The Frozen City
Keepers of the Veil
The Keepers of the Veil are an order of holy knights with a history dedicated to the destruction of undead, specifically free-willed spirits that should have remained on their own side of the great veil of death. The order is almost eight hundred years old. It started among the Prust in Tarsis, led by the uncle of the man who would become the first Emperor. The founder, Sir Vaklav Von Tibbitz, was the ancestor of the current leader, Sir Beck Von Tibbitz, despite the fact that it is not a hereditary position. The Von Tibbitz line has always enjoyed a special affinity for combating the dead. In fact, the family has always been able to see spirits, even those that are invisible or incorporeal.
In 688 IA, the Keepers of the Veil—who had been coming to Ptolus frequently to help deal with the Necropolis—relocated the entire order to the city. Since then, the ranks have swollen to the current membership of more than fifty knights and two dozen support personnel. The knights are mostly paladins and fighters, although a few martial clerics fill out the ranks. Virtually all members are good aligned, and they all dedicate themselves to the fight against undead. The Keepers of the Veil operate out of a small keep near the wall surrounding the Necropolis. Sir Beck also owns a large home in Oldtown, which the order uses as a supplementary barracks, storehouse, and garrison. As the name of their headquarters suggests, the Keepers of the Veil consider themselves to be at war.
The Keepers of the Veil possess an official Imperial Charter and, as such, receive direct funding from the Commissar for the services and good works they perform. This includes both a monthly stipend as well as an activities-based bonus system.