Each Star An Eye
With great wealth comes great responsibility. Money can open many doors and buy access to all manner of knowledge. Unfortunately, once opened, some doors cannot be closed.
The Nine Angels, or to give the organization its proper Latin title, "Novem Angelus," is a New England philanthropic society comprised of some very rich, very powerful individuals. Founded in 1784 in the wake of the Revolutionary War, the society was set up with the mission to “nourish, develop, and enhance all good men,” providing support, introductions, and sponsorship to the well-to-do families of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine. Their name “the Nine,” represents the “nine choirs”—the nine individuals who founded the organization, who were said to include noted French and British (turned American) aristocrats. Over the last two centuries, Novem Angelus has continued its good works, establishing numerous educational foundations and charities. The society shuns publicity and expects its members to do the same, as expressed in the motto, “We seek only truth without glory.” Nine powerful and secretive individuals still manage and run the society. Only one is publicly known: Mr. Luc Villiers, who represents the group whenever required.
The Nine have long known of "terrible truths" too awful for the populace, and sought ways to minimize and contain such information; wielding both money and hidden influence to
help their agents "save the world" while keeping themselves solidly out of the limelight (and any possible scandal). Working through intermediaries, the Nine hires personnel to undertake delicate assignments, such as acquiring ancient tomes and artefacts, investigating individuals and other organizations, as well as funding expeditions. With such a secretive organization, rumours abound about the Nine, and they are often linked to all manner of weird and wonderful conspiracy theories. As for the truth, the Nine aren’t saying a word.