The Toronto Canticle
Major Social Groups and Terrorist Organizations
The Shephards are a fundamental, religious, non profit organization began in 1983 when the Non Human Rights Bill was passed in several countries. They have their origins in the omnifarm sectors of the Eastern United Megacity.
Originally beginning as little more than a protest group, they began picking up steam in 1986 when a prominent pastor took the reins and gave them legitimate standing in society. Pastor Haygood Barnes set them up as a non profit and using his political ties began snowballing support among different governments. The shephards themselves for the most part are an esoteric group of people, who eschew the use of any the newer technology in favor of surviving off their own skills and labour.
Their communities can be found in the Under portions of most sectors as a sort of shanty town. They run into the law many times for health violations and often have their children taken away for endangerment using substandard medical practices.
In 2002, Pastor Barnes political tactics created a riff among the shephards as more fanatical members believed he had sold out. Splinter groups began forming that openly attacked sub rosa and are known for terrorist acts such as bombing sub rosa conventions and assassination attempts on politicians with a pro-sub rosa bent.
The mark of the shephards are two shephard crooks crossed
The progressionists appeared on the scene shortly before the passing of the NHRA in Canada, as supporters of the Sub Rosa and their integration into society. They took their cues from and are the biggest opposition to the Shephards. They also registered as a non profit and are just as widely, politically connected as the Shephards.
The Progs as they are known believe that the Sub Rosa are another facet of human evolution and by denying them existence will result in the eventual extinction of humanity through inaction and stagnation.
The Progs are known for their financial support of many sub rosa institutions. Older members have no identifiable marks but younger members have taken to tattooing a phoenix in prominent areas of their bodies.
The East are an enigmatic and violent eco terrorist group that sprung up in 2004 when the first of the Synoid Factories opened their doors. They announced themselves to the world by blowing up Western Syne Productions and their flagship factory on opening day, killing 8,110 people.
Very little is known about them and their ability hide their tracks suggests skilled computer experts. They often move in military precision and former military personnel have been heavily investigated.
Their driving message seems to be that the Earth has been altered too far by nanotech and the production of Synoids was the final straw.
They have no discernible marks or activities that can be discovered. Where they strike, they leave behind the words, “The East” in reactive paint that only glows in UV light, often setting off a magnesium flare effect when it hits the paint.
The group 34 seem to be a splinter group of The East, though they have done little to connect themselves to the other. They are also defined as being eco-terrorists, targeting city power structures and nanofactories.
Their calling card is the glowing number 34.