The Esoteric Order of the Palatine Eye
The Esoteric Order of the Palatine Eye is, depending on who you talk to, either a secretive sect manipulating every aspect of Ustalavan society to some monstrous ends, or a harmless fraternal society and social club.
Western Ustalav’s bloodless shirking of aristocratic rule is often attributed to the nefarious machinations of the Order of the Palatine Eye, and arcanists within the Order are widely credited for their part in the legendary defeat of the dragon Kazavon in Scarwall. But power corrupts, and such malevolent occurrences as the inexplicable disappearances in Canterwall and the attacks of Lozeri’s Devil in Gray have been attributed to the Order by conspiracy theory broadsides. The elusive Order’s refusal to dignify the stories with responses only exacerbates the rumormongering among Ustalav’s superstitious citizens.
In paneled salons and dark catacombs, the secret elite of Ustalav assemble in exclusive social clubs known collectively as the Esoteric Order of the Palatine Eye. What began centuries ago as a cabal of mystics exploring forbidden knowledge has given rise to an organized network of gentleman philosophers who almost universally rise to the most influential stations of Ustalav society as judges, deans, landed aristocracy, and even high-ranking clergy of Pharasma’s church. The Order promotes divine enlightenment through participation in secret meetings involving mysterious philosophies and strange rituals.