In the Shadows of the Last War
Bearers of the Mark of Scribing. the gnomes of House Sivis are masters of communication. It is the arcane mark of a Sivis gnome that proves the veracity of a Kundarak letter of credit. and the speaking stones of Sivis that lets a person in Sham send a message to someone in Q’barra. Working as mediators, translators, and vessels for long-distance communication, the heirs of House Sivis have played an invaluable role in bringing people and nations together. They have maintained a reputation for absolute neutrality and confidentiality for nearly 3.000 years, a vital shield for a business that carries the messages of spies, criminals, and kings. Yet some wonder what secrets the house might have hidden away.
Notaries Guild: The Notaries Guild oversees services tied to the written word. In addition to producing legal documents and authenticating letters of credit for House Kundarak, the guild licenses cartographers, bookbinders, scribes, translators, accountants, and others in related professions. A number or smaller branches within the Notaries Guild handle specialized work: Aureon’s Press is the primary source or arcane ritual scrolls in the Five Nations, and the Hidden Word is a division that works on cryptography and code-breaking techniques.
Speakers Guild: The Speakers Guild maintains and operates the network of speaking stones and provides Sending ritual services. It also oversees a number of professions tied to the spoken word. The guild trains and licenses barristers, mediators, heralds, interpreters, and other similar professions. Although some of these services overlap with those of House Phiarlan, as a rule the Speakers Guild handles practical matters of communication, while House Phiarlan focuses on artistic endeavors.
Oversight: Oversight is the security arm of House Sivis. Oversight is charged with protecting the house from all rnanner of spying and theft of information, but it also polices the house’s members. House Sivis’s reputation relies on the assurance of absolute confidentiality for clients: if an heir leaks confidential information, Oversight will act swiftly and ruthlessly. Oversight has strong ties to House Phiarlan, House Thuranni, and the Trust of Zilargo, and might call on these groups for assistance.
Tasker’s Dream: Tasker’s Dream is a think tank dedicated to developing new forms of magical and linguistic communication. In addition to working to improve upon the Sending ritual and the speaking stones. Tasker’s Dream is exploring the potential for telepathy a nd even developing new languages.