The Alliance believes in the free use of Preservation magic while condemning Defiling magic. As such its members often comprise of those skilled in the arcane arts and more so, those who are skilled at hiding it.
They exist in cells in each city, all independent of each other and with minimal contact. But due to a universal creed, they will still communicate and help one another when necessary.
Altaruk is considered a Veiled Alliance stronghold due to its isolation from the Sorcerer-Kings. It remains so due to the lack of external interest in the town.