Niyamavanti (Euthanatos)

“When the Aggregates arise, decay and die, O bhikkhu, every moment you are born, decay, and die.”
Siddhārtha Gautama

Reckoning

The Wheel turned bring with it the Storm, and now the Niyamavanti stand at the start of a new cycle. It was the Niyamavanti and their age-old rivals the Akashyana who were the first to admit that the Ascension War was over (at least for the time being). The Euthanatoi had bigger problems.  The Wheel had turned, but not far enough. There was tending to be done. The Tradition managed to purge the Hermetic House Janissary and one of the three heads of House Helekar, but the Freedom Razor and the Friends of the Soul vanished into the Storm. Then there is Paramaguru Voormas who’s whereabouts are still unknown. The mere notion that a mad archmage is still at large is proof that the Wheel still needs tending, and the Niyamavanti still have work to do.

Current Status

As the Storm rose, Senex made his called the Tradition from Cerberus to help secure the Ghost Citadel of the Forbidden Lands in the Shard Realm of Entropy. Half the Tradition answered the call, and there they remainto ensure House of Helekar cannot return. With the Ascension War seemingly over, the Tradition turned its energies to purifying the Nodes that once strengthened Helekar, and use the power of the Forbidden Lands to return world to its proper balance. This of course, will take time, but Ascension War or no, the Wheel must turn.

The purge of the Janissary and the pursuit of House Helekar was not without controversy. Its not so much what was done, as the evidence was clear, but the fact that the Euthanatos acted unilaterally without consulting the Hermetics, or really anyone for that matter. Death does not consult Life before it takes what is do, and the Wheel offers no explanations, the Tradition replied. This has made the politics on both the chantry level all the way up to the New Horizon Council…interesting to put it mildly. Nonetheless, the Albireo were voted in as the de facto internal security of the Traditions, largely because no one else has the Will or the expertise. So empowered, the Albireo are beginning to look deeper at the events that allowed the Helekar-Janissary corruption in the first place. Meanwhile, the Tradition continues to defend its practices, and is working to smooth over anger and resentment concerning the Janissary purge.

Some Chakravanti follow the Vedic reckoning of time or some version thereof. The Tradition holds the Age of Kali has fallen from its predetermined course, and the Storm may represent many possibilities.  Perhaps it is a sign of a premature apocalypse or something similar, the destruction of the Wheel, or a terrible skip in its natural rotation. The Storm has scrambled what the Tradition thought they knew about the destiny of the Tellurian, and uncovered terrible truths. The Tradition must look for ways to head off this catastrophe, and heal the Wheel – if that can even be done. What to do has divided the Tradition into two factions: The first, led by Senex, believes that the material world has simply grown too corrupt, and the solutions lay within the cosmos. Cosmic problems require cosmic solutions. These Euthantos answerd Senex’s call to join him in the Deep Umbra to safegaurd the Shard of Entropy against the corrupting Resonances of Earth (and the agents of that corruption, namely Vorrmas). The more realistic (others say small minded)  refused to abandon the material world, and focus on individual destinies as a means to heal the Wheel.  They hope to use key times, places, and people as levers to yank the Cycle back into its proper rhythm. They hope to initiate a sort of ripple effect that will transform the universe. Both sides believe the  Sphinx supports them, but others believe it represents at  third way, or a way to unite the two.

Primus

Albireo Master Fahran Vali was chosen to represent the Tradition on the New Horizon Council. The Canadian academic rose through the ranks of the Lhaksmists over the last twenty years as an idea killer. He never gave up resisting the Technocracy at the most fundemental level: thought. More recently,  his novel theories about the nature of Paradox, chaos, and its relationship to the Storm have gained him acclaim throughout the Traditions. Primus Vali has made his support of the Sphinx clear, but is sometimes critical of its methods. He’s made no comments about the actions of Senex. Some say the refusal of a Master to answer the call speaks for itself.

