The Secret World: Season 2
“All war is deception.
When they think we are in front of them, we are behind them. When they think we are weak, we are strong. When they think we are few, we are legion. For there ever to be true balance, there must first be chaos. And chaos is ours to orchestrate. One word can equal the might of a thousand swords. And one sword can obliterate a thousand lives. Everyone and everything has a purpose and a path, if only as a ruse or a diversion. Everything can be manipulated into usefulness by those who truly understand the very nature of things. We understand. We create chaos in order to achieve balance. The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.
We are Dragon, and we have both.”
No one really knows what the Dragon is, where it came from, or what it wants. They are “the whisper of a rumor of a shadow”. They are ineffable. They are Dragon.
What we do know is that the Dragon is supposedly ruled by a child savant from a nameless district in Seoul, Korea, protected by an order of mysterious, mute monks that protect this child as they give orders to a wide flung web of individuals drawn by what seems to be chance to his fold, or in some instances initiated by kidnap. The Dragon tells them to go places, and they go and find the Secret World alive and aflame there; they respond as is intuitive to them, and the Dragon observes, records, and seems to be pleased no matter the result. More orders come, and they followers of the Dragon go; they don’t know why the child sends them, or how the child knows, but unfailingly they are guided towards conflict, towards emerging threats and dangers from the nightmare side of the world. And the Dragon smiles.
Over time, some senior agents have managed to connect and talk, and come up with a theory, a fusion of Eastern spirituality and mathematical probability theory: the Dragon is interested in chaos, and it is experimenting. Every event and interaction is an opportunity to learn the way of the world. The Dragon seems to thrive in chaos, in the unraveling of the schemes of the other conspiracies. It moves its pieces seemingly aimlessly, but always effortlessly, and it often seems to achieve an ideal result. Through repeated encounters, the tossing of many coins, the Dragon learns the way and flow of the Secret World, and aligns itself with it. And it gains mastery through that.
But others wonder if the Dragon has such a human goal, or is even human. They look in the past and find hints of this cult-like structure in the past, around dictators, Caesars, Khans, and Napoleons. Some look at figures like Charlie Manson and David Koresh and wonder if they weren’t failed Dragons, and look at messianic tales of Christs, Buddhas, prophets, and avatars as models for the phenomena… or precedents. What is the Dragon? Maybe only God, if he exists, knows.
The Dragon tends to draw very self driven individuals to its fold, but not often the self-interested. A combination of drive and a strong personal philosophy oriented around something other than material gain seems to be most frequent among candidates. Those who work for the Dragon tend not to quite understand how or why they work for it themselves; it is a mystery to them, patiently guiding them even as it remains opaque to them.