nMage yadda yadda:
So you think I'm talking out of my arse. I can understand that. You came looking for someone who knew the real deal, thinking you were going to learn more. Unfortunately, your divinations found me instead. I do know the real deal, and I know the safe places to talk about it. Which is why we're in this pub. I also know how to charge apprentices, which is why you've been buying the beer. But, on the other hand, I'm not what you expected. The morons that believe the Atlantean Heresy got to you first, and you've no idea what's going on.
They all claim that they're rediscovering the magic of ancient Atlantis, but think about it? If it's Atlantean, why does so much of it look like your typical Western Mystery bullshit? Even the stuff that doesn't appear to be is, in some way. It's because that's what they had to work with. Magic comes from within, but it needs symbols — forms and practices — to work right. But I'll get to that later. Needless to say, they're all imperialist bastards.
Who am I, what Order am I a part of? That's easy. I'm a Lightbringer, part of the Free Council. The brave, the bold, the band of utterly buggered. We stole their terminology for our Orders, and it's five of us against five of them. I'm a Lightbringer, a revelatory mage walking the Path of Discord to the Watchtower of the Perfected Geometry. The fools have their Mysterium, finding ancient secrets that are best left buried. The Lightbringers don't bother with that. It's our job to find new magic, wherever it crops up. And to demonstrate it to the world.
The important thing to remember is that our Orders don't discriminate. We have Magi following Paths that the Heresy wants destroyed, wiped from the minds of all Magi. We have shamen and witches and infomancers among our number. The Atlantean Heresy wants to codify their magic in the minds of humanity, to open the gate to the realms beyond that once stood in the First City. They want to convince the world that theirs is the Way, so they can get back to slaughtering Gods and polluting the world with their magic.
We don't want that. We don't want the final outcome of humanity enslaved by Mages. We don't have a goal, past stopping the Heresy, but we're not going to let that stop us. Yes, we're a reaction. But it's a reaction we need. We're going to save magic, and we're going to save humanity.
And since you found me, you're going to help us.