Bleak Cabal

Life doesn’t make sense. That sums up the Bleak Cabal‘s philosophy, and no further elaboration is
required. They do not believe that nothing is the meaning, like the Doomguard, but instead that there isn’t even any meaning in the first place. The closest thing to meaning is what‘s inside you, and when nothing means everything and everything means nothing, the inside looks dreary and anything but sane. Bleakers constantly struggle with their own sanity while trying to find inner purpose, most choosing to find meaning in life through charity, giving people reprieve from the mad merciless multiverse.

Philosophy: The multiverse doesn‘t make sense, nor is it supposed to.
Nicknames: Bleakers, the Cabal, Madmen.
Headquarters: The Madhouse in Pandemonium.
Majority Races: Half-elves, humans, tieflings.
Favored Classes: Bards, sorcerers, wizards.
Factol: Tyvold (CG male grey elf Clr6/Ftr5/Wiz7 Bleak Cabal)
Prominent Members: Tessali (CG male grey elf Ftr5/Rog6/Wiz7 Bleak Cabal) and Ezra (NG male
bariaur Exp1 Bleak Cabal)
Alignment: Any non-lawful.
Symbol: A helm with a black blaze behind it.

To most people the idea that there isn‘t any meaning to the multiverse is madness, but to a Bleaker, the idea that there is meaning to anything is what‘s really mad. What proof of some greater purpose has their ever been? What makes people so sure life makes sense anyways? None, nil. For all the searching, no one can truly make sense of everything, not the petitioners, the proxies, or the powers themselves. The Bleakers know the truth: there is no answer, no grand design, no reason. Nothing. They find peace in accepting the state of things for what they are; it‘s what allows them to face themultiverse and themselves. They look down at those who try to force meaning on the multiverse with pity, and can only sigh when others say they are mad.

The Bleak Cabal believe that since there is no meaning on the outside, then all they can do is try to find meaning on the inside. See, the multiverse is cruel and merciless, all madness and noise. However, being used to that, a Bleaker tends to be more understanding of such a condition, and more willing to dole out the mercy that is not inherently in the multiverse. They figure if there isn‘t any mercy in the multiverse, then mercy comes from within, and if mercy comes from within, then maybe, just maybe, they can find their own meaning through it. Even the evil among the Cabal try to do charitable acts, not because they care one way or the other, but because the act helps battle the insanity of having no purpose.

While the Cabal would like to shape people with their point of view, they don‘t force it on others. They don‘t even actively recruit members. Indeed, when someone approaches a Bleaker for membership, they just ignore them, even more so now that the Lady of Pain has seen fit to ban the factions from Sigil. Once the potential Bleaker realizes that all of the questions they‘ve been asking have not been answered because that is the answer, they are accepted. Most of the time potential recruits are members of other factions who‘ve lost faith in their creeds, and no longer see the point of their
faction, its allies, or its enemies. It just ceases to make sense. And when you can‘t find anything to believe in, not believing in anything at all is rather appealing.

The Bleak Cabal are a group of depressed, and ofttimes mentally disturbed, humanitarians. If that
doesn‘t convince people that the multiverse is insane and without meaning, then perhaps nothing will.

Adapted from the Planescape Campaign Setting on Planewalker.com Pathfinder converison by Loki

Bleak Cabal

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