The Voltrayic Order
Named after a prophet a thousand years forgotten, The Voltrayic Order inhabits a foggy realm between fact and fiction, equal parts curious history, academic speculation, and paranoid invention.
Philosophically, the Voltrayic Order has some similarities to Worldbearer groups, expounding the idea that humanity is inherently incapable of caring for its own future, let alone that of the planet as a whole. The order stresses this as a natural mechanical and intellectual state, rather than an unfortunate product of history that can be ameliorated or reversed through hard work. To overcome this limitation, it would be necessary for global civilization to transcend its current form, whether as a new organism, linked consciousness, or state or servitude to a more capable intelligence. In other words, that the salvation of the human race is utterly dependent on its capacity to locate or create a very real God. This bears some resemblance to the ideology used by Salveus Neccaro towards the end of The Reformation War and parroted by the Rebirth today, which claimed the Mutagen could save Arcatia and humanity from, ultimately, itself.
The Voltrayic Order, like it’s Renazik counterparts, is a multimedia favorite, haunting or helping protagonists across all manner of passive and interactive storytelling. This constant presence in the public consciousness means almost everyone has an opinion on what the Voltrayic Order is, was, or could be, and that almost none of those opinions agree. Whether they are the secret masters of all global affairs, ancient conspirators whose arrogance triggered the collapse, or a secret society of vain upper-class socialites depends entirely one one’s favorite stories and most beloved characters, and very little on the shreds of evidence lingering in archives across the planet.
All factual references to an organized Voltrayic order with any real-world capability to realize their goals disappear relatively early in the Era of Communication. Some implicate early Serican nationalist groups like those responsible for the founding of Zenith and The Congressman, whose vision was dashed in the face of poor public perception and more pragmatic use of resources. Pax archives indicate a more general term, coined by a scholar in disdainful reference to a catastrophically failed global Utopian movement sometime deep in the Era of Silence. The term has popped up in captured Unity analytics as well, which seem to utter in cautious reference to a philosophy or set of philosophies that might compel powerful Serican entities (private and public) to pursue otherwise irrational courses of action.
To this day, the Voltrayic Order remains a much richer well for entertainers than historians, it’s continued relevance owed entirely to it’s mystique