Abominators was the common name for a group of people who were critical of AIVAS and the resulting technological improvements during the Ninth Pass. The name comes the term Abomination, which these people used to refer to AIVAS. Abominators arose two separate times during the Ninth Pass: immediately after AIVAS's discovery, and several years after AIVAS powered itself down.
THe Abominators were a group who wished to return to pre-AIVAS traditions. They usually feared and distrusted new technologies and methods, and usually resorted to violent acts against the people or places making use of AIVAS's teachings. They had a generally low standing in the minds of most Pernese, but were usually able to recruit people from rural locations or people who were generally distrusting.
- Norist - Master GlassSmith, eventually stripped of his rank and exiled
- Begamon - Lord Holder of Nerat, eventually stripped of his rank and exiled.
- Sigomal - Lord Holder of Bitra Hold, eventually stripped of his rank and exiled.
- Gomalsi - Son of Sigomal, exiled alongside his father.
- Shankolin - Son of Norist and a journeyman GlassSmith. He was imprisoned in the mines, but escaped and revived the Abominators.
- Dorse - Exiled
The first group arose out of distrust of the new technologies AIVAS introduced. One outspoken opponent during this time was MasterGlassSmith Norist, who was one of the first to refer to AIVAS as the Abomination, and threatened to disavow any GlassSmiths using the new methods. Other major players during this time were Lord Holders Sigomal and Begamon. Though Lord Corman also was critical of AIVAS, he was not considered an Abominator as he did not prevent people of his hold from making use of AIVAS and its technologies. In order to discredit AIVAS, Norist and several other sympathizers would begin a series of attacks on the AIVAS facility, first to destroy AIVAS's backup batteries, and later to attack AIVAS directly. Both attacks would be thwarted, and the perpetrators of the second attack would be sentenced to hard labor in the mines.
Eventually, the Abominators would attempt a kidnapping of MasterHarper Robinton, with the goal of using him as a hostage for force AIVAS's destruction. The plan would be carried out, but the group was eventually captured before they could make their way to sea. The conspirators, which included Norist, Sigomal, Sigomal's son Gomalsi, Begamon and others, were interrogated and forced to stand trial. Found guilty by a combined council of Craftmasters and Lord Holders, all participants were exiled.
Several years later, the Abominators were revived by Shankolin, who had participated in the second raid on AIVAS. Deafened by AIVAS, he eventually regained his hearing and escaped after a meteor hit the mines. Holding a belief that AIVAS had caused the death of Robinton, he would gain a number of followers. Referring to themselves by numbers, these new Abominators would begin a series of raids and vandalism of new technologies. During Turnover, they would launch simultaneous attacks on the Healer Halls. One group who attacked Fort Hold was captured, and it was decided that exile would be the punishment for any Abominators engaged in similar desecration.
Another group of Abominators was found attacking the Printer Hall, but were captured and exiled before they could do significant damage. Shankolin would eventually find and ally in Lord Toric of Southern Hold who arranged for Shankolin to come to Landing to destroy the AVIAS facility. However, AIVAS's self defense units remained active and Shankolin was killed as soon as he crossed the threshold. What happened to the remaining abominators in the aftermath remains unknown, though one high ranking abominator was spotted speaking with Toric.
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