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Organisations in the western Middle-earth


Heren Requain - Order of Knights is the official list of nobility in Gondor. All peers (condirath, rheinhirath and ereter) are knights of Gondor, but not all knights are peers. Six hundred knights, elders of their families, sit in the Great Council of Gondor.

Tirith Dolen - The Secret service of the royal house, a professional bunch of informers, spies and bodyguards. They are commanded by hîr Dostir Maldring, condir of Haerlond.

Uinendili (The Covenant of Uinen). The covenant that Maia Uinen established with Aldarion the Mariner in Númenor was originally concerned only with the protection, internal order, and well-being of the Guild of Venturers. When the King of Númenor dissolved the guild in II 1883, he made no attempt to nullify the bond between the Lady of the Seas and those of the Venturers who had remained loyal to him during the time of Mûrazôr's rebellion. So it was that Uinen continued to show favour to the line of Imrazôr, and gave protection to all those who became subjects to the Council of Pelargir. On a lesser and more parochial scale than the divinely-established royalty of Númenor (and later Arnor and Gondor), the Covenant of Uinen imbued the old Pelargirean League with a sacred character. Whereas submission to the authority of the priestly monarch was compulsory and essential to Númenórean identity, the friendship of Uinen was just that - a bond of love that could be chosen or rejected without peril to one's status as one of the Faithful. Within her own sphere, the Lady of the Seas could give aid to the exiled Dúnedain, and could invest the judgements of her chosen representative with her own native power of divine retribution. As political order of Gondor underwent far-reaching changes as a result of the actions of the Ship-Kings, the sphere of Uinen's influence narrowed to the boundaries of Dor-en-Ernil and the descendants of Imrazôr the Númenórean. The Uinendili are a fellowship that reveres Uinen and seeks her protection. Their grand master is, of course, the prince of Dor-en-Ernil.

Belguinarites (The Brethrens of Silence) - The Belguinar are fellowship of professional mourners and embalmers, an important aspect of Númenórean culture. They prepare bodies for their long rest, and keep the Houses of the Dead (Rath Dínen) in Minas Anor.

Order of Estë - The fellowship of surgeons and pharmacists, they are the keepers of the Houses of Healing in Minas Anor.


Sovereign Military Order of the Swan - An independent military order operating in Dor-en-Ernil, Tolfalas and Harondor.

Brethren of the Sword and Justice - An independent army of belfalasian exiles fighting for prince Sangahyandion. Their headquarters are in the castle of Amonost at Amon Eithel.

The Grey Brethren
Sisters of Nienna


Tindóme-Lië (The Golden Dawn) - An esoteric philosophical society, open to both sexes, with a deep religious backing. Every new member must confess his trust in Eru Ilúvatar and the principles of the Faithful. The society is administratively organised into Grand Lodges that each govern their own jurisdiction, which consists of subordinate (or constituent) Lodges. Grand Lodges recognise each other through a process of landmarks and regularity. Tindóme-Lië is heavily interested in cosmology, metaphor and symbolism, of which the most important are the Tree of Life, the Star of Eärendil, the Flame Imperishable and the Trinity (Fëa, Hroa, Fana). Initiation to the mysteries of Tindómë-Lië happens in ten initiatory grades: I° - Novice, II° - Brother/Sister, III° - Adept, IV° Magician, V° Knight of the Eagle, VI° - Knight of the Two Trees, VII° - Knight of the Silmarils, VIII° - Commander of the Tribunal, IX° - Guardian of the Flame Imperishable, X° - Grand Master.

Known lodges are named TRIBUNAL OF ARDA (Osgiliath), EÄRENDIL (Pelargir), CORMALLEN (Minas Anor), SECRET COLLEGIUM (Minas Ithil), LIGHT, LOVE, LIFE (Calembel), AURORA (Erech), IANT ANNÛN (Lond Galen), AMRÛNAUR (Imlad Carnen), EDLEDHIAD (Calmirië), NIGHT AND FOG (Umbar). Headquarters of the society are in Osgiliath; it's current grand master is Calimon Ascarnil, the argondhir.

