The first of what will be a honking lot of subs on magical orders in my world; I'll include most of the significant ones, save for the Order of the Blue Star, which is ganked from Marion Zimmer Bradley's Lythande stories and works more or less as the Pilgrim Adepts are presented in them.
If there's further info people want, let me know. A lot of detail is redacted, I'm afraid, pertaining to template and skill information particular to GURPS.
Everyone has the same old Lost Books of Lore, and they're all pretty much the same, barring the ones that are Cursed Cthulhu Mythos Books of Lore. I wanted archetypes of lost lore with a little twist beyond the "Oh, cool, ancient secrets!" riff.
Credit where credit is due: my wife Amanda enthusiastically pitched in and came up with several of these. Beyond that, the names attached to many of the archetypes come from real books of the appropriate archetypes - Cardenio, for instance, was one of the two "lost plays" of Shakespeare, until a (somewhat suspect) text was unearthed in the 70s. As is the case with the Cardenio entry above, some of the flavor text quotations come from either the books named or other examples of the genre.
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I was aiming at 30, but fell a bit short without getting into the aforementioned hackneyed Lost Books of Lore. If someone can come up with some to fill it out, terrific!
Why, thankew, folks. Heaven knows if I'll get to the magic number 30 with these, but I think I'll ask a couple more of my players to take a swing at it and see if there are any offbeat archetypes I've overlooked. I'm certainly open to suggestions!