Itako : The Imperially sponsored guild of necromancers dedicated to protecting the living from the restless dead. It is also their responsibility to hunt down rogue, foul and/or dishonourable necromancers who have summoned, bound and/or tortured the spirits of the dead. While highly regarded and honoured for their solemn duties, the Itako are also feared by the vast majority of the populace. Even the priests of The Shudan and the mages of The Onmyoji tread carefully where the Itako are involved. Being a member of the Itako is one of the few ways for a user of magic to be exempt from registering with The Onmyoji, as both groups are sponsored by The Imperial Family and The Grand Council.