Sects

  • Chakravanti
    • Natatapas  – The Natatapas remains the traditional heart of the Tradition. Due to their insistence on the full, Agama initiation, the Natatapas membership continues to decline. Those who do survive, however, are some of the Tradition’s most powerful members. The largest changes to this sect have come from immigration. As Indian Americans flock to North America the Natatapas now have a broad base of power there. While they still cleave closely to their ancient Tradition they have begun to very selectively recruit outsiders in the Americas. Small, nomadic cabals of Dancers can be found throughout the world, staying for short periods and the moving on.  Some wonder if they haven’t ventured from India on the trail of the Consanguinity of Eternal Joy or Voormas. The ancient sect regards the Sphinx’s transmissions largely irrelevant.  They see a much bigger picture.
    • Devasu – As replacements for the House of Helekar, the Devasu defend the of the Tradition’s traditional lands and Marabouts. Over the last 20 years, the Devasu have proven themselves, and their role has expanded. Individual or small cabals of Devasu can be found at Marabouts or Tradition chantries as their defenders. Unlike the old Consanguinity, the Devasu does not have a mandate to ward off internal threats. This is job has passed to the Albireo. Devasu’s concerns are for those they are sworn to protect.  While they are suspicious of the Sphinx’s motives they cannot deny that many find their call stirring.
      • Common Natatapas & Devasu
        • Paradigms: A World of Gods and Monsters, It’s All Good – Have Faith, All Power Comes from God(s), Ancient Wisdom is the Key, The Ancestors Watch Over Us
        • Practices: God-Bonding, High Ritual Magick, Faith, Maleficia, Invigoration, Yoga
        • Instruments: Blessings or Curses, Bones, Skin, Organs, and Other Remains, Books, Scrolls, and Periodicals, Crossroads and Crossing Days, Dances, Gestures, and Postures, Energy, Circles, Pentacles, and other Geometric Designs, Meditation, Music, Offerings and Sacrifices, Ordeals and ExertionPrayers and Invocations, Sacred Iconography, Social Domination, Symbols, Writings, Inscriptions, and Runes
    • Lhaksmists – The Lhaksmists have changed little since the 1990s, but their ranks have exploded. They are now the largest sect within the Tradition. Fully embracing the technomantic possibilities of the modern Ascension War, their flexible initiation, modern practices, and sheer luck have gained them a devoted following. White Monday took a few Lhaksmists with  it, but they are not the first to be crushed by the Wheel. The sect awaits them upon their return.  Lhaksmists follow where fortune leads. Sometimes that is with the Sphinx, other times not. We all rise and fall as the Wheel turns.
      • Common Focus
        • Paradigms: Creation Is Innately Divine & Alive, Tech Holds All Answers, All Power Comes from God(s), Embrace the Threshold, It’s All Good – Have Faith
        • Practices: The Art of Desire/Hypereconomics, Chaos Magick, Crazy Wisdom, Faith, Maleficia, Weird Science:, Yoga Hypertech, Reality Hacking
        • Instruments: Blessings or Curses, Books, Scrolls, and Periodicals, Cards, Dice, and Other Instruments of Chance, Computers, Devices and Machines, Formulae, Equations, and Sacred or Advanced Mathematics, Gadgets and Invention, Mass Media, Music, Prayers and Invocations, Sacred Iconography, Social Domination, Weapons, Internet Activity
  • Madzimbabwe – The 20th century saw the fall of the old colonial regimes. Freed from that struggle, the Madzimbabwe took a fresh interest in the Euthanatos. Now Madzimbabwe numbers are on the rise, and African Euthanatoi are returning to their roots. With the help of the Chakramuni’s records and Lhaksmist’s work on the Digital Web, the Madzimbabwe have begun to trace the diaspora of their lineages to Great Britain and North America. The Madzimbabwe now form quasi secret societies in order to act as the secret benefactors of their people, locally and abroad. Courts have been created across the world creating a powerful spirit-network. The Madzimbabwe aren’t the only ones who have reasserted themselves, however. The Ngoma are, once again, their rivals in the world, and the Madzimbabwe are at odds as to what to do about it. The dead cry out for the settling of ancient scores, but many among the Madzimbabwe think this is a cycle that need not repeating. The Sphinx adds an interesting potential to the new Ascension War, but beyond that, the Madzimbabwe are more concerned with the Ngoma and the Technocracy than they are with cryptic transmissions from mysterious sources.
    • Common Focus
      • Paradigms:Creation Is Innately Divine & Alive, Ancient Wisdom is the Key, The Ancestors Watch Over Us, All Power Comes from God(s)
      • Practices: Craftwork, Faith: High Ritual Magick, Vodoun, Gutter Magick and/orWitchcraft (one or some combination), Ancestor Worship, Mediumship
