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The Order

There are organizations that are referred to as secret societies but they are not so secret because they operate out in the open and are seen by the public.

They hold their meetings in secret, yet everyone knows they are in a secret meeting. They hold secrets of their organization’s knowledge yet everyone knows they hold secrets.

They flaunt their membership as if it is a status symbol, because it is.

But this one is the preeminent of all but not quite, they do not flaunt their membership, nor do they advertise.

In a planet now known as Yuta, there is one secret organization, one that is into the mysteries of the planet, its past, its real past and its future. 

They hold the knowledge that the system of their planet is inherited from their old gods. And they all know that their old gods are real, but this is not an organization for their old gods.

In a dark room, all black, and no lights like a light bulb. A bell tolls, the sound of which is like a Tibetan bowl. Three times the Call Master struck it. Signalling the call to meet, the start of their meeting. 

Lavish or rich it might seem, these men, or as they are called in their language ayuta are not all wealthy but from all walks of life in their society. 

For simplicity’s sake, we shall call man when they are referred to according to gender, in general their species shall be referred to as ayuta.

Their assembly hall is large enough with one hundred twenty seats, and inside it is designed similar to the Roman or Greek theatres. 

Their chapter presidents are called the ‘Guide’.

Below the stage is where the Guide sits at the center, to the right, the Guide Imminent, the second in the hierarchy. To his left is called Atubang, the role is basically a secretary.

Unlike the seats of both, the seat of the Atubang is facing towards the Guide, unlike both he has a table.

To the back of the Guide is the stage, there is one chair on the stage, and the person who sits there is called the Lantaw, his role is an overseer of the meeting. Similar to the British Parliament’s speaker.

This is the system of their meeting.

All of the members wear white cloaks, the color represents that you cannot hide anything when light is shown. Or under the light everything is revealed.

The members enter into the assembly hall through two doors, they follow a half circle white pathway. There is another half circle and it faces opposite the door circle, that leads to the hall’s seats. 

From the top you can see it is like two circles intersecting, and in between the intersecting half circle is a round golden plate, you can say it looks like an eye. Because it is, and symbolizes knowledge for them.

The members both walk together and must arrive simultaneously at the ends of the eye. At this point they should be facing each other.

They have a standard bowing procedure. They raise both hands to the sides, and bring both hands in on their chest forming an ‘X’ with their arms. Then they bow and say, “Rise Abayon”.

After those words are said, they both straighten up and face the stage, but not facing anyone, and bow and say “Gahum Mata”. Both rise and straighten up then turn and walk towards the seats.

It does not matter if the officers or the hierarchy is not followed, it is after they have positioned themselves on their seats that the presiding officers are in order.

Outside the assembly hall are the monitors, two that are assigned to the doors are called Bantay Atubang. 

When they both see that everyone in line is inside, they both say, “The Cup Is Full, Tasa Lapaw.”

Then the chief monitor who is called ‘Dako’, his back to the doors, confirms and says, “Lapaw Tasa.”

Both of the Bantay Atubang goes inside the hall and closes the doors. Then they both say in unison, “Tasa Tabon”

Usually it is at this point that everyone is standing up next to their seats, and the four presiding officers are in line ready to march to their seats.

The first one to march is the Guide, followed by the Atubang, Guide Imminent, and lastly the Lantaw.

These are the only four persons to cross the eye, not walk across the center of the eye, but along the sides of it. 

The seats are divided into three groups, in between the groups are the walkways for the officers. 

Facing the stage the Guide will walk towards the left side and start his march from that end of the half circle, while the Atubang to the opposite. 

In similar fashion the Guide Imminent follows the steps of the Guide and the Lantaw follows the steps of the Atubang.

And in similar fashion the way they enter, they proceed to their seats, with the chants. They will never cross the center or the intersecting half circle or the eye area. Always on the sides of it, there is symbolism to their actions.

If you enter the eye area, it is as if you are blinding yourself to the truth and knowledge that they possess. It is akin to poking your own eye.

When the Lantaw has reached his position, like the Atubang he has a table, on his table is a bell shaped like that of a Tibetan bowl, but upside down.

He makes the call when the meeting will start usually when he sees that everyone is ready. Then he says, “The Order is in Order”

He strikes the gavel hard, the first one is for himself or for the rest themselves. It also means to help yourself first, or attend to yourself first.

He strikes it again, meaning to look to your Abayon or your sibling or others. Or it means attention to others.

He strikes for the third time, signifying the eye, or knowledge.

They all chant the Abayon prayer. Afterwhich, the Lantaw sits down, and the rest of the members follow, the last to sit will be the three, the Guide, Guide Imminent and the Atubang.

The assembly hall does not have lights in it, but they can see each other because of sound, a sound frequency above hearing, it emits light everywhere that there is no shadow.

The all black room is symbolic and represents that there is or are no shadows here. Because they believe that in the shadows, lies a threat, an evil that has been around since as far as their ancestors have recorded.

A typical temple layout of The Order

The members of the order do not have passwords, but they wear rings or ornaments that symbolizes their membership. 

Only an initiate will know who is one, for in their ornaments or jewelries lies a hidden symbol, it glows blue and only an initiate can see it. 

And they are all telepaths, hence the need for signals or passwords is not needed.

They call themselves simply “The Order”.

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