8.2.2 The Cabalists
As a Guild of scholars, the Cabalists seek vast and deep knowledge in all aspects of life. Their studies are shrouded in secrecy from the rest of Aetolia, for the Cabal understands that knowledge is power, and those who direct their efforts towards this knowledge deserve to reap the benefits. The Cabalists' characteristic skills are those of Numerology, a lore based on the numbers and the mystical powers they contain, allowing them to toy with the very fabric of creation. Their research into the dark arts of Necromancy rewards them with the ability to deal with the science of life essence, death and decay in their purest forms. Finally, their abilities in Domination permit them to call upon the service of Chaos entities to aide them in combat, as long as they can coerce the Chaos Lords into pacts, by bribery or by force. The ways of Numerology had been lost since the time of the Grand Artifice at the end of the Second Mortal Epoch, until Eocik, a wayward farmer of Spinesreach, found a cache of forgotten Ankyrean scrolls in the City's catacombs. The Cabalist thirst for knowledge is unmatched in Sapience, as the guild pursues greater and more powerful secrets which underpin the very workings of the world.