(For information only. Not required reading for the setting)
The Templars dedicate themselves to the protection of humankind through the extermination of the supernatural. They see vampires and werewolves as evil, and preternaturals (or daemons as they are occasionally referred to) as anathema.
In early 1874, the Templars succeeded in unifying Italy under their rule and have declared themselves infallible.
They have, in the past, used purpose bred preternatural agents to cancel the abilities of supernatural creatures to aid in their hunts. The Templar breeding practices were discontinued in 1805 and it is believed Alessandro Tarabotti, Lady Maccon’s father, was the last child born from that program.
The Templars are rumored to have an initiation ritual involving a dead cat and a duck made from a rubber tree.