In KC there are three factions, called Convictions; The Divine, the Infernal and the Deistical.
The Divine are Fallen who attempt to be heroes and champions. Now many of them fall short of that lofty goal.. The Divine were the ones who first struck their own brethren, the Infernal and there has been war between them ever since. Over the years, Fallen who started out as would-be heroes have been dragged down by the war. They forget that they meant to be the ‘good guys’ and instead see only the conflict. Thus, while being Divine should be about helping the world around them, all too often members will see themselves as needing to take care of the ‘Infernal problem’ first, before any good can be done. Too many Divine have grown cold and heartless in their war with the Infernal. And many an Infernal are loving it.
The Infernal have felt the burden of betrayal on all sides. They feel that Heaven betrayed them originally by sending them to this rotten dump. They tried to make a deal with Hell but that turned out to be a trick. And for their efforts, the Divine came and attacked them which was the final nail in the coffin. Since Heaven, Hell and the Divine all fight in some fashion for the world, the Infernal are committed to wrecking it all so nobody can have it.
The truce between the Divine and Infernal is an uneasy one to say the least. It’s brought upon a lot of consequences, some predictable and some unforeseen. Naturally, it is not easy to put aside a war that has lasted thousands of years. The Divine and Infernal have been fighting so long that few even remember what the fight is about. The Divine are the ‘good guys’ and the Infernal are the ‘bad guys’. That’s what most think.
The Codex was made to protect Fallen but does not govern what Fallen do to the world around them. Infernal like to get their digs in, often by continuing to wreck things. Infernal hurt humans and corrupt society in subtle and not so subtle ways. And it irks the Divine. Whether the Infernal do it to live up to their beliefs or as a big ‘screw you!’ to the Divine the result is the same. Infernal do bad things, Divine react and fights break out. The Infernal and Divine live on the razors edge. They cannot seem to help it.
The Deistical are certainly not a lesser faction, but their story is less evident. They refused to take sides, to support Heaven, Hell or anybody but themselves. They stand in the shades of grey, with the freedom to be whom they want to be. Some can be heroes, others can be cruel, but they do not have a fundamental belief or cause that fuels their actions. They do what they do for themselves and no one else. To be Deistical is to be free.
The Deistical by and large, stayed away from the Divine and Infernal but acted as a neutral party if needed. Since the Last Crusade began, they played a critical role in bringing the three Convictions together and the creation of the Codex. Under the Codex they have no obligation to rule or to fight the Host or Horde, but are asked to serve the good of the Civitus in other ways.