A great many secret societies inhabit Queenstown, and most claim to know the hidden secrets of Ascension. Members must follow instructions to attain levels of being that allow them to Ascend as gods, and the various different methods or oaths are known as the Xeito.
So far, there is no direct evidence that following the Xeito of one society or other will lead to godhood, though many have tried.
Each path follows a similar pattern of learning, testing and sometimes performance of rituals, though whether these are magikal rituals or not depends on the group performing them.
Secret groups are the rule rather than the exception in Queenstown, with many citizens members of one or more. The nobles seek power and are drawn to them, the guilders seek upward mobility and are drawn to them, and the makers of many things are offered hidden knowledge of their craft or the chance to better network and so they too are drawn to them.
The biggest secret group in Queenstown is the Broken Circle, though they are an exception in that they do not have a Xeito to follow. Rumours of a code of conduct among the thieves are numerous however.