The Society of Conscious Thought is three centuries old and was founded by a Jovian named Ior Labron, who was in search of spiritual enlightenment. The Society has since then taken many guises and been anything from a religious sect full of hermits to a political institute playing the power game.
Today, the Society is mainly known for their scholastic achievements, their schools are widely regarded as the best ones in the world of EVE and rich and influential parents everywhere fight to get their kids admitted. Offering large sums of money is, however, no guarantee for admittance, as the Society has its own peculiar selection process that seems to have little rhyme or reason to outsiders.
The Society operates in remote areas, where they build strongholds called kitz. Not all kitz are schools, some are still devoted to spiritual enlightenment or scientific pursuits.
Society of Conscious Thought
The Society of Conscious Thought, known more frequently as SoCT or simply the Society, was founded three centuries ago by the Jovian scholar Ior Labron with the objective of discovering nothing less than the meaning of existence.
While Jovian society in general is not at all spiritually inclined, expression of individuality and personality are highly encouraged to assist with cognitive development, and as such those who take to spiritual enlightenment tend to do so with a good deal of vigor. Through the ages the Society has acted as one of the largest outlets for the spiritual needs of the Jove, although today that role has become secondary.
Beginning life originally as a cult, the Society evolved into a political organization before effectively becoming a shadow government. This situation did not persist for very long. A number of political entities joined forces to break down the Society’s power base, resulting in its operations being made illegal. The organization lived on in obscurity, however, falling back to its quasi-mystical quest for the meaning of life.
Several decades later, the Society began again to assert itself, this time in a far more careful manner, which ensured that it simply skirted the edge of a political arena that was now extremely hostile. As the Society evolved, its attention turned away from politics and toward education. Preferring to keep its residences and refuges in remote areas, away from civilization and large human settlements, it began to open schools and set up minisocieties emphasizing self-sufficiency, a trait strongly encouraged among the Jove.
These sprawling places, known as “kitzes” and often resembling huge fortresses, still exist today and house everything from living quarters and food-growing facilities to laboratories and libraries. Each is a separate entity, but communication between kitzes is frequent and each one maintains a school for educating its members in the scholarly or scientific fields.
Initially all students were children of Society members, but several decades ago the Society started allowing admittance to a small number of outside children each year. More recently the Society has even allowed a select few non-Jove children to attend. Applicants are chosen by the Society, their choices seeming to many almost random, with no visible pattern as to who gets in: race, gender, social standing, or even talent and intelligence by themselves do not seem to play instrumental roles.
Many wealthy parents have tried to increase their child’s chances by donating large sums of money to the Society, but statistically this appears to have little or no effect. In any case, most people agree that the education the children receive within the Society’s walls is first class; every graduate is a sought-after employee anywhere he or she goes. An astonishing proportion of Society graduates reach a prominent position later in life, becoming presidents of multistellar corporations or governmental ministers. It remains unsurprising, therefore, that people regard the Society’s schools as breeding grounds for world leaders.
Society of Conscious Thought
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