“Qua Jon, father of magic, was not a worldly man. His magic came not of “things.” It came of himself. It came from enlightenment. We but seek the same.”
– Garnosh, Mithrelian Kashkuli
“A magical beggar is still a beggar.”
-Carwinth Brass, Del Harun Merchant
The Kashkuli, first and foremost, have given up all the material possessions and comforts of the world. They roam the streets of Varrek, subsisting on that which they can scavenge and beg for. They reason that any material possessions or participation in greater society robs them of valuable time they could put toward enlightenment and the pursuit of what they see as “Ishtalla,” or “Perfect magic,” loosely translated. They believe what the world perceived as Insanity in Qua Jon was but Genius too far removed form the lay person to understand. They seek to follow in his path.
Only men are allowed to become Kashkuli. The order holds itself to absurd standards in that regard.