Good Afternoon Sentient Creatures, Gentlemen and Ladies,
In today’s lore drop we are going to start talking about the Wayfaring Seekers. We’ve had quite a fair amount of information about some of the Republics in the human lands, but we haven’t talked about the humans with no homeland, or more accurately, all of Sha’uru is their homeland. The Wayfaring Seekers have been around for a little over sixty years, but their free style of living and wanderlust has been infectious throughout the lands of the Republics. The movement was founded by Matt Starling, a charismatic young occultist who was sick of everyone accepting the decline of the magical arts. Born Peter-Loras Vodelair to a wealthy Occitane family, Matt forsook both his inheritance and his former name on the evening of his eighteenth name day to make his own way in the world. He held to the belief that the decline of magic could be restored through the use of an artifact known as “The Keystone” that was rumored to have existed in ancient Sha’uru. As he wandered the world, he inspired others to join him in his quest, and over the course of twenty years his views had caught on throughout the Republic to the point that many politicians began branding Seekers as vagabonds that sought to corrupt the minds of impressionable youths. In the summer of 1824, a group of constables attempted to bar Starling and his followers from entering into Brighton. The summer had been particularly hot, and the band had camped along the Agrinion River just outside the city while a few of them attempted to enter the Brighton seeking supplies. A combination of the head and political upheaval riled up by the aristocracy against the wayfarers had stirred the people to the point that the authorities feared what would happen should Starling and his people enter Brighton. This angered some of Starling’s band and things turned violent. Starling himself attempted to calm everyone down, but an unknown assailant threw a rock at his head, triggering a full scale riot. Starling knew that eventually the city folk would come for the rest of his people, so he attempted to make his way to the camp to warn the rest, but was shot near the banks of the Agrinion River before he could reach the camp. The death of Matt Starling and ensuing riots unified the Wayfaring Seekers in a sobering way. They realized that if their movement was to survive, they needed to have friends and allies and foster a message of peace and friendship. The Seekers began to develop trade routes and connecting caravans as a way to both foster allies and set a network of informants across Sha’uru, should any news of The Keystone arise. In honor of Starling’s death, the practice of tattooing themselves with a compass rose became universal amongst the Wayfaring Seekers. Forty four years after the death of Matt Starling, the Wayfarer’s numbers have grown considerably, and they can be found traveling throughout world.