Among the Decrees, the Serpent-Headed are the ones who devote themselves towards the timeless nature of Truth. Perhaps the most mystical of the five Decrees, the Serpent-Headed understand and recognize that there is an underlying framework to the world, and that the Truth of things, and it’s understanding is key towards a greater purpose.
This is the Decree of the intellectual. Teachers, researchers, sorcerers… all of these have found their place with the Serpent-Headed. The pursuit of the ultimate Truth fuels their immortal lives, giving them something to focus on.
In many ways their passion for truth and knowledge makes them remarkably useful, as their hunger for learning gives them an extra edge in acclimatizing towards the more complex discoveries of the modern age. I can imagine some of the Arisen being hard pressed to understand modern sciences, but the Serpent-Headed should be able to make the intuitive leaps necessary to catch up and even innovate.
The Serpent-Headed restore their pillars by coming to understand the world and using their knowledge to solve problems. Discovering truth, or proving superiority of mind over emotion and brute strength empowers them. If the Serpent-Headed goes out of her way to learn extra information beyond what is necessary to achieve their goal, then they restore this in full. It’s a tricky line to draw for most GMs, but hopefully in play this is easier said than done.
The Serpent-Headed are a great pair for the Seshu-Hebsu Guild, as both are fixated on knowledge. They make for cunning investigators, and depending on their internal moral compass, are capable of being interesting characters with vigilante streaks as they pursue their greater purposes.