With the reformation of the Cartel, the signet rings had fallen out of use and favor. Reintroduced as a gift by Tanqq, Master of Tome, of Wintersday 1325, the Signet rings are the mark of the Cartel. The rings employ older, but revamped technology to be multi-functional as well as stylish.
Construction and DesignEdit
Visually, any member of the Union that gazes upon a signet ring immediately knows that they stand before a member of Rank. The rings are also nondescript so as not to draw attention from outsiders.
The materials used for the construction of the rings varies from Rank to Rank. The gemstones on each ring are held in place by tension, a method engineered by the Asurans.
Legate, Council-appointed position, Master and Grandmaster rings have the ability to create a Seal of the Ashenfold. This Seal is an official mark required to authenticate a Writ.
To create an official seal, with ring sat upon a finger, press down onto a piece of parchment and hold for three seconds. A brand will appear in the form of the Ashenfold A.
The rings also provide access to certain restricted space. With ring set on the finger, those with the Rank of Official or above may access various vaults, libraries and armories that would otherwise be restricted.
To wear the signet ring upon the right hand indicates openness and interest in negotiations. To wear it upon the left hand indicates a lack of interest in negotiatons, and should not be approached for verbal discourse.