Latadorii

Gaurdians of the Gate: The Latadorii
Who are the Latadorii? They are an ancient family of Tuveil, Older than the first Emperor and older than the first republic the Latadorii have weathered all storms and no family has done more to keep the republic strong. The Latadorii put public service as their most important value but for them they never try and claim glory for this service, as it is considered sacred to them. The Latadorii always keep a low profile. Even during the Rebellions of the last emperor they took no side, but no family has ever decried them as sympathizers, since this has always been the way of the Latadorii. The Latadorii do not care to take the power of Tuveil. The Latadorii only care that Tuveil keeps its power.
The Latadorii wealth, power, and status all come from their control of The Gates of Tuveil. When the Gates where first constructed the Latadorii created an organization known as The Watchers. The Purpose of The Watchers were to ensure that foreign barbarians could not enter the city and destabilize it. Over time, The Watchers have taken on a toll collecting, and monitoring roles and while their methods are far less violent then they once were their chief purpose is still the protection of Tuveil. The Head of the Watchers is The Arch-Vigilem, who is always Latadorii, has total control and obediance over the organization. New members swear an oath to obey and serve the Arch-Vigilem even until death. If the Arch-Vigilem is unable to choose his own successor the position immediately falls to the most senior Latadorii watcher. Members of The Watchers who are not Latadorii rise in rank and normally given enforcement and accounting duties.
Not all Latadorii join the watchers, but they are expected to live a life of public duty, whether this is in the military, politics, or as part of the Arcane Academy. The only exception to this is their religious duties to the Family cult, The Cult of the Tree of Eternal Life. All Latadorii are required to attend cult services and sacraments but very few actually join the cult. Most of the preists come from retired and revered watchers but occasionally the cult offers special invitation to special latadorii youth. These special Latadorii “Keepers” often become the arm of the cult.
The Cult of Tree of Eternal Life worships a tree inside the inner most santum of the Latadorii Estate. This tree is older that modern republic and is said to have been planted by the family founder Latadorius Lignum. Lignum did not plant a seed but the bones of nature god. The Cult believes this tree god is their protector and has all new born latadorii promised to the service of this god. They believe that as long as the tree lives that Tuvail and by extension the Latadorii will remain strong. When a Latadorii watcher dies they take their body to the tree and instill the essence of the tree into their body reanimating them as a Treeborn servant. The Treeborn have no memories, are blindly obedient, but retain their intelligence and can make critical decisions in order to complete tasks. The Treeborn are given great respect by the family and are only rarely seen outside of the cults temple.

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