The trend of specialized crafts and skills among the Arisen Guilds continue with the Sesha-Hesu. This Guild is composed of scribes of the Nameless Empire, those with the skills and literacy necessary to keep track of records, taxes and other information to keep the buraucracy of Irem going despite its massive scale.
As such, the Seshu-Hebsu hold a vital place in Iremite society. They are record-keepers, investigators, negotiators and researchers, and it is their work that granted them status among the society.
Much like the Mesen-Nebu, the Sesha-Hebsu have their own philosophy that colors their work ethic. The scribes believe in a cosmological principle called the Scroll of Ages. This Scroll of Ages is a divine work of a diety that embodies the totality of knowledge.
Their dedication to impartiality and neutrality makes them excellent arbiters between conflict, and this dedication to knowledge makes it possible for the Sesha-Hebsu to win the trust of their fellow Arisen and give them the informal authority to mediate disputes within the (admittedly small) community of Mummies.
Aside from mere research and resolving disputes, the Seshu-Hebsu are also investigators. It is their divine mandate to seek out the truth of things, and those chosen have a keen aptitude for fulfilling this task. This preference to seek out knowledge and digest it as to internalize and understand is what gives them the ability to conform to social mores and ideas of the age.
The favored vessels of the Seshu-Hebsu are texts. The focus on the written (and spoken) word are the bread and butter of the Seshu-Hebsu, as they believe that all magic consists of two principles, the Will and the Word. They focus on the aspect of the Word, and understand that without a common language as a foundation, all knowledge is useless if it cannot be communicated.
Personally, I find that the Seshu-Hebsu might be one of the more difficult factions to play as the write up doesn’t exactly cement a mindset for me. Whereas the Maa-Kep have an ongoing “mission” to make sure the rest of the Arisen are able to pursue their tasks (while keeping tabs on them) and the Mesen-Nebu are artisans who look to collecting Dedwen, the Seshu-Hebsu feel a little flat.
I understand that they revere knowledge, and they have a cosmological principle known as the Scroll of Ages, but how they interact with this belief doesn’t come out. Do they believe that they are agents of the Scroll? Is it a divine mandate for them to gather information as it is essentially their task to “write” it as they go? There’s something missing there that should answer what they do with all the hoarding of information that they dedicate themselves to.
While the Seshu-Hebsu as investigators angle is interesting, nothing in their philosophy says that they ought to do something with that knowledge. It’s a missing piece and it bothers me.
In some ways it reminds me of why police officers and detectives are always great characters to play in a modern setting. They’re empowered and authorized to meddle in mysteries, obligated to find the truth, and finally mandated to take down the guilty. The Seshu-Hebsu have the first two parts, but don’t have the third.
What do you guys think? Am I missing something fundamental here? Or am I looking at this Guild from the wrong angle? Let me know, I’d be happy to talk this over.