The Tome Edit
They were those most hit hard by the tactics used by the enemies of the Cartel during the Era of Fools, now they adapted to the new Era. Once known as the Lore, the Tome is the Cartel's arcane and magi-technological arm. Focused on innovation and expansion of their ability to analyze threats to the Cartel, drawing on a wide variety of esoteric sources of intelligence.
The Science of Exploration The Tome is, at its heart a collection of the bright, the inquisitive and the fearless. It's academics fathom the greatest heights of invention and it's explorers delve the darkest of the worlds many forgotten places in the name of knowledge. In the field of techno-arcana and 'spelunking' the Tome is unparalleled in it's ability to deploy; swiftly and cohesively, experts as well as expert assistance to potential sites all over Tyria. Weather Tome scholars and adventurers are required smuggle themselves across contested borders, brave exotic and deadly fauna or 'liberate' artifacts from the wrong hands their agents train relentlessly for the task.
The Art of Discovery The Tome is also however a collection of bright, inquisitive and fearless individuals and in the past 'debates' regarding the relative values of discoveries, methodologies or project goals have prevented prompt action being taken with disastrous results. There is at it's heart a fundamental cognitive dissonance, posses the agile mind of the questioner and never cease inquiring into the unknown, and be cautious about going too far too fast without proper preparation and due research. Striking the balance has vexed some of the finest minds in Tyria, but the Tome is no stranger to experimenting, and with each new Legate the Tome adapts, its minds forever standing on the edge of the abyss staring brazenly into the depths.
The evolution of the Lore into the Tome was the result of tumultuous political upheaval and a change in the status quo. For this reason the Sect has gained a sense of innovation and exploration that sees it crossing many fields of knowledge once considered unimportant.
When a member joins the Tome, they are told the Litany, a simple recitation of the Tome's purposes and focus within the Cartel.
At the core of one's understanding and wisdom in the lore is the Library, a personal collection of knowledge and artifacts collected over time. Those with grander and greater libraries are often at times seen with more respect than those lacking. The Library can be composed of notes, gathered text, or simply items and bits taken over time. What matters most is the experiences learned from these items and the effect they have had on the Tome member in question. Those with greater understanding are marked as those with greater respect within the Tome.
Members of the Tome can choose whether or not to adopt the color red as part of their adornment. Those that do are certainly members of the old guard that still relates to the history of the defunct Lore Sect, while at the same time the wearing of Red can be considered a mark of Sect unity.