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Organization Name: Malleus Maleficarum
Other names: The Shadow Congregation
Type: Third-tier Conspiracy
Founder: Ambrogio Baudolino
Founded: 1500's
Endowment: Benediction

Malleus Maleficarum is a conspiracy of hunters that are a secret branch of the Catholic Church dedicated to using holy powers to eradicate the creatures of darkness.

HistoryEdit

The beginnings of the Malleus Maleficarum have their origins in the inquisitors of the Middle Ages. One of the guides to finding and condemning witches was a book entitled Malleus Maleficarum, a guide to identifying the signs and powers of those using magic. Although the Catholic Church and Pope publicly decried the book, it was enough for the church to form a secret branch bearing its name eighty years later. A minor bishop, Ambrogio Baudolino, who made the suggestion for forming the group, was put in charge of the organization; he had once been a slave to a vampire and wished to protect innocent people from suffering the same fate. The Maleficarum's goals have changed very little since then.

PurposeEdit

Quite simply, the Malleus Maleficarum wants to put a stop to supernatural creatures and the horrors they inflict on their flocks. To that end, they call on the powers of God and the blessings of His saints to help them. They tend to target vampires and demons above other kinds of creatures, but if any malevolent monster threatens those in their care, they will come running.

OrganizationEdit

Officially, the Catholic Church is in charge of the branch. Unofficially, many within the order do not know that Baudolino is still alive, thanks to vampire blood, and continues to run the branch, even having occasional meetings with The Lucifuge, leader of the conspiracy that bears her name.

There are three orders in the Malleus Maleficarum. The Order of St. Longinus are the dedicated vampire hunters of the group. The Order of St. Ambrose are the scholars and investigators, looking for information to assist the Malleus Maleficarum; they often cross paths with mages. The Brotherhood of St. Athanasius are less mental and more physical, preferring swift violence to careful investigation.

Hunter: The Vigil Organizations

Compacts:

Ahl al-Jabal · Ama-San · Ashwood Abbey · Azusa-Miko · The Bear Lodge · Barrett Commission · Bijin · Division Six · Habibti Ma · The Hunt Club · Illuminated Brotherhood · Keepers of the Source · Keepers of the Weave · Les Voyageurs · The Long Night · Loyalists of Thule · Maiden's Blood Sisterhood · Network Zero · Night Watch · Null Mysteriis · The Promethean Brotherhood · Protectors of the Light · The Scarlet Watch · Talbot Group · The Union · Utopia Now

Conspiracies:

Aegis Kai Doru · Ascending Ones · The Cainite Heresy · Cheiron Group · The Faithful of Shulpae · Hototogisu · Knights of Saint Adrian · The Knights of Saint George · Les Mystères · Lucifuge · Malleus Maleficarum · Otodo · Task Force: VALKYRIE · Vanguard Serial Crimes Unit

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