This body consisted of practicioners who sought to attain the kolinahr discipline. (TOS novel: The Vulcan Academy Murders) These individuals who practiced the perfect mastery of emotion often instructed others to its attainment. (TOS novel: Demons) They were noted to have spent much of their lives seeking to unravel the puzzle of how a living consciousness could at every moment be both part and All. (TOS novel: The Motion Picture) The Adepts were known to have extremely heightened senses. (TOS novel: Vulcan's Forge) In addition, their Acolytes had a greater level of telepathic protection due to the defensive arts they had learnt to shield their minds from intruders. (TOS novel: Sarek) Some, however, believed that their conservative natures prohibited them from considering unconventional methods of treating severe psychological ailements. (VAN novel: Open Secrets)
They were led by a High Master and were known to have resided in the Plains of Gol. (TOS novel: Sarek) The masters were known to have led a life of complete isolation from civilization and generally accepted only one postulant a season. (TOS novel: Demons)
- Its possible that the Masters were possibly related to the Kolinahru as T'Rea was described as being a typical kolinahru though this may have been a reference to her adherence to the kolinahr path.
The masters were known to have inhabited the Mountains of Gol for thousands of years. (TOS novel: Demons) The Adepts of Gol existed since before the Vulcan Reformation and were frequent allies of the Adepts of Seleya. Their High master was known to have met with Surak where they showed disgust as the Te-Vikram Brotherhoods Coronet which they believed to have been an abominable act of sorcery. (TOS novel: Exodus)
Thousands of years later, Vulcans were known to have travelled to the Plains of Gol in order to meet its masters and develop their telepathic abilities. (TOS novel: Sarek) In the 23rd century, the Masters of Gol were regularly involved in assisting T'Prynn due to her unique psychological condition but failed in helping her. (VAN novel: Open Secrets) In 2270, Spock along with his comrades came upon the masters during the events of the Hydrillian sector crisis which was causing Vulcans to murder their kin as was the case in the time before Surak. Once there, he enlisted their help in providing them supplies and treat their injured whilst they sought to stop the plague of madness that threatened to not only engulf Vulcan but the rest of the galaxy. (TOS novel: Demons)
- The practicioners were given numerous names of their organization in various books; Vulcan's Soul refered to them as the Adepts of Gol whilst the novel Sarek refered to them as the Acolytes of Gol and the Vulcan Academy Murders calls them the Masters of Gol. Presumably, all these names referred to the same group.