The Dim Wastes
Order of Alhena
The Order of Alhena has existed almost as long as the Empire itself, coming into being roughly ten years after its formation. It has no governmental powers, but enjoys vast leeway both inside and outside its borders. The Order of Alhena was first conceived by Surto Kahmenis; friend and confidant of Emperor Ezra Alhena I, the first Emperor of what is now known as the Empire of Alhena. Surto was taken aback by the bloodshed that came in the wake of the formation of the Empire, and felt compelled to show the detractors of the Empire that it had another face: one of mercy and compassion for those in need of help. It is in that spirit that the Order has proceeded since its founding.
Primarily, the Order is a mercy mission, bringing medical care, sanctuary, and death services to places where they are needed most. It often takes the primary responsibility in organizing relief efforts and evacuations when called for at the frontiers of the Empire. The practical effect of this is that one will often see an Order representative with deployed military units. They are available on request for long trips outside the Empire’s borders where many people are concerned. The Order is funded primarily by the Empire, but accepts private donations as well. Owing to substantial and sustained donations from the Mueller Trading Company over the years, MTC expeditions into uncharted lands are always attended to by the very best Masters that the Order can provide.
The Order’s priests and doctors come mostly from the churches of Paladine and Mishakal, with the latter providing about 75% of the manpower behind the Order. While they maintain their faiths separately, within the Order members of the two churches work hand in hand with no divisive tendencies at all. Both churches consider a tour with the Order to be compulsory for their more senior clerics and paladins, though precisely when this service is rendered is left up to the individual in most cases.