Under a Bleeding Sun
“We hunt down the hidden cowards because they can’t be trusted. Only those chosen by the God-King Hamanu are worthy of wielding the power of the mage. Only they are controlled enough not to turn what precious little life on Athas is left into dust and ashes.”
―Templar Distry Kentus, leader of Hamanuʹs antiwizard force
“We wear the veil to hide our identity, both from the enemy who destroys the land, and from the common folk, who we work to protect. Neither understands us. The world of yesterday was a verdant paradise, and it can return once we tear down the rulers of the city-states and their templars.”
―Yang’til Urgrant to his new apprentice
In most cities, there are secret leagues of preservers called the Veiled Alliance. The Veiled Alliances are confederations of preservers working together to protect their members from assassination and harassment by sorcerer‐kings and other lieges. The members work together to shield each other’s identities from the authorities or to help those who have been discovered to
escape persecution and are often involved in plots to overthrow their oppressive overlords.
Sorcerer‐kings send their agents to destroy potential rival wizards hiding within their cities. Nomad witchlords banish rival mages to the unforgiving sands of the desert. Halfling chiefs exterminate followers who show any sign of control over the supernatural. Even otherwise
timid hermits have been known to risk their lives in an effort to make sure that no wizard enters their territory.
The party is considered in good standing with the Veiled Alliance, as they helped Kornugard complete his transformation.