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The Venatori Umbrorum
An ancient order of humans dedicated to fighting the darker aspects of the supernatural. What they lack in magical or supernatural powers, they make up for in political influence, knowledge, and conventional firepower. Very little is known about the Venatori; Harry describes them as being “like the Masons, but with flame throwers.” While they have some armed assets, they excel at using their influence in society to hinder the movement of supernatural predators such as vampires. The Venatori have been credited with freezing bank accounts, cutting supply lines, exposing mortal collaborators, and even going so far as assassinating or kidnapping agents of the Vampire Courts. They are allied with the White Council in the war against the Red Court. The order’s name, Venatori Umbrorum, is Latin, and it reads “The Hunters of Shadows”. The group acts as unwitting cover for an even more secretive group referred to simply as the “Venators” (Hunters) who specifically exist to stamp out knowledge of demonic gods, a task they call the Oblivion War. Thomas Raith, Harry Dresden’s vampiric half-brother, belongs to this group.