Because of this, the Tricksters are well-known to be in the employ of many other worlds as spies and assassins. The Tricksters have even been known to employ outcasts of other races. What these cast-offs inevitably learn from deception magic allows them to put together very shady, but very full, resumes of their own.
The Adessa gained this name of notoriety on Cathara because members of the race tended to use their preternatural stealth and speed to cause many folks lots of trouble. Because of their mischievous and troubling nature, the “Tricksters” were a caste mightily looked down upon by their contemporaries. However, they were more a nuisance than a true social evil, so the Tamlar continued to lock them up for a fortnight or two. Then, they let them on their way with slaps on the wrist. At least they kept local security forces busy and worth their pay.
The most prestigious family among the Adessa are the Troubadors. While not officially represented by the League, the Troubadors have long acted as the Voice of Neverraine. Theo Troubador broke from family tradition and actually became a historian. But with the pressure of his family name, and the only offspring of his late mother, Theo returned home and married a Trickster girl named Vivien. They had a daughter, Trixie, who wanted even less to be involved in the “family business.”
The history of the Troubador clan is quite infamous. They were once simply a family of lower middle-class poets and bards. But a lovely little girl named Cethina decided to go and play the Dominatrix with influential members of the Cathara government. However, Cethina Troubador soon grew bored of scandal. She then decided that making certain members of government disappear was much more entertaining.
Long story short, Cethina started a cult known as the Enclave. It attracted not only mamy young Tricksters, but it also became quite popular among the female Tachys youth of Cathara’s dark side, as well. Suddenly, the Adessa were no longer just a nuisance. They were making a lot of reputable and important Tamlar disappear. In their absence, the Enclave were starting to run away with things, spreading chaos and anarchy wherever they went. It finally came to the attention of Lord Quaylor Quasidor and the High Order that something had to be done.
Quasidor exiled Troubador and her Enclave to the distant world of Neverraine. While it was a very drastic measure, the crimes of her and her followers were growing so rapidly in number and severity. Simply ridding themselves of them while the missing were taken into account and hopefully found was the best course of action. In time, some of the missing would be found, but some of them wouldn’t. Unfortunately, most that were found were better left unfound…
However, many Tachys felt betrayed by the Tamlar that their Adessa friend Cethina and her cult were not fairly dealt with through the regular judicial means. Some even volunteered to be exiled along with Cethina and her Enclave. Quasidor was quick to accept their volunteering, despite the protest of all of his compatriots on the High Order. In this case, however, as it quickly had escalated to a State of Emergency, it was Quasidor’s final word, and that was his call.
As far as their status in the League is concerned in later days, they have become the administrators of the prison world of Neverraine. It’s not exactly a prison, per se, but it is where most League Worlds will send their undesirables, criminals, especially. The Adessa take great pride in trying to “rehab” these poor souls, but mostly they just enjoy the captive audiences for their well-practiced bags of tricks.
The Adessa do not have representation on the League of Worlds, not officially anyway. But, being a species that does not even always remain in corporeal form, they could really care less about that. They certainly don’t complain about their steady jobs as prison wardens. The fact that they get to practice their tricks for live audiences constantly helps their morale, as well.
An infamous subset of the Adessa is the Necros, worshippers of death and the “Great Beyond.” Some of them are imprisoned on Neverraine. While they don’t exactly appreciate that the League forces them to watch over their sicker brethren, the Adessa do so reluctantly for the good of everyone.
For the most part, many of the Tricksters appear as vicious and vile creatures of varying shapes and sizes to outsiders. There are also many Tricksters that on the surface appear beautiful and graceful, until you make them angry. However, some worlds, even Cathara, have had Adessa that have blended well into society. In fact, some have become valuable assets with their often very unique and useful abilities. The most famous, or infamous depending on who you ask, is Trixie Troubador.