Make no mistake, the Guild exists for one reason and one reason only. There is talk of justice and peace, but these are secondary concerns, byproducts of their primary interest. The Guild exists to maintain the production of Malifaux Soulstone above all other things. The citizens abide by Guild law because it offers some amount of protection, but no one is confused about the way the Guild exerts its hold over Malifaux and its resources.
For thousands of years, sorcerers have been a clandestine and erudite group. Their concerns lay with scholarly pursuits, experiments, and arcane rituals. Rarely did they concern themselves with social or political concerns, except where those issues interfered with their own private matters. In such times, these sorcerers would gather together to protect their shared interests and leverage their might against the world.