The world is rife with hidden conspiracies, and not all of them have anything to do with the Remade. Those that do know of the Divergence hoard information about them, seeking Deviants and the Progenitors who understand how to create them before another shadow organization can gets its hands on them. This occasionally results in a patchy or distorted understanding what exactly the Divergence is, given that many Remade have almost nothing in common but the fault lines in their souls.
Some conspiracies hunt Deviants exclusively by force, while others try to lure them in with offers of aid, comfort or protection. Even the Devoted, however, are one false step away from violence, because conspiracies fundamentally don't see Deviants as human being — not anymore. If a Remade won't work with them willingly, there's always blackmail, brainwashing, and torture, and a dead Deviant still affords a fascinating opportunity for dissection and study. Renegades who threaten the conspiracy itself, however, swiftly go from potential assets and to threats to eradicate at all costs.
Conspiracies have the upper hand in their pursuit of Deviants. They control the labs, prisons or hidden temples where the Divergence happens; they have more people, more resources, and more influence than one scared, scarred Remade, or even a cohort of them. Some conspiracies have the leverage to manipulate law enforcement, banks, and media against their target. Renegades are paranoid, and justifiably so, because anyone they confide in could be one or two steps removed from the conspiracy they're running from.
Conspiricies can take many forms: a government agency, a corporate project, a cult, a gang, a social club. Their motives are similarly diverse. Some start with the best of intentions, but descend into secrecy and violence in order to survive, while others are born of hidden agendas and naked ambition. They interact not only with the daylight world, but with one another, forming a vast and tangled Web of Pain.
A conspiracy can be visualized as a set of Nodes, each with a particular function — and a particular weakness. The lab where the Divergence takes place is one Node, the crooked police captain paid off by the conspiracy is another, the accounting firm that cooks the books is a third. What unites these Nodes is a commitment to the conspiracy's ideology its Principles. When something threatens those Principles (such as a very determined Renegade tearing through one node after another), the conspiracy may falter or even collapse.