"Look. Move. Search. Find. React.
Listen. Move. Move. Jump. Listen. React. Think. No, bar that. Don't think. Move.
Jump. Attack. Parry. Retreat. React. Retreat. Walk. Talk. Move. I am a member of
the Order Transcendent. Action is all that I am. Thinking is useless. For every
action that is an equal and opposition reaction. Feel the Cadence flow. Act and
be guided by the multiverse around you. Cause, effect, reaction time, increase.
Meditation. Look. Move. Jump. Search. React. Act. I am at one with all that
surrounds me. I am the Transcendent Order."
The Transcendent Order are a
bunch of downright puzzles. They don't really make any sense from the outside,
because what motivates them is anyone's guess. They move and act as if the
multiverse is flowing through them, and they are always trying to move closer
and closer to the ideal of action without thought. This doesn't imply that
they're a bunch of people that jump to conclusions: quite the opposite,
actually. Most of them strive to increase their nearness to the multiverse
through meditation and introspection. Some just try to act without thinking all
the time, which doesn't really bring them any closer to multiversal
introspection... but they can't help it. Nobody's perfect, after all. Only the
greatest of Cipher masters can truly learn how to be at one with the multiverse:
most of the lower rankers just bumble along, attempting to emulate the actions
of their superiors. They try too hard to be spontaneous, not realizing that true
harmony with the multiverse must be gained from introspection. They're called
the "Ciphers" usually, probably because to an outsider, they just don't
make sense to someone outside the faction. A well-known saying is, "A Cipher is
a riddle. What they're going to do next is anyone's guess." By a general rule,
if a Cipher is making a sort of sense for any length of time, then they're
probably not a Cipher.
How does a Cipher superior act?
Their motions flow, as if they are made of water. They act immediately to
outward stimuli, perfectly and unhesitatingly springing forward, backward,
walking with an intent purpose in mind... or out of mind, as things are with
them. Each action is guided by the Cadence of the Planes, the mystical force
that the Ciphers claim flows through us all, guiding out actions, showing us the
way to live our lives and act without the cumbersome influence of thought.
Ciphers don't usually speak, and
if they do so, they don't recited long-winded sentences and epic poems. They get
straight to the point, saying only what is needed and then going off. However
strange it may seem, the Ciphers actually do have some sort of concordance with
the multiverse. It's as if they know what's going to happen before it does and
they can act just in time. Throughout Sigil they are the mediators between the
factions, and they've prevented war from breaking out in the city more than
The factol of the Transcendent
Order is Rhys, a tiefling who epitomizes action without thought. She's strange
and mysterious, and what motivates her actions is clear: she is completely
guided by the flow of the multiverse. When one force rises up threatening to
kill the others, she is there to create peace and ease tension. She is the
truest diplomat in Sigil.
In Sigil, the Transcendent Order
makes its home in the Great Gymnasium, where its members contemplate, meditate,
and create. It is a physical wellness center as well as a haven for the arts.
Members of the Transcendent Order spend their time in the Great Gymnasium when
they feel like it, and go where they feel that they are needed elsewhere. It's
as simple as that.
The members of the
Transcendent Order tend to be people of action: they can't hold themselves down
to just one field, they do whatever is required when it's required. Most often
they can be seen in the Great Gymnasium, training their bodies to be in tune
with the vibrations of the multiverse. Often times they take up services as
arbitrators and mediators: they quickly take in facts and make decisions quite
well. Of course, they usually don't need to hired for that service: they'll do
it on their own, of course, whenever they see the need. Some Ciphers are hired
for guard duty, but that rarely works: they just can't seem to wait for
something to happen. Some of the more violent ones become vigilantes, hunting
down those who would do the city wrong - they're not going to wait for the legal
system to turn its gears and find the criminals.
The Rilmani admire the way of the
Transcendent Order to act towards the balance of all and appreciate their
completely neutral stance. If their own nature didn't preclude joining factions,
there would be most likely be several rilmani in the ranks of the faction.
Most every faction doesn't really
have a problem with the Ciphers. The Ciphers just aren't really offensive to
anyone because of their open and accepting nature and their beliefs which don't
really clash with anyone else's.
Nobody likes meddlers, and the
Ciphers are quite often seen as meddlers in the eyes of paramortals. No baatezu
lord or celestial wants their great plans for War being meddled with by mere
mortals. As a general rule, the baatezu, archons, eladrin, and tanar'ri distrust
the Ciphers because of their neutral stance... and the fact that they quite
often stick their noses where they don't belong.
The Harmonium also distrust the
Transcendent Order. This is because while the Harmonium seeks external harmony,
the Transcendent Order seeks internal harmony. There's nothing really wrong with
this, but the Harmonium distrusts them nonetheless.