These inter-conflux, vocational associations span all jurisdictions and departments, with distinct functions and areas of expertise, in addition to being places to form friendships and alliances. Much like the Houses, rivalry between the Orders is fierce, and a merit system, not entirely dissimilar to the Czocha Cup, is introduced for bravery and service in magical wartime. While official life at Czocha is now organised under these factions, of which the former Prefects assume leadership, the unofficial alliances of the five school Houses continue amongst students, in the shadows.