      • Instruments: Bones, Skin, Organs, and Other Remains, Celestial Alignments, Crossroads and Crossing Days, Dances, Gestures, and Postures, Group Rites, Music, Offerings and Sacrifices, Ordeals and Exertion, Prayers and Invocations, Sacred Iconography, Symbols, Voice and Vocalizations,
  • Hierochthonoi
    • Pomegranate Deme – The mystery cult that was once centered in Greece can be found across Europe and North America. Like their Verbena cousins, the Deme has found recruits among rising interest in witchcraft and classical mythology. Culturally sitting somewhere between East and West, the Deme also frequently find themselves acting as the model representatives for the Euthanatos to the rest of the Traditions. The Sphinx is of little interest to the Deme who’s concerns remain with the expression and transmission of their own mysteries into Sleeper culture. They decisions concerning war up to the Knights.
    • Knights of Radamanthys – The knights have proven to be as skilled as the Akashic Brotherhood in the arts of battle, and their services as protectors, escorts, and assassins remain in high demand. To this day, the Council pays the Knights in Tass (normally one pawn per rank per week) to fight outside of their own cabals. The Knights have amassed a great deal of Tass since the Sphinx began transmitting, but what they are planning to do with it isn’t known.
      • Common Focus:
        • Paradigm: Creation Is Innately Divine & Alive, All Power Comes from God(s), All The World’s A Stage
          • Knights: A World of Gods & Monsters
        • Practices: Faith, Bardism, High Ritual Magick, Witchcraft
          • Knights: Martial Arts,
        • Instruments: Cards, Dice, and Other Instruments of Chance, Blessings or Curses, Circles, Pentacles, and other Geometric Designs, Dances, Gestures, Postures, Drugs and Poisons, Food and Drink, Group Rites, Herbs, Roots, Seeds, Flowers, and Plant, Music, Offerings and Sacrifices, Ordeals and Exertion, Prayers and Invocations. Sacred Iconography, Social Domination, Writings, Inscriptions, and Runes
  • Aided – Like the Hierochthonoi, the Aided have benefited from the renewed interest in neo-paganism, but their rejection of conventional pagan values this has made recruitment difficult. Aided can mostly be found in the former Celtic world, but some have made the cross to North America where there is a fascination with Celtic witchcraft and religion.
      • Paradigms: Bring Back the Golden Age, Creation Is Innately Divine & Alive, All Power Comes from God(s), Ancient Wisdom is the Key
      • Practices: Craftwork, Faith, High Ritual Magick, Witchcraft, MaleficiaCommon Focus
      • Instruments: Blessings or Curses, Circles, Pentacles, and other Geometric Designs, Dances, Gestures, Postures, Drugs and Poisons, Food and Drink, Group Rites, Herbs, Roots, Seeds, Flowers, and Plant, Music, Offerings and Sacrifices, Ordeals and Exertion, Prayers and Invocations. Sacred Iconography, Social Domination, Writings, Inscriptions, and Runes, Circles, Pentacles, and other Geometric Designs, Cups, Staves, Weapons
  • Vrati
    • Golden Chalice – The Golden Chalice continues their secret work undeterred by the Storm or the Sphinx. Sure, they’ll follow that lead and look into that tip, but they keep their own council.
      • Common Focus:
        • Paradigms: A Mechanistic Cosmos, A World of Gods and Monsters, Tech Holds All The Answers, Turning the Keys to Reality
        • Practices: Alchemy,High Ritual Magick, Hypertech, Maleficia, Martial Arts
        • Instruments: Blessings or Curses, Bones, Skin, Organs, and Other Remains, Weapons and Armor, Symbols, Languages, Celestial Alignments, Computers, Devices and Machines, Gadgets and Inventions, Meditation, but Golden Chalice instruments are very eclectic.
    • Chakramuni – The sect’s project to track and eliminate the avatars of “ repeat Technocrats” has been renewed by the urgings Sphinx, but its ethics are questioned by many within the Tradition. The sect is now engaged in a joint project researching the Himalayan War and the Asian Mythic Ages are ongoing. Other concerns include the effects of the Reckoning on reincarnation and the ultimate destiny of Gilguled Avatars.
      • Common Focus:
        • Paradigms: A World of Gods and Monsters, Creation Is Innately Divine & Alive, Ancient Wisdom is the Key, Embrace the Threshold, The Ancestors Watch Over Us
        • Practices: High Ritual Magick, Ancestor Worship, but Chakramuni often bring practices from their original sect.
        • Instruments: Books, Scrolls, and Periodicals, Celestial Alignments, Crossroads and Crossing Days, but members who join the sect bring their own instruments.
    • Albireo – The Swans represent the Tradition’s interests in the Council, and lead diplomatic missions to Chantries. The Albireo now serve as the Council’s internal police.
      • Paradigms: A World of Gods and Monsters, Creation Is Innately Divine & Alive, Ancient Wisdom is the Key
      • Practices & Instruments: Albiero often bring practices from their original sect.

