Psychics and Sorcerers/Aperta Society
History of the Aperta Society
In 1879, George Thompson arrived at the city of Pokoh's Peak. Back east, his talents as an accomplished sorcerer had been discovered by those who didn't understand and he fled West to avoid mob justice. Living towards the edge of town, he spent his time alone, out of the prying eyes of the common people and focusing on his rituals and perfecting his works. In 1890, the dreams started. At first they weren't bad, one might even say they were pleasant. Roaming the wild lands of Colorado and basking in the sunlight. Then the shadows would come, and the sunlight turned to inky clouded skies. Trees turned to living screaming torches exploding around him. From one tree to the next the living flame would spread, herding him towards a rocky precipice where a small, high altitude plant blossomed.
Caroline Meredith was born in the Colorado territory the same year it was established. She was a peculiar child in the wilds of the West; as a toddler she'd taken to wandering from the homestead and into the woods. She was never attacked by an animal or a rogue Indian; she somehow managed to blend in with the world around her with unnatural skill. When asked she'd say she talked to the animals, and they liked her, and that Indians and strangers only saw her when she wished they could. Rumors circulated about her as she grew older, so she always stayed on the edge of the settlements. She was able to squeak out a living, but she was relegated to the world of an uneducated spinster. In 1890, the dreams started. At first they weren't bad, one might even say they were pleasant. Roaming the wild lands of Colorado and basking in the sunlight. Then the shadows would come, and the sunlight turned to inky clouded skies. Trees turned to living screaming torches exploding around her. From one tree to the next the living flame would spread, herding her towards a rocky precipice where a small, high altitude plant blossomed.
No one knows how George Thompson and Caroline Meredith met. No one knows what they discovered in that grotto high on Pokoh's Peak. But they did meet and they did discover it together and they decided that they needed to work together to protect it.
Thus The Aperta Society of Scholars was founded. Two citizens of Pokoh's Peak who shared prophetic dreams about some strange plant, and the adventures that led the pair to locate and save the plant. The Society became a gathering place for those Psychics and Sorcerers who wish to delve into the mysteries that come with having the skills that they do. A place, where when the Aperta flower blooms, prophetic dreams plague those in the area with certain skills - alerting them to both dangers and delving deeper into their skills than before thought possible.
The Society was headed up at all times by 2 Psychics and 2 Sorcerers, called the Board. Those known to belong to other Supernatural groups were not allowed to serve at the head of the Aperta Society, though they have from time to time been members of the Society. There have been known interaction with other races.
In the 70's, the death of a renowned Society Member, Bertrand Scaglione, led to a near war with the vampires who reside in the city. Careful moves on both sides have led to a tentative cease fire that has, over the years, developed into a quiet sharing of information when needed. The Board keeps a watchful eye on such interactions.
In fall of 2007, an unknown individual attacked the Aperta building. One well loved member, Dane Hardcastle was killed before many other members could arrive. Very little has been discerned about the attacker. In 2014, all the known members of the Board resigned and fled the city, due to the machinations of a sinister society from London -- the Order of the Black Rose. Somehow, these British aristocrats knew of the Aperta flower, and they had a plan for it.
In early 2015, membership grew and the Aperta Society flourished, becoming a power within the city in a few short months. Then, sadly, membership began to wain due to internal and external issues, and in late 2015, influence based attacks and personal attacks by Thomas Fillory on members of the society caused others to depart the city or distance themselves from the society. After the defeat and death of Fillory, the Aperta Society never recovered and was eventually closed.
In 2017, a small group of like-minded individuals reformed Aperta Society, its numbers growing as word spreads of its new leadership and philanthropic group efforts to contribute throughout the city of Pokoh's Peak and Jackson County.
What do Mortals know about the Aperta Society?
Although once closed, Aperta Society has reopened its doors. In the past, mortals looked at Aperta the same as they do the Freemasons, the Society for Oddfellows and other such groups. Most assumed there was nothing special other than a club that only allows certain people to join and they donated to a lot of local causes. A few might assume they had strange rites and rituals, very few would think there was anything supernatural about it. Now and then, people joined; now and then people left; but as the Society was young, there were no books or groups dedicated to breaking through into their small group. Like all small clubs, this was closed too. The future will tell if the present Aperta Society lives up to its predecessor's vision.
What do Supernaturals know about the Aperta Society?
The present rendition of Aperta Society has very little history to base information on. Although once defunct, those supernatural creatures with a 2 in Occult are aware that the Aperta Society of the past was not just a mundane gathering of individuals. At Occult 4, they do not know all of past Aperta Society's ins and outs, but are aware there were mortals who can know paths of linear magic.