The British gunboats opened the doors of China during the famous opium war. The army broke an ancient jar containing a very old and evil spell. In mysterious Asia, there are things that the long noses, these arrogant white people, cannot even begin to imagine in their worst nightmares.
The blast of British guns has awoken the attention of the Dragon, a secret society of evildoers and spellcasters. They seized the opportunity of contact. Opium is a valuable resource, be it legally traded or not. The greedy British only saw juicy benefits in this trade when they forced China to be involved in it. In London this drug is needed to maintain common people in a lethargic state, stifle any rebelling spirit, cradle people into conformism.
The Dragon has awaken and stretched its claws all the way to Britain. The Chinese diaspora has enabled them to multiply contacts all over world, and they do not need much time to establish new bases. The agents of the Dragon are interested in all kinds of potential sources of profit and infiltrate any organisation they can. They use the fascination of the well-to-do for their ancient civilisation and can introduce themselves anywhere, even in circles where you would least expect them. Their agents, filled with Eastern wisdom, are apt to puzzle the highest wits and easily trap the most fragile.
In the streets, their art of fighting with fists and feet is a key element to awe common people, and their cruelty a warning to the local mob.
Used to dealing with the most fearsome creatures, the Dragon does not fear Western magic. On the contrary the beast is eager to uncover the secrets of the long noses’ arcane and use them for itself. London - a place packed with knowledge of all kinds - is the ideal location to begin a policy of systematic predation. The Dragon will corrupt, buy, force, eliminate all the factions he thinks he can use to discover any secret.
The organisation understood a long time ago that knowledge is the key to power. It is highly interested in the new concepts linked to Etheromancy. They are the quintessential point of sorcery in Western thought. The Dragon has prepared itself for high losses in the early phase; it does not hesitate to sacrifice its low rank members to study the magic of Fairies or the sorcery of Necromancers better. Officially everything is for the best in the Chinese quarters; laundry workers are very charming people.
The Dragon knows how to seduce before hitting. Their sense of honour enables them to avoid bloody conflicts. And many members respect family honour values. Nevertheless, you have to gain the esteem of the Dragon before being decently dealt with. Time is necessary for the Dragon to find your flaws.
The beast is patient. It is not afraid of Esoterism and the mysteries of ether. The Dragon is hunting and few people know how to escape from its grasp...