Ascension Agenda: The Accord
The Accord is a loose affiliation of religious minded individuals who have made it their life’s work to guide man down the path of enlightenment and self-realization through the agency of Jesus Christ. They are organized as a hierarchy of cells, with the cell leader of each answering to another cell.
In effect when recruits become full members, that often frees up a position as a handler. Those full members who have shepherded recruits and less experienced members for this length of time become handlers of entire cells. These long time handlers are sometimes relocated to other cells with other members who have proven themselves. These intermediate cells do not have the same dynamic. They are much like gatherings of equals, but there is an assigned leader who bears responsibility for their actions, and their failures.
Above this all there is a council of leadership. They are often referred to as the Holy Council, or the Cardinals, despite actual religious ordination being unnecessary to hold a position on the council. The majority of those on the council in fact have either religious or secular influence. There have been instances where common men with long histories of service were elevated to serve on the Council, but none at the present time.
The Accord has political, religious, and wealthy patrons and adherents. The upper echelon is composed of politicians, church leaders, and captains of industry. The only thing they seem to have in common are their beliefs as Christians, a long dedication to their faction, (which goes above and beyond championing a cause in terms of participation), and their level of influence. They also have a seemingly endless amount of lower functionaries who are not particularly afraid to die, nor are they stymied by displays of paranormal power, high tech gadgets or obvious superhuman capability. This resource should not be overlooked, nor should the fact that the members of the Accord are literally everywhere, and they have eyes on the most mundane seeming events. Foot soldiers, as the rank and file are often termed, can find themselves helped out of legal entanglements by a local politician, or a kind word for clemency from a local priest they’ve never met.
Foot soldiers wear jewelry or bear tattoos of a cross with a small stylized flame at the center where the beams meet. They are rather plain, but can be carved of wood, molded in metal of all types or even chiseled in stone. When a cell operates only one will bear their cross openly, but you can bet that all of them have them. This is one of the methods by which members identify one another. Another is through code words. ‘Lost lamb’ is a code phrase that means the member is in need of aid, and can be offered by the needful person or a member who recognizes them and their need. There are a handful of these code phrases and all cells are kept up to date on what they are, and which are active during any given quarter of the year, as they do change.
PC members of the Accord work best in the role of recruits to a newbie cell. They then have the capability to rise through the ranks together, either remaining together due to continuing outstanding results, or becoming cell leaders in their own right and only aiding one another indirectly or planning operations together. As a lot of leeway is given to cells in how they accomplish their missions, with the understanding that failures, whether not accomplishing set goals or creating public relations nightmares, all fall upon the handler’s shoulders. There isn’t any finger wagging when PCs go in guns blazing after the prize, but if they mow down a bus full of children the handler takes the responsibility for it.
Mission Types & Goals:
The bulk of Accord missions are of the search & destroy, or theft variety. Unlike some factions, the Accord have nothing to produce and thus nothing to protect except innocents and themselves. They occasionally steal relics that, in their opinion, should not be in museums and they sometimes grab breakthrough devices in order to make sure nothing unholy or disruptive erupts from their proliferation. But they never steal things for their value, nor do they sell what they steal. The rest of the time, cell members are called upon to keep their ears to the ground or to find and destroy dangerous advances, dangerous people, and the misguided people creating such abominable devices and techniques. As information gathering is only fun sometimes, but it is absolutely necessary as part of the background, that is what most NPC cells do month in and month out.
Most Accord Cells operate with off the shelf equipment obtained at the local big box retailer. Some of the more intermediate and advanced groups get access to military grade technology, but the usual requisition is in the way of money which they need to spend themselves.