Quaerentes in Extremis
Donatores Requietis Aeternae
The Donatores Requietis Aeternae, the Givers of Eternal Rest, are a young tradition of religious magi who exist to send the dead to their final rest. They are most commonly found in the Normandy and Stonehenge Tribunals, or the Tribunals adjacent to those. Their history begins with the 11th century, when many authors noted a disturbing trend of restless dead rising from their graves as ghosts or revenants, despite the fact that such rising was often unknown in past ages. The writers blamed some “cult of the dead,” theorizing that perhaps they caused the dead to walk or even actively controlled them. They were unable to identify the cult, and it may not even exist, but they had all kinds of suspects – diabolists, magicians trying to see the future, laymen trying to learn what became of their dead relatives. Some believed it was a sign of impending Apocalypse.
In the early 12th century, many others noticed the problem and tried to protect their communities. Priests, hedge wizards and others who met the restless dead were often met with little success. They seemed unstoppable…until some of those who opposed them received saintly visitations, gaining knowledge of a powerful ritual to fight the dead. This ritual used Divine power to expel the creatures, and the tide began to turn. After several years of individual struggle, each of these people received a second visitation commanding them to travel to Normandy, where the dead were terrorizing a town, spreading disease and killing any who were out after sunset. The priests had fallen to an Infernal plot and were using the dead to drive the last honest people from the town. The men and women who would become the Donatores converged on the French town and destroyed the restless dead there, but not before several of them were killed. Most of them had never met before, but they swore together to prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again. They agreed to collaborate in fighting the dead, taking the name Donatores Requietis Aeternae.