For centuries, the Decemvirate sent Pathfinder Society agents of varying skills and degrees of competence to far-flung lands in search of artifacts and dangerous knowledge. Over time, these leaders distanced themselves from the rank and file field agents, and soon began to forget what it truly meant to be away from the protective sanctum of Skyreach in the Grand Lodge of Absalom. Many members of the Society became bitter and disillusioned, and in 4710 ar, splintered away and demanded that the Decemvirate and their venture-captain representatives not forget those who serve them. The Shadow Lodge faction is headed by Grandmaster Torch, an infamous information broker who rules his fiefdom of favors and secrets from his sewer hideout in the Puddles district of Absalom.
Goal: Hold Your Leaders Accountable
The Shadow Lodge first broke away from the Pathfinder Society as a protest against the heavy-handed nature of its leaders, the Decemvirate. The Shadow Lodge has reformed into a watchdog group, and despite its sinister-sounding name, truly wants the best for the Society and its members. Some rogue members of the original Shadow Lodge do exist, though, and these fanatics still seek the downfall of the Decemvirate in spite of the reparations that have been made.