Group Name: Yggdrasil Objective: Investigate the Helheim Forest, Inves, and find the Yggdrasil Tree Alignment: Unknown History: Takatora Kureshima's father birthed the organization when evidence of Helheim began to appear, and evidence that the Tree of Life was within. The point was to be able to find the tree. He put together a network of people, and the organization grew. To create income they started to enter various fields, such as healthcare and technology. Putting these various elements together was not just for funding, but to help those who worked for them for the inevitable entrance to Helheim.
Years later it was finally opened, and the technology was put into the Drivers and Lockseeds to help Yggdrasil personnel to be able to enter and fight the Inves.
The elder Takatora has moved to another branch, while his son Takatora deals with events in Zawame and heads up the search. Member List:
Group Name: Beacon Objective: Research the oddities of the world and apply that knowledge to the betterment of the planet. Alignment: Neutral (varies by member and department) History: The Beacon Institute for Paranormal Research and Development's exact origins are unknown. What can be said that it was founded a hundred to twenty years ago by a mysterious man (or woman) called the Chief, who may or may not be the same person calling themselves the Chief currently.
The Institute is split into six Departments that each study a variety of rather unconventional topics of science such as alien creatures and time travel. They have several rider gears and other powered suits in their possession, some obtained, others created by them personally. Each Department Head is expected to be a serious ass kicker to a certain degree.
Though they are funded by several third party corporations, they are often criticized and looked down upon by the rest of the "more serious" members of the scientific community.
They have several locations across the globe and a main headquarters in Switzerland. Member List:
The Chief - Head scientist and executive, true identity unknown Head of the Department of Evolution and Human Advancement Head of the Department of Advanced Cybernetics and Robotics Head of the Department of Time Travel and Paradox Theory Head of the Department of Alternate Dimensions and Parallel Universes Head of the Department of Space Exploration and Extraterrestrial Biology Sebastian Crowley - Head of the Department of Supernatural Objects and Creatures Goetia - Crowley's bodyguard and assistent Daniel Kadam - Time Train Experimental Test Pilot (often loaned to other Departments)
Group Name: Shocker (Sacred Harmony of Conquest, Kindred, Evoking Revolution) Objective: Subjugate the world Alignment: Evil History: Shocker began life as a series of small shell corporations, focusing on biotechnology, genetics and cybernetics under the leadership of various CEO's, all of whom answered to philanthropist Alexander Cunningham. Through slow buildup of brilliant scientific minds, bribery, and abduction, these shell companies began to reach their true goal; the creation of superhuman entities. Modified humans.
Along with the work that these companies were doing for the overarching goals of Shocker, Cunningham also implemented other outlets. One outlet was the use of a street narcotic dubbed "Black Satan". The drug was filled with nanomachines, and helped slowly build up within those who purchased and ingested it. These youths were also abducted for the sake of conversion.
After rising in the various fields that the shell companies worked in, Cunningham also sent agents to work on Wall Street and financial institutions, while also buying politicians, and replacing others through whatever dubious methods he could.
With power in finance, politics, biotech, cybernetics and genetics, Cunningham saw this as the time to act, and bring forth his genetically enhanced warriors in force, with his eyes set towards world subjugation.
On the dawn of the year 2015, everything is in place, and Cunningham, as the masked Great Leader is launching everything he has. Member List: