I’ve often heard it said that the Technocracy are the real heroes of the old World of Darkness. It is true that the Technocracy is supposedly a protector of humanity against the Things outside… but in true dystopian style, they are a protector from whom humanity badly needs protection.
Yes, the Traditions grow from the mythic threads of ancient archmages that were basically arrogant douchebags and the Order of Reason rose up for entirely justified reasons (IE protecting humanity from those jerks)… but the road to Hell is, as ever, paved with good intentions.
I don’t buy the Technocracy as the hero of the oWoD. I don’t really truly buy there as actually being one group that is in fact the hero of the oWoD. The Garou and some of the other Fera try, but… yeah. The Traditions try, but…yeah. The Imbued? They’re crazy dupes working for renegade angels with a grudge. The Amenti are probably the best candidate, but they’re way too little too late.
Are individuals within all of the above groups undeniably heroes? Absolutely. Usually tragic heroes, but certainly individual members of the Technocracy, even fairly highly placed ones, sometimes do have the best interests of other people in mind and that try to be heroic. The same applies to all of these other groups as well.
Probably my biggest problem with the Technocracy (and note that I like them, I really do) as heroes is that they are an inherently and determinedly dishonest and manipulative entity.
They claim to be the defenders of science, scientific thought and the truths of reality. They are none of these things. They are the reverse. Science is about seeking truth objectively and replicably. The technocracy holds big meetings (the Symposia) of its top leadership whose intention is deciding what they want the truth to become (because these things are not yet the Truth), and then they set forth to “prove” their predetermined Truth. What items will become true are determined with an eye towards maintaining control over reality, protecting the Technocracy’s own power base and prosperity… oh, and keeping the proles safe while they’re at it.
The scientific method has little real place in this crafting of reality, because in Mage: the Ascension, reality is in fact subjective and not objective as the scientific method presumes. Thus the scientific method is inherently anathema to them, but is a convenient lie that they convince their own lower-echelon staff and the world at large of so that they will not look behind the curtain and find the wizard there.
The Technocracy does not seek to understand reality. They do not seek truth. They do not hold themselves and their theories up to scrutiny. They pick the outcome before the experiment, and build the experiment in order to arrange that outcome. They decide what truth is supposed to be and then forcibly cram it down the throat of the rest of the universe.
They seek control. They seek to crush wonder and magic from the world partially because those things are inherently somewhat dangerous… but also because they are unpredictable. Hard to control. They seek to crush humanity down to the lowest common denominator because they are Control.
Their objective is to make the universe safe and rational for rational minds like theirs, and if you don’t like it, well then you either need a bullet in the brain, to be thoroughly discredited, or to be shipped off to Room 101 until you agree that as a matter of fact the universe needs to be a safe and rational place for rational minds like yours.
That’s not heroic. The reasons for it are understandable, but it is not and never will be heroic.