- "Oh no, no, no, seriously, who are these people?"
- — Charlie Cutter after discovering the library
The Order was a Hermetic secret society originally established by Queen Elizabeth I in the 16th Century. It was formed from numerous secret British societies. By modern times, the head of the Order was Katherine Marlowe. Its purpose was to control Britain's enemies through espionage, deception, and fear. Its ultimate goal was to find Iram of the Pillars.
- "For the Order! All for the Order!"
- — Talbot
Charlie Cutter inflitrated the London branch of the Order as a hired goon but was unable to ascertain much information on their overall plan. He did however manage to uncover a little of their history. Cutter theorises that Queen Elizabeth forged the Order from a number of secretive groups: the British Occult Secret Service, the School of Night, the Hellfire Club, and the Order of the Golden Dawn. It is unclear as to whether she established the Order purely to find Ubar or to search for all occult and historical items of significance. However, Cutter found that she used her extensive spy network, led by Sir Francis Walsingham, and utilised the accumulated occult knowledge of the Order to search for clues to the location of Iram of the Pillars. Once the Order had picked up the trail and followed it to Yemen, she dispatched orders to Francis Drake to visit the region during his circumnavigation of the globe.
Nathan Drake realised that although Drake was a member of the Order, he disagreed with how such power would be used and abandoned his search, leaving a warning written on the walls of the hidden temple in Yemen, to warn away all others who might follow.
Evidence gathered in Charlie Cutter's journal makes a list of several key historical figures who were, at one time, members of the Order:
The modern Order was known to contain hundreds but besides the general agents Marlowe employs, only a few are named:
- Katherine Marlowe - Apparent leader of the modern Order
- Talbot - Marlowe's main associate and second-in-command of the Order
- Harris - Talbot's associate
Contemporary members of the Order all observe the same dress code: black suits with white shirts and red neckties adding a sense of uniformity to the society.
Since the Order was Hermetic in nature and was compiled from several orders that conducted pagan rituals, it is possible that the Order also dabbled in such practices. The Hellfire Club in particular was party to many rumours of black magic and pagan worship and at least some of what may be constructed as "magic" may have found a base in the modern Order in projects such as Talbot's hallucinogenic drugs, John Dee's occult beliefs and their idolising of Occult artifacts.