Côr Morchaint (Circle of Shadows) - An underground criminal organisation in Pelargir. It is believed to have grown from the Côr Aran, the secret service of king Castamir the Usurper, after the Traditionalist League withdrew to Harondor. At first it was a cabal of disgruntled noblemen from Lebennin, sworn to overthrow the Eldacari dynasty, but soon it reduced into organized crime. When Túrin Orchaldor was appointed the condir of Pelargir, he found that the organisation was most useful to him, and instead of getting rid of it, he took over the whole orchestra. With the Orchaldori family steady in helm, Côr Morchaint became a vast, tentacular network of mercantile, political and criminal activities, aimed to enrich all participants. Many people in Pelargir put their trust in their connections in Côr Morchaint rather than the King's lazy guards and corrupt magistracies.

The power of the Côr Morchaint lies in the vows of total obedience and silence it demands from all its sworn members. There are several grades, mocking the more established hierarchies of the Trade Guilds: Associate (not a sworn member, but a friend with whom one can make business), Journeyman (a sworn member), Blockwarden (a boss who co-ordinates ground-level activities) and Master (head of a criminal family, mercantile enterprise or a city district). Policy is decided in the unofficial and secret Council of Masters, presided by the mysterious head of the organisation, known only as "the Shadow".

Côr Carammaitë (Circle of the Red Hand) - Also called Yondi Firyaon (Sons of Men) and the Secret Fire of Númenor, the Circle is an esoteric magical society devoted to the lost secrets of Westernesse. They believe in the supremacy of Men over the elder races, and wait for the coming Fourth Age. Initiation in the society has been divided in ten grades (and two secret, supervisory grades): I° Novice, II° Adept, III° Provost, IV° Judge, V° Lord of the Temple, VI° Vice-Commander, VII° Knight of Númenor, VIII° Lictor, VIIII° Guardian of the Nine Seals, X Secret Fire of Númenor, XI° Secret Master, XII° Lókëtar (Grand Dragon of the Côr Carammaitë). The current Secret Fire of Númenor is charismatic count Meldin of Lebennivet, member of the Great Council. The society was founded in 1636 by late hîr Córiayan Sakalthôr, Curator and Justice of the Supreme Court.

The Grey Council
School of Cirith Ungol

Pagan or heretical

Kâthasaptha (Endless Wisdom)

Batan an-Izindi (Path of Righteousness) - Former bazaar merchant Imrathôr (812-884) of Hazaj Tollin retreated into a cave in Urud an-Khibil for forty days, after which he reported receiving relevations from God. The content of these revelations was memorized and recorded by his companions. He changed his name to Izindubêth, the Prophet, and started preacing to his people at Hazaj Tollin. He wanted to purify the worship of Êru from pagan haradan idolatry and implored his countrymen to abandon polytheism. He attacked violently the worship of the goddesses Ladnoca and Ishtra, but was equally opposed to the official practice of Kâthasaptha. Although some converted to the Path of Righteousness, as his teacings were called, Izindubêth and his followers were forced to retreat to Joam. There, with the converts and migrants, he established his political and religious authority. Within years, two battles had been fought against Hazaj Tollin's forces: the Battle of Sarnak in 864, which was a victory for Izindubêth, and the Battle of Duhu in 865, which ended inconclusively. At the same time, Hazaj Tollin's trade routes were cut off as Izindubeth brought surrounding desert tribes under his control. By 869 Muhammad was victorious in the nearly bloodless Conquest of Hazaj Tollin, and by the time of his death in 884 he ruled over the whole Dune Sea. This started the collapse of the Adûnai realm of Bellakar and deterioration of the authority of its kings, who followed the Kâthasaptha. Followers of the Path testify that "there is none worthy of worship except Êru and that Izindubêth is the Messenger of Êru", give prayer five times a day, give alms, fast and perform a pilgrimage to Urud an-Khibil.

Sisters of Ishtra
Cult of Ladnoca and Vatra
Cult of Shoglic

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