EXITUS ACTA PROBAT
We are not the rulers of this earth. We are not its secret masters. We are not its guardians. Indeed, we are not even its watchers. We are the lowest of the low: theoutcasts, the lepers. We are the sick and the diseased, the forbidden ones, and we cling to our baleful existence by a sliver. This is not our world. This is a life of peril. No one is our true ally. They all fear us and what we stand for, and most want to destroy every last one of us. We should want to end this, to have the desire to see this miserable existence drawn to a close, but the Scourge does not allow us even that basic luxury. We must cling onto this half-life… however long we can.
The breathing world is watching us. Its leaders know about us, and the governments of the planet have developed a wide variety of means to keep tabs on us, suppress us, and—if necessary—eliminate us. Our unique capacities and talents only exacerbate the danger we are in. They all know what we are, and though they want to stamp us all out once and for all, they must wait until the time is right…
WE LIVE A PRECARIOUS EXISTENCE
You may have heard of a little thing called the Nuuk Accord. Officially, it’s what keeps us in line and them out of our hair, but don’t think that it makes things easy. Staying away from these organizations—whether it’s BLEACH or the Inquisition—is paramount to your survival.
They want you DFG (that’s “Dead For Good”), but their true goal is to keep this shit secret till they can figure out how to put a stop to us and to the threat we pose. Most just want to study us (for now), while others are just happy to see us gone. Of course, there are many nutjobs who think the secret to world dominance is contained in the Amirani virus… contained in us. To them, we are the ultimate Mengele science experiment.
THEY MONITOR AND SUPPRESS US
We aren’t controlled by the government—oh no, far from it. And the Feds can’t go too far, otherwise they risk total chaos and a wide-scale outbreak like what happened in Albuquerque in the 40s. Here’s some dangerous truths: Zaraza claim to know how to aerosolize Carrionfiend blood now, and over the last few centuries, some of our larger hospices have stashed hundreds of thousands of Skags underfoot, just waiting for the call…
Détente is what we are stuck with: cold war politics and negotiations. Some of the older and more senior hospice Deacons do talk to the Feds on occasion, but in private. No one wants to think about how closely tied they’ve become, but they do seem to be working together to prevent cataclysm (for now). This is the new cold war, only it’s one that nobody knows about.