Carrion Crown: Kyle's
The Whispering Way
The followers of the Whispering Way believe that undeath is the truest form of life, and the only worthy goal for those powerful and clever enough to achieve it. The Way can never be written down or otherwise recorded—it must be passed from one person to another, earned through striving and machinations. Though the Whispering Tyrant is the most famous follower of the philosophy on Golarion, and the vector by which the majority of Avistan’s current adherents came to knowledge of the Way, he was not the first to espouse the beliefs, and many powerful necromancers and undead throughout history have come to the philosophy through their own individual paths and research. On a basic level, the Whispering Way is the quest for unlife, specifically lichdom. Yet in a more general sense, the philosophy represents a sense of arrogance and entitlement, the belief in the natural rights of those powerful enough to control life and death. In many cases, adherents believe that a living world is an unsuitable throne for their undead majesty, and thus believe that the world itself must die. As a result, members of the Whispering Way are frequently even more cruel and genocidal toward the living than the average undead, and are quick to harness any and all powers to achieve their ends, including the worship of various dark gods or the disdainful leadership of such gods’ congregations (particularly the followers of Urgathoa).
One of Golarion’s most ancient factions, the Whispering Way predates its greatest champion, Tar-Baphon, by centuries. Its adherents revere undeath as a means of transcendence. In undeath, they see no pain or suffering to dilute or dull the pursuit of absolute power. Neither does the fear of f leeting time plague them, for they possess the luxury of eternity. The faction looks upon living creatures as maggots, pitifully growing and consuming resources for the pointless goal of survival. Those steeped in the secrets of the Whispering Way can never turn from it, for its corruptions are so absolute that those who stray or renounce its inf luence turn to dust.
Goal: Golarion Must Die
The tenets of the Whispering Way proclaim that only through undeath can one attain the truest form of existence; thus, its disciples seek nothing short of the death of all life. To attain their goal, they spread the pestilence of their whispered secrets throughout the world, for within their strength lies their lure. Their agents infiltrate magical academies, churches, and other centers of knowledge, drawing out talented individuals and corrupting them to their cause with promises of immortality and power. Others within the faction endeavor to release the Whispering Way’s greatest champion, the lich-king Tar-Baphon, by unearthing and destroying the seals that bind him beneath ………………..
Despite their appearance of pursuing a common goal, the disciples of the Whispering Way are selfish individualists largely acting independently to increase their own personal power. By all counts, the Whispering Way is blasphemous even to other evil factions and religions. Disciples of the Way frequently turn upon each other, slaying or dominating subordinates to fulfill their own interpretations of their grim philosophy. To faction members, life holds no value, so they think nothing of extinguishing it. A disciple never places others’ needs before his own, for the Whispering Way reveals itself to those strong enough to embrace it, not the weak-willed who readily step aside.
Secrets from harrowstone
DC 10: The Whispering Way is a sinister organization of necromancers that has been active in the Inner Sea region for thousands of years.
DC 15: Agents of the Whispering Way often seek alliances with undead creatures, or are themselves undead. The Whispering Way’s most notorious member was Tar-Baphon, the Whispering Tyrant, although the society itself has existed much longer than even that mighty necromancer.
DC 20: The Whispering Way itself is a series of philosophies that can only be transferred via whispers—the philosophies are never written or spoken of loudly, making the exact goals and nature of the secretive philosophy difficult for outsiders to learn much about.
DC 25: Exact details on the society are difficult to discern, but chief among the Whispering Way’s goals are discovering formulae for creating liches and engineering the release of the Whispering Tyrant. Agents often travel to remote sites or areas plagued by notorious haunts or undead menaces to perform field research or even to capture unique monsters. Their symbol is a gagged skull, and those who learn too many of the Way’s secrets are often murdered, and their mouths mutilated to prevent their bodies from divulging secrets via speak with dead.