The Adamantine Arrow
(Pp. 38-40 MTA)
There are weapons that bring death, and those that grant life. The Adamantine Arrow embraces both.
An Arrow is a warrior first, but this isn’t as narrow a calling as many suspect. For every frontline fighter who rends the horrors of the Abyss with bare hands and soul, there’s a strategist who sees and manipulates the secret, struggling patterns of the world. Mages see reality as a many-layered thing, full of signs and movements invisible to the uninitiated. The Awakened art of war follows these patterns using a thousand techniques.
Existence is War
Enlightenment is Honor
Adaptibility is Strength
The Supernal is the Self
Service is Mastery
Rituals and Observances:
An arrow is rarely without an oath to some person, cabal or ideal. The first oath is to the teacher; an expectation to obey any order, no matter how ludicrous or dangerous it may seem. After this, an Arrow finds his place in Awakened society by vowing to serve a person, organization, or cause. The oaths are loose enough to allow room for interpretation and almost never require obedience to the letter of an order. Instead they act as a promise to serve, and the recipient trusts to the expertise of the Arrow.
Order of Challenges
Even though the Adamantine Arrow’s mages are famous for their dueling skills, they restrict challenges within their own ranks. For one Arrow to challenge another to a duel, they must first defeat that Arrow’s subordinates. This hierarchy prevents bad luck from destroying a lifetime of martial knowledge gained, as well as assassination under the veil of a duel.
Titles and Duties:
The appointed defender of a cabal, usually the most senior. The Banner Warden’s duty is to represent the cabal in any magical duel, and to organize the group’s defenses.
War leaders and chief tacticians receive this title. Rare in modern days where fighting in large groups is rare. Is a military title, and the Sage’s words are the de facto rule of law.
Opinions of Other Orders
The Free Council
Owed no oaths
Guardians of the Veil
Untrustworthy, but neccessary
Keepers of what we protect, but ungrateful
The Silver Ladder
We owe allegience to its ideal, if not its practices