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The Men of Letters

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Men of Letters are

…”preceptors, observers, beholders, chroniclers” of mysteries not easily explainable or known to men. They had knowledge of mysteries of the supernatural and many arcane arts like alchemy. (Source: Fandom Wiki)

The Men of Letters are a world wide organization, but their chapters widely seceded for various reasons during the last century. In Europe World War II and the Thule (a nazi occult organization still rumoured to exist) played a big part, and there are still very real tensions between Faction Gamma and the Britons.

The world chapters are called Factions, and they are named with different areal coding depending on what part of the world they’re from. In Europe they are named by the Greek alphabet in descending order from northernmost to southernmost Faction.

Factions are bound to the same levels of knowledge system as the original organization, but local cultures do affect how this is implemented. The levels are initiate, apprentice, senior and elder

Ways of being initiated into the Men of Letters vary, because academies like Kendrick simply don’t exist in most parts of the world, and most operatives don’t want to uphold the tradition of legacies (inheriting into the knowledge and organization). Often the factions search out knowledgeable individuals locally or choose fitting ones born to the life, if they are willing. 

Some things are run internationally. Elders are appointed by the international Assembly of Elders when an operative is deemed experienced enough to enter the highest level of knowledge. Initates are always guided by an appointed senior and aren’t allowed many freedoms to explore and experiment. 

Apprentices are supervised but already encouraged to explore independently. Usually they are introduced as full members after a rite of passage, a mission or research task that proves high proficiency in the lore and magic.

Seniors, full members, are independent players who get appointed as elders once they autonomously reach a level of proficiency deemed equal to other elders. Becoming an elder grants them full access to everything the organization has gathered in lore, spells and items, the highest level of knowledge. Although Faction elders might still be a long way away from knowing how the British operation is run, and they know it.

Initiates are initiates everywhere, and there’s no way around the introductory phase of getting into the business. Elders are usually referred to as elders, but seniors and apprentices are referred to as operatives when dealing with everyday stuff.

Outside of Britain and very official business with them, the difference between the two is fluid. Becoming a senior is almost a decorative, ritualistic thing. It’s mostly regarded as important if there’s a local lack of access to the knowledge and archives, which full members have more of. Or if someone has clear ambitions to become an elder. 

The European Factions 

  • Alpha (Scandinavia, Nordics, Baltics)
  • Beta (Poland, Czech, Slovakia, Belarus, Ukraine)
  • Gamma (Germany, Austria, Benelux)
  • Delta (Italy, Switzerland, France)
  • Epsilon (Spain, Portugal)
  • Zeta (Eastern Europe from Balkans to Greece).

The Vatican remains outside the Men of Letters reach.

The British Men of Letters

More information (containing plot spoilers for SPN) at Fandom Wiki.

The other world factions are, for the most part, somewhat ignorant about the extent of the BMoL’s power. They know they are powerful, but don’t know about all the weapons they have  and keep from other factions.

Other background

More information (containing plot spoilers for SPN) at Fandom Wiki.

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