The White Mantle are a group of outlaws based in the Brisban Wildlands and the north of Maguuma, led by Confessor Caudecus. They originated as a religious cult formed years ago in Kryta by Saul D'Alessio, a drunk and thief who preached the false doctrine of the Unseen Ones, his mysterious invisible masters. Saul the Deceiver delivered a false message of salvation during Kryta's darkest hour, when the charr invasion threatened the nation's survival. Saul led an army of white-robed followers against the charr, and after their victory on the battlefield, the White Mantle seized power.
But the protection of the White Mantle came at a price. The cult became arrogant and abusive. The wealth of the land was held only by those who worshipped the Unseen Ones. Worst of all, each year Krytan citizens were chosen for "special education" and never seen again. In truth, the White Mantle offered these ill-fated Chosen as sacrificial victims to their demonic masters.
In the wilds of Kryta, the patriot leader Evennia gathered unto her a loyal band of patriots. They called themselves the Shining Blade and vowed to hack away the corruption and decay that robbed Kryta of her greatness. The true nature of the White Mantle and the inhuman sorcerers they worship was exposed for all to see in a series of violent conflicts that left the Mantle high council dead and the future of the cult in doubt.
Most outside the Shining Blade consider the White Mantle a myth told on Mad King's Day, unaware that they are in fact still operating. They often target defenders of Kryta and Queen Jennah. In 1325 AE they had a cell in the Hunting Lodge, and one of their main hideouts was Jannaj's Bandits. The books found by the Shining Blade in the lodge showed that the Mantle's current purposes involve Krytan history, asuran architecture, and bloodstones. There was also a book titled, "To Serve the Unseen". Countess Anise always reminds Shining Blade Exemplars that not all followers of the White Mantle are fanatics. Many people don't even know they are being manipulated by the Mantle—only their leaders know the truth.
The soldiers at the Seraph Observers have been deployed to not only look for White Mantle, but to investigate rumours of revived White Mantle activity. No evidence of this has been found—only relics, ghosts, and a whole host of bandits, led by Seanan.
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- The Unseen Ones are in fact the mursaat, an ancient race of spellcasters. After the release of the Titans during the first campaign nearly all of the known members on Tyria were eradicated apart from Lazarus the Dire, who was weakened after his final aspect was corrupted in the Eye of the North mission The Justiciar's End.