Nobilis: Seasonal Flux
The Cleave of Botanists
Herbalism and botany were once science for millennia, much like astronomy and astrology. Only in the past few centuries did botany assume the formal role of a modern science. Before that happened, the two disciplines were kind of floral alchemy. The practitioners believed in the doctrine of signatures – that the form of a flower and its scent determined what use it had. The highest goal of the herbalists was to find or create the flower that would unlock the secret power of the world entirely: the flower of the “roots of the world,” drawing its strength from the raw magic that had been invested in Creation. Few among them knew that the miracles that shaped the prosaic Earth were those of angels and not of the Creator itself – but the power is there.
For every hundred botanists, one commands enough mystic understanding to work wonders. Such botanists wield power comparable to legendary wizards and witches. Still, many of these floral mages are not content; therefore, the Cleave was formed. The Cleave is a secret society, sharing knowledge among the empowered botanists. With their unity and with modern science’s ability to alter genes or create hybrids, they are closer than any mortals have ever been to achieving the power like that of the Nobles – without any Imperator to control them. Many Nobilis fear this, and many more secretly applaud. Most, of course, know nothing of the Cleave.