The Society was a secret cabal of Clan scientists who held a deep resentment toward the warrior caste's hegemony over Clan culture - and in particular - the warriors' dictates regarding the work of the scientist themselves. Eschewing the general culture of the Clans in favor of devotion to science and itself, The Society worked toward their own ends whenever possible, with little or no regard to Clan law or custom - and often - little regard for ethics or the sanctity of basic human rights. Members of the Society tended to view their roles and responsibilities as all-important to the Clans' very existence. They saw Nicholas Kerensky's true vision as being completely in accordance with the laws of science, and as such, many Society members were known to actively weave carefully disguised plots through their work, in preparation and anticipation of the day when they would force the warrior caste from power.
To maintain their secrecy over the centuries, The Society's scientists ostensibly worked toward the goals set for them by the warriors of their individual Clan Councils, pursuing a warrior-centric agenda consisting primarily of genetic research and arms development. But behind the scenes, the Society's scientists were deliberately impeding the warriors by slowing the pace of this research and hiding many of their breakthroughs. Research projects ordered closed and shelved by the warriors often continued in secrecy, by scientists who did not wish to listen to the orders of those whom they felt held no understanding with regard to the nature of their work. The Society's own endeavors often ranged from a liberal approach to genetic manipulation and the trading of Bloodname legacies across any and all Clan lines, to secret weapons development programs, to the creation of computer virii that could paralyze communications and even war machines. Experiments with advanced gene therapy and research into chemical enhancement techniques (both of which often utilized human guinea pigs) and biological weapons that could target specific groups of people or even individuals by their genetic codes were all within the scope of their ambitious research programs. The full extent of their efforts may never be fully known.
The ultimate goal of The Society was to supplant the warrior caste as the leaders of the Clans, though their primary plans to achieve their ends were not known by most Society cells. Only the highest ranking members knew their true goals throughout most of their history. Dominance over the warrior caste was worked toward slowly and with great patience over the centuries. Representation in the Society was not equal across the Clans; some Clans with more rigid scientist castes (such as Clan Steel Viper) - or those with especially overbearing warriors (like the Smoke Jaguars) - had very little representation. But in Clans that gave more of a free hand to their scientist castes, the Society grew amid their highest ranks, and often held a great deal of power. Tamaron was said to be the main control center for the Society, though Ironhold, Tokasha and Circe were also important worlds. Operation REVIVAL gave some Society members in certain Invading Clans more room and freedom to experiment and further their plans, as the warriors were kept busy elsewhere, consequently paying much less attention to their scientists than at any previous point in Clan history. The Society took advantage of this lapse by spreading to certain Inner Sphere worlds where their research could continue mostly unfettered.
The Society stood back from events in the Clan Homeworlds, watching the shifting of power after the demise of Clan Smoke Jaguar and the Great Refusal. The event that drew them from cover was when ilKhan Brett Andrews issued his 3072 decree regarding the Reaving of Bloodnames, essentially stripping the scientists of the one realm in which they were granted ultimate control by Nicholas Kerensky. In doing this, the warriors were unwittingly destroying all of the scientists' carefully planned work, all in what the scientists viewed as arbitrary quests for dominance between one warrior over another. The Society decided that this was the time to act. Striking during the ensuing Wars of Reaving, they and reborn Clan Burrock along with Dark Caste allies caused a great deal of chaos in the Clan Homeworlds, as well as in certain parts of the Clan-occupied Inner Sphere. Their efforts ultimately fell short of their goal of subduing the warrior caste. Once the warriors had finally recognized their enemy, they began to systematically hunt down and eliminate every Society cell on every world of the Kerensky Cluster and Pentagon Worlds, a task that took decades to completely finish. Similar Annihilation also took place (to greater and lesser extents) on every planet in the Inner Sphere and Periphery regions that belonged to the affected Clans. Most of the Clans' collective scientist castes were decimated by Annihilations that took place. Some Clans were less affected than others - such as the Ghost Bears, whose extended family philosophy would never allow for the growth of an anti-establishment movement. Other Clans were forced to eliminate all of their scientists in the bloody effort to purge themselves of the rebellious faction.
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|Ability Name||Unstable Science|
|Ability Description||Knowledge is power, but science does not always produce stable results. As a result of this instablilty that Society attacks one or more of its neighbours with a random infliction ranging from Reavings, to Hpg Black outs or even nukes. They also send some of their commanders a small cache of advanced tech, isn't science fun!|