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Cryptics are one of the Factions in Demon: The Fallen. Fallen who are Cryptics spend their time unraveling and examining God's creations to see if there are any answers they can use to their advantage. Some instead use the information to look for answers as to exactly how powerful God really is.
The Cryptics have the most vague goals of the fallen, which serves as both an advantage and a disadvantage. While they do not have the restraining philosophies and goals that hold back the Faustians and Luciferans, it also makes them extremely disorganized as a group and limits their overall effectiveness.
Cryptics seek information on the nature of existence for a variety of purposes. Some actively work towards analysing and picking apart what went wrong and wish to be restored to their former power. Others may want the knowledge to challenge God, either directly or indirectly. Still, a few Cryptics seek information on existence simply because it is there.
Their lack of a clear goal makes the Cryptics the most diverse of the Factions; those disillusioned by the ideals of the other Factions or lacking a clear ideal at all gravitate towards the Cryptics.
One of the few things that the Cryptics have organized are the catalogue of the fallen, the Scelestinomicon and the catalogue of the Earthbound, the Crucianomicon. These tomes contain every scrap of information the Cryptics can gather on their fellow demons from current location to True Names. Constantly updated and revised, the catalogues are invaluable resources to the Cryptics and give the Faction some power and respect among the others that they would otherwise lack.
The closest fallen to a leader the Cryptics have is the renowned Neberu Ahrimal, who had the original visions of humanity's downfall. However, he takes the role reluctantly and would rather be left to his own studies than serve as the rallying point for a set of fallen beliefs. Behind the scenes, the real controlling force of the Cryptics is the Annunaki Gipontel, who aims to keep both the Cryptics and his own house running smoothly by staying objective and willing to share his knowledge with all interested parties.