Niyamavanti In Los Angeles

Riots, murders, genocide, racialized violence, and even celebrity deaths. The Museum of Death. Even a shop called Necromance. Under the tinsel of Tinsel Town is skulls and bones. There is always something a little morbid underneath the sunshine and palm trees. Euthanatos can be found among the ocean waves and the traffic tending the Wheel, but in keeping with Los Angeles, the dark side is hidden by the bright lights. Los Angeles once boasted a large Marabout called the House of X. The House split over Senex’s call, and the remaining members formed the House of Dreams.

Mission

Tom Bergin’s on Fairfax Ave has been the informal meeting place for the Tradition since the 1940s. How did an Irish bar with Boston roots become the HQ of the death-mages? Rumor has it that the owner did a favor for an Aided police detective named Paul Farrell back in the 1930s. To return that favor, Farrel helped him get the bar open. That’s the myth anyway. Still, if one knows how to pull the strings of fate one can usually find Lhaksmist Henry Thomas having an Irish coffee on the right night.

Appendix

  • Kalananda – Kalananda is the Euthanatos terms for true death magic; what others typically call “necromancy.” . See the Euthanatos Revised Tradition book (starting on page 64) for more details, but summoning ghosts follows the M20 rules in How Do I Do That? (starting on page 84). These are loosely broken out into three specialties: Necromancy, Necrourgy, and Necrosynthesis. All three of these may be taken as Esoterica specialties regardless of the mages Esoterica rating. Kalananda is exclusive to the Euthanatos, but the practices within it it are not. Many other Traditions and Crafts have cultural variants of these.
    • Necromancy – Communicating and communion with the dead.
    • Necrourgy –  Binding, warding, and compulsion of the dead.
    • Necrosynthesis – Thee merging of life and death. Necrosynthesists bind the forces of decay to the vibrant Patterns of life in order to study where one begins and the other ends. By making death a transition rather than an abrupt ending, Euthanatoi can utilize both sides of the cycle and leave one for the other without fear. Entropy Effects (particularly Blight of Aging), Matter, and Life define the limits of life, death, and decay. These tend to be the Spheres in which necrosynthesists specialize. Most necrosynthetic magic consists of exotic conjunction as the field challenges a cosmic boundary that only complex magic can cross. The Agama rite is also in this school.