Shadow Scouts are a Brotherhood who specialize in scouting operations: reconnoitering enemy forces, infiltrating forbidden areas, exploring, route-finding, crossing borders, stealth travel, tracking and wilderness survival. Their inspirations include the traditional Apache scouts, Japanese ninjas, Rangers of the North and modern thru-hikers and explorers. Shadow Scouts move among the survivalist, hiking, hobo, urban exploration and similar communities, gathering intelligence about regions, routes and resources. They are actively scouting locations and recruiting members for a network of lookouts, meeting places and caches in preparation for the collapse of civilization. They pass on their skills and knowledge from master to apprentice, and communicate in a secret language known only to other Scouts. They mark their presence with a sigil which represents the word “scout” in their tongue, as pictured below:
Shadow Scouts give their allegiance to their Brotherhood, to nature, and to the Tao or Shadow behind this world of illusions. They bow to no government, corporation, legal system, ideology or other construct of men. They reserve the right to roam across any border or land at will, to infiltrate any territory, escape any prison and live free, or die.
This is my vision—of a spirit, way of life and lineage that I seek to establish and pass on. I am the first of my kind, but the Tao willing, not the last. I am Shadow Scout.