The Order of the Shadows is a heretical religious order within the Roman Catholic Church led by Monsignor Vega. The order was formed in the 1700s, as a backlash against the Age of Enlightenment. Their main goal is to destroy the Library and bring back the Dark Ages. In an attempt to destroy the Library the Order brought together the Cornerstones of the Library of Alexandria, which opened a vortex bringing the Library into our dimension which would cause it to implode. The attempt failed when Nicole Noone threw one of the cornerstones into the vortex destroying it and making the other three cornerstones useless. The fire on their cross is a symbolic representation of the fire that destroyed the Library of Alexandria.