This group is made up of a blend of supernaturals and naturals who believe that supernatural abilities are a gift that should be used to help others. While simple in theory in practice debates about the best way to help others plague the Order and can cause some to believe they have little direction or impact.
Members of the Order however are unified in their desire to help people and make the world a better place. Many of them are true and selfless heroes, although it must be said that glory hounds are often found in their ranks too. Most of the supernaturals in their number are either new to their power or possess incredible mental discipline to over the slide into corruption.
The Order simply wants to make the world a better and more equal place with less poverty, disease, death, misery, inequality and pain. They try and prevent others from causing these problems by rehabilitation or finding ways to weaken or impair their ability to do so, detainment, Venetian oaths, weakening curses etc..
Order governments tend to operate out of houses, changing which one they use semi-regularly. They are formed of a small council of elder who make their decisions. Order governments are very strict with long law books formed for governing their areas. Generally speaking if something is illegal in the mundane world, it's supernatural equivalent is illegal as well, using supernatural abilities to gamble, or get favorable deals and so on are even crimes, although relatively mild ones. While the most officious of the factions, they're also often the most willing to be of aid if you have a good cause.
If someone is accused of breaking the law, they are given a full trial with an Order judge and a jury of random supernaturals. Putting this trial together however can sometimes take months and it's not uncommon for people to be detained longer awaiting trial, than they would have if found guilty. Their punishments are typically fines or time in specially designed prisons.
To live in service to the world.
To bring peace where there is war.
To bring order where there is chaos.
To bring law where there is anarchy.
To bring knowledge where there is ignorance.
To protect the innocent.
To punish the wicked.
To uphold the sanctity of life.
Shieldbearers are the largest military group with The Order and are responsible for the protection of others.
The Shieldbearers are tasked with handling all the Order's defense and siege work. Usually deploying in practical street wear, but with a signature coat or jacket to identify themselves(typically brown) they tend to use heavy armor and favor emplaced heavy weaponry. They tend to prefer to pick areasof high value or impact and then set up defenses and emplaced weaponry in that area to ensure it stays with the Order. They are vulnerable however to being caught while moving locations. They often take round ballistic shields with them into battle, using them to cover each other when needed, or placing them along walls to help fortify an area against weapons fire, they are usually called 'girls' by the other societies.
Swordbearers are a smaller group with the Order, dedicated to proactive efforts to deal with threats before the shieldbearers may be needed.
The Swordbearers are the most mobile of the divisions, they tend to favor fairly light armor and weapons such as pistols and submachine guns. Usually deploying in practical street wear, but with a signature coat or jacket to identify themselves(typically brown) they are also the most melee focused of the divisions and generally try to use their mobility to close and or flank the enemies before tearing into them in close quarters combat. Swordbearers are often called 'dogs' by the other societies.
Librarians are the support and investigative arm of the Order, and those who're less focused on conflict than on research and finding ways to improve the world through the occult.
When it comes to internal matters and most external ones the Haven Order has no set in stone laws, rather it is up to those responsible to interpret wrong doing in a common sense manner keeping in mind our fundamental goals,and following the principle of presumed innocence.
Much of the responsibility of the Order in Haven is apprehension and judgement. Strict laws and procedures are put in place to ensure that such activity is conducted with all regard to fairness and justice.
The following individuals may be apprehended without a warrant:
Members of groups that oppose the Order in the supernatural cold war, including but not limited to; members of The Hand, members of the Temple.
Known supernatural or supernaturally aware criminals. This individual must be open about the fact they are a criminal and their criminal acts must be of what would generally be considered a felony level.
Those committing criminal acts in front of an apprehending member of the organization. These acts must be of a severity that would generally be considered a felony.
Vampires who prey upon humans.
Demonborn who prey upon humans.
Werewolves who make no or a poor attempt to contain their nature and/or lunacy.
All others require a warrant from a member of the judiciary not associated with the apprehension.
All apprehended targets should be given the opportunity to surrender willingly, and should be apprehended with the minimum amount of force necessary to complete the task.
As soon as is possible, the apprehended individual should be informed they are being apprehended by the Order and given the following information.
Why they are being apprehended.
That they will be judged by an impartial third party.
That they may waive the right to be judged by a third party in order to expedite their captivity if they so wish.
That they may appeal their judgement if they so wish, and have their case heard.
The apprehending agents should take the target to the cells as swiftly as is reasonably possible, and contact the judiciary in order to sit in judgement over them.
The member of the judiciary sitting in judgement cannot be involved in the apprehension, or the one who issued the warrant when such was used. If no one is available to do so the prisoner should be informed of such and again offered the right to waive impartiality in favor of a expedited procedure. If they do waive this right and still nobody is willing or able to judge them, they should be immediately released.
The member of the judiciary should join the prisoner as soon as is reasonably possible, and based on their crimes decide on and carry out a punishment. There should always be at least one witness to this affair, preferably another member of the judiciary not involved in the case thus far. Harvesting should be used when it would be profitable to do so and the discomfort caused would not exceed the degree of punishment assigned.
The prisoner should be informed of the punishment chosen, and given the right to appeal. If they do so their case will be heard by the senior most member of the judiciary available, with the one who assigned their judgement arguing against them, and another member of the judiciary assigned to argue for them. They may instead choose to have their case argued by an outside party, and all efforts should be made to facilitate this if it would not prove a great security risk.
The judgement of this court is final, unless overruled in exceptional cases by the Grand master.
A record of all apprehensions and judgments should be kept, after judgement and punishment all prisoners should be immediately released.