Oracles
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And when I comprehended the speech which was made unto me,
I understood that in me was the knowledge of all creatures, both
things which are in the heavens & which are beneath the heavens;
and I saw that all the writings and wisdom of this present age
were vain and futile, and that no man was perfect.
—Preamble to the Greater Key of Solomon

Nature: Altruistic ascended Atlantean archmasters
Also Known As: Ascended Masters, the Bodhisattvas, Blood of the Dragon

Faction: The Pentacle, more or less, as that would be the mages who have have chosen the Oracles as their inspirational ideals, and believe that they what they fight to accomplish is what the Oracles would want. Yet as far as can be determined the Oracles do not lead or otherwise involve themselves, beyond providing mankind with access to magic, regardless of the recipients' loyalties. If they can be said to have any 'allegiance', it seems to lie squarely with "humanity" and in support of our freedom to control our own lives and make our own choices, even when we choose to oppose everything the Oracles themselves stand for.

Description: Credited with the creation (or discovery) of the Watchtowers and the five Paths of Awakening, the Oracles are said to work against the Exarchs on the same cosmic level. Like the Exarchs, these mages ascended, but instead of lording it over creation they wage guerrilla war against the false rulers, hoping for a day when enough mortals Awaken to turn the tide and win the fight. Not all mages believe in the existence of the Exarchs and Oracles, but the legend of these mighty mages’ rise and usurpation of the Tapestry motivates many in their own quests for power.

The Five Kings

The Youthful
King of Thorns
The King of the
Burning Voice
The Sorrowful
King in Gray
The Star-Cloaked
King of Thunder
The Throneless
King of the Heart
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Watchtower of the
Lunargent Thorn
Watchtower of
the Iron Gauntlet
Watchtower of
the Lead Coin
Watchtower of
the Golden Key
Watchtower of
the Stone Book

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The Lexicon of Pentacle Jargon

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Archmaster/Archmage: A mage who has attained the mythical 6th degree (6 dots) in an Arcanum, or higher.
Atlantis: In mage mythology, Atlantis was the Awakened City, the nation-state from pre-history that first codified the Ars Mysteriorum (colloquially known as "magic"). Four mystical orders claim to continue its heritage.
Supernal World, the: The higher reality that was cut off by creation of the Abyss in the Celestial War of Atlantis. It is the source of magic and is believed to be the true home for all souls.
Oracle: A mythical archmage who resides in the Supernal World, one of those who held true to Atlantean ideals in the Celestial War. Oracles oppose the Exarchs.
Watchtower: A mystical edifice in a Supernal Realm, erected by the Atlantean kings or Oracles to oppose the Exarchs and restore magic to the Fallen World after the creation of the Abyss.
Exarch: A mythical archmage who resides in the Supernal World; the Exarchs are said to control reality and seek to prevent the Awakenings that rouse Sleepers, since only the Awakened can be a threat to their own supremacy; each original Exarch was supposedly one of the victors in the Atlantean Celestial War. Exarchs are opposed by Oracles.
Seers of the Throne: Mages from a mystical order that seeks control of the world in the name of the Exarchs.

(4th edition, published in 2005 by the Mysterium Caucus of Stone Mountain)

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Orthodox Pentacle Lore

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Legends tell of five Atlantean kings, the mage heirs of the Awakened City who led the fight against the Exarchs. They climbed the ladder and dueled within the celestial palaces. When the Ladder shattered, they remained in the higher world and continued to resist the Exarchs. These were the Oracles, their numbers few but their powers potent.

Realizing the danger the Abyss posed for the lower world, the Oracles broke off their fight with the Exarchs and set off through the Supernal Realms. Using lore beyond the ken of the Exarchs — for they were royal heirs, privy to magical knowledge allowed to only nobles — they each erected by magic a tower in a single Supernal Realm, modeled after the tall spire that had guided the first vessels to Atlantis. Five towers from five kings. Each invested into their tower the virtues of their own souls and the sum of their magical knowledge, imbued into the very stones of the structures.

The Watchtowers sent visions across the Abyss to mages in the Fallen World, calling to them as Atlantis had once called to their ancestors. Through harrowing journeys, some of them finally arrived in astral form at one of the five Watchtowers. There they carved their names into the foundation stones and awoke in their bodies. But they were no longer forsaken, for their names had been writ by their own souls. They once more claimed sympathy with the Realms Supernal, although each only in that realm in which her Watchtower stood.

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Recorded Identities

The actual names of the Five Kings are lost. The Silver Ladder, however, meticulously preserves volumes of lore on the deeds and natures of those who forged the Watchtowers. Its libraries contain faded allegorical plays in which the disguised five impart unusual lessons, dream-journals recording alleged memories of the final charge against the Exarchs’ ladder, and, of course, transcriptions of the visions of théarch Magisters’ communion with the Oracles themselves. The accounts of the five vary widely from source to source. Many accounts even disagree on the gender of each of the kings; it’s traditional to refer to them all as “kings” regardless of implied gender. The Silver Ladder refers to the Five Kings by titles gleaned from The Cambal Record, a scroll dated back to the Etruscans with particularly vivid descriptions.

Some of the contradictions in this assembled lore are difficult to read properly. Most accounts ascribe the Five Kings with the powers of their given Supernal Realm even before they set foot in the heavens, which seems a little too convenient to some. Were the five born to build their specific Watchtowers, or do records confuse the king with the Oracle he or she was meant to become? The unanswered questions make it difficult to discern which sources are to be trusted most. Even so, each source is carefully recorded and pored over time and again.

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