Coven of the Shunned
A secretive conclave of sorcerers and practitioners of black witchcraft, members of the Coven of the Shunned seek to subjugate the minds and hearts of those of weaker will to their dark purpose. Initiates of the Coven delve into mysteries both forbidden and infernal, and readily make pacts with demonkind in their ruthless ambition. The ultimate goals of the Coven are shrouded in secrecy, although it is said that they carry out the will of the dark gods upon Avendar in exchange for unholy favour.
The Coven of the Shunned is known to have a highly organized structure, with multiple positions of authority within. The schemes of Coven Initiates tend to be similarly well structured - in many cases years of planning will precede the fruition of their goals. Although political manouvering within the Coven structure is commonplace, Initiates tend to be fanatically loyal to the Coven itself. This is in part because many of their magicks may only be cast in concert with other Initiates, but loyalty is also ensured through rumours of the dark fates met by those who have betrayed the secrets of the Shunned.
It is told that two sects make up the Coven of the Shunned. Wielders of magic and the masters of mindcraft are trained to turn their studies to darkness, and to enfold infernal power into all their works. Those of a more martial calling may find a place in the Vanguard of the Shunned, whereby making pacts with the demon houses allied with the Coven they gain unholy power over enemies and minions alike.