The Acolytes of Ahk'Rei-Ahan are a secretive religious organisation, occupying the Varros-Ek-Akros, simply known as the Barrowfort, nestled in the heart of the northern Crown mountains. It is dedicated to the worship of "the Archon", named and titled Ahk'Rei-Ahan, who they claim is a divine being from beyond the mortal world aiming to rid the world of death and suffering. Opposing him are the "Slave-Spawn" that are the Ancestors and the "Tongue-Forked Liars" of the Lesterin pantheon. Key to their worship are the Books of Salvation, a collection of divine revelations offered to the earliest Masters of the old Order. Among their objects of veneration, Purple Lightstones, a rare form of lightstone, are central to their worship, as the Acolytes believe that these Lightstones contain the essence and power of the Lord of Many Voices. Throughout the centuries, and the word of the Book of Salvation, the Acolytes have found it useful to spread rumours of their existence, as well as their self-declared war against the Skakdi warlords of Zakaz. As a result, there is almost always a trickle of willing recruits from Lesterin villages in the north who wander into the mountains, seeking to learn at the feet of the ghosts that the Skathi fear so much. Skakdi rejected by their society have also found it easy to pack up and disappear into the north. And if these numbers are insufficient, the Acolytes have become masters at torture and persuasion, a process called "Revelation", which as yet has proven to be almost completely perfect at turning prisoners to loyal Acolytes.
This was told to me, "The world is blinded to truths, and its people hear what they wish to hear. To save them, shadow will be our armour, rumours our blade." - Librem Exhortica 2:2, Line 7
The Acolytes have learnt, from knowledge passed down from the Dread War (as they call the conflict between The Guide of the Fallen and the warlords led by Garokk), the ability to bind an undead zombie to their will in full through the sacrifice of some innate power. These zombies are tough, with little sense of pain, and obey their masters without question, even retaining some of their intelligence before their death. However, due to their depleted state, they have much weaker control over the innate powers they had in life. It is also rumoured that the old disciples of the Face-Snaked Lord could control legions of the dead, raise monsters of bone and bark, and move to Kino-Ur (called Kainu by the Acolytes) and back at will.
Shining with blood, The ARCHON called to the believers, sword-eye seeing all inside our hearts. He said: "With wisdom, your eyes are unclouded. With my arts you will be untouchable. With my knowledge, the walls of Kainu-or will no longer be a prison.
Hear my call." - Book of Salvation, Book 2, Chapter 8, Lines 44-5
Officially, Ahk'Rei-Ahan himself leads the organisation. Due to his incapacitated state, the organisation is led by the First Speaker, de facto leader of the Acolytes, and assisted by a small staff called the Chorus. Apart from setting direction for the Loremaster and the Polemarch, the Speaker's Chorus manages the administration and upkeep of the Barrowfort. Working in concert with the Speaker isthe Loremaster, who is not only the premier advisor on spiritual matters, but also in charge of researching a completely lost art only called "Lore" in the Book of Salvation. Little progress has been made in this department, so the Loremaster also assists the Speaker in record-keeping matters, morale and the propagation of rumours to the outside world. The Master is assisted by a staff called the Lorekeepers. Finally, there is the Polemarch, who is in charge of the military training of all Acolytes and security of the Barrowfort. The Polemarch works in close concert with the Speaker in ensuring that internally, no Acolyte harbours thoughts of treason due to ambition (as opposed to the Loremaster's concerns for theological deviance); externally, that threats to the Order are dealt with before they become worse. The Companions are the elite guard that assist the Polemarch in such matters, though they report to the Speaker. Beyond these are several smaller specialist departments such as the Morturians, Archivists, Warsmiths etc, all of whom play a part in enacting the will of the First of the Divine Host.
"Brothers we are, we will and brothers we must be. Strength from below restraint from above praise be. See us and hear us hear us hear us [incomplete fragment]" - Collected Writings of Zoath-Zoda, Paragraph 38