The Explorer’s Society is a worldwide network of heroes including soldiers, scientists, explorers, archaeologists and more. The Society’s origins are shrouded in the mists of antiquity, but it has always stood against dark forces that threaten the world. Captain Roderick Pennington-Smythe has been heard to claim that its roots stretch back to people banding together to fight evil in the time of King Solomon—perhaps even further. (The local branch can reliably trace its ancestry to a group called the Twilight Legion in Imperial Rome.)
Members of the Explorer’s Society wear a ring with the society’s emblem: a crossed torch and sword. Members can also be identified by knowledge of a particular piece of trivia: mounted on the wall of the London lodge is the head of an animal killed by Smythe in the American West. Only Explorer’s Society members know that the animal is a Jackalope.
The California lodge of the Society was located in Shan Fan, until it was burned down in an attack. Fortunately, the lodge’s Gothic tower remains, but the structure is only a shadow of what it once was.
The Society is aware of the Reckoning, and has been tracking the phenomena related to it. They note that such incidents have increased nearly a thousand-fold since the late 1860’s, and that while they are world-wide, they are most highly concentrated in the American West. The Society occasionally works with the intelligence agencies of the Union and the Confederacy, but their philosophies differ significantly, and these partnerships usually only last long enough to deal with a particular threat.