For as long as there has been magic, there have been those that do not fall within any one group of sorcerers or mages. The reasons for their lack of playing with others (well or otherwise) are as varied as the magics that they have at their command. This is not a true Tradition in that there are as many kinds of Orphans as there are kinds of human beings. The Hollow Ones are one type of Orphan, but are considered to be a Tradition by the Council where other kinds of Orphans are not considered anything more than potential recruits for one Tradition or another... or for the Technocracy, depending on who can persuade or force them into joining up first.
No one knows where Orphans originally came from, as they have come from every walk of life and every social and racial background. No one goal is shared by them all, nor is there a sense of history for them. They have always been as they are, and they have never been anything at all. It sounds like a contradiction, an impossibility, a paradox in and of itself... but both ring true both through history and in the modern age.
None, officially. Orphans tend to be very independent, individual sorts. If more than one or two of them gather, then they define their own organization as they see fit. As Orphans are a part of no true Tradition, they have no leadership to bow to, no ranks to aspire to. They simply exist, and survive as best they can in a world grown strange.
Too many to number. Most cabals of Orphans are simply too small to count as a Faction, anyway.
For every philosophy, there are a few Orphans (or quite a few of them) that believe. Pragmatists, idealists, doomsayers, and everything in between and outside of those viewpoints exist for the Orphans. If it can be believed, you can find an Orphan that believes it. If it can't? Well, that's fair game, too.
The hodge-podge of every known (and unknown) belief in the world(s) results in a highly individual group of mages that fall under the blanket of the Orphans. While the Traditions and even the Hollow Ones have a system of learning and a base of knowledge to work off of, the rest of the Orphans have nothing of the sort. Where all other mages call one group or another their own, Orphans have no fellows. Not even each other.
They have to learn how to work magic and how the world works for them completely on their own. Each triumph is a struggle and each experiment can just as easily fail miserably as succeed.
It's every Orphan for himself.
Theories and PracticesEdit
The Orphans have no shared theories, no practices that are common to the group as a whole. The Orphans are much like Pagans in unAwakened society, simply an umbrella for everyone that does not fit in anywhere else so that others know what to call them. They have no cohesion, just as Wiccans and Shamans have no cohesion as a single group, though both are called Pagan.
What one Orphan practices may be completely different from what the next Orphan practices, or the next after that, or the one after that.
With that said, all theories are valid for at least one Orphan. All practices found somewhere in the world being performed by one Orphan or another. You just have to look hard enough to find any possible mix of magic and science and spirituality being used and studied by an Orphan somewhere.
Anything (Sensing a theme here?)
Traditions: Depends on who you ask.
Technocracy: Depends on who you ask.
Hollow Ones: Depends on who you ask. (You knew I was going to say that by now.)
"As long as you're alive, you can make it. But once you're dead, you're pretty much fucked."
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