The Invisible College is a group in the Steampunk section of the D-Verse.
The College is a loose organization of scientists, engineers, philosophers, and other thinkers, united in the cause of forwarding knowledge; specifically, knowledge of how the world works. They take in apprentices and shuffle them between their members, allowing them to learn in a variety of fields. Typically, an apprentice chooses one or two fields to specialize in.
How this all started.
The College has at least three statuses among its members: apprentice, Aetheric Maestro, and Telluric Proficient. There is no leader or head of the organization, as such a position would compromise the College's primary purpose.
Apprentices are probational members of the College, vouched for by a more senior member and allowed access to the College's knowledge and human resources in order to better themselves. They must be recognized firsthand for demonstrated potential by the vouching member; no other justification is sufficient, and no other justification is necessary.
Aetheric Maestro Edit
Once an apprentice creates a masterpiece, they earn the title of Aetheric Maestro, or simply Maestro for short. As the criteria for a masterpiece is quite subjective, there is often a long period of debate before the title is formally bestowed; however, some accomplishments are of such significance as to render their respective debates short or even nonexistent.
Telluric Proficient Edit
Though one must be a Maestro before becoming a Proficient, possessors of the latter title hold no sway over the former. Telluric Proficients are simply Maestros that have devoted themselves to the operations of the College itself: tutoring, lecturing, debating over masterpieces, organizing data, and other similarly less exciting but still important functions.