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The Cardinale is a jovial lady who enjoys conversing at length about any Numenera that affects the world on a grand scale. She has little interest in cyphers or oddities but instead wants to know how the giant machines work. She prefers to conduct business over a meal and her meals are always lavish. Under the facade of the amical priestess hides a very cunning intellect. The Cardinale is high ranking within the Order of Truth and she believes very strongly that through the Numenera the people will gain knowledge. Through knowledge the people will gain enlightenment. Through enlightenment the people will become the next great civilization. She believes that the Order of Truth is destined to lead the Steadfast to unity and to glory.
Almost everybody in the Steadfast knows the Cardinale by reputation.
The Amber Pope has placed The Cardinale in charge of gathering new Numenera to assist in the crusade against the Gaians. To this end The Cardinale has conscripted Aeon Priests to train acolytes and send them into the Beyond and in the couldcrystal field to gather information. The Cardinale is their general and she directs her lieutenants to send the soldiers out and bring back technology that can be used for the advancement of the Steadfast.
She is usually dressed in formal attire. Her preferred color clothing is purple.
Only the Cardinale remembers her real name, and whenever someone asks she just smiles and says she is named by the people. She is a kind woman who believes that the work she does is for the good of all people who live in the Steadfast.
The Cardinale entered the Aeon Priesthood when she was young. Official records state that the Cardinale was apprenticed in Qi but reports sometimes place her in several other locations. While the details of her youth are scarce, The Cardinale truly became noticed when she returned from an assignment in the Sea of Secrets. The Cardinale had found a device which created food and water out of nothing. She pressed several buttons and then whatever food or drink you desired would appear on a small shelf within the device. The Cardinale traveled all over the Steadfast giving feasts to people who didn’t normally have a lot of food. The device functioned perfectly for years and The Cardinale gained a reputation for being generous, kind, pious and also very wise. She met Aeon priests from around every kingdom and became friends with them all. For nearly a decade she wined and dined with everyone from peasants to kings.
All the while she cultivated her connections. When the day finally came that the device ran out of power, the Cardinale was well positioned to move into a new form of study. Older and significantly larger than she was in her youth, The Cardinale was assigned the job of finding and learning new Numenera that could be useful for The Steadfast.